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)