Book Review: Temptation by Justine Elvira

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You know what? I genuinely liked this book. I didn’t love it. I wasn’t desperate to get to the end, but I did enjoy myself along the way. Initially, I found there was too much of a focus on Cassie’s weight, both from Theo and the people around him. Yes, I get it, she’s a bigger woman trying to lose some weight–must it be brought to my attention every ten seconds?

Theo is a jerk. A huge, misogynistic jerk. Seriously. There are glimmers of redemption toward the end of the book, but I assume he’ll grow as a character the more we read about him. Anyone who doesn’t realize he’s a complete ass about women within the first chapter is just… It’s so painfully obvious how terrible he is, and it makes me both sigh with frustration and appreciate him for sticking to his truth. If you’re not a huge fan of him in the first two chapters, you’re not going to enjoy the rest of the book–plain and simple.

Like Theo, I found Cassie to be a really intriguing character. I loved the way she worked for what she wanted, and her softness contrasts nicely with Theo’s assholery. However, I did feel that she was giving him mixed signals (just a little bit), and was a little annoyed with her actions toward the end of the book. But then again, it’s hard to be mad when you don’t know what’s happening in a characters head. The next book, from the blurb at the end, seems to be from Cassie’s POV, so that may shed some light on her as a whole.

All in all, I was happy with the book. Solid writing quality from the author. It was short without feeling like things were rushed, and it’s the first romance I’ve read in a while from a male POV. I won’t be racing out to grab the next book anytime soon, but I’ll definitely be adding it to my to-read list for the future!

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