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Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

Pleasure Unbound (edition 2008)

by Larissa Ione

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Title:Pleasure Unbound
Authors:Larissa Ione
Info:Forever (2008), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Tags:Romance, Romance Alternate Reality, Romance Alternate Reality Angels & Demons

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Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

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Pleasure Unbound is book one of the Demonica series by Larissa Ione.

Eidolon is the director and founder of the Underground General Hospital (UGH). A hospital specialized in provide care for Demons. Eidolon’s species is a kind of incubus demon called Seminus. He has also the power to heal. But his time is running out, he is about to turn hundred and with that age his final maturity change called the S’genesis will occur turning him into a vicious being powered with the need to impregnate every available female in his close proximity. They only thing that will prevent his fate is to find his mate.
When an injured human, nothing else than a demon slayer is brought to his hospital he decides to treat her against the wishes of his staff and his two brothers, Shade and Wraith, who also work for the hospital. His excuse for sparing Tayla’s life is that he is a doctor and he is sworn to provide treatment to a patient in need. But there is more to that, Eidolon finds the slayer intriguing and wants to know more about her.
When Tayla wakes up in a strange hospital she realizes there is something wrong, especially after the circumstances in which she wakes up.
Tayla remembers to be involved in a fight were her partner lost her life to a demon; she was also injured by the same demon and was dying, she doesn’t remember anything else after that.
Tayla has fought demons for over 8 years, since the day her mother was killed by one of them. She now belongs to an elite group of fighters called Aegis, their mission is to kill demons, vampires and all the other creatures that go bump in the night.
Tayla has been taught all demons are evil but now she owes her life to one of the creatures she lives to hate and kill and doesn’t know what to make of it.
Eidolon wants to trust Tayla, and wants to show her that not all demons are bad. Tayla wants to use Eidolon, now she has the opportunity to get valuable information for the Aegis.
But when things stopped to be black and white and become different shades of grey she starts to question her beliefs and everything she has based her life upon.

Even though Tayla is a compelling character I wasn’t completely drawn to her. Don’t take me wrong, she is a kick ass heroine but sometimes she was a little bit frustrating for me. She has a dark and turbulent past and has done all kind of things to survived. Because of all those things that have happened to her, trusting is a very big issue. But she is smart and knows to accept when she is wrong.

Eidolon is a steamy, sexy, smart, charismatic doctor. He is a “good” demon, who is always trying to find a balance, not just for him but to help others. He is very caring and loves his brothers deeply.

I loved the secondary characters in this book, specially Shade and wraith. I can say I sometimes liked them more than Tayla, although Tayla improves at the end of the book.

The world building is really good. There are hundreds of species of demons, all with different shapes, forms, powers and qualities. There are also vampires, were-animals, fallen angels and many more weird creatures. The plot is also different and interesting. The demons are not evil, at least not all of them. Things are not always what you expected, sometimes you find good where you thought just evil exist and evil where you thought it was all good.
I had a little bit of a problem getting into the book, I think it was because all the weird names and demon terminology at the beginning, but after the first twenty pages or so, I got really into it and it became a page turner, I didn’t want to put down.

Pleasure Unbound is the perfect example of a well-written paranormal romance novel. It has complex characters, action packed pages, sizzling scenes and a well paced plot.
Pleasure Unbound was my first book by Larissa Ione and it will not be my last. I can’t wait to read the following books of this series. ( )
  BookaholicCat | Mar 4, 2015 |
Wow, this book really took me by surprise. This one had been sitting on my "to be read" pile for months and I've just been ignoring it because honestly I couldn't remember why I had picked it up. With that in mind, when I picked it up I didn't have very high expectations for the story. But damn was I pleasantly shocked at how fun of a ride this story was.

Eidolon, an incubus, runs a demon hospital where the motto is that they have to treat everything that walks through the doors in need of assistance. Even baby munching demons and members of an organization that indiscriminately kills demons. Eidolon starts kicking himself over making that motto when Tayla, a member of one of those organizations, comes in with some bad injuries. Now, not only does he have to fix her up but he also has to keep his staff from killing and torturing her. Despite, the fact that her cult killed his brother he's determined to make sure she gets out of his hospital in one piece. In the process of making sure she gets home safely, Eidolon is trying to resist his second sexual maturation that basically makes incubus's bat shit crazy. And Tayla is determined to prove that the organization she works for is not behind the torture/butchering of demons for their body parts in order to reassure herself that she's fighting on the right side.

Holy shit, does Ione do incubus demons right. Eidolon was a big ball of sex. Every time him and Tayla jumped each other I was fanning myself. It was also great to read a good enemies to lovers story. The only thing that got a little annoying for me in the story was Tayla's determination to hold onto her prejudices surrounding demons. Even after her organization tried blowing her up, she was still desperately clung to her belief that they were the good guys. But the reason for Tayla's stubbornness concerning her prejudices was explained really well through her back story and saved her character from being obnoxious.

If you're looking for a fun, fast paced paranormal romance I would recommend this book. I can't wait to read the next book in the series and see more of Ione's incubuses. ( )
  Book_Minx | Jan 24, 2015 |
“In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life…Two lovers will dare to risk it all.”

Tayla Mancuso has had a hard life. Her mother was a drug addict and Tayla spent a lot of time in and out of foster homes. When Tayla was fourteen her mother got herself cleaned up and Tayla was able to live with her. When Tayla was sixteen her life changed forever. After that night she vowed never to be vulnerable again. Tayla’s mother was killed by a demon. A group called the Aegis protect the world by slaying the demons who would wreck havoc on innocent humans. Tayla becomes a Guardian within the cell and she’s good at what she does. Lately she’s been going through some strange changes and is losing use of her limbs at the most inopportune times. But what if everything she’s been fighting against, isn’t what she’s always thought it was?

Eidolon is a doctor at the hospital that he founded, Underworld General Hospital. He doesn’t look like your typical demon. Eidolon appears human and a mighty fine on at that. He’s also a Seminus demon. Seminus demons specialize in sex. They’re good at it and that’s good because they require sex often. Eidolon is nearing his Change. If he doesn’t find a female to bond with before the Change, there’s no telling what will happen to him. Bonded Seminus demons live out their lives happily but there isn’t any such thing as divorce in the demon world. Once bonded the only way out is death. If Eidolon doesn’t find a female to bond with, then he will lose his human good looks and be driven to procreate as often as he can. Even if it means he has to rape. Eidolon does not want to become that kind of person.

One night Tayla ends up in UG. A spell within the hospital prevents anyone from killing her. Eidolon saves her when everyone else would have let her die. There’s something about Tayla that draws him. He can’t explain it and neither can she. They couldn’t be more wrong for each other but the heat and chemistry between them make wildfires look tame. How can a demon and a Guardian have a relationship without killing each other?

Pleasure Unbound is the first book that I have read containing demons. It was different at first but after a few chapters, I couldn’t put it down. Ione introduces a new world and two dynamic groups. Throughout the book I was rooting for one team and then I’d learn something new about the other team and I’d switch sides. Ione pens an intense book where her heroine learns that there’s a lot more to the group that she’s been hunting. There are a lot of things that she didn’t know that could have saved a lot of innocent lives. The reader learns these things along with Tayla which makes the book extremely fast paced. As a reader you want to learn more so the pages flip faster. This is the first book in the Demonica series. If the following books are as good as this one, I can’t wait to read the rest of them! ( )
  Once-Upon-a-Chapter | Nov 16, 2014 |
Throughout the book there was an interesting theme of "what/who is good/evil?" going on, and just because you trust someone doesn't mean they are deserving of that trust. Just because someone is a demon doesn’t automatically make them evil and not all humans are “good”. There was a grey area and plenty of stereotypical role reversals to keep me on my toes. The humans actually seemed more evil as they had a choice over their actions whereas not all of the demon species could choose, it was simply their nature. The demons were more humane (how ironic), they didn’t torture Tayla, their enemy but treated and healed her wounds but the humans tortured and killed Yuri.

I found it interesting that Tayla could probably best Eidolen in a fight, that's unusual in PNR. Tayla’s difficulty in reconciling what she was with what her father had done was done well, she was very strong to have survived all she had. The relationship between Gem and Tayla was very realistic, it mirrored my experience of when I found my half-sister and all the emotions I felt about her, her life and her experience with our father, and vice versa.

I was intrigued by some of the supporting cast; Gem and her unrequited love for Kynan but the death of his wife brings me hope that something might happen between them in future, and Wraith, I can’t wait to read his book –I’m a sucker for mysterious tortured souls.

The beginning of this book was unbelievably frustrating with the constant switching of POVs but this evened out with the reasons for this becoming clearer in the second half of the book, which was the better half by the way. I’m not usually one for half stars but I’d give this 7/10 so that’s 3.5 stars. ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |
Okay, actually it's a 4,5 star rating. Great book, great world building, amazing characters and crazy chemistry between Tay and E. The ending was very good too and I'm thinking why not give it a five star rating. I don't know. I think something was missing. Just a little something. ( )
  msralways | Aug 19, 2014 |
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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.

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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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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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