Review: Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins

SYNOPSIS

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
If you have not had the pleasure of reading the Sweet series than you have no idea just how ecstatic I was when I found out Kaidan was getting his own book. From the time Wendy announced Sweet Temptation, until it came out last month, I lived for the monthly teasers she gave us.

It was such a joy to be able to dive back into the world I loved so much, and being able to see it from a totally different perspective was refreshing and a lot of fun. We got to see a side of the story we didn’t get to experience from Anna’s point of view.
There were parts of the story (mainly when Kai was working) that I found hard to read because I ship him and Anna so damn hard. We got to see and understand the struggle he endured where as in the previous books we only heard him talk about it. I wanted to reach out and hug him so many times… and punch the crap out of Pharzuph, for obvious reasons.

Sweet Peril from Kai’s POV was so much fun I think I actually enjoyed it better from his perspective. Especially when he was with Blake. Speaking of Blake, I absolutely love him! There were times he had me laughing out loud with his witty one-liners and his overall personality was a blast!

I loved that along with experiencing scenes we’d already read before from Anna’s POV, we also got a bunch of new scenes. One scene that really stuck with me was when Kai was back home in Atlanta and Marissa (ugh, we’ll come back to her) wanted him to ‘train’ one of her ‘nieces’. He took her away from the house and opened up to her, told her the twisted truth about what was going on. He knew in doing that he could get himself killed, but it was his way of expressing compassion and it was beautiful in its own way.

THE AIRPORT SCENE. I was waiting for it, anticipating it like mad, and then I finally read it and died. Several times. It was one of my favourite scenes from Anna’s POV, and it was again reading it from Kai’s perspective. I felt the adrenaline rush right along with him even though I knew from reading the previous books that he does make it to Anna in time.

The Dukes pissed me off even more reading it from Kai’s POV especially because he had really experienced having to serve them more so than Anna ever did. I was happy to see them get what they deserved in the end, same with Marissa. I hated her, like, a lot.
Everything that I remember bawling my eyes out about reading it the first time (Patti, Marna, the wedding, THE EPILOGUE), yeah I cried again. Harder. And reading about Kai’s feelings leading up to the wedding was so unbelievably touching, I had a huge grin on my face the entire time. 

I pretty much started crying at, “Six weeks later… when we lost Marna…” and didn’t stop until I closed the damn book.

Sweet Temptation was everything I wanted it to be and more. I had the opportunity to read one of my favourite series again and was able to see it differently. I am grateful for that and I encourage anyone who has read and enjoyed the Sweet books to pick this beauty up. You won’t regret it.

I gave Sweet Temptation 5/5 stars and I look forward to reading Wendy’s next book, The Great Hunt (out March 2016)!

 
Random side note: I loved the lyrics at the beginning of each chapter! 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue.
Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood.
 
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