Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Release date: June 20, 2008
Series: Demonica #1
Source: Personal Shelf
Reviewed by: Tynga
In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life…
Tayla Mancuso is 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 is a Seminus demon, a breed of incubus who strives hard to impregnate females and father the next generation, fighting extinction. That is, once they’ve reached maturity. Eidolon is just shy of one hundred years old and his S’genesis (the last stage of maturation) is just around the corner and is driving him nuts. He has intense sexual desires but he is determined to find his one Mate before maturity turns him into a mindless sex demon. That’s when Tayla enters his life, delivered on a stretcher at the demon hospital he works at. She shouldn’t be there though, she’s a member of the Aegis, a demon hunter. He doesn’t know it yet, but his decision to treat her or not will change the rest of his life.
I’ve read the first two books in the Lords of Deliverance series, a spin-off of the Demonica series and it felt awesome to finally know some of the characters I’ve met in their future life (does that make sense?). Pleasure Unbound happens a couple of years before Eternal Rider, the first book of the spin-off series and getting to know Eidolon better and understand what makes him tick was such a treat. Of course, he wasn’t the only character I had already met, his two brothers are also very important in this installment and I enjoyed seeing them!
Larissa Ione created an amazing world when she wrote her debut novel. It’s very complex because it’s so different but she handled it very well. Humanity doesn’t know about demons, but they have a somewhat flourishing life on the edge of the human world and the Aegis are very happy to try and kill them all. This first novel displayed in full force this ultimate battle of will when Ione pit Eidolon against Tayla. Their beliefs will clash while their attraction brings them together again and again. This love-hate relationship proved to be highly entertaining!
Passion emanates from the pages in waves and what I liked the most is that it never slowed the runaway train pace of the plot line. Sensuality is a whole part of the story, mostly because of Eidolon’s nature, and it never felt like it was weighting down the progression. It naturally flows with the story, enhancing the relationship between our two heroes. Pleasure Unbound might be a Paranormal Romance novel, but it wasn’t lacking in action and I enjoyed every heart-pounding second of it!
Pleasure Unbound was a delightful debut and I truly can’t wait to sink my teeth into the next installment, Desire Unchained. The Demonica world is full of surprises and is blessed with an extremely rich Lore. I would definitely recommend this series to Paranormal Lovers out there, I mean, who doesn’t like a sexy demon striving to be good?