Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione

June 27, 2024

Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione

For the first time since becoming a werewolf, she didn't feel like an outsider, a freak. As strange as Shade's world was at times, it was where she belonged.

Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione

Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione

Rating - 1/2
Standalone - Demonica #2
Release - January 1, 2009
Genre - Paranormal Romance / second chance
POV - Multiple 3rd person
Heat - explicit
Source - library ebook
Length - 420 pages

Previous book in the series: Pleasure Unbound

Runa Wagner never meant to fall in love with the sexy stranger who seemed to know her every deepest desire. But she couldn't resist the unbelievable passion that burned between them, a passion that died when she discovered his betrayal and found herself forever changed. Now, determined to make Shade pay for the transformation that haunts her, Runa searches for him, only to be taken prisoner by his darkest enemy.

A Seminus Demon with a love-curse that threatens him with eternal torment, Shade hoped he'd seen the last of Runa and her irresistible charm. But when he wakes up in a dank dungeon chained next to an enraged and mysteriously powerful Runa, he realizes that her effect on him is more dangerous than ever. As their captor casts a spell that bonds them as lifemates, Shade and Runa must fight for their lives and their hearts-or succumb to a madman's evil plans.

Ever since I learned that Shade and Runa broke up because she caught him in bed with two females, I wondered how the author was going to make them get together again. Seriously, I wouldn't touch him again with a ten-foot pole. Yet here I am, at the end, giving this book five stars because the relationship between these two worked so well for me.

Runa — an innocent woman who was turned into a werewolf against her will. She's angry about the changes to her life and Shade plays a huge role in that. She's sweet and strong and such a wonderful heroine. I wanted her to have the best of happy endings.

"I will bear this pain for you," he swore. "If one of us has to bleed, it will be me. It'll always be me."

Shade — like his brothers, he's on the verge of a major change. Unlike his brothers, he's not looking for a mate because of his curse. If he falls in love he'll experience a fate worse than death. Runa is his greatest temptation and he has to do whatever it takes to resist.

Runa brought out the best in him when he'd believed there was no best in him.

While the subplot continued from the last book, there was so much more going on here. There was betrayal, brotherly love, the romance that was building between Shade and Runa, some red room type of behavior, whatever was brewing between Gem and Kynan (I'm here for it), and tons I'm looking forward to in the books to come.

Seriously, if you love fierce and kind-hearted warrior females, lethal and compassionate males, and the entertaining plots they find themselves in, you'll enjoy this book as much as I did.

Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione

Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career in meteorology to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award.

She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case.

She lives in Wisconsin with her retired U.S. Coast Guard husband, her son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhounds, a King Shepherd named Hexe and a Belgian Malinois named Duvel.

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  1. Not really my genre of choice. Thanks for sharing though.

  2. These books are really fun! I really love what she written in the Demonica world! Glad this one was such a big hit for you.

    1. Hey Renee, so good to see you!
      And yes, this series is AMAZING so far and I'm definitely not done with it :)


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