Zoey needs a break after some serious excitement. Sadly, the House of Night school for vampyres doesn’t feature breaks on its curriculum – even for a High Priestess in training and her gang. Plus juggling three guys is no stress reliever, especially when one is a sexy Warrior so into protecting Zoey that he’s sensing her emotions. Wider stresses lurk too, and the dark force in Tulsa’s tunnels is spreading. Could Stevie Rae be responsible for more than a group of misfit fledglings? And Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from the immortal Kalona and his dark allure – but they also show that only Zoey can stop him. She’s not exactly keen to meet up, but if Zoey doesn’t go to Kalona he’ll exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. She just has to find the courage to do what’s necessary, or everything that’s important to her will be destroyed.
Tempted is a brilliant sixth intallment of the House of Night series. I have heard disgruntles over the use of a different point of view other than Zoey’s, which is a different format to the previous books in the series, but I loved it. It was a breath of fresh air and a well needed break from Zoey. Although she is still central to the story and has more chapters than the others, it was nice to get to know more about Aphrodite, Stevie Rae and Rephaim, the son of the fallen angel, who is part bird and part man. Tempted begins exactly where Hunted finished and takes the reader on a thrilling ride. Although I did find the first few chapters slower than usual it didn’t take me long to get sucked back into the House of Night world and the different plots propelled me towards an absolutely brilliant, but sad, climax.
I really enjoyed reading about all the different characters, including Zoey. If you’ve read my reviews for the previous books in the series, you will know that I have a love/hate relationship with Zoey. On the one hand I think she’s quite a strong character with a feisty attitude, but her boy issues drive me mad! However, in Tempted, Zoey’s boyfriend problems didn’t bother me so much and I enjoyed her connection with Heath and Stark, although she’s still a bit immature with her reactions to certain situations at times.
Stevie Rae is coming into her own and she’s really growing as a person. She still has a lot of secrets but is too frighted to tell Zoey and the others in case they don’t understand. Aphrodite, Heath and Stark are all growing as characters too. Aphrodite is still bitchy but she’s actually liking being Zoey’s friend and she’s also falling in love, but will never admit it of course! Heath and Stark are coming to terms with their roles where Zoey is concerned and are slowly accepting each other as being a big part of her life, unfortunately Erik is doing no such thing, but pays the price.
There is just so much going on in Tempted that I was completely glued to the pages and read most of it in one sitting. Each main character has their own story to tell and each one is exciting. I’m really looking forward to seeing where the story leads as the ending was such a huge climax, with a great cliffhanger. For me, Tempted, along with Chosen, is by far the best book in the series and I really cannot wait to read Burned.