June 17, 2018 03:57 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
I had several really good reads during the month of May, but the one I chose as my favorite is the fourth installment of a long-running fan-favorite paranormal romance series. In this one we have a demon/human hybrid assassin paired with an earthbound guardian angel who happens to be protecting his latest mark. It’s not that he really wants to kill the guy, but his master has vowed to kill his sister if he doesn’t succeed in his mission. Of course his lovely angel can’t allow that to happen, but when she finds out why he’s doing it, she proves sympathetic. Together, they must find a way to outwit his master, but there’s someone even more powerful pulling the strings behind the scenes, who has an axe to grind with both of them. It all made for an action-packed, adventurous, and very steamy romance that really kept me on the edge of my seat.
One of the reasons Lore is such a good assassin is because his demon “gift” is the ability to kill someone with one touch of his hand. He can also bring a person back to life in the same way, if he so chooses. His demon side is that of a Seminus (a sub-species of incubus), which means that he has a very overactive libido. Unfortunately, though, his ability is outside his control when he climaxes, so throughout his very long life, he’s only managed to have sexual contact with one female without killing her. He hates when that happens and feels guilty about it, therefore he tends to live a pretty solitary life, taking care of his own needs most of the time. When he meets Idess, he’s crazy attracted to her, but he doesn’t want to get too close for fear of accidentally killing her. While Lore can be a cold-blooded assassin when he has to be, he has a more vulnerable, caring side that drives him to do almost anything for his sister. He’s also surprised to find himself far more attached to his newfound brothers and their families than he ever thought he could be. When Idess enters his life, he becomes the moth to her flame. She’s everything that’s been missing in his life, sweetness, goodness, and light, yet she’s not afraid to fight by his side.
Idess is my favorite heroine in this series so far. She’s the perfect mixture between kick-butt warrior and sweet angel. She’s tough and isn’t afraid to fight when necessary, yet she has a much softer side that is very nurturing and loving toward Lore. She’s also understanding and forgiving of his past and all the terrible things he’s done, and she’s not afraid of his “gift.” She has an air of innocence about her, and while not a virgin, she took a vow of celibacy centuries ago, believing that once she knew she was an angel, if she ever had sex with anyone, much less a demon, she would never be able to ascend to heaven when her mission is complete. Yet at the same time, she’s no shrinking violet when it comes to expressing what she wants sexually. In a lesser author’s hands, Idess could have easily become a contradiction, but instead, she made perfect sense to me.
This book has all the action, adventure, and intrigue I’ve come to expect from this series, along with a healthy dose of romance and lots of steamy, almost erotic level sensuality. The author is masterful at keeping the sexual tension flowing while not quite letting her characters go all the way, which leads to some of the most creative and sexiest, not-quite-sex scenes I’ve ever read in a romance. It’s also masterfully plotted in such a way as to keep me on the edge of my seat with never a dull moment. I love how the author tells just enough story to make it a completely satisfying read, while leaving just enough loose ends trailing to tease the reader into the next book. That’s why I’m naming Larissa Ione’s Ecstasy Unveiled as my May Book of the Month. If you enjoy paranormal romance filled with an air of mystery, daring exploits, and plenty of steam, then you should definitely give this book a try. Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy for your own library.
A DEMON ENSLAVED
Torn between duty and desire, Lore and Idess must join forces as they battle their attraction for each other. Because an enemy from the past is rising again-one hellbent on vengeance and unthinkable destruction.
Read my complete review of Ecstasy Unveiled.
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