Reviewed by Helyce
I freaking loved this book!
Demetrius is an Argonaut, one of the seven Eternal Guardians who guard the realm of Argolea as well as the human realm. Of all the Argonauts, Demetrius has the worst temperament, can be a bit on the mean side, and is generally avoided but he takes his responsibility seriously and is loyal and trusted by his fellow Argonauts. In order to be an Argonaut, you must be a direct descendant of the original 7, and there is only one in each generation. Demetrius has a few secrets, though, and as it goes with secrets something always happens to bring them out. If that wasn’t enough, each Argonaut is cursed by Hera in that they are destined to love but one woman, a soul mate; the catch is that the woman may be out of reach and never feel the same way about him.
Isadora is the Princess of Argolea, next in line to the throne. Her father, the king, is ill and it’s only a matter of time before he dies. But Isadora isn’t confident that she’s Queen material. In trying to gain self confidence, Isadora has done some very un-queenly things like befriending Orpheus and using his contacts with the witches to open portals and sneak into the human realm, a big no-no for her.
Of all the Argonauts, Isadora and Demetrius have the most complicated relationship. Demetrius has always steered clear of her, to the point of being rude and in some instances cruel. Isadora has never understood why, and despite his obvious aversion to her, she knows that she can trust him to protect her. But Demetrius knows something that no one else does, Isadora is his soul mate. She is his one and only, destined to be the only woman he could ever love due to the curse of Hera. While you would think this was a good thing, to find that one, rare person to share your life with, Demetrius knows he can never be with Isadora. Those secrets I mentioned above are the reason and no one can ever find out.
The threat of war against Argolea is a constant and their biggest foe is Atalanta and her army of daemons. Atalanta’s feud with Argolea and the Argonauts has been going on forever. She’s been biding her time; waiting for the right opportunity to wage war and take back what she feels is rightfully hers, the throne of Argolea. She’s determined and finally she sees a way to extract the vengeance she feels is her due. The key is Isadora and she needs her to make it all happen.
When Isadora is kidnapped Demetrius cannot stop the surge of feelings that run through him. He must find her and save her but to do so he risks his secrets being exposed because he must call upon a part of him that he has repressed for many years. He really doesn’t have any choice, however. Even though he and Isadora have not bonded, his need to protect her is first and foremost and lives in every cell of his being. He will do whatever it takes to rescue her and bring her home safely to Argolea.
Tempted is the 3rd book in this series. I read the first two (Marked and Entwined) so I am very well versed in the world that Ms. Naughton has created. Her world building is fantastic; her descriptions so clearly created Argolea in my head. I love that there are witches and magic, and portals and that while the Argonauts can move between the realms, the humans are clueless. I love that mythology plays a huge role in the world that she’s created. And of course, there are the characters. Isadora in books one and two kind of came off as fragile, weak-hardly someone strong enough to be Queen and rule Argolea with all its problems. But she grows and blossoms in this book as she finds her strength, largely due to Demetrius. Ah, Demetrius…love him! Demetrius is so tortured, forced to hide an innate part of himself for fear of being discovered. It’s ironic that what he’s hidden for so very long is exactly what he needs in order to save Isadora. Watching him fall in love with Isadora with every fiber of his being and fight it because he feels unworthy is painful and broke my heart. Isadora never gives up on him, though and when he realizes that she loves him and accepts him in spite of everything she’s learned it is simply perfection.
Of the three books in this series, Tempted is my favorite so far and while it can be read as a stand-alone, I’d recommend reading the first two to get the full story.