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.
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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.
I was happily surprised by this book and purchased book 2 right way. This book reminded me of a cross between Gena Showalter, Lara Adrian and Christine Feehan. She kept a great balance throughout the book by building the action, the paranormal world they live in and the romance. The sex scenes are hot and steamy! There is nothing I hate more than when authors write the big build-up to the romance and sex, then leave you to fill in the blanks. In this Larissa Ione did not disappoint - hot, steamy and wicked!!! Hey Audible - you need to get the remaining 4 books of this series and her others ASAP!
This was my first time with Larissa Ione and it hooked me for the entire series. Ione does an awesome job weaving the characters together. Two people who should have never come together find they must help each other. This the first book in the series and you get a lot of information about the underworld, the hospital and an introduction to the other characters who will make up the books to come.
I was very impressed with the story and you will not be disappointed by this series and it leads you into a whole new series that is just as good.
If you love a good paranormal romance with steam, Ione delivers. She has become one of my new favorite authors. I can't wait to see what she does next.
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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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It's hard for me to rate this book. I think it does a good job of taking a story that's very much about the sex and surrounding it with a decent storyline. If you're looking for lots of steam in your supernatural, this book is for you! However, if you're less interested in the sex and more interested in the story (and things like character development), you might want to skip this one. It's not bad -- I'd say it holds it's own in the supernatural genre, even, maybe at a B level -- but it's pretty cheesy in that super-sexy-romance sort of way and the characters are pretty shallow (but they're, you know, awfully busy).
This is the first book that I have listened to/read from Larissa Ione, and she is now on my list of "must reads." I got the book due to the good reviews from some women who I follow, and it was totally worth the credit. This is the first book in the Demonica series. Please note that the first two hours of the book are complex and a bit hard to follow due to the number of characters and the various kinds of demons, but stick with it, because it is totally worth it. Eidolon, the main male character, is a totally hot, doctor demon, and Tayla, is a demon-slayer, who fallas for Eidolon, as she discovers a dark secret about herself. Larissa is a great writer, and the story was compelx and interesting with twists and turns, and great promise for the next books in the series. After this book, I downloaded the other books in the series and I can't wait to listen!
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May 2011 BBA Read
Overall Rating 4.25
Character Rating 4.5
Story Rating 4.0
Audio Rating 4.0
NOTE: I read/listened to Pleasure Unbound because it is the May 2011 read for BBA and I'm going to Authors After Dark 2011 where Larissa Ione will be the keynote speaker. I am so glad that I did because now I am hooked. It is a bit sexier/grittier/darker than I was expecting but I think the tone fit the story perfectly!
What I Loved: Tayla is a woman stuck in the middle of a bad situation. She just found out she is part what she hates and that those she has always trusted either lied and/or are uneducated about the demons that they hunt. Add to that her attraction to Eidolon and you have got one messed up leading lady. This, to me, is what makes her a fantastic lead. You get to watch as she grows into the person (demon) she is supposed to be. Eidolon is a great balance to her though he does have issues of his own: changing, brothers that can drive a man crazy, and a hospital he needs to run.
What I Liked: Wraith and Shade were fantastic side characters in this book. I enjoyed each moment they were in Pleasure Unbound. I also loved Gen(Gem)--sorry I listened to it on audiobook so I am not sure which it really is--the part she is involved with is fantastic. I really liked that story arc.
Audio Specific Review: Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, she does a fantastic job with almost everyone's voices. There was enough nuance difference that each one stood out on it's own. Her pacing, pronunciation, and emotions were great. I recommend her as a narrator.
Who I gave it a 4.25: This was a fantastic beginning to a series. Pleasure Unbound was a book that had a good story and was still able to introduce character's whose stories are yet to come.
Who I would recommend this too: PNR readers that like the darker stories. Think dark like JR Ward because it is that gritty and sexy.
I wasn't sure I would like this book/series since it was Demons.. I'm a vampire kinda gal. I loved Midnight Breed and Black Dagger Brotherhood, and I have to say the Demonica Series is right up there in the top three! I would consider this story to be paranormal erotica, not just PNR!
I decided to get it on audiobook instead of for my Nook, just to have "something to listen to" while I waited for the newest Lara Adrian book to come out. I was totally taken off guard at how much I enjoyed this book! I can't get enough!
There is a lot going on in this book, but the narration is perfect. She reminded me a lot of Hillary Huber, whom I love to listen to (and who narrates the second book), her inflections and timing are dead on.
I'm in love with this series and can't wait to move on to the next (audio)book! I think I'll also get the series on my NookColor!
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I'm a total sucker for paranormal romance, I won't lie, and I've been making the rounds on quite a few authors, looking for the next series I can fall in love with. Sadly, most disappoint. Fortunately, I recently discovered Larissa Ione, and I've been so happy! I got so immersed in her world, and came to care so deeply for her characters. I've now finished what's available, and am happily anticipating more to come! If you're into paranormal romance, definitely give her series a go.
What a great listen!! The author put in some effort in building this world, creating wonderful characters and delivering some nice action. Great pay off for those enjoying this book. Narration was perfect on this. I'm off to download book 2!
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