Saturday, 4 January 2014

Book review: Riding Temptation by Jaci Burton

Title: Riding Temptation
Author:Jaci Burton
Series: Book #2 in the Wild Riders series
Release Date:October 7th 2008
Publisher:Berkley HEAT
Number of pages:292 pages
Source: ebook copy purchased by reviewer
Purchasing Info: Goodreads , Author's WebsiteAmazon, Kindle, B&N, Book Depository (US)Book Depository (UK), Read an excerpt

Grade: 2 stars

Novellus malus!

Goodreads appetizer: He’s a biker working undercover for the Feds. She joined the Wild Riders for reasons of her own. Together, they’re burning up the asphalt and tearing headlong into danger and passion…

Ever since runaway Jessie Matthews teamed up with the gang of special ops bikers, the Wild Riders have thought of her as their kid sister. Except for Diaz Delgado. Over the past few years he’s been watching the budding of a ripe young woman. Jessie’s glad somebody finally sees her for who she is—and she’s thrilled it’s Diaz. His dark good looks and killer body have tempted her since day one.

Diaz’s unbrotherly urges have been hard to fight but the last thing he’d want to do is hurt Jessie and break up the gang. But when they both go undercover to infiltrate a group of killer survivalists, he knows it’ll be hard to keep his distance—especially when the mission takes a risky turn. Now Diaz has no choice but to open himself up to the one woman who may be strong enough to take him on.

My Thoughts: Riding Temptation was such a huge disappointment for me I'm afraid.... I mean after all the high praise I've heard from numerous sources of how great an author Jaci Burton is and after reading the premise for Riding Temptation I was beyond certain that this book was exactly the right one for me. I couldn't be more mistaken I'm afraid...

Where should I start with what went wrong with this book? Let's just start with the obvious focus of this story on the sex scenes. Yeah, don't be fooled like I was from the premise, Riding Temptation is more the story of a young agent who is desperate to seduce her coworker rather than an explosive relationship that unfolds in the midst of a very dangerous undercover mission like the summary reveals.
You know me, I'm all in for some good smut and I never fail to appreciate a well written sex scene BUT I need something more in my story to keep me going, to make me really love a book. Unfortunately, Riding Temptation apart from the well written sex scenes had little else of what I'm usually looking for in my stories. Not much of a plot, while here I have to add that there was some plot, unlike other erotica novels I read where there's no plot whatsoever, no character development whereas one could find in this novel every single cliche there is in this genre. What little there was of a plot was so predictable that you knew what was coming even 50 pages sooner. No big surprises here...

Now, let's talk about the characters. Oh my! It's been sometime since I disliked a heroine so much... Jessie was really something else, and not in a good way... She kept whining and demanding from everyone to treat her like a woman only she herself never treated like one. The fact that someone is 23 and has finally had sex (I'll come to the virginity part in a bit) doesn't make her a woman or mature. Someone's maturity is judged by his/her actions and not by how experienced she is in the bedroom and definitely not by one's age. Heck I've met 18 y.o. who are more mature than some of my 30 y.o. friends, so no, age doesn't always indicate maturity. Maturity is to know when someone says no to you, to respect his reasons for declining you, even if you do not agree, and to generally know when to keep your mouth shut and act like the undercover agent you're supposed to be. Instincts are always good but trusting only your instincts and expose yourself and your fellow agents just because you think you're a good judge of character is naive to say the least. The fact that everything in the end wrapped up nice and tidy despite Jessie's mistakes, only indicates how cliche Riding Temptation really is.

Diaz was more of a decent character but still he was way too caveman for my taste plus I found the whole tortured hero he tried to pull off (or rather the author tried to pull off with his character) not really successful. He wasn't really explored as a character thus I just found his fears just an addition of cliches to this story and nothing more. I didn't feel him, or connect with him.
And now let's take a moment and discuss Jessie's virginity part. Oh well! I haven't rolled my eyes so much since like, never! Not because I found unbelievable the reasons why Jessie even though 23 was still a virgin, but because let's face it, no matter how many porn movies one has seen, you don't get to be so open with your desires and so vocal with what you really want unless you're somewhat experienced. And no, having lost your virginity to a vibrator doesn't really count like experience. Plus, Jessie was at one moment shy and wanted to share her real first sexual experience with the man she always loved and no one else and at the next minute she literally throws herself at him or she demands that he fucks her. So much for shyness.

Verdict: Riding Temptation didn't work for me on any department. The writing style was good, that much I could appreciate about this story but everything else just fell flat for me. The plot, the characters, everything. Although I think I will give book 3 a chance, if that one isn't any better I don't think I will continue with this series. But I'm not ready to give up just yet. After all maybe I just missed something so many other readers have found in this book, because the GR rating is pretty high. So, I'll give book 3 a chance and see how it goes from there :)

Plot: 3/10
Characters: 3/10
Writing: 6/10
Ending: 3/10
Cover: 2/10

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