Released: June 20, 2008
Title: Pleasure Unbound (Demonica Book 1)
List Price: $6.99
Author: Larissa Ione
Pages: 389pgs; 390- 416: ads for other books.
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…
Most series start off tepidly and I kind of feel bad for the main characters because for some reason they’re always surrounded by interesting secondary characters. I’m not saying the protagonists aren’t interesting. They are. But, I’m going to keep with the series because I want to know about the other guys too!
There’s a large complicated demonic world filled with various species and organizations. Then there’s the human world – which I’m going to assume the reason I understand this world better is because I’m human – who for the most part are ignorant of the demonic world. But, there is an organization called the Aegis who work to exterminate the demons, protect the humans, and “work for the greater good”. (I started thinking Charmed at this point.)
Tayla is the kickass loner of the Aegis. She does her job, remains isolated, and then does her job again. She firmly believes in everything the Aegis does and would do anything to continue the cause. But, something’s up with her body and it temporarily shuts down for no apparent reason.
In comes, Eidolon (don’t know how to pronounce it) the Seminus (sex) demon doctor, who despite countless loud, and violent protests from his coworkers and brothers, operates on Tayla after she’s found half-dead.
Like Emma in A Hunger Like No Other, Tayla struggles to learns about herself, the demonic world, Eidolon, and the people she considers family. She’s a pretty interesting character because she’s tough, but she’s broken.
Eidolon is …a softie. He’s searching for his mate because the s’genesis – a phase in the sexual maturation of his species – is coming and if he doesn’t find a mate before it happen he’ll go crazy and eventually be killed. But, he also attempts to control his urges because he wants his mate.
I loved the interaction between Eidolon and his brothers – Shade and Wraith. They both have interesting backgrounds; Shade, the cursed one and Wraith, the tortured one.
My main problem with this book is all the species and demons and demonica terminology thrown at the reader. There is a glossary, but little explanation within the plot. I’m assuming as the series progresses things will become clearer. But, it could’ve been handled better. I did read the glossary at the beginning, but I didn’t like that I had to flip back to the front to define each thing.
Rating: 3 ½ stars