Sunday, February 8, 2009

REVIEW: "Desire Unchained"

Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione
Pages: 384
Series: The Demonica Series (Book 2)
Though some of the black market killers have been put down, the threat remains, weakened, but growing stronger. When Shade is captured along with an ex-lover who blames him for a terrible betrayal, he is forced to confront dangerous emotions that, if acted upon, could result in a fate worse than death.

When I received my copy of Desire Unchained in the mail, I literally stopped, right on my doorstep, and did a dance. Yes, a dance! I know, that sounds so odd and childish, but ever since I read the first novel, Desire Unbound, last year, I've been hungry for more! And believe me when I say that Desire Unchained delivered on all accounts!

In the first book, we were dropped straight into Ione's world, modern Earth, except for we're not alone. Shapeshifters, Witches, Demons, Vampires, and all sorts of other fantastical characters live in our world. For the most part, humans know about them, but they still don't flaunt themselves. Instead, they stick to the "Underworld's" of the area, tunnels and such below the city or hidden from the humans. The hospital that Shade and his two other brothers founded exist in one such area, hidden from the prying eyes of humans.

While the plot line, the intriguing characters, and the complex story development are a great part of the book, it's not the only part that made my fall in love with the series. It's also the very intense, sometimes graphic, but always satisfying *no pun intended, of course!*, sex. Along with the equally tender romance. Don't get the wrong impression-- it's not ALL about the sex in their relationship, though that part is definitely a big part of it. Personally, I enjoy the more erotic touches like this in my romances, but I know that some do not. If you fall into the later category, I'm sure that you could still enjoy this book, even if you have to flip through a few scenes.

The romance is fantastic, but it's not the only element that sticks out. There's a plot to it, a point besides just watching the H/Hr have hot sex 24/7. The suspense and action makes the reading interesting, not just sexy. I'm anxious for the next book, not only to find out Wraith's fate and story, but also to see what more could happen in this compelling paranormal world that Ione has created. I promise you-- just when you think that you have the story 100% figured out, nothing could possibly surprise you, a new twist in the story pops out, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end. And even then, it will only let you go, but it won't leave you entirely. You'll still find yourself thinking about the story, the characters and the world, anxious to return to it, but upset that you have to wait until the next book to do so.

4.5/5 stars! I can't stop raving about this amazing book! Heck, not just this book, but Ione's entire series! They're sexy, passionate, mysterious, action packed, humorous... I could go on and on! In short, they have everything you could possible ask for in a romance! I can't wait for her future books-- Ione is definitely an automatic author in my book!


Because I've done so poorly at keeping up with a weekly 'what I've read' post, I've been thinking about doing a monthly one instead. If I do, I'll probably just post the covers of the books, my rating, and the summary for them from B&, simply because writing little reviews about 2o or so books at time is a bit daunting, and hard to do when a person is busy like I am. However, if I do decide to do a monthly one, I will still do the occasional review, like this one. Mostly for new books, or ones I really loved, and any that I happen to receive through contests or from publishers. Sound good to everyone? I hope so, because I really feel bad about not sticking to my weekly one like I said I would....


Anonymous said...

Hi, TBQ!! I just wanted you to know you won something in the Pamela Clare contest I hosted! Congrats!


Erotic Horizon said...

Great review.

looking forward to reading this as well.


The_Book_Queen said...

Barbara-- Thanks for stopping by and telling me that I won! I always enjoy checking to see what's new on your blog,and not just around contest time!

E.H-- Well, thanks! I have to say, no matter how many times I pressed 'delete' and tried to re-write the review, it always seemed to come out horrible! My words of recommendation simply cannot do the book justice! I promise, if you've read the first one, you will love this one as well!

Thanks for commenting!

VampFanGirl said...

OMG, I'm green with envy that you've already read this book! Great Review! I can't wait until I get my own copy. :)

Happy Reading,

The_Book_Queen said...

Well, you know how I am--- always happy when I make others jealous of the amazing books I own. ;) LOL.

I was lucky to get it so quick-- I received it, no cost, from the publisher in exchange for writing a review on my blog. I swear, when I got the email back saying 'Yeah, we'll send you the occasional books if you review them on your blog' and then I say the book that they wanted to send out to me right away...I almost stopped breathing for a moment! No,really, I did, when I saw 'Desire Unchained' in the message!

I hope you get your copy soon-- I know you'll enjoy it! :)