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May 01 2013 @ 06:21 pm
Tempted by Evil (#1) by Amber Lynn Natusch & Shannon Morton  
Title: Tempted by Evil
Series: Light and Shadow Trilogy, 1
Author: Amber Lynn Natusch & Shannon Morton
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Links: Paperback, Kindle

Book Description:
A sheltered girl.

The perfect boy.

A mysterious stranger.

Random messages delivering a sobering prophecy plague Aspen's existence. With every curious encounter, her sanity wavers further. Before long, Aspen finds herself balancing the fate of humanity on her shoulders, until a single act turns her world upside down. She finds herself alone, isolated from those she thought she could trust.

Alone to damn the world.

What did you think of the book? (Why this book?, New Author? Read more by author? Keeping? Thoughts on Hero? Heroine?)
I'm a fan of Amber Lynn Natusch but Shannon Morton is relatively new to me and the writing world. I love Natusch Caged Series so I was very intrigued by the prospect of a new series of her to love. And being such a fan I plan to read all I can that she writes. Hopefully this series is no exception.

I have to say I'm not the fence. I did enjoy the book and it definitely had Natusch's writing style which seems to be that you are as "in the dark" as her character. Having said this, the book is by no means boring. It is an captivating story that leaves you guessing at every turn. I can also see the differences in the writing which I assume are Morton's influences and seem to mesh very well with Natusch.

My only real issue is the Shadow or the Dark of this book. I've read many good and evil books in my wanderings but at times the idea of the evil in the book is a little hard for me to want to read about simply because it is evil.

The characters as always aren't don't feel completely fleshed out but at the same time you feel like you have a clear grasp on who they are. I did like Aspen even though at times I wanted to smack her upside the head. I felt she was a little too vulnerable but I suppose her upbringing would make that possible.

Then there are the men. Julian and Merrick. I don't want to say too much because really you have to read it to know more. But I will say that right off the back I liked one and not the other. And I did enjoy that it seemed to clearly mark one good and one evil. Can you guess which one?

This book really does push the scales for me but likely not for others. And as is too often the case with Natusch's books this one ends with a cliffhanger so whether or not I continue the series really comes down to what happens in the next book.

I think that actually means I plan to continue and while I can't decide whether or not I love the series the book was enjoyable and well done. I think Morton couldn't have choosen a better co-author than Natusch because together they produced a book worth reading.
 
 
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