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.
©2011 Elizabeth Naughton (P)2013 Tantor
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This is the third book in the Eternal Guardians series. I loved it!
My sister recommended this series to me as she had read them all (that have been released so far) and thought I would enjoy it, and she was right! I downloaded this as an audiobook, as I had previously enjoyed listening to the first two books in the series in audiobook too. Tempted is again narrated by Elizabeth Wiley. She does another fantastic job in telling the story. Her narration is crystal clear and her interpretation of the characters brought them to life.
Demetrius is a rather intriguing character. I didn't know much about him, even from the glimpses I had of him from the first two books. I am extremely glad to be able to get to know him a little better. He is a very dark and mysterious person, who keeps to himself and even holds his fellow Guardians' at arms length. He has a secret or two that he would prefer to remain hidden but, when Isadora goes missing, he realises that he will have to embrace the darkness within to be able to save her.
Isadora is a character that surprised me when I first met her in Marked (the first book in the series). I was originally intrigued with Isadora, who, although a princess, seemed to have a very weak character and let herself get pushed around, especially by her father King Leonidas. However, as this series has progressed, she has impressed me with her inner strength and steely determination. Now, she has my respect and admiration.
This series seems to be getting better and better as it goes along; I am completely hooked! The story continues from the end of the second book and see's Isadora being kidnapped by a witch, who has been given the task by Apophis, a warlock determined to gain power using Isadora's powers of the Hora to thwart Atalanta. What follows is a fast paced, action packed story that had me sitting on the edge of my seat! The story is told through various points of view, which I really liked. Not only do we meet all of the Guardians, as well as Callia and Acacia (Casey) - Isadora's half-sisters' - again, Max is still very much in the story, though in a more minor role. We also get to meet Orphius more. He's Isadora's friend and, even though he is part daemon (though none of the Guardians know this), he has a playful sense of humour that I like. Demetrius's secrets, once revealed, made me understand him a little more. I can see why he would keep himself apart from the other Guardians' though, but this made me feel sad for him. He hasn't had an easy childhood and, finding out who his mother is, made me realise why he would do this. Meanwhile, Atalanta is plotting and scheming as always, and is determined to find the Orb of Chronos that Max had stolen from her. She is one of those villainous characters you love to hate; she's perfectly evil!
One thing I will say about this story (and series as a whole) is the world building is excellent. The characters are well developed and extremely lifelike. The story arc is beginning to take shape and I am getting excited to see where it leads! The story ends on cliffhanger, which has me looking forward to continuing with this series and I will (hopefully) get to read/listen to Enraptured as soon as I can.
Elisabeth Naughton has written an exciting paranormal romance series. I love her fast paced writing style and the flow is wonderful. She has definitely found a fan in me!
Due to scenes of a sexual nature that are on the explicit side, I do not recommend this book for younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love erotic paranormal romances with sexy heroes and strong female characters. - Lynn Worton
I have read the first book as a print. The story itself was very enjoyable, with great imagination, characters and story building. However, I found that at times it became unbearably soppy/mushy dragging out the angst, and ruining the overall affect for me. I love romance but when you drown it in incessant 'I love you's but a can't have you (blah d' blah)' makes me cringe and roll my eyes with disdain. Just bone and get it over with already!
Nookie in the caves. Nom, nom, nom... :)
The performance was quite good, but to me all the woman sounded whiny/timid and pitiful.
I think after a while I was just waiting to get to the conclusion to the story itself. The lovey dovey overkill and whining got too much for me. I might just read the rest myself...
Good story base and imagination of this fantasy world with some good characters. But tone it down on the placid, timid, screeching woman and insipid loving.
"Each Book Gets Better...Great Series!!"
I am hoping that books 1 and 2 will be coming to Audible soon, but if not, I would recommend reading them first and then buying this audio book. I am a huge fan of paranormal romance and these books are great. This is a continuation from book 2, so it is not really a stand alone story.
I was not prepared to love Demetrius as much as I did by the end. He has been a pain in the neck in the past 2 books, and I was not sure how sympathetic and forgiving I was going to be. But he had his reasons and this book really made me his fan.
I loved Isadora from book 1 and 2 and it was good to see her get a soul mate.
This book has great characters, a good plot line that arcs multiple books and is well written and well paces. I highly recommend the audio book if you can read book 1 and 2 first.
"Glad these books have made it to Audible"
I was really excited to see these books come to audible. Unfortunately you have to read the first two books in the series because I think she had a different publishing company back then but I would definitely recommend you read books 1 & 2 before starting the audio series. The narrator was good but she took a little bit for me to get used to her. I would have chosen a different narrator but she was not bad. Lots of good mythology mixed with present day. If you like Sherrilyn Kenyon's series you will like this series.
"I'M SOOO GLAD I WAS TEMPTED BY THIS GREAT SERIES"
In this powerful 3rd book we see Demetrius, a damaged reluctant hero, battle his personal demons, his Mother, his obsession for his soul mate, the other Argonauts, various daemons and the darkness that constantly threatens his soul. We also watch as timid Princess Isadora finally morphs into a strong and very capable Queen.
In previous books Demetrius and Isadora have had a volatile intense dislike for each other over the years but in this enjoyable, action-packed story they are unfortunate pawns in someone's secret evil agenda and they must learn to live closely together but nothing more or else all will be lost. But before long their mutually erected barriers of dislike slowly fall away which leaves them with lust, passion, sex and love - however, hurt, betrayal, revenge, sacrifice and torture must be endured before forgiveness, compassion and quick thinking wins the inevitable HEA.
Very well narrated by Elizabeth Wiley whose talented voices brings to life each character, each scene and transforms a good book into a great listen.
Worth a credit? A perfect paranormal fantasy adventure with great mythical characters, magic, witches, Gods, Goddesses and, as fate takes it's course, an enduring powerful love story. So if you're a paranormal romance lover, then YES it, and the whole series, is very creditworthy.
The story is unique. The characters dynamic. The sex is hot!
I would highly recommend to any romance lover!
"Favorite one so far."
Each book keeps getting better and better. I was excited for Demetri and Isadora's story and it lived up to my expectation. We find out why each had such a dislike for each other and how it a ruse to hide how they truly feel for each other. The book was hot and I loved the whole stranded on a deserted island with all the mythological monsters aspect. I liked how both characters grew in their strengths because of each other. I recommend reading this series in order to get the full benefits of the storyline. I did manage to get this book with the Whispersync program for less than the required credit. So worth it and I will be getting more books from this series. Narrator is good.
I am greatly enjoying this series! Can't wait for the next set of soulmates. I love strong female characters who tame their cranky men
"excited, cant wait"
I absolutely love this series. I am lookin forward to knowing what is going to happen next who is going to be with who next so exciting; )
"Each book gets better abd better."
I really like how it's mainly about two characters but she brings in the characters from the other books.
I really like listening to her.
"Gotta love the bad boy!"
This is book 3 in a really good series set in modern times but with a tie to the Greek Myths..we even get to see Hades! This is Princess Isadora meets her match with the ultimate bad boy Demetrius. From reading book 2 I NEVER saw these two getting together, but now I understand why it all happened that way.
I don't want to give anything away, let's just say I'm liking the series...it's in my top 5 series.
"Book 3 was even better"
This third book featured the “mean” guardian Demetrius, the one who relished every opportunity to torment Princess Isadora for reasons unbeknownst to all. In fact, his disrespect was so appalling in the last book when the King had ordered him to marry Isadora that he said he would rather be put to death.
After Isadora went missing with her hand maiden right before her binding ceremony to Zander, the guardians began looking for her. Demetrius was able to find her and rescue her from his mother, but not really since his mother banished them to the island of Pandora. Demetrius’ mother was hoping to find a way to get her son and Isadora to become involved so they can have a baby. She would use this infant and it’s power to reclaim her rightful place as an Argolean ruler.
I am really intrigued with this series because of it’s potential, not the execution. In fact, this story has more holes than the last one.
My 2.5 Major Issues:
1) Hera’s curse: Theron hated female humans—thus his mate Casey was a human. Zander---well, I don’t exact understand why Callia was his mate as I don’t know what he hated about her. But I know he hated an action that he thought she did. Demetrius hated pathetic, weaklings, thus why he seemed to hate Isadora.
But this novel implied that Demetrius was aware that Isadora was probably his mate for a really long time. So why did he continue to treat her so reprehensibly? He went out of his way to terrorize her, yet he has a shrine in his place. I don’t get it. If he suspected she was his “curse”, isn’t it inevitable that they will fall in love anyway? Also, why did it take so long for their feelings to kick it because Theron and Zander seemed attracted to their mates from the beginning?
2) Background check: I don’t know about being an Argonaut, but my job performs background and reference checks before an offer of employment is extended. How is it that no one knew anything about Demetrius’ lineage before they appointed him one of a handful of eternal guardians to protect humans and Argolean’s from the Daemons? In fact, they didn’t know he was part witch, only that he was of Jason’s line. How is it that Theron didn’t even know where Demetrius lived, when this is the guy whom you trust to save the world with you?
Minor Issue) Their government set up reminds me of the power struggle that ancient Rome had with the dictators always fighting with the Senate for control. The political scheming etc. Why didn’t Lucian face some kind of backlash for remaining quiet about his son’s involvement with Callia’s son and the deal with Atlanta. I need more answers and better answers. I am not getting them so far but I am not frustrated yet. I am still open.
Ultimately, I am giving this book a four because it makes me want to keep going and neglect the other books that I planned to read because I like Gryphon and Orpheus. So despite the issues, I am still invested in the story, that’s why I bumped it up from a 3.5star to 4-stars
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