An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.
Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.
Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.
Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?
Vail is a dark prince tormented by his complicated past, and even more complicated relationship with his brother. Enter Rosalind, a witch that’s being kept against her will by an evil king, a king who has happened across one of the most notorious Elf Princes in the realm—Vail. Forced into close proximity, Rosalind and Vail start to recognize that there might be more between them than just mutual attraction—and the need to escape their prison becomes more and more pressing.
I liked Rosalind; she was feisty, a warrior, and more than ready to try and take things into her own hands—even if that doesn’t always work out for the best. It was refreshing to have a female character that is decidedly stronger than the male, especially given Vail’s tortured past. It made their connection a little more interesting—of course, they’re kind of fated to be together—but it’s the decision on her part to try and look beyond the terrifying and hurting soul of Vail to see what’s inside that makes the love aspect of this story more interesting—and conflicted.
Though it definitely was story driven, the sex in Tempted by a Dark Prince was also well done, though it definitely leans towards being a little on the harder side, so if you’re looking for a sweet and innocent coupling, probably not for you. There’s a lot of build up to this aspect of the story, so it definitely doesn’t feel like it’s being thrown in there just to have it—it seems like a natural extension of the relationship that Rosalind and Vail come to develop, which is a welcome change from many books that build a story around sex, and not character development.
I wish there’d been a little more resolution with Vail’s witch captor. We know she’s been defeated, but it almost came across like an afterthought—a reason to get him out of there and into a new story; it would have been a little nice to have a bit more information regarding her (he’s tortured, physically and sexually, I get that, but it’s a little hard to sympathize with someone when they’re just Tortured and Damaged—it would be easier to empathize if there were a clearer picture of everything that’s been going on up until that point). It’s possible that this is gone over in previous books, as this is the third in a series, but it’s not something that comes across for me here.
I also had a hard time deciding whether or not this was a medieval type tale, or modern. There were certain phrases that the characters used, and descriptions of events and objects (jeans and tequila really stand out) that were a little confusing—especially considering the rest of this world seems to be predominantly medieval fantasy.
Though I found the ending a little forced (and extremely convenient), it will keep the reader wanting more—especially with regards to what happens to a certain sexy Incubus. Though some of the unanswered questions might frustrate readers, I think it will be more than enough to spur people on and keep them coming back for more from this series. If you’re looking for a darker, paranormal romance that’s one part healing, one part hurting, then this story is for you.