Review: 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.

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Review

Occasionally there are books I discontinue reading for various reasons. Unfortunately it has happened with Temptation, a novel I made it half way through before quietly closing the covers. What is a more unusual occurrence is sharing thoughts so publicly on why I wasn’t able to finish a book, but this time I feel like doing so.

I could go with the easy and straight forward excuse of not being a romantic, which I guess does have some involvement, but I’ve been able to read, finish, and at times enjoy romantic tales before. Granted they haven’t been contemporary romance, usually there’s the added intrigue of something supernatural, paranormal, or dystopic, but I still feel I can give contemporary a fair play.

The ultimate reason I discontinued Temptation was due to not caring. I don’t care how Rose and Noah’s future turns out, either individually or together. For awhile there I was curious to discover if Rose would fold completely and adopt Noah’s way of life, but knowing how society has an influence with how roles in relationships play out, that their love story feels inevitable, and there’s going to be a sequel… Well I felt like there was really nothing I needed to know from then on.

However there was one facet of Rose and Noah’s interaction that elicited strong emotions in me, but not the type to draw me in. During what I read, Rose was willing to be open minded about Noah’s lifestyle, but at no point did Noah extend the same courtesy to Rose. Instead he attempted to manipulate her into being more Amish and agreeable with his beliefs. I considered how fear of his community not accepting Rose and ultimately shunning him could drive his actions, but I don’t agree with manipulation being the answer. Manipulation in any relationship is not healthy and can never have a good outcome. Add to this, Noah’s feelings of being possessive towards her, which he did not at least consider the feelings and thoughts he was having may not be fair or caring. He was more concerned about the difficulty of dealing with those emotions and impulses he had not experienced before. Sure, all of this could be considered part of his growth, but there was so much manipulation, anger, and jealousy coming from that boy, I was turned off from reading about him.

I know I may not be painting Noah in a pleasant light, but I am not a fan of control. I do have a problem with the adopted stereotypes females and males tend to represent in the majority of fiction, especially in love stories. I am aware of how society plays a large role influencing that. I also pondered the possibility of Noah snapping out of the jealous and controlling stereotype, but when I was not caring about the character’s outcome, I couldn’t force myself to keep reading.

Through all of these thoughts and observations I did notice something; Hopkins has a way with words to bring scenery to life. Even now, with my bad memory and being some time since I read Temptation, I can still conjure up certain scenes. In addition she definitely has the ability to create believable characters with convincing reactions. No interaction between characters came across as forced, or awkward, and the atmosphere was very easy to imagine. The story may not have been my cup of tea, but I’m sure there are other readers out there who would be won over by Rose and Noah, as well as being able to enjoy an eloquent writing style.

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