Review: Sweet Temptation (The Sweet Series #4) by Wendy Higgins

Sweet TemptationTitle: Sweet Temptation
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Series #4
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
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.

Author Note:
Sweet Temptation will encompass the entire trilogy in a condensed version, beginning with Kai’s life before he met Anna, and taking readers through the epilogue of Sweet Reckoning. Sweet Temptation is a companion novel, not meant to be a stand alone story. It will definitely be a richer experience for those who have read the original trilogy.

My Review:
So here’s the dealio: I LUV Kaidan Rowe. I mean, come on, he’s Extra-T worthy and then some. I was so excited for this book and in the main I really enjoyed it.

This is exactly as Wendy says – a retelling of the Sweet Trilogy from Kaidan’s perspective. Still, I thought we might have gotten more of an insight into his character and meatier scenes depicting what he was up to during the lengthy periods when he was apart from Anna. We got some, but I felt more character development was in order.

Kaidan has been largely ignoring his unhappiness until Anna shows up and he starts to think more reflectively about his life. She brings out the best in him and makes him want to be a better person/Neph. He has a good heart underneath and he just wants to be loved.

He hated how he was entangled with Marissa and his dad and the sex slavery business, and it was great that he got to do something about it at the end. He does have a moral compass despite his upbringing.

There are plenty of sexy times in this book and it was fun being in his head. He’s more than just your typical sex-obsessed teenage boy and there were plenty of cheeky, LOL moments. And of course, all my fav dialogue and funny one-liners are repeated here too. I love all his British slang and Wendy nailed it perfectly.

I was pissed at Belial in the initial series over how he tried to separate Anna and Kai. It never felt natural to me given his forbidden relationship with Mariantha. Having read the scene where he warned Kaidan off, I now hate him even more. Overprotective dad or what?

At times, it felt like I was pressing the fast-forward button on my DVD – it jumped around in a jerky fashion, and it pulled me out of the story. It reminded me a bit of those Team Edward/Team Jacob clips on the Twilight DVDs – you know where it just fast forwards to all their scenes? There were parts of Sweet Temptation that felt exactly like that to me.

All in all, though it’s a very good read, and essential if you are a fan of the Sweet Trilogy. You won’t be disappointed.

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