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Tempted (Eternal Guardians Series #3)

Tempted (Eternal Guardians Series #3)

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by Elisabeth Naughton

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"The sensuality of Sherrilyn Kenyon and the intensity of Patricia Briggs." —New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox

"Elisabeth Naughton combines dynamic dialogue and sizzling romance with a wicked cool world. Do not miss this series."New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione

DEMETRIUS—He's the hulking,


"The sensuality of Sherrilyn Kenyon and the intensity of Patricia Briggs." —New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox

"Elisabeth Naughton combines dynamic dialogue and sizzling romance with a wicked cool world. Do not miss this series."New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione

DEMETRIUS—He's the hulking, brooding warrior even 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 pound through his head like a frantic drumbeat. For her own protection, Demetrius did all he could to avoid the fragile princess, his soul mate. And now she's 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.

"An incredibly fresh spin on Greek mythology that is full of humor, action, passion, and a storyline that keeps you from putting down the book." —Fresh Fiction on Marked

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Naughton's sexy, fast-paced Eternal Guardians series, in which superhuman warriors protect descendants of the Greek gods, continues in this riveting and unpredictable third installment (after 2010's Marked and Entwined). Isadora, princess of Argolea and descendant of the Horae, the goddesses of balance, is kidnapped by an evil warlock's servants. Demetrius, an Argonaut with a dark secret, rescues her but treats her contemptuously to mask his love for her. When evil goddess Atalanta strands the pair on a dangerous island as part of her plan to take over Argolea, Isadora and Demetrius trade antagonism for passion, with strong, vivacious Isadora taking the lead as darkness threatens Demetrius's tortured soul. Naturalistic, snappy dialogue, endlessly twisting plots within plots, a cast of complex and eminently likeable characters, and a romance as hot as it is complicated make this an entertaining and smoldering read. (Sept.)
Naughton skilfully melds Greek mythology with the 21st century...
RT Book Reviews
A clever continuation of the Greek myths with fresh, inventive characters... A passion-filled read.
Night Owl Reviews
Naughton has crafted a phenomenal series...
Love Romance Passion
Naughton does an incredible job of creating a believable world.
Smexy Books
I freaking loved this book!

Leslie's Psyche
Naughton has created a fascinating world...
Debbie's Book Bag
Tempted is jam packed with action, romance and the struggle of good vs. evil.... A sexy, hot love story.
Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks
A steamy romance, great characters and wonderful world building.
Romance Novel News
One of the best paranormal romances of 2011.
Michelle's Book Blog
A wonderful series. I love the world building and the alpha males with their equally kick ass counterparts.
The Romance Reviews
Naughton weaved a fantastic world in TEMPTED...
That's What I'm Talking About
Smart and well written... A novel worth reveling in.
Dark Divas Reviews
Full of thrilling, edge-of-your-seat moments that will keep you enthralled.
Over the Edge Book Reviews
Overflowing with a superbly crafted cast of characters... [A] deliciously powerful paranormal romance...
Love to Read for Fun
Naughton weaves an involving tale of two individuals who find a home and acceptance in each other's hearts.
Once Upon A Chapter
Oh ladies! Hold on to your hearts because Demetrius will melt even the coldest of cynics!
Yankee Romance Reveiwers
Tons and tons of sexual heat...
Bitten By Paranormal Romance
Naughton has taken the Greek Argonaut myth, turned it on its head, and OWNED it!
Literal Addiction Paranormal Romance Book Club
A non-stop wonderfully crazy adventure that you don't ever want to stop!
EBook Obsessed
Demetrius is now my top favorite hero of all time!!
Publiishers Weekly
"Naturalistic, snappy dialogue, endlessly twisting plots within plots, a cast of complex and eminently likeable characters, and a romance as hot as it is complicated make this an entertaining and smoldering read." Starred Review
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"Naturalistic, snappy dialogue, endlessly twisting plots within plots, a cast of complex and eminently likeable characters, and a romance as hot as it is complicated make this an entertaining and smoldering [listen]." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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Temptation hung like a thick mist in the club, calling to the desperation seated deep inside him.

Demetrius swallowed back the shot of whiskey and slammed his glass on the table. Heavy bass pulsed around him, lights flickered over bare skin, strips of leather and dangling chains, and bodies ground against each other in time to the thumping music.

He couldn't remember where he was-LA, Houston, Atlanta?-but he didn't give a rat's ass. One human city was just like the next, and sleazy clubs like this that fed the deviants on the fringes of society were easy to find. Yeah, he was in the mood for pain tonight, and right now he didn't care if it was he or the brunette in the skimpy dominatrix getup across the dance floor who got to dole it out.

She shot him an I'd-hit-that look and smiled when he nodded her over. As she turned away from the two shirtless losers in dog collars she'd been talking to and headed his way, lights rippled over her cleavage, her long legs, her dark brown shoulder-length hair. A scar marred her upper lip and her makeup was way too heavy for his taste, but that was okay. He wasn't beautiful either. So long as she wasn't petite and pale and perfect, that was all he cared about.

She stopped at his booth in the shadows, gave him the once-over. He knew what she saw-a big-ass,

tattooed, scarred, and menacing biker dude dressed all in black. And obviously, from the gleam in her eye, she approved. But it was what she couldn't see that should have scared her shitless.

She braced both hands on the table, leaned forward so her breasts all but spilled out of her leather bustier. Three small triangles were tattooed just above her left breast. The Greek symbol delta repeated.

His gaze flicked up to her eyes, outlined in thick black. Her fake lashes curled almost all the way to her eyebrows. No, he was sure she wasn't Argolean, didn't possess any link to the ancient Greek heroes who'd been the first to settle his realm thousands of years ago. As an Argonaut, born of the guardian class, his sense of perception was strong. She was definitely a mere human.

That little bit of conscience dogging him pushed in, twisted through his gut.

"I'd ask you how it's hanging, stud, but"-she drew in a breath that seemed to give her pleasure-"I have a feeling I already know the answer: Well. Very, very well, by the looks of you."

Bind me, hurt me, and fuck me were written all over her heavily made-up face. And when she sent him that come-and-get-me look, what was left of his conscience slid to the wayside, just that fast.

He flipped cash onto the table and pushed to stand, refusing to think of the reason he was here, in this human club, desperate for the all-too-familiar pain that would make him forget. "Where to?"

"There's a dungeon room below."

"Good enough."

Excitement flared in her eyes as she turned, giving him a nice view of her ass in the barely-there leather bodysuit. Not perfect, but it would do for tonight. "Follow me."

He made it four steps before he caught movement to his left. And two faces that shouldn't ever be in a place like this popped into his line of sight.

"Whoa." Gryphon, Demetrius's guardian brother in battle, stopped feet away, eyes wide as he took in the interior of the club. He pointed to his right. "Is that woman naked in that cage?"

"No way." Phineus moved into the light so he could get a better view of the cage hanging from the ceiling above the dance floor. "She can't be-holy crap, she is!"

Demetrius clenched his jaw. He didn't have time for this shit tonight. He was off duty, damn it. It was the first night in months he wasn't on patrol with the Argonauts, searching for the daemons Atalanta had unleashed from the Underworld because of her twisted need to control and annihilate. And the last thing he wanted to do was stand here with these two yahoos, ogling something he didn't want. He glanced toward the far side of the room. His dominatrix stood in ice-pick heels on steps to a hallway that disappeared around a corner. Her what-the-hell's-the-hold-up? look said he was running out of time.

"Dude," Gryphon said with a wide grin, eyes locked on the woman in the cage, now rubbing against the bars, "you've been holding out on us. This is where you go when you leave our asses behind in Argolea? I am so following you from now on out!"

Demetrius shot the blond Argonaut a withering glare, then looked back toward his dominatrix. She was already moving back into the crowd, searching for someone else.

No. His muscles coiled. He'd been sitting here for the last hour, scoping out the scene, and she was the only one who fit his requirements. She was the only one who in some way didn't remind him of-"...

Isadora's vanished. Like into thin air."

Demetrius whipped around at the sound of Phineus's voice and focused in on the dark-haired guardian. "What did you just say?"

"For shit's sake," Gryphon yelled over the pulsating music. "Didn't you hear a damn word we said?"

Demetrius glanced between the two Argonauts, who'd given up gawking and were now focused solely on him. Humans had taken notice of their conversation, but drawing attention was suddenly the least of his worries. As if his brain had just come back online, he realized Gryphon and Phineus should be in the royal temple. Right this minute. Witnessing the princess's binding ceremony. Not here in this seedy club with him.

"What do you mean, vanished?"

"Gone," Phineus said, snapping his fingers for effect. "Into thin air. No one knows where she went and Theron wants your ass back in Argolea, like now, to help find her. If the Council finds out she's missing..."

Demetrius's chest went cold as Phineus's words faded in his head. He thought of the Council of Elders, of their desire to see Isadora ousted as soon as her elderly father, the king, passed and she assumed the crown of their realm. It was no secret they didn't want her to rule. Then his mind shot to Atalanta and what the goddess would give to get her hands on Isadora. As a descendent of the Horae, the three goddesses of balance and justice, Isadora had powers yet untapped.

Then again...

Wouldn't it just be like the princess to run off again? Except now...this wasn't about her anymore. This was about all of them. Didn't she realize she was screwed-that they were all screwed-if Atalanta got her claws on her?

Plan for tonight forgotten, he pushed by his fellow guardians and stalked to the door as his mood grew blacker and that dark mist he lived with every day of his damn life roiled and boiled inside him. Bodies parted as he passed, but he didn't need to look to see the fear in the eyes around him. Normally he'd enjoy scaring the shit out of a group of humans, but right now all that mattered was getting outside so he could open the portal and flash back to Argolea, then find that bloody princess before she screwed up everything for good. And when he did? Oh, when he found her-after he laid down the law-he was going to haul her skinny butt back to the castle and make sure she was exactly where she should be.

Bound. Forever. To any Argonaut who wasn't him.

"Demetrius! Dammit." Gryphon sighed at his back before he reached the exit. "What in Hades crawled up his ass and died?"

"I don't know," Phineus said. "I've been wondering that for over a hundred years. You ever figure it out, you let me know."

Meet the Author

Elisabeth Naughton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Wait for Me, the Firebrand series, and the Stolen trilogy. She has been nominated for several prestigious awards, including the RITA Award, the Golden Leaf Award, and the Golden Heart Award. Elisabeth lives in western Oregon with her husband and three children.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Elizabeth Wiley is a seasoned actor, dialect coach, theater professor, and dedicated narrator. She brings over twenty-five years of award-winning acting and voice experience to the studio to create memorable, compelling storytelling.

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LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Demetrius always looked for a strong, confident female to warm his bed, everything his soul mate was not. He was dark to his soul mate's light and did not want to corrupt her so instead he stayed as far away as he could while still protecting her. That was until he found himself trapped with her with no escape. Demetrius knows it means the end of all of his hard work, and everything he held sacred. The personal growth Isadora displayed within this story was impressive. It was done in little changes so I did not notice until I reached the end of the story and realized that the princess may look the same, but she was a completely different woman. It made me appreciate the character, and the author at the same time. All of Isadora's growth helped in the author's ultimate goal. You can tell she really thought out the direction she not only wanted to story to go in, but also the series and she used every paragraph within this story to reach that goal. The relationship development was just as significant as the personal development of the main characters. I saw the dynamic of their relationship change, and each individual characters growth into who they were meant to be. Even some relationships with minor characters grew and developed within this story. In the end I had no doubt that everyone would live together and meet any future obstacles together as a unit. While reading this story I sometimes forgot that this was part of a series, because the story stood on its own so well. This is something I appreciated since I had not read the previous stories. The story also drummed up enough interest in the other characters that it made me want to read the stories I had missed, and want to continue to read the future stories in the Eternal Guardian series. I absolutely adore Greek mythology and this story gave me plenty of what I wanted. It was so jam packed with mythology it reignited my love for the heritage. Others have compared this series to Sherrilynn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series and I would have to agree. Therefore, if you enjoy Sherrilyn Kenyon or Greek mythology I urge you to pick up the Eternal Guardian series you will not be disappointed. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
harstan More than 1 year ago
Atalanta arranges the abduction of Argoela Princess Isadora. After using a fertility spell on her prisoner, the evil Atalanta sends Isadora to Pandora Island. She next manipulates her son Demetrius the Eternal Guardian to go to Pandora Island expecting to rescue his beloved; but his mom has different "matchmaking" ideas for her son. She expects the pair to produce her grandchild who will have blood ties to goddesses for her use. Isadora and Demetrius are attracted to each other as they are soul mates due to a Hera curse. He tries to avoid her and conceal his passion for her behind a face of scorn; however, she refuses to accept his dark brooding nature and goes after his love. Once the players are set, this Eternal Guardian romantic fantasy (see Marked and Entwined) is a fast-paced twisting Elisabeth Naughton original Greek mythos. The lead protagonists struggle with outside interference and worse love as each wonders if their feelings are real or Goddess driven. With the mother from Hades adding evil to the mix, series fans will enjoy this exciting entry. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it so much, I read it twice. The whole series is fantastic. Demetrius and Orpheus' books are the best!
EmmaGR More than 1 year ago
I must say upfront that I am not much into Greek mythology. The fact that this book also had romance did not appeal to me either. But the book had such great reviews that I decided to give it a try. Wow, what a terrific read! I could not put it down. It surprised me how well written it was. The description of this mix of earthy and mythological worlds was exquisite, to the point that I found myself recreating the subreal world of Lord of the Rings. The love story between the two main characters was very believable and never cheesy. I liked it so much that I bought and read the next book in the series (Enraptured), which I enjoyed equally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action packed with romance dribble in. Demetrius and Isadora's story. Turns out she's just not a helpless, hopeless female. She has overcome and became. Excellent story. High Recommend. This is one of the best series I've read. If you liked the "Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward" or "Carpathians Series by Christine Feehan" then this is right up your reading alley. Good books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book could have some merit if it didnt read so badly. The first few chapters are incredibly jumpy in an attempt to be 'mysterious.' Very predictable plot.
runner77 More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read by this author. Her writing style is easy to read and the story, while sometimes cheesy is a good escape from reality. If you enjoy Greek mythology this book will catch your interest. I liked it enough to buy the other two books in the series and enjoyed those as well.
Protozoan More than 1 year ago
I've read books 1-6 in this series and this book is by far my favorite story in the series. Ms. Naughton's writing in her character development was the best in this story. Demetrius was a very conflicted character with a dark side to him and there was so much more to him than meets the eye. Isadora really shines in this book. All of her actions in the previous books are now understandable. I thought she was very unintelligent and was very doubtful of all of her decisions but now I actually think she would be a great leader. She went through a lot of growth and maturity in this book; this was my favorite thing about this story. It was invigorating to see her change as a woman with a man she never expected. Demetrius became the man that she never knew she needed to bring her to the queen she was destined to be. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves paranormal romances. This series is a must read for paranormal romance lovers because there are so many interesting twists and turns in all the relationships and stories. It's very entertaining. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i would love to finish this series but I cant see paying all most 8 bucks for a nook book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why isn't this book a lend ME?????
debdb22 More than 1 year ago
Series is like the dark Hunter series
CKLee More than 1 year ago
This book is where the Princess finally gets her man...and well, it was a long road for her. A little frustrating if you're the type to yell at characters for being thick-skulled and stubborn but an excellent read regardless! (I always yell at the characters...it is kind of like telling the extra in the horror films not to open THAT door...) I was really happy that the Princess' story was earlier in the series than later. It really wouldn't have gone over well if we had to go through each argonaut to get to her HEA and the way they complement each other really is perfectly done.
da_nanea More than 1 year ago
This series was the best that I have read in a long time, you must read it in order. I can not wait for the others to come along, I so would recommend this series....LOVE IT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action, mystery, right amount of hot love scenes with a dash of humor. Enjoyable read.
Angeltatt2 More than 1 year ago
Loved it!! A great addition and a must read right along with the others in the series. Elisabeth Naughton hit about every emotion you have in you and turned Demetrius from a not so likeable male to one you wish you had beside you.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I LOVE this book! I couldn't put it down.
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An amazingly hot read!
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I became hooked from the very first book. After I finished reading it I ended up buying all the book in the series. (I am just waiting for the 7th one to come out). I could do with my own Guardian!! Demetruis *ahhh*
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