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Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

June 14, 2024

Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

“I wonder what disgusts you more, the fact that I’m a demon, or the fact that when I touch you, it doesn’t matter.”

Each book in the Demonica series is a whole story with a beginning and an ending, however the plot of each book relies significantly on the prior books in the series. As is common in paranormal romance series, there is a couple who is the focus of each individual book in the series, however there are plot lines and character development which make it useful to read the books in their published order.


Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione


Rating -
Standalone - Demonica #1
Release - July 1, 2008
Genre - Paranormal Romance / enemies to lovers
POV - Dual 3rd person
Heat - explicit
Source - library ebook
Length - 353 pages

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.


Eidolon was the reason why I was able to love this story. I adored this male so much. He was a brilliant doctor on the verge of devolving into a beast and he was terrified of his eventual transformation. The bond he shared with his brothers was so sweet and I'm excited to see more of it in the books to come. While I'm glad that Tayla came through for him in the end, I wish I could have cared more that she was the reason why he was able to find true happiness.

And yet, no matter how much I truly detested this heroine, I also kinda liked her feistiness. Take away the garbage that came out of her mouth 90% of the time and her delusions that she was stronger and smarter than everyone (she wasn't) and she wasn't half bad. I only wished that she clued into the truth about demons earlier, saving me from reading such prejudiced gibberish. A know-it-all who knew nothing, she was a tough pill to swallow. However, all of the characters and all of the side plots kept things interesting, effectively distracted me from some of her nonsense and that's because this author sure knows how to write.

I've got the next book loaded up and I can't wait to figure out more about Shade and this curse he's so scared of.


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.

Visit https://www.larissaione.com for more information.

Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter

June 05, 2024

Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter

He was breathtakingly cocky, with his leading man face and broad shoulders, but she'd never been so absorbed by a male. Not a real one, anyway.
Broken-doll Daniela... wanted. Him. A vampire.


In Untouchable, Kresley Cole delivers a breathtaking tale of a brutal vampire soldier about to know love for the first time...and a Valkyrie aching to be touched.

In Tempt Me Eternally, Gena Showalter puts a daring spin on a tale of huntress and hunted...and concocts a sensual chemistry that is positively explosive.


Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter

Deep Kiss of Winter includes:


Untouchable by Kresley Cole


Murdoch Wroth will stop at nothing to claim Daniela the Ice Maiden -- the delicate Valkyrie who makes his heart beat for the first time in three hundred years. Yet the exquisite Danii is part ice fey, and her freezing skin can't be touched by anyone but her own kind without inflicting pain beyond measure. Soon desperate for closeness, in an agony of frustration, Murdoch and Danii will do anything to have each other. Together, can they find the key that will finally allow them to slake the overwhelming desire burning between them?

Tempt Me Eternally by Gena Showalter


Aleaha Love can be anyone -- literally. With only skin-to-skin contact, she can change her appearance, assume any identity. Her newest identity switch has made her an AIR (alien investigation and removal) agent and sends her on a mission to capture a group of otherworldly warriors. Only she becomes the captured. Breean, a golden-skinned commander known for his iron will who is at once dangerous and soul-shatteringly seductive, threatens her new life. Because for the first time, Aleaha only wants to be herself.


For Untouchable:


Rating -
Standalone - Immortals After Dark #7
Genre - Paranormal Romance / fated mates
POV - dual 3rd person
Heat - explicit
Length - 270 pages

Part Valkyrie part Fey, she couldn't be touched without being burned, she couldn't touch someone without freezing them, and she had blooded a vampire, making her his Bride. How was this going to work?

Well, for most of the book, Murdoch was a jerk. He was deliberately obtuse and made me laugh. Daniela was a fool and it was a lot of fun watching these two fall all over themselves in an effort to avoid falling for each other. They were doomed from the start!

When they finally let each other in, it was quick and dirty and so sweet. With each other, they had finally found their missing piece and I was actually really happy about that.

Is there a story for the other Estonians, such as Rurik? If I'm going to have to wait forever and a day for Nix's book, I'm hoping to get stories about characters I care about and Rurik seemed like a loyal, worthwhile and damaged fellow.


For Tempt Me Eternally


Rating -
Standalone - Alien Huntress #3.5
Genre - Paranormal Romance / enemies to lovers
POV - dual 3rd person
Heat - explicit
Length - 161 pages

Annnnnddd... once again, here I am, picking up a book several books into a series. To sum it up, this story gave me enough to spark my curiosity for the rest of the series. I adored Breean, sorta liked Aleaha, and enjoyed pretty much everything that happened here. I only wish I knew more about the world these characters inhabit. There are aliens, creatures, humans, etc. I need more info so I will keep reading.

Btw, I loved seeing the quick reference to Kresley Cole's Immortals series. Hey there Nix!

Review // Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

May 31, 2024

Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

“I'll listen to you, but you need to treat me with a little respect.
Because it doesn't sound like I'm a pawn. Sounds like I'm more of a queen."
A vein in his temple began to throb, and she grew bolder, the sense of power emanating from the mark on her chest filing her with the mettle she'd lost after the break-in two years ago.
Lowering her voice to a tense whisper, she nipped his earlobe. "Checkmate.”


Find it here: Goodreads * Amazon


Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione


Rating - 1/2
Standalone - Lords of Deliverance #1
Release - April 1, 2011
Genre - Paranormal Romance / instalove
POV - Mutiple 3rd person
Heat - descriptive
Source - library ebook
Length - 432 pages

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.


When I mentioned that I was looking for a sexy, paranormal romance featuring the Horsemen, I got plenty of recommendations. Most of them were not what I was looking for — please stop sending me recs for RH! I also tried the first book in Thalassa's series, but I found Pestilence to be (uncommon opinion) boring. And then I tried this and found Eternal Rider to be just what I was looking for!!

Ares would become War if his seal was broken and he was desperate to avoid the apocalypse. Seeing the evil his brother, Reseph (Pestilence), had become when his seal was broken, Ares and his other siblings, Thanatos and Limos, were determined to keep theirs intact.

Ares' seal was currently branded onto a fallen angel, but with Pestilence hunting down and killing all of them, that angel needed to get rid of the seal fast to protect it. His unwilling accomplice becomes the most unlucky human in existence—Cara.

I loved every bit of this book. Seriously, even when Ares was trying to be cruel, I was falling for this male. I couldn't blame Cara for having a weakness for him. They were so wonderful together. He gave her the chance to be brave and strong, a warrior while she gave him the warmth, comfort and affection his life sorely lacked for millenia. I lived for their tender moments and their fierce ones.

I can't see how the author will ever redeem Reseph, but I know she does because I've met him in a later book in the series, full of remorse for all he did. I'm excited to watch it all unfold. And because I'm the kind of person who picks up a book midway through a series, I'm going back to book one of Demonica so I can get the whole picture.

See you there!

Eternal Rider 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.

Visit https://www.larissaione.com for more information.

Series Review // Laid Bare by S.R. Grey

May 27, 2024


I'm back with a series of books that I read a long time ago, but I remember enjoying them.
The Laid Bare series is a paranormal romance with a contemporary romance feel.
Hopefully my reviews inspire someone to give S.R. Grey books a chance.


Exposed


There’s something about Lucien Chambers. Something beyond his amazing success, his good looks, and his uncanny ability to turn everything he touches to gold.

In the eyes of the world, Lucien is a sexy and savvy business man. But when a naïve photographer, Dahlia Vaughn, is hired to take pictures of the hot entrepreneur, she discovers Mr. Chambers may be much more than what he seems.

Rating -

I'm not sure what to think of this book. The relationship that is building between the characters, Dahlia and Lucien, is still pretty vague. Even their sex scenes are brief and vague. I can see a lot of potential for this story but it's not quite connecting for me yet. It is in its early stages so maybe book two will give me some more depth. The idea that Lucien is supernatural has been planted and there are a few instances as proof, but I want more.


Unveiled


Lucien and Dahlia can’t stay away from one another, so, why fight it? Giving in to their feelings, they vow to start anew. However, a surprise visit from Lucien’s mysterious cousin, Selene, puts a damper on the passionate reunion.

Who is this disarming woman? Is she like Lucien, something . . . different? And why is she so set on getting Dahlia out of Lucien’s life?

Faced with Selene’s disapproval, Lucien finds he is forced to unveil more of his power to Dahlia, thus placing her in a perilous situation.

Rating -

With book one I demanded more. S.R. Grey gave it to me with this one. I wanted to know more about Lucien and I got it. I also got Lucien's POV which took this series from ok to great! His POV was amazing. Who doesn't want to be in the head of a supernatural being??? Now the relationship between him and Dahlia is more believable. I wanted to feel connected and boy do I. The added element of his cousin Selene, who shares the same powers, added the touch of suspense I craved. The way she manipulated/controlled Dahlia was crazy! The idea that Lucien and Selene were created as part of their parents' master plan for more power just adds more substance to this story, making it that much more interesting.


Spellbound


With Dahlia ensnared in the clutches of Lucien’s sinister cousin, it would seem Selene’s evil plan to make Dahlia despise Lucien has been effective.

Will Selene sever their bond forever?

Not if Lucien has anything to say about it.

But when the powerful Mr. Chambers swoops in to rescue his young love, he soon discovers there’s more to Dahlia’s connection to him than he ever imagined.

Can Dahlia be saved? And if so, should Lucien save her? To do so may mean disaster.

Rating -

Another great addition to the series. I think the characters were even more interesting in this book. Lucien's love for Dahlia is much clearer here. And we get a better idea of what he is willing to do for her. His family seems reluctant to give up their quest for world domination and will stop at nothing to get rid of Dahlia to do so. First his cousin Selene who manages to put Dahlia under a hate and lust spell. Then his mother who lifts the spell but tries to harm her anyway. When will these lovers catch a break?


Sacrifice


Lucien and Dahlia… A relationship that was never meant to be. Is that why it seems so destined to fail?

Maybe. But Lucien doesn’t believe that’s the case.

Still, with all the odds stacked against this unlikely couple, Lucien sees only one way out---sacrifice himself in order to save Dahlia.

Will Lucien succeed in destroying himself? Can Dahlia stop him? Or, will their love prove strong enough to save them both?

Rating -

This conclusion to the series was fantastic! And was it ever HOT!! Lucien and Dahlia find Dunne who agrees to help them. Let's just say it involved a very sexy threesome remedy. Nice! Dahlia becomes one of them and therefore not only safe from Lucien's parents and the dark side but also a force to be reckoned with. It was nice to see that even though she got all that powered, she retained her human core. It was nice to see that Lucien retained his as well. Now they have centuries together to enjoy their HEA.