Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins
Temptation (Temptation #1)
By Karen Ann Hopkins
Harlequin Teen

To Sum It Up: Rose Cameron is about to make a fresh start with her father and brothers in rural Meadow View, Ohio, which is a big change from the city life she knew in Cincinnati. The move almost instantly begins looking better for Rose when she meets her new neighbor, Noah Miller. She’s taken with him at once, and the attraction is mutual. The catch is, Noah is Amish, so a potential relationship between him and Rose is basically impossible. That does not stop them from trying to see other, despite the consequences they’ll face if either of their families finds out about them.

Review: A toughie to review, this one. I found the premise extremely interesting, and that’s what drew me to this book. I think it had a great deal of potential to tell a very unique story, but unfortunately, insta-love and two main characters whom I just could not root for, individually or as a couple, worked against it. And yet this book still managed to leave me curious about what happens next to these characters. See my dilemma?

Insta-love is a shaky foundation on which to build a “romance,” and Rose and Noah are practically professing their eternal love for each other after one meeting. Unless we’re talking about a Reese’s Peanut Butter product, I don’t believe in love at first sight. I do think it’s possible to feel an instant attraction to someone, but attraction does not equal love. When the plot revolves around a relationship that you struggle to find plausible because the couple in question barely knows each other, it’s really difficult to buy into the plot. Had the romance been a slow build, I think that would have made a huge difference here. I needed a lot more convincing that Rose and Noah had more than infatuation between them.

Rose didn’t make a very favorable impression on me from the book’s outset, and I failed to warm up to her. I thought she held a rather high opinion of herself. In the first chapter, she notes that she’s used to guys checking her out and launches into a detailed description of her appearance. From the nanosecond she meets Noah, he’s all Rose thinks about. Is Noah looking at her? If he’s not looking at her, then why isn’t he? When is Noah going to kiss her (uh, because he’s Amish and he’s not even supposed to be getting friendly with an English, i.e. non-Amish, girl?)? Why won’t he hurry up and kiss her? This latter question especially drove me crazy because Rose’s attitude made it sound as though she were entitled to a kiss or something. I also really didn’t like the way she acted toward her brothers, Sam and Justin. Rose has a hard time talking about them without using words like “bozo,” “buffoon,” and “barbarian.” I think she was supposed to come across as endearing, as in, “Look at what I have to put up with from my siblings,” but I often felt there was a mean-spiritedness to her comments, too. Overall, I found her lacking in maturity and certainly not equipped to consider the consequences of falling for an Amish guy. All that matters to Rose is her looove for Noah, and since I didn’t find that believable to begin with, I couldn’t muster much sympathy for her—or for him.

As much as I wasn’t a fan of Rose’s, I didn’t like how quickly Noah presumed that she was going to become Amish in order to be with him. He entertains the notion of becoming English for about five seconds before concluding that it couldn’t work. After all, he’d be giving up so much, including his family, and doesn’t know how to earn a living in the English world. Apparently, though, it’s okay for Rose to leave her life behind. Noah also takes issue with the clothes and makeup Rose wears but has no objection to a secret kissing session with her in his buggy. I call that hypocrisy, sir, and I find it rather irksome. Okay—very irksome.

If this had been any other contemporary novel, I would be quitting the series here. Rose and Noah do, however, face challenges that are a bit different from those of your average YA couple, and I’m oddly fascinated by that aspect of the series. It’s probably enough to get me to pick up the sequel, just to see where this story goes.

All in All: This isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, with the insta-love and all. It really wasn’t mine, but I couldn’t help being intrigued by the book’s concept and how it ended.


  1. I tried to read this one a few months back and I stopped like 50 pages in, because I wasn't in the mood for a love story. Although I think I'm going to pick it up again soon, but maybe not, because I did get far enough in it to know I hated Rose. She was just so annoying to read. So is just one of those characters that I hate to be in the mind of because of how annoying she was. I think "Her lack of maturity" is a good way to describe her.

    I also read far enough to have an inkling of hating Noah to, not far enough where I actually hated him, but enough to know I might. I just thought he would grow to have double standards and a hypocrite. Because I knew he was going to ask her that, but never think of doing the same sacrifice. I think if I ever do pick this book back up I think I would be fine up until the moment he asks her that. Because it's like, you shouldn't ask something of a person that you yourself wouldn't do.

    Hmmm. *looks over my comment* Maybe I shouldn't pick this book back up. Hmmm, I'll have to see.

    Great review :D. Hope you like the second better than you did this one.

    1. My feelings toward this book are still such a jumbled mess. I totally agree with you about Rose being annoying, and Noah's double standards drove me insane. And yet, I can't help being curious about how things turn out for them, given the situation they're in. I don't know how else to explain why I'm interested in reading the second book, lol.

  2. Noah sounds a little selfish. This is why I steer clear of inter releligious books, I find it offensives sometimes LOL. Love should be a two way street but in cases like this, its all or nothing. You're a little masochistic to read the next book. Gluck Lee!

    1. Haha! I have to agree with you there- I do think I may be setting myself up for a challenging read by continuing this series. Sometimes my motivation to read a book is a mystery even to me, and this is one of those times. I just feel this need to see what happens next!

  3. Sigh, so many potentially good stories, lessened by insta-love. I'm glad that this one managed to hold your interest despite the insta-love aspect. I agree with you completely though, I believe in instant-attraction but I don't believe two people can fall in love after one or two encounters. And I had to say, I don't much like the sound of these two love-birds either >.< but I do understand what you mean that sometimes, even despite these things you get this kind of sick curiosity to know how it will all end up hehe :) I do like the fact that they both come from two very different backgrounds and how it would really be a super challenging situation for two people to live through...Anyways, I'm rambling but I hope the sequel improves for you & thanks for the lovely review ^^

    1. I think an instant attraction to someone is entirely possible, too, but for me, it takes more than a few exchanged glances and words to say you're in LOVE with that person. It just doesn't compute in my brain with some of these couples how they can be all, "I love you forever!" when they barely know each other, lol.


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