Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins Review

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age: YA
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Amish
Format: ebook
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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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.

I don't think know I could never be Amish. Let's just put that out there now. I depend way too much on the technologies of life, and I like it that way. Sure, there's something to a simple life, but a simple life is not for me.

Temptation is a beautiful love story with a main character who goes from an outgoing and lively English teenager to a completely different girl by the end of the book. The changes I saw in Rose we're extreme and if she were my daughter I think I'd be a little disappointed. This book had me captivated and entranced. Never before had I read anything about a forbidden love that had me turning pages as fast as I did with this one. I flew through it, it is an enjoyable read with some knock-the-breath-out-of-you turn of events. I badly wanted needed to know how Rose and Noah's story was going to end (only to get to the end and find out it's part of a series).

Rose is this independent girl, that is full of life and opinions. She's not afraid to be herself and speak her mind, and it doesn't hurt that she's gorgeous. Then, there's her opposite but equally handsome Noah. He's kind and gently and well, stuck in his ways. They are both well developed and full of life characters who fall utterly in love. I'm not sold on the decision that this young couple comes to. Young being the operative word. I felt the characters were naive and close minded. It will definitely be interesting to see where the author takes the series.

It's a good book and I know there are going to be so many different opinions on this one, I can't wait to read them all! I will probably be continuing this journey through the lives of Noah and Rose, it's intriguing and I am DYING to know how the next book plays out. Oh, and I have to mention the cover because it is just lovely!!

Normally, I don't do spoilers. But, for Temptation I will make an exception.

At 16 I didn't make the best decisions (who did?). I wanted to marry my 20 year old slacker boyfriend (who I loved) and never look back. Oh man, I would give my right arm to go back in time and talk to 16 year old me. I thank my mother EVERY DAY that she didn't let me be so stupid. Because, ultimately, that's a parents job right? Ok well. that's where something went terribly wrong in Karen's novel Temptation. Rose makes a life changing decision to live with Noah and become Amish after a tragedy ensues and rather than fight to keep her, her dad let's her do it (it takes a little convincing on his girl friends part) but still he gives in. I'm feeling a little shouty with all these caps and large font, but THEY ARE NECESSARY.

Have you read Temptation yet? What are your views?


  1. I grabbed this one from NetGalley as well! I had no idea it was part of a series though.

    Thanks for the review! I haven't read this one yet, but if I do I'll let you know my thoughts. It sounds like a very original story, so I do hope to read it sometime in the future.

  2. I grabbed this one from NetGalley, too!

    I didn't make it as far - I stopped less than 100 pages in, and just skimmed the ending. Definitely agree with what you said in the spoiler section (about her life-changing decision, I mean - I'm not sixteen yet! LOL xP).

    Would you believe I *just* found out that there's a sequel? Haha, I'm pretty sure I'll pass up on book #2. You seemed to enjoy the book a lot more than I did :)

    Anyhow, great review! Thanks for your honest opinion :)

    Skyway Avenue Reads

  3. . thanks for sharing