Desire Unchained, by Larissa Ione
Publisher: Forever (Hachette Book Group)
Author Larissa Ione grew up reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz. She began writing horror and fantasy, but soon learned to love romance. She is able to combine her two loves into one genre- paranormal romance. She also writes under the pen name Sydney Croft. Titles include: Seduced by the Storm, Pleasure Unbound, Hot Nights Dark Desires, Unleashing the Storm, Wet Dreams, Snow Bound, Riding the Storm, Flesh to Fantasy, and Shadow Play. Her title, Pleasure Unbound was named Best Paranormal Romance of 2008 in the First Annual Reviewers Choice Awards at Romance Novel TV. She was born in Oregon but resides now in Virginia.
Last year, when Runa Wagner walked in on her boyfriend and two vampires doing something unimaginable, she fled as fast as she could. Unbeknownst to her, that act would change the course of her life. Determined to make Shade pay for that horrid night and what it transformed her into, Runa searches for him, only to be taken prisoner by his darkest adversary. A Seminus Demon, Shade also has a love curse hanging over him, to which he will be threatened with eternal torment if he ever falls in love. Runa walking out on him last year had saved him from the unthinkable. But when he wakes in a dark dungeon, chained next to none other than Runa, all those old desires flare up again. When their captor casts a spell on them, bonding them as lifemates, Runa and Shade find themselves fighting for their hearts and their lives…Because the alternative is indescribable.
I had a difficult time connecting to these characters, not for a lack of good writing on the author’s part, but because of the nature of what they were. As I got half-way through the book, this began to fade and I found them more relatable.
This book is, I believe, part of a trilogy, with Pleasure Unbound preceding this and Passion Unleashed following it. As a paranormal romance, this also has a lot of erotica instilled in it. Torture, Werewolves, Vampires, Demon Hospitals, Love Spells- it has everything a paranormal romance lover could want. The plot flowed smoothly and the author’s eye for body language made this a captivating read. Credit to Larissa Ione for an imaginative, dark world that haunts you as much as it intrigues you.
Desire Unchained, by Larissa Ione, is a raw, edgy, and enthralling read- Sure to scorch every inch of you.
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