Sunday, September 13, 2015

ARC Review: Sweet Temptation (Sweet Evil #4) by Wendy Higgins

SummaryBad 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.

Pages: 483

Release Date: September 8th, 2015

Rating: 5/5 Stars


I had been craving Sweet Temptation ever since the announcement of it's release earlier this year. When ARCs started to appear this summer I began trying whatever I could to get my hands on an early copy. My hopes started to disappear as time went on without any progress, but luckily I manged to get a copy where I least expected, San Diego Comic-Con

I began the Sweet Evil trilogy in October of 2013 when I had the opportunity to met author Wendy Higgins at Celebrate the Book. My best bookish friend, Kayla, and I had a read-a-long for Sweet Evil on the five hour bus ride to Philadelphia for our field trip the day before Celebrate the Book. Kayla and I both fell in love with the story and characters. The Sweet Evil trilogy was one of the first book series that really bonded us together. I can't even tell you how many Sweet Evil related jokes and arguments of which one of us could have Kai as our book boyfriend were written on my science binder by the end of our eighth grade year. We were obsessed.   

I absolutely loved Sweet Temptation from the very first page to the last. I had not realized how much I missed these characters and their story until I began Sweet Temptation; I felt like I was re-reading the story for the first time and I never wanted it to end. I read most of Sweet Temptation in Las Vegas, which is rather fitting, and I remember starting it the night before the book event Love N' Vegas (review yet to come). I would have stayed up all night to finish it, but I was staying in the same hotel room as my parents and my mom eventually told me to turn the light off and go to bed because she could not sleep with the lamp on. 

One of my favorite things from Sweet Temptation were the chapter tiles, I have never laughed so much in my life over chapter titles before. The chapter titles were so Kai and I loved that. My favorite out of all of them was the title of Chapter Five, "Road Trip With A Nun," can we please take a moment to appreciate that. 

From both the Sweet Evil trilogy itself and Sweet Temptation, my favorite scene is the epilogue. I love both of the epilogues equally, I prefer neither perspective more, they are both phenomenal and the best conclusions I could ask for. I love the characters of the Sweet Evil world and, as much as it pains me to finally say goodbye to them, I know I have to. Back in June, Wendy posted a really great Facebook post that I currently am unable to find a link to, but she explained that she never plans to return to the world again because the characters have been through so much and they do not deserve to be in danger once more. I fully agree with Wendy, as much as I love these characters, I love them too much to put them in danger yet again. 

I know at this point I am just a rambling mess, but I can't recommend this series enough. I highly recommend reading the entire Sweet Evil trilogy before starting Sweet Temptation, but if you must, Sweet Temptation can be read as a standalone. Just be warned that there will be holes and Sweet Temptation is more enjoyable for those who have read the entire trilogy. I enjoyed every second of Sweet Temptation and I cannot wait to read Wendy Higgins' upcoming book, The Great Hunt, which is expected to be released in March of 2016, too far away if you ask me. 

(Me, Wendy Higgins)
Photo Taken at ApollyCon 2015

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