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24039422Author:  Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #4
Published: September 8th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Categories: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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Summary:

Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

Review:

Reading the story in Kaidan’s perspective yielded opposite effect.

If anything, this book established what it was supposed to be: a companion, nothing more, and nothing less. Now, I know I’m little too harsh on it considering I do like the trilogy, but that itself made me a bit salty about how this book turned out. I was all excited to read this because I was big fan of Kaidan but you see, I realized that I do like him on Anna’s perspective; and when the spotlight was on him, I can clearly see the difference.

Sweet Temptation is more or less a rehash of the three books, now in Kaidan’s POV. As a love interest, he was swoon worthy, no doubt. But as the protagonist? Nah, he was bit on lackluster side. To be honest I found the entire thing a bit monotonous because, let’s face it, without Anna would he really stand up against his father? Anna clearly had an objective; he on the other hand rode her coattails. He did help out & I’m not dismissing that (Anna was pretty much naïve when it comes to this stuff) but like I said he just accompanied her. He had character development because of it but all the interesting parts of the story where on Anna’s. It made me understand that it is important for me that a character needs to have solid resolution, Kaidan do have that but it hugely intertwined with Anna. So once the focus was shifted on him I saw his character’s evident shortcomings.

Did the book add more flair to the overall story? Not a lot. But it’s still worth reading if you ever curious on how he thinks/behaves. It might not be productive; at least to me it didn’t, but I still think it’s worth the shot. Honestly, I had expectations because I’ve always been fascinated with stories that have been told in different POV, much more if it is now narrated by favorite character. Obviously it didn’t happen here. It did solidify the fact that Sweet Evil trilogy was truly Anna’s journey.

This book is obviously should not be read without reading the first three & I really recommend for you to do it. This offered pretty basic deal to me. But still is disappointed that after knowing what running inside his head realized it wasn’t as strong impact to the story as would’ve thought of. Nevertheless I still enjoy few bits, learned new things about him & I’m pretty happy how his life (with Anna) turned out to be.

Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: For the first time in my life I think to myself, So, this is what it feels like to live.
For the first time in my life, I am alive.”

2015 / 09 / 04

4 Responses to Sweet Temptation

  1. It pains me to admit that I’m not really surprised that this book was as lackluster as it sounds. I alway found Kaiden was a little.. drab and boring. Ouch, I know, that’s cruel, but I never felt as though he was a good fit for Anna, not really. Looking back now, I can see how I feel differently about the series, and I doubt I’ll be reading this installment. Seems like a shame, but your review explored my initial thoughts when I heard about it – not really worth trying. Ah well. Great review Mitchii! :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I was extremely disappointed to be quite honest. In retrospect, how could it flesh out a flesh out character whose sole purpose is to be the MC’s love interest. Brutal opinion, but so true. *sobs*

  2. I enjoyed this one. I loved Kai as a character and was excited to get more of him. It would have been nice if the world or his character was expanded a bit though.

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