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I decided to start reading the Demonica series based solely on its hotness factor and Pleasure Unbound definitely delivers a stellar performance on that front. I was also curious to see how Larissa Ione was going to work the seminust demon story line. And, I must say, I really really enjoyed learning about their natures. She took a completely different approach than what I’d expected; one that’s similar in some respects to the werewolf life mates one that I so adore. Score! The chemistry between Eidolon and Tayla is scorching and the added bonus of experiencing their tale via an audio book will leave you feeling hot and bothered in the nicest possible way.
Ione does an amazing job of developing her characters and their background stories in this novel. Her demons aren’t all lumped into one category. There’s a multitude of different breeds with various traits, personalities, strengths and weaknesses. Some are good and some are bad but the brothers seem to fall into a gray area. I loved how much thought and time was put into defining Eidolon and his seminust brethren. At first I was expecting sex crazed incubi and I was okay with that, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. These demons NEED sex like they need air otherwise things can get horribly painful and even death can occur. Sounds crazy, right? I don’t want to go into too much detail because Larissa does a far better job than I ever could and you really do need to experience this series for yourself to understand what I’m talking about.
This story isn’t just about Eidolon though it’s also about Tayla. These two couldn’t be more opposite but then again, you know the saying… Anyway, they go at it like a demon and a slayer should. Their encounters are violent, intense and raw; and I’m not just talking about their fights either. I enjoyed watching the unlikely relationship develop between this duo. Tayla fights Eidolon’s pull tooth and nail but as things progress, their chance meeting ends up looking more and more like fate.
The side characters are also incredibly noteworthy. I’m holding out hope that a few of them will get books of their own in the Demonica series or in a spin-off. Maybe they already have, I have some research to do!
Pleasure Unbound is high on action and romance which can be a difficult combo to pull off. Many paranormal romances seem to get sidetracked once the lovin’ kicks in and never quite make it back full circle. My blood was bubbling as much from the toe curling nookie as from the ass whooping thanks to this book. Cassandra Campbell does a fab job of narrating this novel too which also helped amp up the wow factor. I’m committed to this series for the long haul and can’t wait to check out Shade’s story in Desire Unchained. I’m looking forward to Wraith’s even more but, one step at a time!
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I got this audiobook because of the great reviews it had and because it was on sale. This is my first demon book, the first book I've listened to by this author and narrator. I was scared at first because of the demon thing and I had low expectations. Dark Paranormal romance is not my thing but I wanted to give this book a try.... And I loved every minute of this! I could not stop listening!
The storyline seems ridiculous but trust me, it actually works! Eidolon is an incubus demon, Tayla is a demon hunter who can never "finish" when she's with a man. They end up meeting when she's injured and taken to a secret demon hospital.
The story is really interesting, well developed and it introduces you to a world of demons very complex and not at all what you could expect. The story is unpredictable and complex and the sex (lots and lots of it... After all he's an incubus) is hot! And the romance, it's there and it's wonderful.
My favorite paranormal romance is Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh and after that I've listened to many PNR books looking for one that makes that huge impact on me and I found it. This book is that good. The narrator does an AMAZING job too! Be prepared because she uses a little creepy voice for the demon at times but it's part of the story. If your scared about listening to a demon story like I was let me reassure you that there are no devil worship, no bad talking about God or really scary thing.
The next book in the series is not narrated by Cassandra Campbel so that sucks but I am definitely looking forward to more books by this author and/or narrator. So give this book a try if you like PNR, you won't regret it.
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