Release Date: September, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Eternal Guardians Series #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (416 pp.), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
DEMETRIUS—He’s the hulking, brooding warrior his fellow Guardians avoid. Too dark. Too damaged. And given his heritage, he knows it’s best to keep everyone at arm’s length.
Isadora is missing. The words pound through his head like a frantic drumbeat. For her own protection, Demetrius did all he could to avoid the fragile princess, his soul mate. And now she’s gone—kidnapped. To get her back, he’ll have to go to the black place in his soul he’s always shunned.
As daemons ravage the human realm and his loyalty to the Guardians is put to the ultimate test, Demetrius realizes that Isadora is stronger than anyone thought. And finally letting her into his heart may be the only way to save them both.
Isadora is the heir to the throne of Argolea, her father is on his deathbed, and she’s just awakened to find herself in the clutches of the enemy. As if she needed more bad news, her captors intend to use her as a pawn in an evil goddess’s plan to rule the world, and her best hope of survival is a warrior who seems to hate everything about her. Lucky for her, the feeling is mutual.
Demetrius is the darkest of the Argonauts, untouchable and solitary. But he’s chosen his path for a reason, one he can’t bear for anyone else to know. Especially the princess he publicly refused to be bound to, who, in his opinion, thinks only of herself. She’s also the one woman he can’t stop thinking about, and if he’s right, she’s not only his curse, but also his one chance at love.
Combining paranormal romance and Greek mythology, Tempted has a lot going for it from the start. As the third in the Eternal Guardians series, I got the impression that some of the missing back-story would have been helpful to have more familiarity with the main characters. The story was very easy to get into, however, so aside from that, I had no trouble immersing myself in Naughton’s world. Being familiar with the myths is a plus, but not necessary, as she uses her characters’ dialog and inner thoughts to fill in any blanks.
Having said that, I am very happy to have had the opportunity to read this novel. The Argonauts are each distinctive, though they’re a fighting unit. A few of them are a complete hoot, and it was extremely entertaining watching them jab at each other like brothers sometimes do, yet join together seamlessly when their duty mandates it.
Demetrius fights himself harder than anyone else, but it was thoroughly enjoyable to watch his barriers crumble. He’s snarly and sexy, and very much surprised when Isadora turns out to be so much more than he’d given her credit for.
Isadora, despite being labeled a spoiled, selfish, weak princess in the beginning, is nothing of the sort, and is extremely loyal and giving to those she loves. By fighting for her heart’s desire, she realizes she’s strong enough to fight for her entire kingdom as well.
Naughton doesn’t hold back on the sensuality of her characters, and Demetrius and Isadora are a perfect pair in that respect. His self-enforced denial creates a lot of tension, and when it finally breaks, it makes for some delightfully naughty scenes.
Tempted was a nice surprise, especially not having read the first two novels in the series. It’s smart and well written, and Naughton incorporates familiar myths comfortably with her own tale. Her warriors are worthy of appreciation; while her heroine isn’t content to merely be a bystander to the workings of her own life. Add in some magic and lust, and Tempted is certainly a novel worth reveling in.
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
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