Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter-and a woman with a secret. Since she was seven, she's been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality . . . as long as she stays a virgin. But Serena isn't all that innocent. And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she wonders if she's finally met the one man she cannot resist.
Wraith is a Seminus demon with a death wish. But when an old enemy poisons him, he must find Serena and persuade her to give him the only known antidote in the universe-her charm. Yet, as she begins to surrender to his seductions and Wraith senses the cure is within his grasp, he realizes a horrible truth: He's falling for the woman whose life he must take in order to save his own.
WOW!!! My FAV Series!! What can I say, I just love this series, I like it better than BDB. Like a previous review, you get so wrapped up in the story you don't want to but the book down. I don't want to wait until 2010 for #4 & 5. ...more info
She did it again! Other reviewers have talked about the plot and summarized what happens in this book. So please read them! Just take my advice, this book was fun and definetly a page-turner and a must-read for fans of Ione's demon's series!!
Eidolon, Shade, and Wraith are demons working tireless to stop evil as it erupts around them in Ione's new book. Wraith is soulful and you really get an in-depth view of his character...and what made him act the way he has in the past two stories. His heroine is smart and it's honestly believable that the two characters were meant for eachother.
I loved watching the buildup between the two. There were plenty of twists but all believable so as not to go over the top. The ending was fabulous and the shocker that occurs in the past few chapters make me excited to read her next story.
Please don't let this book get away from you! Fantastic story by a fantastic author!! :)...more info
Amazing! I've read all three books in this series, this one was by far my favorite! This story was truly amazing! Be sure to add this book, actually the whole series, to your "must read" list!...more info
LOVED IT! Serena Kelley closely guards two things... a charm that keeps her invincible to the danger all around her and her virginity. If she gives up her virginity she loses the invincibility and she'll die of the disease that was affecting her when she was given the charm to save her life at age seven.
While out hunting one night, Wraith a Seminus (sex) demon was hit with a poisonous dart. The only thing that can save him is the charm Serena holds. As he sets about seducing her he learns some unexpected things: if he dies, his two brothers also die and the Underworld hospital they run is destroyed. Plus if Serena loses the charm the gates between Heaven and Hell are destroyed and Armageddon will begin on earth.
Who will prevail when all options lead to death and destruction?
I absolutely loved this book. There are actually two sets of characters that are followed in this book that ultimately tie together in the end. Obviously the world doesn't end and Wraith saves the day but the storyline is very unique with a couple of twists that I didn't see coming. The sex scenes are very steamy but not at all crass which in my opinion can take away a lot from a book.
Passion Unleashed is book three in the Demonica series and I have yet to read Pleasure Unbound or Desire Unchained but I highly recommend reading them first. I wasn't lost but the back story on a lot of the characters in this book are explained in those two books. I'm definitely reading those two and looking forward to book 4, Ecstasy Unveiled coming in February 2010.
Awesome Passion Unleashed is the third book in a series about Seminus demon brothers who own and manage Underworld General (a hospital beneath NYC). It is an awesome series. I especially enjoy the fact that this book builds on others in the series and keeps the characters interacting. We get a glimpse of Eidolon and Tayla's relationship with each other and with other characters and updates on Shade and Runa's life and triplets. Never thought Shade would be the one "joined at the hip to his mate." All of this contributes to making the storyline more believable and so much more interesting.
From the moment Wraith appeared in Pleasure Unbound, he was my favorite and I couldn't wait for his book. I am disappointed the book is over and that I will have to wait until 2010 for the next installment.
Like all other selfish, mixed up bad boys Wraith is surprised to find that he is falling in love (with a human virgin!!) and tries desperately to extricate himself from the situation while sticking to the plan (save his life by taking Serena's virginity). Parallel to this story is Gem and Kynan's relationship that never finds resolution until close to the end of the story. There are a few moments where it didn't seem things could possibly work out but Wraith ends up saving the world, getting his lady and finding his way.
This series is a winner. Larissa Ione has hit the jackpot; I am hooked....more info
5+ stars. Best of the demon brothers, passion sneaks its way past Wraith's wrath The the Demonica series starter, Pleasure Unbound (Demonica, Book 1), was my favorite new series release of last year and Passion Unleashed book 3 in the series is even better. I loved incubus demon Wraith's transition, from the bad boy of the first books who used sex and violence to help him hide from the torture of his past. In fact unlike his brother Eiodolan who feared the final incubus maturation, Wraith not only embraced it hoping for the mindlessness of the incubus extreme sexual need, but actually hastened it. And I loved the way that author Ione takes Wraith through his transition. I've mentally called Wraith 'Wrath' in the past books, because that just seemed to fit with his aura of darkness, anger and death, but amazingly that all changes here. Oh *fans self* when bad boys go good, yum!
On a mission to gain a reprieve from his impending death from a deadly poison for which there is no antedote, Wrath starts out pretending to be human and decent in order to facillitate the seduction that will save his life. But in acting that role - and for the first time in his life letting someone get close to him - Wraith is blindsided by the discovery that he actually does have a heart and a conscience. And by making Wraith's mate Serena the one woman he can't have without killing, Ione builds the tension between the pair to an incredible level. The result is smoking hot and poignant both.
Along with Wraith's story, Passion Unleashed finishes up the thread between former leader of the demon-hunter's, the 'heavenly' Kynan, and demoness Gem which has run through all the books in the series. I have to admit that after the first book I was really looking forward to this pairing, after the second book I was not too happy - Kynan's treatment of Gem didn't fit with his character in the first book and it was not pretty - and I was perhaps even a bit more disappointed with their story here when I read the book the first time. On the second read though it didn't strike me the same, their reunion was rough but they end up in the right place at the end with a painfully earned happily ever after.
And on to the future... Ione introduces an intriguing new character, assassin Lore who able to kill with a touch - which is death to his bed partners. Lore will be the star of Demonica book 4 (not 'til 2010 though) and there is also a 5th book planned, possibly Gem and Kynan's spawn? Can't wait. If you don't mind a touch of darkness in your PNR I highly recommend Ione's Demonica series - Pleasure Unbound (#1) and Passion Unleashed are 5 star reads and Desire Unchained(#2) a respectable 4 stars.
Oh, as P.S. - don't miss the bonus the short story The Reckoning - where Eiodolan and Shade find and save Wraith- it's hidden behind the Demonica Compendium at the end of the book....more info
5***** Well other reviews gave the synposis of the story. So I will not repeat but here are my thoughts. This is a well written book....so much so you can forget they are not real people. It was just a great balance of the old characters (Wraith's two brothers Eidolon and Shade and their wives) and new characters. But if you are reading the book by itself with out having read the 1st two you could still follow and not feel lost and enjoy it on its own but it will have you feeming to read the first two afterwards. Wraith is a character you love or hate as to how he handles as an adult the torture he endured as a child/young man. My complaint with some of the other paranormal series now-a-days is the drawn out torture that the "heroes" must endure. Sometimes it is too much even just to read about people you know are not real, Ione did it well, enough to let you know how bad it was but not overkill. and the heroine Serena seemed like someone you think you already know, you can like her, root for her and her faults make you like her even more, because she seems so life-like and real and the interaction between Wraith and Serena was great. The book had a lot of unexpected things in it that I will absolutely not spoil, it just made me stay up all night reading it to see what would happened next. Looking forward to the next book whoever's it might be....more info
A Must Read!!! This has been my new favorite series since I bought LI's first book.
This is a must read it's got twist and turns and you get to see a new side of Wraith. I loved it, I was sad when I finished reading it. Can't wait for the next one....more info
The Heavenly Hells of the Demonica Now that his brothers, Eidolon and Shade, have found mates and their evil brother, Roag, has been dealt with, Wraith can get back to doing what he does best--think of himself. Except now he knows the effects his past transgressions have had on his brothers and maybe, just maybe, they're the only people he cares about enough to try and curb his bad-boy ways. Now post s'genesis he should be controlled by just one urge. But when he's poisoned and no cure exists the one thing he should be obsessed with has to hit the backburner. He has to find Serena Kelley, a human marked by angels, and get her to willingly give up her virginity to him. If he can do that the charm that protects her will be passed to him saving him from death. The only problem is that once he does that, the illness her mark protects her from will kill her.
As if that isn't enough trouble, someone else wants Serena's charm and there's mysterious unrest within Sheoul (hell). Something cataclismic is brewing and only Wraith and Serena can stop it... if they live long enough. In the end the human and demon races may just have to put aside their differences to save the world!
There is so much plot packed into this book that giving a decent summary without too much spoilerishness was tough. If you've been reading the Demonica series already you've probably been looking forward to seeing how Ione would settle down her devil-may-care brother. Fortunately, she's found an excellent way to deliver a great urban fantasy story with touches of Indiana Jones-esque adventure that makes the romance between Wraith and Serena come together very seamlessly. At first I will admit I wasn't so sure about the pairing based on personalities but as the story went on they grew on me a lot. I'm not a big fan of 'virgin' plot devices but this one really suited the Demonica realm.
Once again, Ione does a fabulous job of keeping the romance and the adventure parts of the story in balance, a feat not easily done but becoming more and more popular in paranormal romances. For readers who prefer a straight-up romance where outside plot is secondary this book might be a stinker, the romance does occasionally feel secondary to the saving-the-world story. What really won me as a reader this time around was the surprises Ione threw in. Once you read the book you'll probably know exactly which ones I am thinking of and enjoy them as well. Any reader who likes not seeing a little something coming will be happy to know there were a few here.
Overall, I loved Passion Unleashed. It was filled with romance, adventure and loads of sexual tension (and yes, hot sex too!). If this was the end of a trilogy I'd say it ties up the trio nicely but I'm glad to say this one leaves us with plenty of room for more Demonica novels to come....more info
Wraith - Beautiful disaster In most paranormal series nowadays, there seems to be one character, usually one of a group of brothers, who is messed up. He's the one who doesn't care if he lives or dies because he was horribly abused. He can't feel love, only loyalty. And he gets the best lines, because he's usually a smart aleck.
Enter Wraith. From the moment he appeared in Pleasure Unbound, he was my favorite and I couldn't wait for his book. The book has finally arrived and it is awesome.
Wraith was everything I hoped for; witty, tough, determined, vulnerable when recalling his past, and a total goober in love when he found his lady. What I liked about that was the way they fell in love. He didn't meet Serena, growl "mine" and let fate roll right over him. No, he met her to take something from her, namely her life in exchange for his, and against his will, started liking her. As the stakes grew higher and things got more serious in regard to what he needed to do, he began to be unwilling to be as selfish as he'd always been. He began to put her needs first. And they started to fall in love.
This series is a winner. It is complex and interesting, with little in-jokes and characters that leap off the page. At several points through the book I found myself smiling. Who knew Shade would turn out to be the most whipped of the brothers? That Gem would grow a nice strong spine? But there was a great deal of sad stuff too, and moments where it just didn't seem things could possibly work out. But they do, of course, which is why I love this series. It's a romance. A lot goes on, but things work out. And smoking hot love scenes don't hurt, either, and there were plenty of those, and not just Wraith and Serena.
In the end, Wraith got his happy ending, and I was extremely satisfied with that. It's always great when the extra-damaged ones find love, and Serena is worthy of him. They accept each other at a fundamental level, and to me you can't get more romantic than that.
Great Story, Great Series! Underworld General Hospital (introduced to us in Pleasure Unbound and Desire Unchained- the first two book's in Ione's Demonica series) is in serious trouble. The hospital, created by three demon brothers to provide a place of healing for creatures like them, is falling apart.
And it's endangered because one of the brothers, the unpredictable Wraith, has been poisoned.
Wraith has a death wish, abandoned by his Seminus Demon father and tortured by his Vampire mother and her kind, he could care less if his life ended. But, as they soon discover, the hospital is linked to the brothers so if he dies, the hospital dies.
The only cure to be had comes in the form of a charm worn by an obscure archaeologist named Serena Kelley, who just happens to be the catalyst to start Armageddon, the ultimate war between good and evil- and those in between.
To get the charm Wraith must take the unsuspecting Serena's virginity. Unfortunately in doing so- he will seal her own death. Normally this wouldn't be a problem with the darkly charming, love em and leave em, fully matured Seminus Demon whose one driving instinct is to impregnate the entire female population, demon or otherwise- but the more time Wraith spends with the gutsy adventurer the less he likes the idea of harming her.
When the ultimate showdown arrives will he be able to give up the deep passion he's unleashed in both of them or will he, perhaps for the very first time, submit to duty and save the entire world?
Fantastic read. Sure the whole "lose your virginity and die" metaphor is one old saw that makes a girl wince when she comes upon it, but the way Ione wraps this ultimately romantic story in adventure complete with apocalyptic battles between angels and demons, the likes of which can only be termed "biblical"- who really cares?
There's a lot going on in Passion Unleashed, but any lover of paranormal romance will have no problem completing this tale in one sitting. I certainly didn't!...more info
Reviewed by Romance Junkies! Wraith is a Seminus demon. He is big and snarly and usually in a bad mood - and those are the good days. On bad days, he is uncontrollably deadly with a devil may care attitude and a death wish. His wish may happen sooner than he realizes when he is poisoned by an old enemy, and the only way he can save himself is to find a Marked Sentinel and have intimate sexual relations with her. Easy peasy, right? Not. Being the handsome and utterly irresistible demon that he is, Wraith can certainly accomplish the first act with the Sentinel; it is what happens afterwards that he is having trouble with.
Serena Kelley has been protected her entire life. She is a Sentinel and as such has been given the task of keeping a powerful charm. The charm grants her health, vitality, and immortality - with one catch. Serena must remain a virgin. She is finding it harder and harder to ignore her desires for touch but knows that to give in means death. When she meets the man her guardian says is supposed to be meeting her in Egypt, Serena is transfixed by him. Is this the man that will finally be able to get through her defenses? Serena thinks so.
Wraith has been my favorite demon since I first read PLEASURE UNBOUND. I fell in love with his foul attitude and carefree ways and knew it was only a matter of time before he was knocked on his so very fine posterior by a woman. That woman is Serena Kelley. Her innocence seemed to refresh Wraith throughout PASSION UNLEASHED, and I could see underneath his bluster and blunder to the very wonderful man underneath.
Larissa Ione pulls no punches with PASSION UNLEASHED. The love scenes are scorching hot and grab at your heart with their emotional intensity. Dark moments are written with just the right touch of hope that leaves the reader begging for a happy ending. I couldn't have loved PASSION UNLEASHED more and hated for it to end. Raw, gritty, and tremendously passionate, I found PASSION UNLEASHED to be the perfect story for these two amazing characters. It was awesome!
Dark, Emotional and Thrilling I experienced every emotion possible while reading Wraith's story. The writing flows beautifully, the plot and sub-plots are thrilling, heartwarming, frightening and suspenseful, and the dialogue is witty as well as brilliant. With each page I turned and read, I was kept on a razor's edge, not knowing how the intricate storyline was going to be resolved, let alone how Wraith and Serena Kelly were going to achieve their HEA.
Wraith has been poisoned and is dying, slowly. Underworld General is literally crumbling and falling apart bit by bit. Staff is deserting the hospital. And, as war between human and demonkind looms, the apocalypse seems a tangible reality.
Eidolon and Shade try to find an antidote for Wraith and discover the only cure is for him to procure a charm from Serena, a beautiful, sweet archaeologist who has a zest for life. I loved this heroine, while she has lead a "charmed life" as it were, and you will understand my meaning if you read the book, she is independent and curious about all things historical. She goes to almost any lengths to recover a relic, almost like a Lara Croft type of character, except Serena is a virgin and must remain so or lose her health.
There is extraordinary irony in the love story between Wraith and Serena because he, as you know if you have read the series thus far, has always done what he wants, uncaring about the consequences of his actions on others. Wraith is a selfish, hedonist demon with a death wish, however I've always liked him. Why? He is funny, cocky, brutally honest (most of the time - lol), he is an amazing warrior and he does have a certain code that he lives by with respect to satisfying his sexual needs. Wraith never has sex with human or vampire women because of a horrific past that is really fleshed out in this story.
So, the irony you see is that the woman who holds the cure for Wraith's affliction is human and a virgin, and he must seduce her to take the charm that will save his life. Their romance is one of the more bittersweet stories I've read and while rest assured they do have their HEA, I wept for them on more than one occasion. As is the way with the seminus demons in Larissa's novels, Wraith falls hard and for the first time in his life he is forced to come to terms with deep feelings for another. The erotic scenes penned between Serena and Wraith are boiling hot, but also tender and sensuous, ladies, get ready!
The backdrop to their love story, as I mentioned above is complex, but the metamorphosis of Wraith's character is deeply embedded into an absolutely riveting story that will leave readers hyperventilating until the closing pages.
If you thought the antagonist of Shade's story was a malevolent scary creature, wait until you read the one written for Wraith's. This creature is an unequivocal hells spawn whose goal is the total destruction of earth. The graphic imagery and prose written surrounding the final battle between the Aegis army and demons took me right into the thick of the fray.
Gem and Kynan's story continues to be a roller coaster ride. Their angst and heartache also brought me to tears. I will say Kynan's future is tied to a prophecy referenced in the "Daemonica" tome that will surprise you.
Reaver's character is also fully developed and he plays an integral part in the plotline and final battle.
Larissa Ione has cleverly introduced a new and very interesting character to the storyline who is given a pivotal role in one of the subplots of Wraith's book. I'm sure this character will be the hero of the fourth Demonica novel, and we will again have the story of another tortured hero to look forward too.
I've given a great deal of thought to this series over the past couple of days. What makes it so special for me? What keeps me engaged? Why am I literally addicted? As with any series there is not a singular reason, but I think it is that the heroes are so tortured that when they find their HEA it is that much more satisfying. Secondly, these characters are so unique and well developed; you cannot help but become invested in them as a reader. Then there is the humor, OMG, the dialogue that comes out of Wraith's mouth especially had me cackling with laughter! And lastly, from my perspective, the Demonica world becomes more amazing with each story and Ms. Ione is expanding it with just the right amount of momentum. The other issue is that these books, at around 400 pages are good hearty reads, which allows for a wonderful in-depth storyline.
I have to comment that I think reading these stories in order is a must, because the plots do interconnect, each book builds on the previous.
Thankfully Larissa Ione has been contracted to write two more novels but it is going to be another long wait because they are due out in 2010.
The Demonica novels I'm sure will be my favorite series of 2009. ...more info