Pleasure Unbound: Demonica, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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|Listening Length||11 hours and 54 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||February 01 2011|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #74,730 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Tayla has been taught that all demons are evil and since they are also responsible for the death of her mother she has dedicated her life to destroying them, she is a demon-slayer, an Aegi. When a slaying goes bad and she finds herself with a dead partner and laid up in UGH (underworld general hospital) all she can think about is taking names and then taking the place down. (And unreasonably the cute doctor able to heal with a simple touch.)
Eidolon is a Seminus demon doctor, sworn to heal and protect even the worst of his world. He is also nearing his transition a change that will cause him to go mad with lust, craving every woman in his path and likely getting himself killed by a jealous male in the process. He is fighting the change but when Tayla enters his world even though he hates the Aegi, all bets are off.
The underlying moral here isn't unique; what if your entire belief system was destroyed by getting to know and spending time with your enemy? What if you discovered that they weren't the evil incarnate you'd been led to believe but in fact were no different from yourself? That they had families, jobs and problems and thought YOU were the evil one. And what if it then came to be that you were actually one of them?
Pleasure Unbound is the first in the Demonica series and like I said it's original and fantastic. Eidolon's demon brothers really piqued my interest and I look forward to reading their books next in particular bad-boy Wraith`s story. I would also highly recommend this to fans of the Ward's BDB who will see several similarities between the sets of "brothers" with their tortured pasts, sacrifices for each other and continual hilarious bantering. Cheers.
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If Larissa had just described the mind reading scene with originality, instead of saying it was like Spock's mind reading trick (the thing he does with his hand to someone else face), then it would have been a lot better. Again, sloppy writing. And if you shorten werewolf to 'were' then you need let us know that it doesn't mean were, as in 'we were fighting'(for example by using italics or a capital W).
Additionally the fight scenes were rubbish. Blows were exchanged. She took a hit to the ribs. But what actually happened? Was she punched or kicked? And I thought the demons had unsheethed their claws, so a 'blow' seems a bit unlikely, compared to a swipe or a slash. Again, I'm not convinced, neither the fight itself nor the setup for the fight were convincing. Especially compared to the Kate Daniels fight scenes.
The world is interesting, but it has not been thought out. How does a species of demon survive if they never reproduce? A bit of thought can tear this world apart. And the sex scenes, well, the main character had her stomach cut open(by a doctor wanted to see if she was a demon) and so she was covered in stitches etc, and the first thing she does when she wakes up is have sex with the demon doctor in the hospital. Not really impressed with that one, her character doesnt ring true. It reads poorly, the dialogue is clunky and the characters are a wooden.
In a brief summary, it reads like fan fiction. 4/10. 2.5/5. This series has potential, but its hard going from the start. Some readers might be revolted by the sex scenes, some readers will dislike the characters, dialogue and the amateurish quality to the writing.
Larissa has absolutely nothing on Ilona Andrews 'Kate Daniels' series. It almost seems like Larissa tries to imitate her style(And fails). I would strongly recommend the Kate Daniels series.
I couldn't choose between this series and JR Wards series, but I'm glad that I started with Ione. Many reviewers compare both series to each other and I think the comparisons are many and justified, but both authors bring enough differences to separate them. If you've just found Larissa Ione, then I would strongly recommend you take your pleasure reading this series and then move onto JR Ward after when you're feeling all lost and empty without the Demonica series!
So, what's great about this series of books then? (and you MUST read them as a series because you'll get so much enjoyment that way). The men, after all that's what it's all about isn't it? Surely you don't start reading this book because you're interested in finding out about a demon run hospital? Or maybe you do... if so, ignore all the leather, hot men and sex. The men are a rare form of incubus demon and they're doing their best to carve out their lives in their own paranormal world. Eidolon runs a demon hospital (amazing idea!) caring for injured and sick demons and his brothers work there with him. Tayla, who is a demon-slayer is bought to the hospital after she is injured on a job. She's a good strong character and I liked her alot. So often the women in fantasy are interchangable only by their hair colour so I'm glad that Ione made an effort with the women in this series. Eidolon and Tayla fall in love (eventually), have lots of sex and help save the world. I don't mean to sound flippant, but the plot isn't the best part of this book and series. The characters are, and they are really good. They all appear in each book, they interact beautifully and they are funny, strong and pretty hot.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this series, but that's what good writing does for you. It was engaging, funny, intriguing and yes, it was sexy. There are so many good things about it and you can tell that the author had planned it all out and really had an idea of who her characters were. Buy it, have fun reading it and then read the next one.
The plot in a nutshell is that there is a world of demons that humans, for the most part are not aware of. They police themselves fairly well and even have a demon hospital. The hospital is run by the rather dishy Doctor Eidolon, who is about to go through some sort of transformation. The Aegis is an organisation of humans who's main role is rid the world of demons believing them all to be evil. Tayla Mancuso is a Guardian member of the Aegis, referred to in the demon world as a slayer (or Buffy - nice touch). When she is injured in a fight with a demon she finds herself in the the A&E at the Underground General (demon hospital) and there kicks of the fiery relationship between her and Eidolon. That makes them both question thier beliefs about the other, and for Tayla it facecs her with a fact about herself she never knew, which will change her life forever.
Unlike other books in my favoured paranormal genre, which I can normally read in a day or two, this book took me a just under two weeks. Because I found myself only able to read it in small chunks for two reasons:
1) When the story starts there is so much going on, at least four main characters, not to mention several secondary ones. Lots of information about factions and laws and reference to several different demon species and conditions that affect them. It's busy and at times confusing and I found myself needing to get my thoughts straight about who was who and who was what.
2) Just like JR Ward, Ione has the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat and her characters are infuriating as they do what they want not what you expect. You know the outcome will eventually be what you hope for, but the amount of twists and turns along the way will leave you pulling out your hair or chewing off your fingernails. And it was my annoyance and frustration at the characters behaviour that saw me walk away from the story more than once.
All said and done however, please don't think this is a bad review. The plot has left me hungry for more and after the first book I now feel I have enough information about the demon world to go on to the next story without being quite as confused.
This is the first book in the now complete Demonica series (followed by Desire Unchained , Passion Unleashed , Ecstasy Unveiled and Sin Undone ), which is one of those series people kept recommending and I kept putting off.
The blurb is pretty cheesy, and makes it sound more like erotica than a paranormal romance. There is a lot of sex in the book, however given that Eidolon is a seminus (basically a sex demon) it is understandable and relevant to the plot line. However, the plot isn't just about sex - there is also a focus on Eidolon's work at the hospital, Tayla's demon hunting friends and a group of psychos hunting demons and selling their organs on the black market. There are different layers to the storyline which gives it a lot of depth. That said, the author puts across a lot of information in the book and while it isn't dumped en masse on the reader it does cause the storyline to drag at times.
I liked the medical focus as it's not something I commonly read in books, and it's brilliant how self-aware and contemporary the book is - especially in terms of referring to the Aegis slayers as 'Buffy's'.
I liked Tayla as a character, especially her habit of calling Eidolon 'Hellboy', and I thought Eidolon was a good match for her in terms of temperament. I'm hoping the other books in the series also manage to cover Shade and Wraith, as well as what happens between Gem and Kynan.
All in all, I enjoyed this and will be picking up a copy of Desire Unchained in the future.
In Pleasure Unbound (Demonica Novel) Eidolon is the doctor demon, founder of Underworld General, using the healing talents that are part of his demonic repertoire. Tayla is unexpectedly brought into the hospital. She's more than an unlikely patient, she's a demon's worst nightmare: part of a group of dedicated slayers who make it their mission to kill off any and every demon they come across.
Eidolon finds himself drawn to the patient who should never have come to his hospital. He's racing against time, as he approaches his final transformation into a seminus demon, a transformation which will force him to leave his beloved hospital and the job he's dedicated himself to. The only thing that will save him is if he finds a true lifemate.
As well as treating patients at his hospital, Eidolon and his brothers are also in a desperate hunt to track down whoever is harvesting demon bodyparts while the unfortunate demons are still alive. The suspicion is that Tayla and her unit are implicated, so she's an enemy on more than one level.
Turns out, on investigation, there's a bit more to Tayla than first appears, and it's a secret that could be deadly for her. As protecting Tayla becomes an obsession and a necessity for Eidolon, we also get to meet some other characters who will play a part in later books: Eidolon's brothers Shade and Wraith, as well as a demon doctor working in a human hospital, Gemella. All in all, this is a great story, with wonderful chemistry between the two lead characters, and a great jumping off point for future stories.