Unfortunately, neither does Demetrius. Or so it seems at first look. However, it took three books in this series to get his fires burning for Isadora, who has had the rug stolen out from under her twice now in all things love.
On that note, here is where I reiterate the point I make in all of my reviews - I always strive to give spoiler-free reviews. However, given this book is part of a series, giving a spoiler-free review can be a bit tricky because you never know what books someone else has read. This isn't the kind of series you have to read from the beginning to be pulled in (Oh, man - but if you have been reading this from the beginning...what a ride, huh?). With that said, I can't rule out minor spoilers from the first two stories in this series, Marked and Entwined, if you haven't read them. With that said...
Poor Isadora has been passed over twice for two of her...well, her other halves. You know, in the beginning I had no real feelings about it either way. Isadora really was sort of the weakling - which is sort of depressing for Argolea since she was supposed to be their next queen. At the end of the last book after having missed out again, Isadora goes missing (yes - again). So who decides to go after her but the man who all but can't stand her.
But it turns out the well runs very deep indeed for these two unlikely mates. And I don't know about anyone else who's been following this series, but I think I had these two pegged from jump. It's elementary, really. Demetrius was way too antagonistic towards Isadora in the beginning for there not to have been something there. I really love how the author kind of flips the script on what we've come to accept about this genre in how the female is the one that usually plays hard to get. But, no - it was the other way around. Demetrius, the bad-ass of the Argonauts, was playing hard to get for most of the story even when Isadora already had him.
Of course he did have his reasons and to that I guess his motives were pure. But I really am impressed with the way Isadora really stepped up to the plate in this one. She didn't ignore her feelings for him, nor did she back down from the opposition she was confronted with on more than one occasion from foes a lot stronger than her. The stakes are pretty high for her in the situation her and Demetrius are in, but even when Demetrius was willing to give in to the darkness lying dormant in him all this time, Isadora's confidence and growing devotion to him never wavered.
Of the first three books in the series, this one was probably my favorite. It wasn't sugar coated like I felt the others were to a degree when the two Argonauts of the first two books found their soulmates. The conflict in this book was just a lot more grim and imposing and more than once I kept wondering how it all was going to turn out or if there could even be a true happily ever after.
I still can't get over how well versed this series is! It is an impressive combination of greek mythology, erotica, and fantasy to boot. I've really never read anything like it. I can't wait to read the next book, Enraptured, because I have been interested in Orpheus' character since the beginning because of his dark origins - he is totally my type all the way.