by Elisabeth Naughton, guest blogger and author of Tempted
Thanks so much for inviting me to stop by during my Tempted blog tour! Tempted is the third book in the Eternal Guardians Series, which just hit store shelves on September 6, 2011. The Eternal Guardians are seven warriors descended from the seven greatest heroes in all of Ancient Greece who protect the mortal realm from threats of the Underworld. Tempted is Demetrius’s story. He’s a descendent of the famed hero Jason and he hides a dark and deadly secret—one that could lead to the end of the world.
Demetrius is your classic dark and damaged hero. Readers met him in the first two books in the series (but don’t worry if you’re new to the EG world – you can read Tempted without reading Marked and Entwined first). He’s the loner, the guardian who doesn’t fit in with the others, the one who always seems to have a chip on his shoulder. And to the heroine in Tempted —Isadora, the future queen of their realm—he’s the one who has always ridiculed and belittled her and made it more than clear he doesn’t think she’s qualified to rule.
Of course, Demetrius isn’t what he seems. It’s the façade he’s adopted to keep people away. Because if his fellow Guardians knew who he really was and where he came from, he’d not only be kicked out of the order, the one person he’s been protecting his whole life might find herself in jeopardy.
The damaged (or rat-bastard, as I like to call them) hero is one of my favorite heroes to read and write about. Why? Because, as Shrek said, damaged heroes “have layers”. What you see on the outside is never what you get when you peel away the layers. They feel deeply. They have serious reasons for the things they do and say, and they justify their actions by those reasons but don’t share them with others. And as a reader, it’s just plain fun to see preconceived notions of a person crumble over the course of a book. Often from within.
From the moment Demetrius came on the page in Marked, book one in the series, I knew that he was not as he seemed. But originally, he was not the hero I intended to pair up with Isadora. He was so mean to her, it didn’t make sense to me that they would eventually fall in love. Readers knew long before I did, though, and halfway through book two—Entwined—I realized those readers were right. Demetrius had to be Isadora’s hero. Isadora turns out to be a lot stronger than anyone gave her credit, but it’s really Demetrius and the way he’s treated her over the years that propels her to finally stand up for herself and become the ruler she was meant to be. Without him—and his dark and damaged character—she never would have reached the culmination of her character arc. For me—the writer—that was a heady moment; when I realized they needed each other to get where they both needed to go. And in a romance, that’s exactly what the reader is hoping to see.
Are you a fan of the dark and damaged hero? Who’s your favorite damaged hero? I’d love to hear your view on this topic!
TEMPTED BY ELISABETH NAUGHTON – IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2011
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A former junior high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton 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 of 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 ball park, or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit her at www.elisabethnaughton.com to learn more about her and her books. Her next book in the Eternal Guardians series, Enraptured, will be in stores in April 2012.
GIVEAWAY: I have 2 copies of Tempted. Open to US and Canadian readers only. Enter by leaving a comment on sexy dark damaged heroes. Last day to enter: September 30th, 2011.