Temptation (Temptation #1) by Karen Ann Hopkins
Book description (from Goodreads) –
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 love stories about forbidden romance – they just seem so romantic – and in Karen Ann Hopkins’ Temptation, the relationship between Rose and Noah is definitely forbidden. While there are sweet moments between Rose and Noah, I didn’t get swept away by their story. I feel that the reason for this is because there were several times while reading the novel that I found myself getting irritated and annoyed with Noah.
Noah is Amish and as such he has been raised in an Amish community with strong beliefs and opinions. Through no fault of his own – it’s just the way he has been raised – Noah also has many strong opinions about the English (as the Amish refer to anyone that is non-Amish). This is where my irritation with Noah lays – the fact that he doesn’t really make an effort to understand Rose’s world. Rose is trying to understand Noah’s lifestyle; she doesn’t understand the reasoning behind a lot of Noah’s Amish beliefs but she makes an effort to understand and take his feelings into consideration. I don’t feel that Noah extends Rose the same courtesy. He expects Rose to be the one to make all the sacrifices – to become Amish.
Their relationship moves very fast; they are just getting to know each other, but because of Noah’s Amish lifestyle they are already discussing marriage. Rose is such a sweet girl and she really does love Noah, but she has to make such serious decisions at such a young age and I don’t think that Noah truly understands how overwhelming it is for her.
I just feel that Noah is quite selfish. He can be – at times – quite the gentleman but his selfishness just over-rides all his gentlemanly qualities. It was just impossible for me to get swept away by the story as there were so many times while reading the novel that I wanted to shout at Noah.
I think the fact that I have such strong opinions about Noah means that author Karen Ann Hopkins did a wonderful job as a story-teller– she got me thinking, she made me feel. I also enjoyed that the story was told in both Noah and Rose’s points of view.
While I didn’t find myself getting swept away by Rose and Noah’s story or swooning over Noah, I will read the sequel because I find the story very intriguing. I just can’t see how a relationship between Noah and Rose is going to work. Will Rose become Amish? Will Noah become English? I’m just so curious as to what author Karen Ann Hopkins has planned for Noah and Rose.
*Thank you to Harlequin Teen Australia for providing me with a copy of Temptation to review.
Published by: Harlequin Teen Australia
Release date: August 2012