Sep 11, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Pleasure Unbound by @LarissaIone


Pleasure Unbound
by Larissa Ione

Publication Date: July 1, 2008
Series: Demonica #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating: 
Who knew demons could be so sexy?

In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life. 

She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life. 

Two lovers will dare to risk all.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul . . .(Goodreads)

As far as cheesy romance novels go, this one could compete against the best (or the worst) of them. Nevertheless, I liked it and am definitely continuing on in the series.

I will admit that I was a bit wary about the whole demon thing. I didn't want to read some evil, cultist shit that the author tried to romance up. But I'm glad to report, this wasn't the case at all. The demons in this book are tortured, sure, but they're not evil. Not all of them anyway. Yet, they weren't necessarily good either.

I liked Eidolon, the demon doctor, right away. I liked the way he bantered on with his brothers and teased the females. I loved his sex appeal and all the layers there were to him. The demons in this book have very interesting histories of how they were created and basically "raised". They also have a quite intriguing take on where "hell" really is and how "evil" is defined. These were very strong aspects of the book and made me like it even more.

Tayla has all kinds of messed-up going on about her. But it didn't take away from her character at all. In fact, it added to it. I really liked her as a person (though she was quite close-minded at times) and her personal torment only made the passion between her and Eidolon that much more explosive! She hunts demons; He is a demon. I'm sure you can imagine the DRAMA that this caused. I liked how it was the demon that had to bring the slayer into the light and really open her eyes to what was happening around her. It was a nice change of pace from all the nice boys and girls trying to turn everyone good all of the time. It's nice to see them come on over to the dark side.

Besides the cheesiness, and "Oh, Eidolon"'s and "Oh, Tayla"'s, I really liked this book. There were laughs (I love to laugh) and the romance was just hot enough to burn a little.  I'm excited to read the next one, Desire Unchained. For romance lovers, here's another one for your TBRBMGC (To Be Read By My GrandChildren–because the list was too long).

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