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Tempted: Eternal Guardians #3    by Elizabeth Naughton Amazon.com order for
Tempted
by Elizabeth Naughton
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Sourcebooks, 2011 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

In this 3rd instalment of Naughton's Eternal Guardians adventures, gruff and brooding Argonaut Demetrius finally meets his match - even though he and Princess Isodora have known each other for two centuries. Better that he continue hiding behind a manufactured fašade than have his fellow warriors, and especially Isodora, suspect the sinister truth of his bloodline.

When the evil underworld daemon Atalanta kidnaps the princess, Demetrius is first in line to track her down and bring her back home to Argolea - and to her future role as Queen. Tricked by the daemon and then banished to the island of Pandora as pawns of Atalanta's wide-ranging agenda, both try their best to deny their raging attraction. A spell cast by Atalanta's witch minions makes this all but impossible, however, and a mere week later the uber-daemon's plan falls neatly into place.

Demetrius challenges the wisdom of holding the princess captive, pointing out that a prolonged absence from Isodora's twin would kill her. By saving his soul mate, Demetrius seals his own fate. Labelled a traitor by King and Council, his days in Argolea are numbered. Can Isodora bring about a last minute reprieve or will she lose the only man she will ever love?

Naughton skilfully melds Greek mythology with the 21st century and creates a world where daemon, human and Argonaut battle to strike a balance of power. The author's buff, sword wielding heroes aren't dissimilar to a handful of other series where a brotherhood of warriors work together to save the day - and struggle to find love with their chosen mates. Tempted continues to expand the nifty and ever-evolving world that Naughton introduced in Marked and Entwined - if this series is a favourite of yours, watch for Enraptured (Orpheus's story) coming to a bookstore near you spring 2012.

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