Review: Tempted by Elisabeth Naughton

Tempted by Elisabeth Naughton
Series:  Eternal Guardians (# 3)
Release Date:  September 6, 2011
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages:  416
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



DEMETRIUS—He’s the hulking, brooding warrior even 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.


Review:   I know that paranormal romance is everywhere now.  Vampire, werewolves, fairies…’d think we’d read it all.  Enter Elisabeth Naughton with her Eternal Guardians series and enter a seductive, captivating world where Greek myths take on a different spin and we are introduced to characters you fall for.

I am a huge history nerd.  Myths are some of my favorite reads and this take on them is awesome.  Each book focuses on one of the Argonauts, warriors favored by the Greek Gods and who are descended from the original Argonauts who were with Jason on his quest to find the golden fleece.   They protect the human world and their own kingdom from daemons (which are described as creatures with the bodies of men, heads of lions, horns and having dog’s ears).

Tempted focuses on Demetrius and Princess Isadora.  Demetrius is down-right mean.  He doesn’t let anyone close enough to know him because he has a huge secret that if out, would ruin him.  Not only that, he knows that Isadora is his soul mate.  He spends 200 years pushing her far away by being sarcastic, mean and being an absolute jerk.  Unfortunately, when Isadora is kidnapped and they are stuck on an evil island, Demetrius is forced to confront his feelings for her.

Demetrius is an interesting character.  While he is built, big and gorgeous…he isn’t nice.  In the first book, there was nothing that made me like him.  As the story goes on, you begin to understand why he is that way and he really, really starts to grow on you.  Like, you start to love him.  And you start to root for him.  By the end of the book, you might even shed a tear or two.

As mean as Demetrius is, Isadora is the exact opposite.  She is thoughtful and sweet.  Almost submissive.  Since she is the next in line for the throne, she feels like she has to portray the perfect Queen-in-training.  Fortunately, Isadora is forced to become a completely different woman and she is determined to get exactly what she wants.  And what she wants is Demetrius.  Oh and they are quite wonderful together!

I really wanted to give this book a big 5 but it took me a bit to get into it (meaning – I put it down for a week because it wasn’t keeping my interest) and that has to knock it down just a bit.  But man, once the story really started to get interesting, I was hooked.

Warning – this is a series.  While you can figure out what has happened before, I think that you should absolutely read this in order.  I just happened to have read book 1 already so I felt like I had a grasp of who some of the characters were and how the world worked.  But I do think that had this been the first book read, you may have been a bit lost.