Tuesday, August 23, 2011

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION'S Review of Tempted

Elisabeth Naughton is a former junior high science teacher that traded in her red pen and test tube set for a laptop and research books. She now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full time from her home in western Oregon where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards including the prestigious RITA® awards by Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, The Golden Leaf and the Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ballpark or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit her at www.elisabethnaughton.com to learn more about her and her books.
Tempted, Eternal Guardians Book #3
Author:  Elisabeth Naughton
SynopsisDEMETRIUS—He’s the hulking, brooding warrior 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 pounded through his head like a frantic drumbeat. For her own protection, Demetrius had done all he could to avoid the fragile princess, his soul mate. And now she was 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.

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…


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