DRC: The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis


3.5 stars

Adam Hawthorne has a porn addiction, and things aren’t so hot for him right now. His dad is more absorbed in getting his mom back than he is taking care of his son and his sister abandoned him to live with his mom in LA.

Someone discovers his addiction, and he’s forced to join the Knights of Vice support group, and the people there start to slip through his defenses, especially one girl who’s beginning to unravel him. 

Now Adam has to face the causes and effects of his addiction, before he loses his new friends, his prodigal sister, and his almost semi-sort-of girlfriend.

Read the official summary here.

Although this book is on the lower end of 200-something pages, it felt a lot longer. This wasn’t necessarily a good or bad thing because there were parts I did and didn’t like.

The Temptation of Adam is a novel about addiction and finding yourself–what are you? You read about the journey of the protagonist Adam.

I think there were a lot of valuable messages in this book and it made me think a lot about what defines me and who we are. I don’t think I’ll stop thinking about this for a few days, and I liked how this had a meaningful impact on me.

But the plot just felt kind of chaotic to me at times. In retrospect, it seemed structured very much like a contemporary, but as I read it, it kind of felt all over the place because sometimes he was happy and other times he itched to watch porn and other times he was something else. With this, the pacing jumped from slower at times to almost frantic at others.

It was kind of a maintained mess, and I can definitely see how it added to the narrative of Adam’s struggles, but it made me stressed at times as I read it.

The characters were a diverse set of people with multiple types of struggles. The female main character is Dez, and she’s addicted to addiction and cycles though different things every so often.

Both Adam and his love interest Dez were developed well into complex characters, but I did feel like some of the other Knights of Vice and characters could have been developed further. Most of them affected Adam’s dynamic and his character growth greatly throughout the novel, but I felt like we could have learned more about their own struggles as they don’t seem to struggle as much as some of the other people did.

I did enjoy reading this book in the times when I wasn’t stressed–there were cute quirks to the narrative like how Adam made mental equations about life.

I definitely think some people will really love this book as it is a realistic display of addiction. Although I had a hard time relating to it, I think it could have a very profound effect on other people.

much love, vicky

Thank you to NetGalley and Sky Pony Press for providing me with a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review!

Have you read any contemporaries on addiction? What did you think?

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