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    Okay, deep breath, how to write a review on this book? As you probably already know, I’m a big fan of The Sweet Trilogy and of Wendy Higgins. I was excited when she announced that the third book wasn’t quite the end of the trilogy and that there was going to be a fourth book telling the whole story over again…from Kai’s point of view. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book! Now that I’ve read it, I have to say it exceeded my expectations. I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t capture my interest as much as the other books because I already knew the story and what the outcomes were. However, I’m happy to say that this book fully captivated me. While I did know the main outcomes, there were smaller ones that I had forgotten and got to relive all over again. Plus, there was a bunch of new content to experience as well. I loved being on this journey through Kai’s POV. While I clearly loved it from Anna’s POV as well, the two are so different. This book had a different tone to it and it was written more maturely. I definitely don’t have anything to complain about with this book. I love love loved it! I highly recommend it to anyone who read and loved (or liked) The Sweet Trilogy and anyone who sighs for Kai. If you haven’t read the previous books in the series, I highly recommend you do that as well!

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  • I sigh for Kai

    I call this book Kaidan is Sexy because Sweet Temptation does it no justice. It is always interesting to see the other side of stories. In the vein of Jamie McGuire's Walking Disaster, or Christine Zoldenz's Scars and Songs, Wendy Higgins has given us the guy perspective of her series. Sometimes, like in the instance of Travis Maddox, it is very hard to reconcile the guy the heroine saw and fell in love with and the dude in his own book. Travis is not charming in Walking Disaster, he's rather skeevy. I couldn't like him as he was in his own tale; although it was a perfect example of TWO accounts being told of one story. But Kaidan Rowe is relatable and easy to love in Sweet Temptation as he was to Anna. His weaknesses and darkness becomes apparent while keeping him palatable, and desirable even. I am still in love with this lust puppy after seeing the world through his eyes. Kaidan is Sexy starts out at a different point than Anna's story; it gives clear view of Kaidan's life and unhappiness. He is empty and on auto-pilot, life is happening to him and he's powerless to do anything about it because he's owned body and soul. The removal he feels from the physical act of passion makes him feel meaningless, it is his job not something he feels for his own. When he sees Anna he is confused and paranoid because the many machinations of the Dukes, his father in particularly; he is used to being tested and watched. Kaidan sees an anomaly like Anna with a fair amount of skepticism. However this innocent girl kicks starts a curiosity that fuels him like nothing before, not even music has moved him in such a way. He can't let her go, and yet he doesn't want anything to do with her. The conflict within Kaidan is expertly handled and you feel for him. You can identify with what is in his heart. As a matter of fact, I adored the fact that the struggles and realities in this were realistically framed in a way other novels with this sort of POV swap have failed. The sensibility of the characters emotions and frame of situations is on firm foundation. The structure of the story remains the same, it's not an alternate perception, it expands on the overall arc. Sweet Temptation is a compact telling of all three novels of Anna's adventure. What makes this work successfully isn't necessarily the insight into Kai's journey, but rather how well Wendy knows all of her characters. It serves the narrative that she is giving the in depth background regarding all the Nephilim friends and Dukes. It is the richness of all the interactions and her own understanding of her cast that gives clarity to the reader. Anna's view of the nephilim and Kaidan's growing up with them show the fullness of the author's background knowledge of all those characters she writes. Anna sees nothing but hope and love because of who she is. Kaidan sees things more darkly, he's grown up in the dark world of the Duke's. He's fatalistic because he has never considered anything other than what his life is. There has never been innocence in his life until Anna. Wendy is approaching those realities individually for the best storycrafting. Another item that is better understood in Sweet Temptation is the passage in time. With the separation of the series from book to book it's easy to forget that years are passing. Since Sweet Temptation is condensed telling of the three books it's easy to understand the full scope of events. I became very aware that Anna was no longer a young girl and had grown into a woman in this novel. It also helped to see Kai's view of her as she transitioned from not knowing what and who she was to the woman who sent the Dukes to hell. Is there any issue? One, and it shows my age. Through most of the book Kaidan "can't even". My sister says it all the time too and she is nineteen. I "can always" so "can't even" becomes really apparent to me. Regardless of my itchiness there the teen speak makes it a lot more identifiable to younger readers. Especially those who also "can't even". NOTE: YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO READ THE SERIES IN ORDER. Skipping ahead will not have the impact the entire telling will.

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