Forever (Temptation #3)
Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Page Count: 336
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Audience: Young Adult - Contemporary Romance
Reading the final novel in a series is always bittersweet. On the one hand, I wanted to find out how Rose and Noah's story ended, but on the other hand I didn't want to walk away from these characters. From the first chapter of Temptation, I have been enthralled with the torrid love affair between Rose and Noah. The tension between the two families and the clash of cultures made this romance intensely intriguing. I wanted these two to end up together, but with so many obstacles in their path, I wasn't sure that things would work out that way. I won't tell you how things end up, but I can't say enough positive things about this series. I loved every moment.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Noah and Rose mature in this installment. I was frustrated by some of the choices these two made in Belonging so it was nice to see them thinking logically and trusting one another again. I also began to see them as young adults rather than teenagers in love. They both have evolved so much since the first novel; I enjoyed watching this process unfold. Also, their romance always has a tendency to evoke slight swooning. If this series had been around when I was a teen, I know I would have wanted a Noah of my very own.
In addition to Rose and Noah, I also love the romance between Sam and Summer. Sam has always been one of my favorite characters; he is snarky, protective, and athletic. He cares deeply for his family and friends. Sometimes his overwhelming desire to keep Rose under wraps can make him a bit overbearing, but his heart is always in the right place. I love that he has truly met his match in Summer. She keeps that boy on his toes and provided some much needed comic relief to break some of the more serious moments.
In addition to the romance, I have always loved the emphasis that Hopkins places on family and friendship in this series. I love that the portraits she paints of both Rose's and Noah's family seem realistic. I can't imagine how two such differing cultures would react to their children falling in love. The friendships are also realistic and heartfelt. I have grown attached to all of these characters. I would love to see Sam or Justin get their own novel.
In spite of my deep affection for this series and the characters, I did find that Forever took on a somber note from time to time. There were even moments that caused me to shed a few tears. One moment in particular was extremely difficult and had me reaching for tissues. It is a true testament to Hopkins' writing that she made me care so deeply about these characters that I experienced such strong emotions. Not every author can elicit such a response in readers. Hopkins' also created an agonizingly delicious sense of tension throughout a majority of Forever. I polished this one off in less than 24 hours because I had to know what was going to happen.
Again, I love this series. I loved the characters. I loved the romance and relationships. I loved the conflict and tension. I loved the setting. I loved learning about the Amish culture. I loved every moment I spent with Rose and Noah.
One Last Gripe: I was so frustrated by all the trouble caused by Constance and her family.
My Favorite Thing About This Book: Rose and Noah - I loved losing myself in their story.
First Sentence: It was dark except for the light slicing through the gaps in the barn boards.
Favorite Character: Noah, but Sam is a close second
Least Favorite Character: Constance
All I want is my happily-ever-after.
That's all I've wanted since meeting Noah Miller.
From the day we met, the world has tried to keep Noah and me from being together, but now that I'm carrying his child, no one will be able to tear us apart. Or so I hope. But Noah and I have made some mistakes along the way, and the consequences are impacting the people we love. Worse, there's a storm on the horizon, and it's sure to cause serious devastation.
If we can get through this, we'll finally be Rose and Noah; a family, forever.
But first we have to survive the road ahead. And happily-ever-after is a long way off.
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