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Pleasure Unbound

by Larissa Ione

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Wow! Where to start? I was pretty skeptical about reading this book at first. I was worried it was going to be predictable and hokey. This book was anything but! I loved it from page one. It doesn't slowly build up to the interesting parts, but instead, thrusts you into the world of UGH. I had the hardest time putting this book down from the second I picked it up. You can not help but love the characters. I will for sure be reading this book again.....and again. ( )
  ShanMonstar | Nov 19, 2017 |
"Brivido Eterno" è il primo romanzo della saga paranormal romance per adulti incentrata sulle creature demoniache di Larissa Ione. La Serie, composta da cinque libri, sembra a primo impatto rimarcare a grandi linee le saghe paranormal romance vampiresche che ho avuto il piacere di leggere in questo periodo. Ogni libro, infatti, tratterà della storia d'amore fra i due protagonisti di turno, una sorta di mini romance che si snoda di libro in libro intrecciandosi alla trama urban che farà, invece, da sfondo. Particolarità di questa saga? Semplice. Secondo la maggior parte dei recensori l'autrice sembra scrivere benissimo e i Demoni, protogonisti indiscussi rispetto alle altre creature della notte presenti nel romanzo, hanno delle caratteristiche molto particolari.

Speciale è infatti l'approccio che Larissa Ione ha nei confronti degli esseri demoniaci. Una genesi completamente nuova e una "natura" piuttosto speciale. Sono creature portate, per natura, a fare del male ma, come gli uomini, anche loro sono in grado, anche se a fatica, di dominarsi. Il Demone "buono" nei libri della Ione non è più semplice utopia.

Dimenticatevi ogni classificazione, ogni netta divisione fra buoni e cattivi e i vari tipi di catalogazioni a cui siete abituati; nulla è quello che appare e in questo romanzo l'autrice lo ribadisce e ce lo dimostra più volte. Impossibile dividere il mondo in bianco e nero, le scale di grigio sono infinite e, molto sapientemente, questo ci viene dimostrato grazie all'uso del "point of view".

Gli uomini, comunemente a caccia degli esseri malvagi e crudeli che sono i demoni, finiscono per ignoranza - cosa molto plausibile - a fare la parte dei persecutori. Chi è veramente il mostro? Chi è che può decidere chi vive e chi muore? E per quale motivo improvvisamente i demoni sembrano diventare le vittime sacrificali di un mostro spietato che li sevizia e uccide? E per quale motivo tutto sembra ricondurre agli uomini che tanto si prodigano alla "caccia" in nome della Giustizia?

Su questo sfondo accattivante si muovono le vite di Tayla, giovane cacciatrice di Demoni, e Eidolon, demone-medico a capo dell'ospedale demoniaco del sottosuolo.

Tayla è una giovanissima cacciatrice, figlia di una tossica, e ora letteralmente adottata dal gruppo di Cacciatori, l'Aegis, che è diventata di fatto al sua famiglia. A seguito di uno scontro contro un demone finito male finisce per "errore" ricoverata all'ospedale di Eidolon. Il regolamento che lui stesso ha scritto gli impedisce di uccidere l'Esecutrice di Demoni e finisce per curarla e... qualcosa di più.

Certamente il fatto che Eidolon, Demone Seminus, stia attraversando il suo ultimo stadio di crescita non è d'aiuto alla coppia. Egli infatti è costretto a cercarsi una compagna che gli impedisca di perdere la testa durante la transizione; i Seminus infatti sono portati a cercare un rapporto sessuale con ogni compagna disponibile e fertile nei paraggi e il fatto che Eidolon sia sempre stato molto virtuoso, fino a quel momento, non gli è d'aiuto. Dal momento stesso in cui vedrà Tayla, in quel letto d'ospedale, l'istinto prenderà il sopravvento e la vorrà, per se, ad ogni costo.

Se vi siete già figurati il solito romanzo d'amore fra "preda" e "predatore" lasciate perdere, il romanzo è di tutt'altra pasta per nostra fortuna.

Larissa Ione ha uno stile veramente impeccabile. Forte della sua incredibile ironia riesce a trattare perfino scene erotiche decisamente esplicite con eleganta e maestria.

I personaggi sono incredibilmente ben caratterizzati nonostante siano un po' stereotipizzati. La figura della giovane donna dalla vita difficile e dal carattere d'amianto che nasconde una grande fragilità non stanca e non delude. Tayla è una personaggio "forte" nel vero senso della parola ma che, nonostante ciò, non scade mai dell'eroismo stoico; la ragazza ha le sue debolezze e i suoi momenti di pura follia (o dovremmo dire isteria?) ma, nonostante ciò, non risulta mai antipatica o noiosa.

Eidolon è affasciante, ben descritto e ben gestito durante tutta la durata del romanzo. E' un demone di più di 100 anni e come tale si comporta, con tutte le sue esplosioni di lussuria o rabbia. Ottimo anche il contrasto - assolutamente affascinante! -fra la sua natura demoniaca e la sua vocazione in ambito ospedaliero. Un po' come vedere la Morte vestita da crocerossina, affasciante e intrigante!

Molto belli anche i rapporti familiari descritti fra i tre fratelli Seminus (fratelli minori di Eidolon) e non solo, vengono sviscerati altri rapporti familiari molto interessanti che non permettono mai al lettore di annoiarsi o arroccarsi nelle sue convinzioni.

Ottimo inzio per questa nuova saga edita Leggereditore, nonchè ottimo prezzo e bellissima copertina! Se avete amato la Ward e Cole non vi resta che affrettarvi in libreria mentre a noi, invece, non resta che attendere il prossimo romanzo!


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  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Maybe I'll come back to this later. Started a bit too violent for me.

...Well I finished the book. I did not love it, but like it well enough to continue with the series.

Mostly, because of some unanswered questions.
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  Sunshine22222 | Feb 19, 2017 |
Pleasure Unbound
4 Stars

Synopsis
As a doctor, Eidolon is sworn to heal and protect all who seek help at his hospital but as a Seminus demon, he finds it difficult to cope with his unwanted attraction to Tayla Mancuso, an Aegis slayer taught to hate and destroy all demons. Torn between their duty and passion, Tayla and Eidolon must put aside their differences to confront a dangerous foe that threatens both their worlds.

Review
Third time's a charm.

The world building is problematic at first with an overabundance of demon species. There is an excessive number of characteristics and traits to keep straight, and this makes it extremely difficult to become immersed in the story (hence the fact that I gave up reading twice). However, things improve once the details become more narrow and focused, and the Demonica universe is ultimately very intriguing.

The good/evil dichotomy is compelling and Ione's perspective certainly makes you reevaluate your preconceptions. Nothing in the Demonica world is merely black or white, and good and evil come in all shapes, sizes and species.

A similar pattern emerges with the characters - none are particularly likeable in the beginning as racism and discrimination abound. Nevertheless, as the plot progresses and the personalities evolve, it becomes clear that there is more to the characters than meets the eye.

Tayla is a kick ass heroine who conceals her vulnerabilities and insecurities behind a hard facade and a sarcastic wit. Eidolon is also not as straight laced as he initially appears and exhibits a fierce loyalty both to his brothers and to Tayla. Eidolon and Tayla have an intense and complicated relationship as both must come to terms with their prejudices if they are to combat the various threats against them.

Eidolon's brothers are intriguing as well, Wraith in particular, and I will definitely be continuing with the series. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
It seems that demons are becoming the new vampires. And that's not bad. They're new, fresh and intriguing. Let's face it, who can resist a sexy demon? And if he's a doctor, like Eidolon, then his sexy meter has gone up in flames.

I've read other books about demons, but it's always a nice surprise to see how an author manages to go around the general idea that demons are only bad and have no soul and make them into a lovable character. Eidolon is one of those characters. The older brother, Eidolon is also the most cerebral, or so I perceived him. He's the co-founder of the Underworld General Hospital and one of the doctors. Inside that hospital you'll find all kinds of creatures who you wouldn't exactly expect: vampires, werewolves, incubi, demons, even humans. I think that the idea of putting all these creature who are sometimes enemies is brilliant. Makes me like the series even more. But back to Eidolon.


Eidolon loves his brothers so much, he's willing to sacrifice himself in order to keep them from getting hurt or from dying. He's also loyal to the oath he took, to always care for the creatures who come into his hospital. Even an enemy. So when one of his nurses bring a demon slayer into the hospital, Tayla, he treats her like she's just another patient. He didn't exactly liked her job description, but he didn't hurt her and he didn't let others hurt her while she was in his hospital.


Tayla is one of those people who sees only black and white. If humans can be good and bad, demons are only bad. The same goes for vampires, werewolves and all the other non-human creatures. I can't exactly blame her for that belief. She saw her mother getting raped and killed by a demon, who she later found out was the worst kind of demon. So when the Aegi, a human organization dedicated to killing all the creatures that go bump in the night, offer her an opportunity to avenge her mother and to protect the other humans to never go through the same situation as her, Tayla accepts it. So when she wakes up in a demon hospital, she's more than just furious. Especially when she realizes she's very attracted to her demon doctor, Eidolon.


I loved the universe in this series. It's unique and fresh. Even though he might seem soft, I don't think another character would've been better for a series opener than Eidolon. I still have two books left in this series, but I hope in the near future we'll get another book in this series. I'm not really ready to let go of this universe. ( )
  Rubys.books | Oct 15, 2016 |
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The demon is a prince of the air and can transform himself into several shapes, delude our senses for a time; but his power is determined, he may terrify us but not hurt.

--Robery Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
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This book is dedicated to every single person who came to the aid of my family after Hurricane Katrina...you were instrumental in getting me back on my feet and writing again. Without you, this book would not have been possilbe. I will never be able to thank you often enough or well enough, but know that I will not forget.

To my parents, who never stopped encouraging me, who supported my dream from the beginning. I love you very much.

To my husband, Bryan, and my son Brennan, who put up with countless nights of hearing, "You're on your own for dinner," while I was under deadline. You mean the world to me.

To Roberta Brown, for being an incredible agent and having faith in my writing, and Melanie Murray for being patient, helpful, and enthusiastic about this project.

To HelenKay Dimon, Alison Kent, Lynn Viehl...you know why.

To my fellow Gnippers, who have been rooting me on for years.

Last but not least, to Karen Boss and Dee Knight, who took time out of their busy schedules to provide last-minute resads and the best advice ever, and Stephanie Tyler, Jaci Burton, and Lara Adrian, for more than I have room to list.
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Had Eidolon been anywhere but the hospital, he would have killed the guy pleading for his life before him.
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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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"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."--Back cover.… (more)

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