Title: Belonging (Temptation #2)
Authors: Karen Ann Hopkins
Publication Date: April 30th 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
*Summary and review contains spoilers for first book
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
But not everybody believes this is where I belong.
I always feel like it can be difficult to write a review but I’ve noticed that reviews for sequels tend to be easier yet harder to write than the first book. I feel like the review for the first book in a series is the most important, after all it is the foundation for the series. I usually have tons to say about a first book. It is the introduction to your main characters and what they face ahead. My reviews for sequels tend to be a bit (if not a lot) shorter since it is likely you’ve already read the first before reading a review for the second. I mostly wish to focus on how I feel the characters have grown or haven’t grown since the first book and how I feel the story is progressing.
Although, there were things I disliked about the characters in the first book I still loved reading about Noah and Rose’s relationship. I found myself rooting for them but sometimes rooting against them as well in the first book. I continue to have mixed feelings and I didn’t feel as strongly for them in this book. I found myself disliking these two characters actions. I felt Rose made a choice without really thinking she would spend the rest of her life in that situation. She was so stubborn just wanting to prove to people she could handle being Amish but it was an act. Of course I find it romantic to do whatever you have to to be with the one you love but playing Amish without actually embracing all it means to be Amish and being willing to really let your old life go is a terrible burden to put on yourself and unfair to those that are 100% committed to who they are. I loved the fire in Rose from book one but I felt like I slowly was watching it being squashed at times with her having to hide and bury it. I felt the characters were moving backwards instead of growing but I am sure I will see more of a change in them soon. Sam is still my favorite of course.
There is no doubt that Rose and Noah have strong feelings for each other but where they are now is not helping me want them to be together. It would be heart breaking to see them finally part for good but I think it will be just as heartbreaking in some way if they are together. It is going to have to be an amazing ending to feel good about the outcome of this relationship. I hope to see these characters be 100% open with what they want and what they are legitimately willing to give up to have it. No more I will give it up for now in the hopes of getting my way later and I want them to really think about the fact that this will be a decision they have to live with for the rest of their lives. I want to see the fire and determination back in Rose and I want to see a sweet and loving Noah. More Sam as well! Karen has me so nervous for the outcome of this forbidden relationship and I cannot wait to see how she brings it all to a close.