Rating: 3.5 stars
I was given this book by the author for an honest review.
This is one of those books where I really had trouble figuring out what to rate it. If I was basing it on the first half of the book, my rating would have been much lower. The second half of the book, however, made up for most of it.
Tempting Isabel is Rissa Brahm's debut novel and there were both pros and cons for me.
First, what I didn't like. The beginning dragged. Zack and Isabel don't meet until chapter three and it's not a very long interaction after all the build up to get to it. There's also a lot of dwelling and explaining Isabel's curse. While I get the reason why, I think that most of this information could have been scattered throughout the rest of the book to make things flow better.
With that being said, things really picked up in the second half of the novel. After I reached fifty percent, I didn't want to put the book down. A huge contrast to the first half to be sure. I was cheering Zack on and trying to figure out how he would break through the barriers Isabel put up to keep them apart.
The book is well edited and I enjoyed all the characters. We didn't meet anyone who didn't have a purpose...a reason for being in the story. I think this author has great potential and I'm interested to see what she has in store next.