Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Belonging (Temptation #2) by Karen Ann Hopkins

Belonging (Temptation, #2)Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Publication: April 30. 2013
By: Harlequin Teen
3.25 Stars

I left everything I knew behind.

But it was worth it. He was worth it.

No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren't even allowed to see each other. Not until I've proven myself.

If I can find a way to make it work, we'll be NOAH & ROSE
together forever.
But not everybody believes this is where I belong.

Thank you Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for this eARC.

What I liked: The cover is what piqued my interest followed closely by the plot, like an Amish Romeo and Juliet. It's well written with a clear distinction between the dialect of the Amish verses the English (anyone who isn't Amish) and of course, there's plenty of romantic tension.

Belonging provides more of an inside look into the world of the Amish as Rose adjusts to her new life. Everyone expects her to fail and even Noah begins to have his doubts but her willingness to prove herself is admirable. Rose and Noah have their issues but I found them enjoyable and their struggle to balance the Amish old-fashioned ways with their desires was entertaining.

What left me wanting: I wanted to love this, I really did, but the insta-love that happened in Temptation, bordered on obsession and the drama wore on me after a while. I know the Amish have their issues but I was hoping for more HEA and less, "Dateline Special". The ending didn't surprise me at all which was a bit of a letdown.

Final verdict: If you loved Temptation, you 'll no doubt enjoy this sequel.

Review also posted at YABC.

I predict this series will end with:
*Rose and Noah getting married especially under the circumstances.
*They will go live among the Mennonites which would be a compromise of both worlds. 
*There will be plenty of shunning from both families before Rose and Noah finally get their HEA.

1 comment:

  1. Yikes, so if I had serious issues with Temptation I probably shouldn't read this one based on your review, eh? I LIKED Rose quite a bit but thought Noah was an arrogant prick. I GET his views because I've read a bit about the Amish but man, he made me want to give him a swift kick in the arse on so many occasions. HMMM. So I'm debating this one because darn it, I kinda do want to see how it all turns out. Great review, Jen!

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