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Pleasure is their ultimate weapon . . .

Runa Wagner never meant to fall in love with the sexy stranger who seemed to know her every deepest desire. But she couldn't resist the unbelievable passion that burned between them, a passion that died when she discovered his betrayal and found herself forever changed. Now, determined to make Shade pay for the transformation that ha...more
Mass Market Paperback, 380 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Forever (first published January 1st 2009)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Aug 13, 2010 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers of paranormal who want an excellent story with great worldbuilding
One thing I really love is when a book exceeds my expectations. I didn't really expect to like this story nearly as much as I did. For one, reunited lovers is one of my least favorite themes. I hate the baggage of a broken relationship going into a romantic novel. Also, I wasn't too keen on Shade for his womanizing ways, and how females/women didn't seem to be that important to him. Just objects to be used and abused. This is a major pet peeve of mine.

I am happy to say that I was proven wrong ab...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

There were so many things to love about this book! Desire Unchained is the second installment of the series and was every bit as exciting as the first, and drew me deeper into the world of Demonica. I loved the character development, the world building, the angst, the heartache, the hope…

And while I did enjoy seeing Shade and Runa’s relationship grow from one of anger, bitterness and suspicion into one of joy, devotion and trust, I most loved learning more about Wraith. I despised him in Pleasu...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jan 06, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read w/Vilda
"I will bear this pain for you," he swore. "If one of us has to bleed, it will be me. It'll always be me."

Just because I didn't start this review off with the "magical spermie" conversation and super-curious kitties, doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy this book. I may not be hopping up and down in the same excited way, but there was still enough about Desire Unchained to keep me reading.
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I do feel a little bit guilty that the side story of Gem and Ky captured my attention more than the main stor...more
Shawna
5+ stars – Paranormal Romance

As amazing a read as Pleasure Unbound was, I liked Desire Unchained, book two in Ione’s riveting Demonica series, even better. Seminus Demon Shade and human turned werewolf Runa’s relationship is flawed, passionate, emotionally raw, touching, and full of sexual tension and frustration. The chemistry and tentative connection between secondary characters Kynan and Gem is sweet and heartbreaking. I was nearly as wrapped up in their story as I was in Shade and Runa's, an...more
DarienMoya
Aug 21, 2010 DarienMoya rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a wicked and sexy read!
^^ I WANT TO OPEN SHADE'S BLINDS!^^

There is a million and one things I love about the Demonica series, its all types of dirty sexy and crazy cool. This is the second book in the series and it does not disappoint, if you have not read the first book in the series I implore you to do so. I am spellbound when it comes to the demon world, it grabs and hooks you and never lets you go. I am gonna jump ahead and say this is my fave book of the series, and I don’t know, it might be my fave through out....more
Buggy
Opening Line: "It had been two decades since Shade had awakened on a strange floor, hung over and without a clue to his whereabouts."

This is book #2 in Larissa Ione’s utterly imaginative world of Demonica, full of demons vampires, werewolves, ghouls, humans and every combined half version of them. And I have to say that while I enjoyed book #1 Pleasure Unbound this one is even better. Ione’s world at UGH (underworld general hospital) just seems to get more awesome the further in we go and here w...more
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness

BY GOLLY GAWD! Could this have been a little less awesome? because I LOVED IT! It was dark, gritty, funny, sexy, and did I mention HAWT AS HELL!

This is the second novel in the 'Demonica' series. This time we focus on the brother, Shade and his former flame, Runa.

It was such a passionate tale of two lovers from different worlds that were brought together under the most unfortunate of circumstances.

The secondary characters are worked into the story seamlessly. I am so fascinated with Kynan and Ge...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Hot sexy demons, sarcastic vampires, Slayers, organ harvesting, and werewolves...although it took me a few minutes to 'read' myself back into Larissa Ione's Demonica world, I was caught and fascinated by her latest tale. "Desire Unchained" is her second book in this series and tells Shade's story. He's a pleasure demon who is cursed to suffer unending hunger as a fade once he finds his true love. Ione's world is complex and unique, with dozens of different demon races and other creatures that 'g...more
Steph
I almost starved myself whilst reading this book. It was so damn good I didn't even want to put it down to eat. My poor Kindle is traumatised; it has been dragged from pillar to post for the last few days.

I don't know what to start with first. There was so much going on in this book... From Shade and Runa, to Eidolon and Tayla, to Wraith, Kynan, Gem and then the 'bad guy'... Honest to God, I was worried about getting mental whiplash!
But it was fantastic, not one single dull moment throughout...more
AH
In the second instalment of the Demonica series, Desire Unchained, the focus is on Shade. Shade is a tormented soul, cursed to fade away should he ever fall in love. Shade’s back story is full of guilt. Guilt that he was responsible for the deaths of his sisters because he left their nest unattended. This guilt is further exacerbated when his last remaining sister dies.

Shade falls in love, and in doing so, activates the curse that will cause him to fade away. I loved Runa’s character. I found he...more
Lisa Kay
Dungeon Slade wakes up in.
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★★½☆☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Whoa. I don’t know when I have ever enjoyed a narration so much and a book so little. What a dilemma. Hillary Huber does a great job with her sultry voice and some of the H.O.T. sex scenes are elevated because of this. She does a good job of differentiating the voices too. I’d give the narration ★★★★½ stars. I’ll be looking for more of Ms. Huber’s readings.

Still, this book was NOT my cuppa tea. Consider that when...more
Fani
A huge let down after the first book. I can see why so many people have loved this and I understand their reasons, but it touched so many quirks of mine it couldn't end well.

Things I didn't like:

1. A heroine who physical appearence aside (she's nice, just not a stunner) is perfect: kind, thoughful, fierce, loyal, etc.
2. An author who is ashamed to put BDSM in her books just for the kicks of it, but has to justify it with some psychological mambo-jumbo. By whipping women who ask for it, Shade is...more
Vilda
'He stopped in front of Runa. "Coffee." The word rolled off his tongue as if he'd said, "I'd like to give you an orgasm."
"Yes," she whispered, because he could give her ... oh, right. Coffee.'

Wow. I had completely forgotten just how interesting the Demonica world is! It's so refreshing to meet all of these different demons after having read so many vamp or shifter stories and I absolutely love it. It's a fantastic world and I can't wait to go back!

Hooked from the first few pages, I could hardl...more
Lindsay
Demonica by Larissa Ione

When I first read about Shade in Pleasure Unbound, I thought 'Wow what a douche.' I was seriously dreading reading this book because he starred in it but I had already bought the book so I thought what the hell.

And all I have to say is goddammit Shade! You are just....argh! If you were real I'd rape you on the spot. I would make you mine in a heartbeat. I never thought that Shade would be my favorite but he is just so sexy. He starts off incredibly cocky and full of himself and yet...as the bo...more
valee
**Sigh. --- what's more to say after reading a book like this one? Is it possible to be speechless all over again? Because yes, this is the 2nd time I read it and still I feel like I could read it hundreds more and love it all the same over and over again. Worst because I liked it much more this time than the first. I think that with a re-read I got to understand many things I didn't the first time I read it.

In this instalment we get to read about Shade. Lots of things happen in this book, many...more
Corrine
I did enjoy this installment of the series better than the first, but authors piling on as much emotional dreck as they can on heroes is getting old... fast. It's not bad enough that these brothers are Seminus demons and each is getting ready to go through the 'sgenisis change that can change them into mindless raping animals. Oh, no, each one also has to have a curse (or two or three) on top of that, and it increases more with each book, it seems.

I really liked Runa, but I thought she gave in t...more
The_Book_Queen
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 DU 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 fant...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Although this is the second book of the Demonica series, Desire Unchained is the last book I needed to read. I took my time reading this one because it was the last one for me and it's a loooong time until Eternal Rider comes out.

The Demonica series has just become one of my all time favs. It has everything I want in a good book. It's action-packed, filled with thrilling twists and turns. I love the action in this series. I honestly didn't expect that much action since it takes place in a hospi...more
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Mar 01, 2011 Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Shelves: read-in-2011
5 Exploding Stars

Wow! I am blown away by this book.Thank you Annie for recommending it and
thank you to the Shameless Ladies who had to bare with me chat away as I read this book!!!

Seminus Demon,Shade is on a verge of transformation/S'genesis and finds his mate to help him through the change. Unfortunately, there is a curse that lingers that will prevent his HEA unless he and his Sem brothers find a way out of it.

Runa, inspite of life trials and heart ache, proves she is worthy of the heroine's r...more
Nichole (Dirty H)
3.5 stars

There is a line in this book where the villain is talking about his inadequate minions, and he says "It's like a bad comic book!"
And this sums it up perfectly. Based on that line, I think it's intentional. I certainly hope so.

But basically: All books in the paranormal romance genre, or the broader fantasy genre, require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief. A certain amount of willingness to accept things that cannot happen in real life, and to just go along for the ride.
But thi...more
Leah
I'm gonna start out this review again with a thank you to Annie for pushing me to read this series. If she hadn't, I never would have read about and fallen in love with my adorable Shade. Desire Unchained was a great second installment in the Demonica series and another great story about another great Seminus demon.

Shade, oh Shade, how I love you so. The funny thing is, I'm not even exactly sure what all the things I love about him are. He's just so...Shade. How could you not love him? He's loya...more
Holly
Holy Smokes! These books just keep getting better and better!! I just loved Shade and Runa! I don't even know where to begin, I wasn't sure at the beginning how I felt about Runa but I grew to love her strength and character, she was a perfect mate for Shade. I also loved the chemistry and albeit shaky connection going on between Kynan and Gem - I really hope there is more story there!!!

Honestly, I don't know what I can possibly say that hasn't been said or that won't give anything away, because...more
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Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Shade wakes to find himself chained up and fuzzy, nothing new to him, untilt when he realized he has been captured by the Ghouls, an organization of humans and demons who pick up demons to harvest their body parts. To make it worse he is chained in a cell with Runa, the human he was seeing and in danger of falling love with until a year ago when he broke her heart. But Runa is different and the new Runa threatens his heart more then the old, something he can't risk unless he wants to activate hi...more
LiteraryLover
I'd heard a lot of good things about this series and found the first book in the series a bit disappointing. Not bad, it just didn't live up to the hype for me.

But oh my goodness was book two a complete turn around for me. So in this book it's Shade's story. Shade is a Seminus demon, which is basically a souped up version of an incubus, but he also has healing powers. He works as an EMT for the demon hospital introduced in the first novel with his brothers Eidolon and Wraith. Shade has a curse...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
When Shade wakes up one morning in a dungeon, chained to the wall, with an ex-lover-turned-werewolf, Runa, for company, he thought things were bad. But when he learns that the demon behind his kidnapping, as well as the latest rash of demon-organ stealing for the demon black market, is really his brother Roag, things couldn't be worse.

Shade is a seminus demon, a sex-crazed breed that only produces males who, when they go through their Change unmated, become rabid sex fiends who live only to imp...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
4.5 stars.
I loved Shade and I like who Runa became. Very cool that the warg attack made her stronger. I liked the storyline alot, and I couldn't put it down. Normally I would summarize, but that's too hard when there is too much going on. I have to say I like Ky a lot. His and Gem's side story is my favorite so far, and I hope they get their HEA. I think the idea of bonding Shade and Runa and Runa being the one person who Shade could ever love...thus bringing about his death-curse was ingenious...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Let me start off by saying that I love the Demonica series. But Desire Unchained was my least favorite. This 2nd book in the series features Shade, a paramedic and a Seminus demon. Like all Seminus demons, Shade is a man whore. He can't really help it. For him, frequent sex is a biological imperative.

The book starts off with Shade and his sister kidnapped. He wakes from his attack, chained up in a dungeon. Among the prisoners there, is his ex-girlfriend Runa. Back when they dated, Runa was huma...more
Zeek
Second in Larissa Ione's Demonica series, it focuses on a group of Demon brothers who work at Underworld General Hospital, more specifically Shade, a Seminus Demon who's powers help him heal by being able to see into the body at a cellular level.

At the beginning of DU, Shade awakens to find himself chained in a dungeon along with the one woman who frightens him more than any other person he's met, one time girlfriend, Runa. Years ago, knowing he could very well fall for Runa, Shade had dumped he...more
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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...more
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