26 May 2014

Faith's Temptation by Rose Dewallvin

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 Faith Ann has always lived a simple life as the farmer's daughter until one day something happens that will change her life forever. Now faced with the choices of flight or fight, she leaves home and doesn't look back. Setting out on the journey of a lifetime.
Ryder Porter is the golden child of the DDMC. Thought to be a bad boy, he is also known as a teddy bear to the women that he lets in. Which are few and far between. Ryder is used to getting what he wants, so when fate intervenes and shows him something he wants, he goes for it. Though Faith is not his usual easy conquest.
Faith has never been one to give in to anything, but will Ryder be able to persuade Faith to give in to this temptation?

*Note from Author: This book used to be called The Lost Trucker. It has be rewritten. There is new scenes and information. BOTH books in this series are being rewritten. This is the new BOOK ONE in the Dueling Dragons MC Series.*

I like my MC books gritty and the grittier the better. Unfortunately, Faith’s Temptation is sorely lacking in the grit department. It’s so gritless, that when Faith and Ryder start making out on the beach – shortly after walking barefoot on said beach – he proceeds to lick and suck on her toes as part of their foreplay before they have sex. As someone who grew up in the Florida Panhandle and has been on several of the beaches along the Gulf Coast in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, I found that scene very difficult to believe because Gulf Coast beach sand sticks to everything, especially in between the toes.

Sadly, this was not the only thing I found lacking in the book. The dialogue often felt stilted, especially between Ryder and Faith. Ryder’s sister Layla is the queen of mixed messages – she warns Ryder away from Faith, tells Faith that her brother is not a good man and she should avoid him, yet when Faith has a fashion emergency while getting ready for her first date with Ryder, Layla comes to the rescue with a halter-dress and heels. But most importantly, Ryder is not believable as the VP of an MC, especially as he tells Faith that he runs drugs and guns and has murdered people. He lacks the hardened edge that is typically associated with someone in his position; the fact that he seems to have no qualms in telling Faith that he loves her, will take care of her, and wants to marry her is at total odds with the outlaw biker/trucker personality he is supposed to possess. An alpha male he is not and as much as I hate to admit it, I found myself snickering at several of the sex scenes when the author attempted to portray Ryder is sexually dominant.

While I did enjoy Faith’s character more than Ryder’s, I found the speed at which her resolve to not date anyone crumble when Ryder pursued her for date surprising – and by that I mean she agreed to a date after he asked her twice. However, she definitely redeemed herself when she confronted her ex-boyfriend Beau and her ex-best friend, Peggy Sue; now THAT was a scene that made up for her waffling. I also found the ending of the book to be quite enjoyable – and no, not because it was the end, but because of the situation Ryder finds himself in. It certainly sets the stage for the sequel

I was so excited to read this book because I remember reading the sample on Amazon when it was originally released under the title, The Lost Trucker, and being disappointed that it was no longer available for purchase when I was ready to read it. Unfortunately, Faith’s Temptation did not live up to its blurb’s potential and it was just an okay read for me. I can only hope that the next book in the series is better and fulfills the promise of the cliffhanger.
Growing up in a small town close to Seattle, Rose saw many different walks of life. But growing up around bikers and rockers, she experienced most things people only dream of.
Now a thirty’s something wife, mother, sister, aunt and best friend –she is devoting her time and energy to bringing these experiences and many more to you in her books. Contact via Email


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