Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Review: Tempted by Megan Hart

Title: Tempted
Author: Megan Hart
Publisher: Spice
Publication Date: December 19, 2007

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Megan Hart can write a freaking book. This book is a love story. But it is a love story involving three people and about different kinds of love. Even now I don't know what to think.  The steam factor is high, and I will definitely be reading on in the series. Though I don't know if I can read book two, which is Alex's point of view for book one. I don't know if I can go through that again.

From Goodreads:

I had everything a woman could want. …My husband, James. The house on the lake.

My life. Our perfect life.

And then Alex came to visit.

The first time I saw my husband's best friend, I didn't like him. Didn't like how James changed when he was around, didn't like how his penetrating eyes followed me everywhere.

But that didn't stop me from wanting him. And, surprisingly, James didn't seem to mind.

It was meant to be fun. Something the three of us shared for those hot summer weeks Alex stayed with us. Nobody was supposed to fall in or out of love. I didn't need another man, not even one who oozed sex like honey and knew all the secrets I didn't know, the secrets my husband hadn't shared. After all, we had a perfect life.

And I loved my husband.

But I wasn't the only one.

My Thoughts:

Anne and James were a seemingly happy couple, or as happy as a couple can be in today's world, and then Alex came for a visit. I knew from the first phone call that James took, the description of his reaction, that things were going to get crazy. And boy did they.

Alex, Alex, Alex. You and I need to sit down and have a serious talk. You reeled me in Alex and then, when things got hot, you bailed. And you bailed with little explanation. This was not cool.

One thing I both loved and loathed about this book was that, even at the end, I didn't know who I liked out of the three main characters. I felt the most for James, I can say that. And my heart broke for Alex. But what he did, and the way the book ended, I just don't get him. I want to like him. I really, really do. But he needs to make up for some shit that I just can't get past. And what about Anne?  Well, surprisingly I did not feel all that much sympathy for her. I felt like she needed to get her crap together for James and it took her way to long to do this. And then, at the end I was all, WTF was that?! Did James know where Anne went? She said James was home, but it wasn't clear if he knew. Was it some sort of closure on her part? I mean, I want James and Anne to be okay and like they were in the beginning. But I don't know if, after the events of this book, they can be that way ever again. Sure they can be happy, I think. Maybe? I hope. But they can't change what happened.

As you can see, I was emotionally rattled by this book but in a weirdly good way. I know. It's confusing, right? But I think that's the mark of a good book. Even weeks after reading it, I keep going over what happened and trying to figure things out and figure out how I feel about it all. And also, is it wrong that a part of me was rooting for Alex and James and the two of them to boot Anne out? Cause in way, I was hoping that happened. And then I hoped it didn't. And then I did. See what I'm saying here?! GAH!  This book, for me, was that much of a mind fuck.

Bottom lime is, that after reading this book I I felt like I was thrown out of a plane and the parachute didn't open until I was way too close to the ground. I was far enough away to not end up splattered on the earth, but I still hit the ground with a jarring thud that shook me to my core. And it was all worth it.

Here are the purchase links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

*This book was a self-purchase and I was not in any way compensated for, or even asked, to review this book. All opinions are my own*

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