Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review: Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins
Your heart misleads you. That's what my friends and family say. But I love Noah. And he loves me. We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other's arms. It should be ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. But it won't be. Because he's Amish. And I'm not.
Publishes in US: June 26th
1st in series, can't find any info about the 2nd
Source: Netgalley

My Review:

Temptation was a great story about forbidden love and the lengths that those in love will go to be with the one they love.
I think that she did great job with research because everything with the Amish seemed authentic, and it felt like I was being immersed into another culture.
The dual perspective felt really well done, and I appreciated being able to see both sides of the story. The girl, the outsider, and the boy, the Amish who fell for the wild outsider.
There were moments where I wanted to slap their foreheads and make them see the light, but I guess you wouldn't be a teenager or someone in love without it being the forefront of your mind, and that you would do anything in order to be with that person. I totally understand where they were coming from, and it seems authentic that when you are that caught up in love, that you would abandon all else.
I connected with both characters, even when they were being idiots. Some of Noah's thoughts about Rose, on one hand not wanting her to change from the girl he fell in love with, strong and wild, but then the next he wants her to be tame and fit into the Amish box of what is expected of the women. But that made him genuine in that aspect, because you couldn't help but want those things with his upbringing.
At times, Rose didn't seem to live up to her stubborn and strong, how she fell apart and how she just tried to mold into what he wanted. But other times, standing up for herself and trying out things her own way, she did.
I was a little annoyed with how unbalanced it was at times, but I also understand where Noah was coming from not wanting to become English (non-Amish) because he wouldn't have any means of supporting himself much less Rose. But, still, asking the other person to give up their family and heritage without being willing to yourself is manipulative and controlling to a level that I wasn't very comfortable with.
I wasn't satisfied with the ending, I wanted more, I wanted to know more about what happens with their love story, but alas, this is a first book in a series and I will have to wait to know more. I think that it ended the only way it could, leaving so much more to explore in the next books. 
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  1. I don't quite know how I feel about this book. I have to agree though how noah couldn't decide which version of Rose he wanted.

    My review of it is written, but haven't edited yet.

    Great review though!! :-)

  2. I don't think I'll like this book but thanks for the review!

  3. I have been wondering how good (or bad) this book was.

    Nice review. I think this may be one that it would be best to read when the second one comes out.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and commenting, I really appreciate it!
    I am a new follower! :)

    1. Oh, I know. I keep saying that I need to wait until all books in series are out before I read, but never do. My husband just rolls his eyes when I say that now.

  4. I appreciate the perspectives you explored in this review. It may not be for me, but it would be interesting to read your review of the next book in the series to see if your opinion remains the same.

    Thank you for your comment on My Bookshelf today! I really did enjoy Clara and Mr. Tiffany and highly recommend it!

  5. I've had this book on my TBR list for a while, but I've heard some really mixed reviews about it. So I'm glad that you enjoyed it, but I'm not sure if I'll be reading it anytime soon. Great review, though!

  6. I didn't know this was a series! I thought about requesting it on NG but wasn't sure if it was for me. It's been a while since I've read a book that revolves around the whole forbidden romance theme! Thanks for the clear and honest review =)

    1. Yep. There is a small preview at the end for the next book.

  7. i gotta say this sounds excellent, i'm adding it to my to read list!

  8. that's why I get so mad about series sometimes... why not write a read-alone once in a while? >.>' LOL

  9. I didn't realize this was a series. I saw this on Netgalley too and was interested by it. Maybe I'll request it. Great review! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep doing the What's Next meme either. Maybe only when I'm really stuck on what to read next.

  10. .thanks for sharing

  11. I love books that are part of a series as I feel you can really connect with the characters. I shall be checking this one out. :)


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