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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
Would you consider the audio edition of Tempted to be better than the print version?
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!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Tempted?
Nookie in the caves. Nom, nom, nom... :)
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
The performance was quite good, but to me all the woman sounded whiny/timid and pitiful.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
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...
Any additional comments?
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.
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.
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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.
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