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Tempted (A BirthRight Novel #2) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 27, 2014
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I read the first book, TETHERED, for the first time in January 2014, and then a second time in April 2014. I really enjoyed the first book, so I didn't hesitate to read the second when it was offered.
The second book didn't disappoint. In fact, I would say I enjoyed it more than book 1.
If you haven't read book 1, don't continue with this review. I urge you to pick up book 1, though. It's turning out to be a great series so far.
So, in book 2 we continue with Chloe and her family...who are all witches. A little time has passed since book 1 ended, but the prophecy and Chloe's vision of Hunter's death still lingers. In book 2, we get a little more magic with the characters as they explore their linked-in abilities.
We're introduced to some new characters: Xander Morrow, the governor, and one beautiful cougar. With new characters comes new drama. Along with the new characters, Hall introduces multiple POVs. I love this new aspect. I'm a huge fan of having different POVS. I think it allows you to connect with the characters more.
The ending/epilogue are pretty great, and it sets up book 3 really well. I'm looking forward to reading that book as well.
If you've read book 1, I would recommend buying book 2. It just keeps getting better.
Oh. This book does contain a little more language than book 1, and progresses a little in the intimacy department, so may only be appropriate for mature ya and na.
Happy Reading, Y'all!--Goodreads Review: Emily - 5 Stars
If you liked the first book, you are going to love this book! The writer really has a way to draw you into this story. There are moments in this book when I felt like I was the character in the book getting to experience what they are going through. I was so drawn into the story that I didn't realize that I had been reading for two hours and had half of the book read. For me there were moments in this book where I was shocked, surprised and even cried at some of the revelations that occurred.--Goodreads Review: Estelle - 5 Stars
If you haven't read Tethered, then you should. It sets up the story nicely.
I enjoyed Tempted even more than Tethered. There's more conflict in Tempted and things are slightly darker. We get to meet new characters; one in particular was mentioned in Tethered. I won't tell you who it is. Hopefully you'll be as blindsided as I was. I enjoyed Xander and how he challenges the status quo.
With this book more of the prophecy is revealed. The family explores more of their magical abilities and their linked-in abilities. Some powers are enhanced and we get to see some future potential. They even start to explore the family history. We get to see the family pull together even more and the love and the lengths they'll go to when something goes wrong with a loved one.
Ms. Hall introduces characters different points of view, which I thoroughly enjoy. I like experiencing things from different characters. I really liked this book and the series so far. I know it's one I'll read again. I look forward to the next book. Things are building and I can't wait to see how they'll be handled. The epilogue sets things up for the third book. I know it left me wanting to start the third book immediately.--Goodreads Review: Kim - 5 Stars
About the Author
Brandi Leigh Hall is a YA and NA author, whose stories lean towards the sweeter side of romance. Her novels combine magical elements with real-life issues, strong female characters, semi-old-fashioned men, and family values, woven together and told from an organic and emotional, first-person perspective.
Growing up in a haunted house in Central PA inspired Brandi's fascination with the paranormal, so it only made sense she'd write Urban Fantasy for both teens and adults. Book 1 in The BirthRight Series, TETHERED, debuted this past Halloween, while book 2, TEMPTED, is scheduled for release on May 27th.
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Top Customer Reviews
This second book in the series finds Chloe working in the governor's mansion, preparing for a New Year's Eve party. But, when her visions disappear and Chloe's family can no longer reach her magically, it becomes apparent that something sinister is going on. To make things worse, Chloe suddenly becomes enamored with Xander, the governor's nephew, and forgets her visions, completely forgetting the impending disaster that she should be trying to avoid.
What I loved:
Chloe's family is a big part of her story (in fact parts of the book are told from her brother's or her mother's points of view). I loved the strong family relationships and the sense of "family first" that tied them together.
Sigh. I'm just a huge fan of Hunter - have been ever since Tethered. He's kind of the perfect boyfriend. He's sweet with Chloe, but tough when it comes to his job (and look out to anyone who tries to hurt Chloe!). Even when Chloe gave him reason to doubt her, he never even considered giving up on her and leaving her to fend for herself. I'm definitely Team Hunter.
We got to see more of the family's magic in this book. I loved seeing everyone's powers at their full potential and learning more about the prophecy and what it might mean.
I was not a fan of the love-triangle aspect of the book. Because of the magical aspect, it felt an awful lot like insta-love. I was actually okay with this when it seemed like Xander was just a plain bad guy who was pretending to have feelings for Chloe and Chloe was only interested in Xander because she was being forced to. But then there were times in the book where we were supposed to believe it was actually more - I just couldn't get on board. Something that Xander did made me understand why Chloe might have some confusing feelings about him, but I didn't see why Xander felt connected to Chloe in the first place. I just never saw anything real between these two.
Overall, I was really happy with this second book in the series. It was a tad bit darker than book one, but still not terribly edgy. I'm looking forward to finding out what Hall has in store for us next. I give this one 4/5 stars.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own***
The plot of this novel is spectacular. With the first novel, the story is just taking off. You meet all the characters, get introduced to the dramatic plot line, and the adventure begins to unfold. After Tethered ends on a great cliffhanger, Tempted starts right back up with even more suspense and drama. The plot thickens as there becomes a definite war brewing in the background between good and evil, and how magic may be the very thing that saves or kills them. Action-packed, full of delicious drama and steamy romance, this novel is sure to appease the hunger of fans of the series, and even entice more readers into the realm of the BirthRight series.
The characters in this novel are one of the reasons why this novel is so hard to put down. The characters are imaginative, emotional, and very unique. Chloe, our main character, faces many difficult situations and decisions. Through these situations, however, Chloe does develop and change, maturing into her character. This character development is quite exciting, and we get to see such a different side of Chloe. Hunter also changed and developed in this novel. If possible, he becomes even braver, and truly expresses his love for Chloe. These two characters, along with all the others, are all nicely developed, interesting, and unique.
The writing was also terrific. Might I say, I believe the writing was even better in book 2 than it was in book 1. I mean this in a good way! It seems as if Hall has really matured as a writer and taken her readers suggestions and comments to heart. That is why this novel was so good! And why I believe that Tempted definitely outshines Tethered. And because of this, I must say that everyone should at least try book 1. Maybe you'll love it or maybe you'll just like it. Whatever your feelings, you should definitely continue on and read book 2. You won't regret it. The writing is daring, flowing, funny, dramatic, romantic, and more, all rolled up into one big story full of plot twists and unexpected scenarios. You definitely don't want to miss this.
Overall, this story is one you don't want to miss. It's packed full of magic, drama, romance, and hilarious comedy, and one novel sure to appease readers. Full of plot twists and ending with one of the best closing scenes ever, this novel is fantastic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well thought out and easy to read.
I enjoyed Tempted even more than Tethered.Read more