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Belonging (A Temptation Novel - Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Ann Hopkins
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I left everything I knew behind. But it was worth it. He was worth it.

No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren’t even allowed to see each other.

Not until I’ve proven myself. If I can find a way to make it work, we'll be Rose & Noah, together forever. But not everybody believes this is where I belong.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373210817
  • Publisher: MIRA Ink (1 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 27 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback
Oh my goodness, how much do I love this series? I'm a one flailing fangirl shipping Rose and Noah so hard!

In Temptation, the course of forbidden love never ran smooth and now in Belonging everything is out in the open but unfortunately for Rose and Noah it doesn't mean an easier time. Now the hard work begins as Rose says goodbye to her old life to embrace the Amish lifestyle. Leaving her family, her friends, formal education, modern conveniences and freedom behind, Rose is plunged into her new world with plenty of icy cold shocks. Will the love of Noah be enough to fill the gap left in her heart?

I seriously loved Temptation, I adored the romance between Rose and Noah, it was so sweet, laced with both innocence and passion. In Belonging, their romance becomes "real" in that they finally must embrace the pressures that come with the many rules and customs of the Amish community. Rose barely has time to breathe in her new adopted home before she faces a firing squad of Church elders all with their demands (and threats) for her to toe the line or say goodbye to Noah forever.

I really admired Rose throughout this book. She literally entered another world, far different from her own. Living with a strange family, not being allowed to even look at Noah until the church elders said it was okay, partaking in back breaking work with only minor complaint, I really felt that she grew in this book. At times it angered me that Noah didn't always give her credit for her sacrifices, if Rose grumbled about her chores when weary he almost jumped down her throat accusing her of not being truly committed to her new life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Borderline.. 28 July 2013
By Kat
Format:Paperback
I seem to be developing something of an obsession with the Amish - whether it's the fascination with living without technology, their close knit communities or their intricate rituals I'm not completely sure, but I did enjoy the first book in this series, Temptation in particular as it dealt with what an 'outsider' has to go through to join their community.

Essentially the story of what one teenage girl, Rose, goes through as she tries to become Amish to be with her boyfriend, Noah, Belonging takes the story begun in Temptation and turns up the seriousness and intensity as Rose battles to find her place in a community where she will seemingly always be considered an outsider.

I liked Rose in Temptation, but in retrospect it was mostly because she was a bit of a lost soul in search of her place in life after the death of her mother. In Belonging, however, I started to develop a strong need to shake some sense into her as I was never completely convinced that a) being Amish nor b) being with Noah was what she really wanted. In fact, in places she almost admits that what she has with Noah is nothing more than an intense crush, stating that she only felt the attraction to him when she was with him. As for Noah, I understand that the restrictions of the community meant that he couldn't be with Rose as much as he wanted to be, but even when he was with her, it never felt like genuine love and at one point he practically calls her a slut. Not cool dude, whatever your background.

There are new characters introduced in Belonging, which was good for the story-line particularly as there are some darker themes explored through those characters but none of them are extremely memorable.
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By Sarah
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to
This is book 2 in the `Temptation' series, and kicks off where book 1 `Temptation' ended.
**Warning - some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 `Temptation' (ie: like the fact that Rose and Noah are still together)**
Having made the decision to join the Amish community in order to be with her Amish boyfriend, Rose now has to get used to her new plain life, and all the new rules and laws that come with it. The Amish aren't exactly making this easy for her, but thankfully a few key people are supporting her which she desperately needs.

Just because Rose and Noah are trying to build a relationship, doesn't mean that everyone else is helping too. Rose's father and brothers are still expecting her to come home, and are unhappy when it seems that she's not budging, and there are several members of the Amish community who are trying to put a spanner in the works too.
Can Rose and Noah really be together? Will Rose take the next step and become fully Amish for him? And how long can a relationship work, when people are trying to tear it apart?

Beautiful and un-put-down-able, this story is one hell of a rollercoaster ride through Amish customs, and one girl's undying love for her Amish boyfriend.

I was really excited when I saw this book on Netgalley because I was so interested to find out what would become of Noah and Rose, and how Rose would manage living an Amish life. Book 1 raised some serious questions for me about Rose and Noah's relationship, and by half-way through this instalment, these same questions were raised again. How could Noah seriously expect Rose to give up everything to become Amish to be with him, when he was willing to give up... nothing?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Romeo & Juliet meet the Amish 1 May 2013
By Cupcakegirly/Jenuine Cupcakes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Amish Romeo and Juliet saga continues.

What I liked: The cover is what piqued my interest followed closely by the plot, like an Amish Romeo and Juliet. It's well written with a clear distinction between the dialect of the Amish verses the English (anyone who isn't Amish) and of course, there's plenty of romantic tension.

BELONGING provides more of an inside look into the world of the Amish as Rose adjusts to her new life. Everyone expects her to fail and even Noah begins to have his doubts but her willingness to prove herself is admirable. Rose and Noah have their issues but I found them enjoyable and their struggle to balance the Amish old-fashioned ways with their desires was entertaining.

What left me wanting: I wanted to love this, I really did, but the insta-love that happened in Temptation, bordered on obsession and the drama wore on me after a while. I know the Amish have their issues but I was hoping for more HEA and less, "Dateline Special". The ending didn't surprise me at all which was a bit of a letdown.

Final verdict: If you loved Temptation, you 'll no doubt enjoy this sequel.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Encompassing love story with character development. 10 May 2013
By Brandi Breathes Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Belonging picks up the theme of the intense and all encompassing love between Noah and Rose. I loved being in their heads, and how much they care for one another. Besides their dual perspectives, we also get to hear from Sam in this one. I didn't think I would like his point of view as much as the others, but I ended up really appreciating what he had to bring to the story. Even when he did stupid stuff. But seeing him fall for Summer, and the things that he realizes about himself, and how much he grows, the the very adult choice he makes in the end really impressed me.
This is not to say that I didn't have any issues with the books. Noah and Rose both are so mature and immature all at the same time. They make sacrifices for one another and in order to be together, and that proves that their feelings are real, but then the selfish side of each of them rears its head. Especially when there are misunderstandings and things trying to tear them apart. At times, their love seems more like an obsession, but then there are healthy things that seem to negate it. I was just so back and forth, but the one thing that kept drawing me in was their character growth. What they learn about each other, the respect they gain for their elders and others in the community, and how much they start to grow up really impressed me. Besides being caught up in their epic romance and the forbidden love element that I really loved.
I wanted them to be happy, and for them to work out if their love is true and they were making decisions for the right reasons. But when things threaten to tear them apart, and both Noah and Rose are under assumption of things that are not true, they make some really bad choices. It added a lot to their character development, but I was almost disgusted at the lengths they would go through to make themselves forget and try to move on from what happens. I just wanted their love to have a full chance or to fall apart without outside and dishonest things working against them.
The story ended at a good point for wrapping up the second book, but at such an important moment, that as a reader I was left wanting to do almost anything to stay in this world and find out what happens next.
Belonging is incredibly fast paced, I never wanted to put it down, and I didn't want to blink in fear of missing a steamy moment between the two. I was swept up in their love and in their story. There is a lot of drama, secrets, misconceptions, and games that go on, so if you didn't like Temptation or thought the lengths they would go to for love is extreme, then you probably won't like Belonging, but if you can roll that way with your love story, like I can, then you will probably love it too.
The Amish culture and what Rose had to endure converting to the religion and way of life all seems very well researched. I can't imagine living that way, even for a boy, but I loved experiencing it through Rose.
There were some pretty intense scenes and themes dealt with in here. While I agreed with Rose's heart in how she responded to of the issues (trying to free a friend from abuse and her terror over this person) I didn't agree with how she went about it. Other than the abuse aforementioned, there was also talk of and committing intercourse, violence, and near rapes. None of them were gone into detail, and they were handled well by the author.
I will definitely be picking up the next book. I can't wait to find out what happens with Noah and Rose next, as well as getting into Sarah's (Noah's sister--we get a preview of the 3rd book featuring her pov at the end) head. I am eager for more character development and to see if love can conquer all for Noah and Rose.

Bottom Line: Encompassing love story with character development.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Love Story! 7 May 2013
By Lindy Gomez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Belonging is the exquisite sequel to Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins! Belonging began right were Temptation left off. Rose is dropped off with a kindly elder Amish couple to learn the ins and outs of becoming Amish herself. As soon as she arrives at her foster parents home, she is met with the Bishop, and the ministers of the Amish church. She doesn't exactly get a warm welcome, and the Bishop lays down the strict rules of the Amish society of Meadow View, and lectures Rose that she has to prove herself fit for the Amish culture, and become a part of the church before Noah, and her can begin courting, and belong to one another. Rose is upset to learn that the process of learning before she can become a part of the church can take several months. This means that Noah and Rose must adhere to all of the church's rules, or Rose will be removed from the society, and her and Noah will not be able to be together.

The first half went at a slow pace, and consisted of Rose and Noah's day to day lives, their thoughts of each other, and interactions with one another. The story was still told in alternating view points between Rose, and Noah, but this time we also get Sam's (Rose's eldest brother) perspective here and there. It all tied together seamlessly. In Belonging, we got to know a lot more about the secondary character's that were introduced to us in Temptation. We learn a lot more about Sam and his day to day life. Also, Rose become's closer to Suzanna (an Amish friend she met in Temptation,) and Suzanna introduces her to Miranda (another Amish girl,) and Summer (a girl from the country who has grown up among the Amish.) Rose develops close-knit friendships with these three girls, and they all help, and support one another throughout the story. We also learn about the "Amish Way," of doing things. Rose wakes up everyday at dawn and works very hard in a very strict, structured, and regimented environment day to day. Church and prayer are also a big part of the culture, and Rose makes it her mission to do whatever it takes to win over the bishop, and the rest of the Amish community to be with Noah.

The second half of the story picks up pace, and I was sad to finish the book. The characters really developed, and the plot was highly engaging! There were so many plot-twists, and surprises, that kept the story moving along at a rapid pace. Poor Rose and Noah's relationship is tested time and time again! These two couldn't catch a break, and they had so much going against the success of their relationship. Not only did they have cultural differences to overcome, but they also had to deal with two horrific antagonists (Ella, and Levi from Temptation,) and her family being dead set against them being together. At the end we're left in suspense with a surprising cliffhanger! I don't know how I'm going to wait for the third book! The way Belonging left me, I am dying to have answers now. All I know is that I jumped from Temptation to devour Belonging, because there was some suspense at the end of Temptation. However, the suspense we are left with at the end of Belonging was much more intense. I have no doubt, that I will be reading the third and final book of this trilogy in one sitting!

I wonder if love will be enough for Rose and Noah to overcome all of the obstacles that have been thrown in their paths. I hope with all my heart that they will succeed and not only be together, but be happy. I fear that Rose will lose herself, all that she loves, her family, her passions, and her wild, and free spirit! I really want her to have it all! Noah and Rose have the kind of love that two people share if they are lucky enough to, once in a lifetime, and I for one am rooting for them to make it, and have the happily ever after that they both deserve.

I give Belonging 4.5 Suspenseful, Self-Sacrificing, Challenging, Passionate, and Once in a Lifetime Stars! If you have read and enjoyed Temptation, you will enjoy Belonging even more! I highly recommend this series to fans of YA Contemporary Romances that enjoy realistic fiction, angst, suspense, passion, and stories about other culture's. Belonging is an excellent choice for a bookish escape, and it stands out in a genre were a lot of stories are written very similarly. This series is a very memorable read, that you will be thinking about long after you have finished it!

My Favorite Quotes:

"If I'd lost Noah on that fateful night, a part of me would have died also. I couldn't even imagine a world without him-it would be as if the sun disappeared from the sky. My heart wouldn't have recovered, and that's why I had to be brave now. I couldn't live without him, and somehow I had to make my decision to become Amish work-so that the two of us would never be torn apart again.
~Rose (Kindle Loc. 33)

"Deep down, I knew that Rose's headstrong personality was one of the things that I both hated and loved about her. Things were always exciting with her, that's for sure."
~Noah (Kindle Loc. 751)

"The feel of Rose in my arms was better than ever before. And that was hard for me to believe. Each time I touched her, I experienced more desire; just a glance from my sweetheart made the blood pump heavily through my veins. I didn't know if I could rein myself in again if I found myself completely alone with her. All reason went out the door when she was in my embrace.
~Noah (Kindle Loc. 1453)

"See, that's where you and I are different. If I fell in love, I'd give my life for my guy, but not my soul, she said cryptically. What are you saying? The fact that Summer was getting all philosophical had me suddenly on edge. She gazed at me with steady eyes and said, That if you give up your spirit, who you really are, for a guy, you won't have much left to love him with."
~Summer (Kindle Loc. 3066)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I've started to doubt the romance in this book.... 18 May 2013
By The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger - Published on Amazon.com
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Rating: 2.5/5

I read the first book, Temptation, not too long ago and had some good things to say about it--The scandalous romance and the unique setting of the story made for an entertaining and in some ways educating read. However, for some reason when I read Belonging, I didn't get the same goody-bookworm feeling I had after reading the first novel, and because of that it took me a bit longer than usual to get through it.

Belonging focuses for a large portion of the book on Rose finally getting her chance to be Amish so she can freely be with Noah. As the reader, we get to take this unknown journey with her as Rose is finally faced with the chores, rules and responsibilities that come with being Amish. One thing I've always loved about Rose was how dedicated and determined she is when she wants something. She doesn't let anything stop her and she does everything she can to stand up for what she believes in. That being said I think this was at times a fault of hers as well, which is something I particularly noticed in Belonging. I think there were more than a few times were Rose doubted what she was doing and I sometimes felt like she was almost a little too proud to admit that there is a possible life path for her that doesn't include Noah. It's unfortunate because it seems like Rose finally starts to consider this toward the end of the novel, but then some unexpected news changes things.

One of the biggest differences in my opinion about this series from book one to two is my thoughts on Noah's character. Noah and Rose's relationship in book one was scandalous, passionate and consuming, and in book two, it continued that way. Some may think this is a good thing, but I found it hard to continue supporting because it was nearly impossible for me to believe their relationship was built on a foundation of true love:

-Clue One: Rose gives up, and is willing to continue giving up, her whole life (literally) and identity to be with Noah. However, Noah not once is willing to sacrifice anything in return. If he was truly in love with Rose, I feel like he wouldn't hesitate to do whatever he could to be with Rose, including at least seriously considering the possibility of becoming "English."

-Clue Two: All Noah ever thinks about when he's with Rose is her looks and how tempted he is in Rose's presence to have sex with her before marriage. ...If that isn't lust, I don't know what is!

-Clue Three: I don't know about you guys, but Noah always seemed to be pressuring Rose into marriage even when she was clearly not ready. On numerous occasions, Noah even tried convincing Rose to marry him using his uncontrollable desires as a good reason to get married sooner rather than later. Ugh! Control your hormones Noah! Honestly, he comes off as being so selfish-- Rose has already given up so much and he can't even give her enough time to make sure this is the life she wants. I wish I could talk about how livid I was with Noah because of a certain situation that happens at the very end of the novel, but because I don't want to be giving anything away, I'll keep my rage inside.... for now.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Belonging (Temptation #2) 31 Aug 2013
By Stephanie Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
'Belonging' is the second book in a young adult contemporary romance series that continues to focus on our main characters - Rose and Noah. They have done the unthinkable - fallen in love. Noah is Amish and forbidden to speak to an English girl, let alone be with one. Rose knows that Noah is the one for her and she won't let anything keep them apart - not even his strict religion. So Rose left everything behind - her friends, her life, everything - to join the Amish community so she and Noah could be together. Now that Rose has transitioned into the Amish way of life, she must prove herself worthy of Noah and his love as well as showing that she belongs among them.

This continued to be an interesting contemporary romance novel that continues right where the first book left off, with Rose joining the Amish community to be with Noah. I continued to enjoy learning more about the Amish culture and their lives along with their strict rules and religious beliefs. As I mentioned in my review of the first book in the series, I live in rural Pennsylvania, so I'm no stranger to the Amish people and their ways, so I was already familiar with most of what the novel spoke of. The characters continued to be well written, especially the main characters of Rose and Noah. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow and overcome the obstacles that were put in their way. Rose continues to be an independent and opinionated girl, but now she has to learn to tamp down her sarcasm and sharp humor if she wants to fit into the Amish community. Noah continued to be the quiet, obedient, and sweet guy who is loyal, loving, and devoted to his faith and his family. I continued to love the romantic aspects of their relationship and I was definitely still rooting for them to be together despite all the obstacles in front of them. The book is told from alternating points of view - Rose and Noah. I liked that the story is told this way because the reader gets and inside view into each of the character's thoughts and feelings along with how they each view the same occurrences. The writing was incredibly well done with a natural flow and an easy but quick pace that had me quickly picking up where the first book left off and jumping right into this book. I enjoyed the ending and I'm definitely intrigued at what the next book will bring. I would definitely recommend this book and the series to fans of YA contemporary romance, especially those who like something original and different from everything else out there.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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