Sunday, September 8, 2013

Belonging Review Tour: Review of Belonging + Giveaway!

Welcome to my review of Belonging for the Belonging review tour. Check out yesterday's post for my review of Temptation. Along with my review, I have an awesome giveaway that includes books, swag, and a surprise pack from Harlequin Teen. But, first, allow me to introduce today's featured book:

Release date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Series: Temptation #2

I left everything I knew behind. 

But it was worth it. He was worth it. 

No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren’t even allowed to see each other. Not until I’ve proven myself. 

If I can find a way to make it work, we’ll be NOAH & ROSE 

 together forever. 

But not everybody believes this is where I belong.

My Rating: 4 Roses

A lovely sequel that takes things to a new level. Belonging was a wonderful read that had everything that made Temptation so good-forbidden love, defying expectations-and did it even better. I really enjoyed this book.

In this book, Rose is struggling to adapt to the Amish way of life. Though she doesn't find it easy, she still perseveres so that she can be with Noah. She proved her strength in how she adapted to Amish lifestyle and how she reacted when her family took things into their own hands. I really liked her in book 1 and I still do in this book. Though after that ending, I wonder what she will do.

Noah was still so sweet in this book. I did have one complaint, though. He reacted like a total drama queen when something happened, courtesy of Rose's family. I don't want to give it away, because it's the biggest twist in this book, but he didn't react very well. I wouldn't have minding some pouting and brooding, but he brought another person into it and that was unfair. Nonetheless, I still liked his character. He was just so adorable.

The romance definitely deepened in this book. Even as it was challenged in a very difficult way. But I still thought these two lovebirds were super sweet together. I did think they needed to learn some sensitivity. They had a tendency to run blindly towards each other and not realize how many people are affected by their decisions. And that was a little frustrating. But, I still really liked them as a couple. And, after the twist at the end, I'm curious to see how they deal with that revelation.

The plot was well paced. Like book 1, it went at a steady and restful pace. There were definitely more twists and surprises in this book and I loved it. The ending was a huge cliffhanger and now I can't wait to get my hands on book 3 to see how things end for our star-crossed lovers.

Belonging was a brilliant sequel that didn't disappoint. Quite the opposite, actually. It took what made Temptation so great and did it even better. Loved this book! Fans of book 1, you won't be disappointed in this book. For those who haven't started the series, you should definitely give it a try because it's wonderful.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs are 3 copies of Temptation, 3 copies of Belonging, and a Harlequin Teen Surprise Pack full of swag and books. US/CAN only. Ends September 20.
Good luck!

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About the Author:
Karen Ann Hopkins
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

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