November 19, 2016 02:48 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
My October Book of the Month is the second book in a paranormal romance series that I unintentionally ended up putting on the back burner four years ago, even after reading and enjoying the first of the series. It’s set in a unique world that centers around a demon hospital called Underworld General. The mythology of the series is among some of the most detailed I’ve read in paranormal romance with many different breeds of demons and other supernatural creatures that span the full spectrum on the genre. The action and adventure keep things fast-paced and exciting, making this a world that I very much enjoyed inhabiting.
Runa was an ordinary shy girl with an ordinary life until she fell for Shade, a sexy stranger who seemed to instinctively know how to fulfill all her deepest desires. Brokenhearted when she discovered him in the throes of passion with two other women, she ran blindly into the night, where she was attacked by a werewolf and became one herself. Until then, she had no idea that the things that go bump in the night were real. With the help of her brother, who works for a secret government para-military organization dedicated to fighting supernaturals, she survived her transition and is now intent on seeking revenge on the man, who she now knows was a demon, and make him pay for her unwanted transformation. She just didn’t expect to be taken prisoner by Shade’s mortal enemy, kept in a dungeon with him, and then find herself falling in love with him all over again.
Shade is a breed of incubus known as a Seminus Demon who is cursed to eternal torment if he ever falls in love. As such, he’s compelled to fulfill every female desire without ever truly getting close to one. Even as a human, Runa was strangely compelling to him, which is part of why he betrayed her, but now, as Shade finds himself imprisoned with her, she’s nearly irresistible to him in the newfound strength of her werewolf form. Close to his own transition into a fully fertile male of his species, Shade is faced with either mating to stave off potential insanity or staying single to avoid making a love connection that could lead to his ruin. He’s already made the choice to risk single life, until the madman holding him and Runa prisoner tricks them into a mating. Now with his desire being for Runa alone, Shade can’t seem to stop himself from falling for her, leaving him and his brothers in a race against time to find a way to end the curse before he fades away into eternal oblivion.
I really enjoyed Shade and Runa together and thought they were a well-matched couple. They have a lot of baggage that they have to work through, but they manage quite admirably, while trying to end Shade’s curse and defeat the bad guys. The extensive secondary cast of characters were the icing on the proverbial cake, with some really intriguing things happening, especially for Shade’s brother, Wraith, as well as for Kynan and Gem, two doctors at Underworld General, one human and one demon, who are crazy attracted to one another. There were two tiny little things about the story that weren’t quite perfect for me, but since the author gets extra points for keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout and for writing such a creative world, it still ended up being my favorite read of the month. For that reason, I'm naming Larissa Ione’s Desire Unchained as my October Book of the Month. If you enjoy unique paranormal worlds populated with a tortured hero and heroine and some steamy love scenes then you should definitely give this book a try. Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy for your own library.
Pleasure is their ultimate weapon . . .
Read my complete review of Desire Unchained.
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