Book Review

TEMPTED
by Elisabeth Naughton

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Sensuality: SCORCHER

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Tempted initially throws too many characters at the reader with so little background that they all blend together. Once the characters are separated into smaller groups, the story is more engaging. The premise is a clever continuation of the Greek myths with fresh, inventive characters. Mercifully, the central romance builds gradually and naturally, and the few almost erotic scenes strike a perfect balance of emotion and explicitness. Though the combination of mythology and modern is a bit clumsy at times, overall it’s a passion-filled read.

Princess Isadora and Demetrius, her reluctant Argonaut protector, have been banished to Pandora Island by the evil Atalanta, Demetrius’ mother. Unbeknownst to Isadora, Atalanta cast a fertility spell on her and expects Demetrius to produce an heir who will have links to the goddesses of fate and the throne. Compounding things is the fact that Isadora is Demetrius’ soul mate, thanks to a curse from Hera. He tries to keep his feelings secret to save Isadora — but can’t keep up the act for long. (SOURCEBOOKS, Sep., 416 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Susan Mobley

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS

Published: September 2011

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Tempted

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on October 5, 2012 - 3:11pm.

Our Review [by LA's Pack Alpha Michelle L Olson]:
WOW! All of the elements you want, need, and dream about for a phenomenal mythological fantasy and so, so much more. Gods, Goddesses, Witches... Heroes sweeping in to rescue their princesses and save the day... Those are just a few of the things that this book will give you as a reader.
Demetrius is sort of a tough nut to crack. He's edgy, gritty and just a wee bit cocky, but under the surface you can tell that he's not quite what he appears and that there may be more than meets the eye-- Especially since it's quite obvious that he uses this persona to distance himself from the very lovely Isadora.
Isadora is a spoiled Princess who has been kidnapped and is in some pretty deep doo doo. She tries her hardest to escape, but when the one holding you isn't a stranger, it makes things just that much more difficult.
Torn by his honor and duty to rescue Isadora and his desire to protect her from himself, Demetrius throws himself into the fray like any good hero would. While he's done pretty much everything he can to keep the distance between them up to this point and come off as a cold S.O.B in order to protect her from the darkness within himself, them ending up stranded together and fighting for their lives starts to melt that ice and they both start to come to terms with the inevitable.
Isadora changes as well. She goes from spoiled, pampered princess to strong and independent woman. These changes in herself seem to bring about a clarity for her regarding Demetrius as well, and she realizes that he's not being truthful with her. The more she picks at the chips in the paint, the more she can see of the true canvas underneath, though this is one complex canvas to unveil.
Elisabeth does a smashing job of keeping Isadora in the dark while letting the readers in on Demetrius's secrets, which just makes the things he does more heroic and makes you fall in love with him even more. Add to that the fact that this book has non-stop action and adventure, sexy, steamy romance, and poetic imagery so vivid that things as intangible as an emotion are plainly written all over the characters' faces (pun intended) and it's sort of the perfect read.
For those that read and loved the first 2 books of the series, all of the Argonauts make a return appearance; Callia and Casey, Hades, Orpheus (who plays a very big part and has some of the most spectacular dialogue ever), Atalanta causing as much (if not more!) trouble as usual, and Nick.
Tempted is a non-stop wonderfully crazy adventure that you don't ever want to stop! You will be hooked from the very first page, and you will be so utterly and completely captivated by the story you will want for nothing more than to get lost in the tale forever.

DISCLAIMER: make sure you have plenty of time for this one because housework, grocery shopping, that `Charlie Brown' "Whaa wa waaaa" from the DH... They're going to be completely ignored until you turn the last page! And then you might as well warn the family in advance too, because you're going to be peeved for a couple of hours afterwards (regardless of the euphoric high you'll get) because the next book isn't available yet!

So if you couldn't guess, LITERAL ADDICTION Paranormal Book Club gives Tempted 5 Skulls (we'd give it more if we could!) and would recommend it to, well... EVERYONE!!

Keep them coming Elisabeth! We have questions that need answers and you're the only one who can deliver these scrumptious Argonauts in true Naughton fashion...