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Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  36,858 ratings  ·  2,026 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 389 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Forever (first published January 1st 2008)
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Kat Kennedy
Nov 20, 2011 Kat Kennedy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR
Okay, so I'm actually kind of embarrassed that I gave this book four stars.

Please don't lose respect for me! Hear me out! Trust me!

I just seems antithetical. I mean, the name of the book is "Pleasure Unbound" and when my husband asked what I was reading, I blushed as I revealed the book's name. Then there's the cover that is, really, the epitome of cheap, softcore porn PNR.

And the plot just seems too ridiculous! He's an incubus demon, she's a demon hunter who can't come when she's with a man...
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Dec 14, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Smut Monday Club
Adult Review for Erotic Content
Tayla's observation : 'his magic penis'

Whoops, excuse me. I did not mean to react so strongly. I meant to reply with, "please... tell me more."

So...this Eidolon guy. He kind of has magic spermies that do magic sperm-y things to a woman. If that's not going to get someone interested, then I don't know what else to say.

This was fluffy, cheesy, good-time PNR and I loved every second of it. I never once rolled my eyes at the flowery sexual terms, nor did I bat an e
Blacky *Romance Addict*

Hey, I just met you
And this is crazy...
But I'm gonna f*ck you senseless
And tell you all my secrets

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I am so disappointed with this book, I have no words.

Wait, actually I do!

Let me tell you what happens in the first 5% of the book:

*a bit spoilerish*

The main guy is a demon who works at a demon hospital. The main woman is a slayer who is killing demons like crazy and is their arch nemesis and of course it goes the other way around as well.

So this wounded woman ends up in the demon hospital and the ma
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Nov 01, 2012 Bubbles Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Bubbles Hunty by: Susan65
Shelves: m-f, lol-funny
That glossary at beginning was helpful, but it still left out a lot of words

A warning, I'm gaytarded, and this review will reflect said gayness.

He doesn't need to touch her black panties to know they soaked. He can smell it. From across the room. In her defense she has been wearing the same panties for at least two days. So it's understandable they'd smell, but still my fragile gay boy eyes didn't need to read that

Sex at 7% :( I prefer more build up before sex. And her "slippery juices" *shudd
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

“UGH? Your hospital is called ‘ugh?’ Oh, that’s precious.”

I’m not going to go into a lot of plot detail, because honestly, there are already so many wonderful reviews out there, so I’ll just briefly share my thoughts on this book which is an awesome start to a great series.

The underlying story line of good vs. evil, with a very gray area defining them, has been done over and over by many authors, but very few have done it this well! And I was more than a little surprised because it can’t be eas
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This book is utterly fascinating. What an interesting universe. I wish I had this author's imagination. For anyone who's read Lovecraft, I think this book is Lovecraft mythos meets romance novel. I can say that reading this book was a unique experience. Ms. Ione did a fantastic job developing this world within/around/under the regular world, where demons are the good guys. Sort of. Not all demons are good, but not all are bad. I can't say too much about that without spoiling a person who wants t ...more

I have read book 3&4 in the Demonica series before actually reading book 1 and 2. I have to say Larissa Ione has managed to knock my socks off once again!

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This review is for mature readers only!!!

I wasn't sure about reading Pleasure Unbound. I LOVED the 3rd one, it was my first EVER erotica book, but the 4th one was just 'ehhh' for me (FROM WHAT I CAN REMEMBER!!!). It's been ages.

At first, i must
Julie (jjmachshev)
Yippee! Another new author for my it's not big enough already. I'm so glad I got "Pleasure Unbound" by Larissa Ione. She's produced a really interesting and unusual world of demons where the 'bad' guys aren't all bad (but some of them sure are) and the 'good' guys aren't all good either. Her demon-infested world will suck you in and the next thing you's 2:00 a.m. and you have to get up in less than 4 hours to go to work. Oh wait...that's me.

Demons aren't all bad. They also
I just wanna thank you Larissa for this amazing series, but mostly I just can't believe I've liked it even more after a 2nd read.

I have a shelf called 'top-50' in where I selected the best 50 books in 500 I have read. This series has been in it since I read it almost a couple of years ago, so I had forgotten many things about it. It has been ages since I read a book I could place in that shelf and I have been tying find another one for so long without success that I decided to re-read one of th
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*

It takes me awhile to get to most of the paranormal romance books I own because, well, I'm not really a fan of them. Most of the time instead of my eyes being glued to the paged, they're rolling. I was in the mood for one, though, and this one shines with its average ratings on Goodreads, so I dove in last night and already finished it today.

It's one of THOSE books. You know, the ones that are hard to put down and like second nature to pick back up again. The plot is one that's been done before,

I had to do some math to figure out how to rate this book. Never a good sign. In the end it was lucky to get 2.5 stars from me (I rounded up (See? I can be nice)). It started out pretty strong but about 100 pgs in things started to go downhill. Here's why: Tayla, the "heroine".

I basically hated her for three quarters of the book. She's a hot-neurotic-mess. And not in a good way. According to C. George Boeree neurosis involves:

"…anxiety, sadness or depression, anger, irritability, mental confusi
Jul 21, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Kresley Cole, Nalini Singh, and Gena Showalter
Recommended to Heather by: Julie (jjmachshev)
Wow! This was a really cool book! Its also very hot for a mass market paperback....

Tayla is a "slayer" that hunts the bad guys; Demons, Vampires, the whole 9 yards... until one day she ends up in a hospital with some serious injuries. When she comes to-- she realizes she isnt in a human hospital, she's in a Demon hospital... and her doctor is a VERY HOT demon named Eidolon.

Tayla has to figure out if demons really are as bad as she thinks they are, because she starts to feel something for Eidol

Just look at the bottom of my review *grin*

Just wanna say :

Everybody love Wraith, maybe because his bad-ass attitude

Everybody love Shade, maybe because.. what? Dunno *lol*


For me, just one of Seminus Brother that from the beginning until the end, that still captivated me, still make me love him, still make me adore him and his name is..



So, is it wrong that his book is favorite of mine?
5 stars – Paranormal Romance

There are so many positive reviews for this series, and for very good reason. Ione's writing is original, clever, funny, and steamy and the world she created full of demons, slayers, vampires, weres, half-breeds, crossbreeds, and humans coexisting in multidimensional realms is utterly imaginative, dark, hypnotic, and sensual. Ione is definitely a fresh voice in the paranormal romance genre and her Demonica series truly stands out for its creativity and raw eroticism.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
BR with my MacHalo Freaks starting Oct. 16, 2015.

I promise I didn't get it wrong this time. This REALLY is the book we will be reading on Oct. 16. Cross my heart, hope to die and all that crap.

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Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
There is a battle going on, between demons and the Aegis, humans who are trained to kill the demons, who supposedly kill and rape innocent humans indiscrimately, demons who are little more then evil beasts. At least that is what Tayla Manusco has been told and past experience confirms this. But when Tayla is picked up an ambulance after being badly hurt and taken to a demon hospital who where she is introduced to Eidolon, a hot demon doctor who heals her, and discovers a few unwelcome truths abo ...more

Wow! Who would have thought that demons could be so hot and sexy?

Pleasure Unbound was an absolute pleasure to read. The book was exciting, exhilarating, and oh, so steamy. The steamy parts fit in very well with the story. From the very first page to the last, I was pulled into this very imaginative world. The world building was fantastic. It was pure magic. I didn’t want to put the book down.

I liked how the author challenged our preconceived notions. Are all demons evil? Is it possible to be a “
Brittany B.
Reread thoughts: I love this book. Even better the second time, and third...;)
Highly recommend this first book on Audio!! Wonderful Narration!

Full Review ***************************************************
Needless to say, I liked this book. No, I loved it.
Don't read/listen to this at work, with your family, certainly not in the car - you might wreck. But whatever you do, read this book. If the first scene bothers you, you aren't the only one. I promise there is true substance other than the
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I love Eidolon! His dark hair, his lickable dermoire and his brains? What’s not to love! And as a Seminus demon, he requires sex often. As if there wasn’t more to love about him! E is a doctor at Underworld General Hospital and his hunky brothers Shade and Wraith work there as well. All three of them are such well developed characters that I am dying to know more about! I can’t wait for Shade and Wraith’s books!

I love love LOVE Gem! The first line from her perspective is hilarious: “Doctor Gemel
Wow!! What an awesome PNR! Loved, loved, loved it. It will be going straight to the favorite’s shelf where I dusted a spot off around the 70% mark or so.

Tayla is a demon slayer that finds herself at a demon hospital where Eidolon is the head of. Sparks fly immediately even though neither one of them want them to be. Tayla becomes disgusted that she is attractive to a demon and Eidolon knows that falling for the slayer is a mistake but the good part of this book is Eidolon doesn’t let that head
My 1st Adult/Erotica.. (Just now writing the review.)

The book that took my 'Erotica-Virginity'.
Define: Erotica-Virginity:
Similar to your real virginity - If the first 'book/man' is dreadful, then you will be forever traumatized. Thus, never wanting anything to do with 'reading that genre/sex' again.
If the 'book/man' is FRICKIN AMAZING, then you will be forever addicted. Thus, wanting as much as you can possibly get your hands on.
..It was a very good experience for me my friend's. ;)


Opening Line: "Had Eidolon been anywhere but the hospital, he would have killed the guy pleading for his life in front of him.

Welcome to Larissa Ione’s utterly imaginative world of Demonica. Full of demons, vampires, shifters, weres, slayers, humans and every combined half version of them. PLEASURE UNBOUND is a great ride I just couldn’t put down; action packed, erotic and sinfully dark with witty humour and engaging, fresh characters. Including a kick-ass heroine and her uber-sexy, scrub weari
Ione, admittedly, borrowed a bit from Buffyverse created by the master, Joss Whedon, when she created The Demonica Series. Full of demons, vampires and slayers it centers around Underworld General Hospital, a hospital set up to heal the creatures of the night that have no other place to seek help. Even the demons who are so evil the staff finds them abhorrent.

Although a spell protects the hospital from human eyes as well as violence, much like Lorne's bar in the tv series Angel, the doctors of U
I've been planning to start this series for a long time because I've been seeing the fourth book in every damn bookstore I go to ever since it came out. I can't tell you how many times I was tempted to buy it but put it down because they didn't have the first three in stock. As a result, I've been putting this series off. It is thanks to the combined badgering power of my lovelies Annie and Sam that I finally got the books and started reading them. And I'll take a moment here to say thanks to th ...more
Mar 09, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ladiibbug by: New_User
#1 Demonica series

"Buffy Meets ER" - Tayla is a tough, kick a$$ demon slayer in New York City. After one brutal fight she wakes up in the hospital -- at UG, or Underworld General, which to her shock and amazement, is run by demons and other supe's.

Eidolon, her capable and handsome Dr., is a demon. So what's a demon slayer to do when circumstances keep her and Dr. Demon together? Tayla becomes more and more unsettled as she learns that the fight between demons and human demon slayers is much more
Laura the Highland Hussy
This book took me a little while to get into it. At first I thought it might be the world-building issue of it just being book #1 in a new demon world...but I think it's actually the main character Tayla. I just didn't like her until about 200 pages in, whereas I loved Eidolon, and everyone else. Especially Gem, a doctor who is half-human, half-demon...and (spoiler) Tayla's twin! But Gem was reared by demons, and Tayla the foster system because of her junkie mother. So at 16 Tayla took to the st ...more

I love love love this book, my oh my was I hooked from the very beginning to the very end. This is a wild ride and I do mean ride. The characters are awesome and so kickbutt that even those that you should hate you can’t help but loving. This was one rollercoaster ride that made me queasy good. Wanted to keep riding all day. This is a world where Demons walk among humans and they burn brighter than the afternoon sun.

Tayla is a slayer, she hunts and kills demons for a living. T
Ronda  Tutt
Excellent Read!!! Wow, I really enjoyed this book. The erotica romance was HOT!, the Action was awesome, and I absolutely love the fact that this series starts out with demon doctors working in an Underground Hospital to treat other demons.

Hellboy and Tayla's romance was as they say opposits attract and I loved how their hate turned to love. Hellboys brothers were great and I cant wait to read more in this series to find out more about them.

This series reminds me of J.R. Ward, Lara Adrian, Gena
Loved it! If not for the heroine who aggravated me for a long part of the book, this would be a 5 stars book. Someone should have put a gun in my head and convinced me to read it sooner: so much time lost wihile this waited in my TBR:(

The world building, the heroes and bad guys remind me of a more complex and better written BDB book. I mean I like the BDB series, but they're a little too cheesy for me; the bad guys are very bad, the good ones really good and the heroes so possessed with their f

This book is seriously Hard Core PNR. And I absolutely, freaking LOVED IT!

The world is so all-encompassing - humans, demons, vampires and werewolves, all inter-breeding, creating an underworld full of purebred and hybrids, all with their own powers, behaviours and politics. It’s incredible. And I love how it’s all slowly unveiled throughout the story. The world is not all explained in the beginning, where you read about it and have a chance to wrap your head around it and settle in before the st
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione penned her first novel at the age of 13 and hasn't stopped writing since. She has been a U.S. Air Force meteorologist, an EMT, and a professional dog trainer, and you never know when one of those interests will pop into her novels.

She lives a nomadic existence with her U.S. Coast Guard husband and son, so her writing career has been a bl
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Other Books in the Series

Demonica (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Desire Unchained (Demonica, #2)
  • Passion Unleashed (Demonica, #3)
  • Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica, #4)
  • Sin Undone (Demonica, #5)
  • Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #1, Demonica, #6)
  • Immortal Rider  (Lords of Deliverance, #2; Demonica, #7)
  • Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #3; Demonica, #8)
  • Rogue Rider  (Lords of Deliverance #4; Demonica #9)
  • Reaver  (Lords of Deliverance, #5; Demonica, #10)
  • Revenant (Lords of Deliverance, #6; Demonica, #11)
Passion Unleashed (Demonica, #3) Desire Unchained (Demonica, #2) Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica, #4) Sin Undone (Demonica, #5) Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #1, Demonica, #6)

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“So,uh, where am I, exactly ? And what do you plan on doing with me ?"
"You're at Underworld General Hospital. As you can probably guess, we specialize in nonhuman medical care. Our location is secret, so don't ask."
"UGH ? Your hospital is called 'ugh' ? Oh, that's precious.”
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