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Desire Unchained (Demonica #2)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  26,917 Ratings  ·  1,087 Reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 380 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Forever (first published January 1st 2009)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Aug 13, 2010 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it it was amazing
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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jan 06, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it liked it
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.

I do feel a little bit guilty that the side story of Gem and Ky captured my attention more than the main sto
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
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
Oct 21, 2015 DarienMoya rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a wicked and sexy read!

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.
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
3 to 4 Stars ~ Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy ...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
Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 07, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
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
Sep 10, 2015 Alp rated it it was amazing
I felt like I couldn't find the right words to describe my feelings after finishing this book. OH. MY. GOD! It was crazy amazing!!! The story was so intense and so dark, and it had me on the edge of my seat right from the beginning. I almost forgot to breathe while reading the fight scene near the end of the story. It was bloody exciting!

I can't explain what's going on inside of my head right now because I'm still wired from the whole Demon thing. I think I need more time to collect my thoughts!
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Meh. I didn't hate Runa, but the secret keeping nonsense became annoying. Shade, ok character, but his "if there is a female in need, I must service her....only I can release them from their pain" super irritated me. Makes it sound like he's a dog compelled the impregnable bitches in heat. Not sexy. The second part of the complaint is his toy room, the bdsm, and that whole scene. It's over the top, unoriginal, and seemed tropey, like "well one of these characters needs to be a bdsm king, all ser ...more
Mar 28, 2016 Diana rated it really liked it
Desire Unchained in book 2 in the Demonica series, focusing on Shade, the middle of the 3 Sems brothers.
Shade find himself in a dungeon with a beautiful woman, Runa, who just happens to be one of his ex-girlfriends. When he finds out how and who put him in the dungeon, he is shocked that the demon is still alive and scared at just how sick and evil he really is. Shade’s only thought is that he has to get himself and Runa out of there so he can warn his brothers about the new evil. Of course, th
Dec 23, 2012 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
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
Oct 26, 2010 AH rated it really liked it
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
Lisa Kay
Dungeon Slade wakes up in.
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(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 stars. I’ll be looking for more of Ms. Huber’s readings.

Still, this book was NOT my cuppa tea. Consider that when looking at
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
Jan 06, 2013 Vilda rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vilda by: Buddy read with Stacia (the hype killer)
'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 hard
Sep 23, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
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 the bo
Apr 14, 2011 valee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**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
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
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
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
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
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Mar 01, 2011 Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it it was amazing
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
Nichole (Dirrty 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
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
Aug 31, 2010 Holly rated it it was amazing
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
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first. But I'm glad at where Shade and Runa ended up. So much happened in this book. I was happy to get answers to a lot of the questions that I had from the first book. And I can hardly wait for Wraith's book.
5+ stars

Love it.
Christina T
Wow! I loved this book. After finding the first one good but not great I didn't have high expectations for this one but since so many of my bookie friends love this series I was looking forward to reading it. So glad I did!

The Good Stuff: Sometimes a book and it's characters speak to you. This book did that for me. I liked Shade and worried over him as if he were real. I appreciated Runa and the strong woman she was. I'm not sure if I'd have liked her as much if I "met" her prior to her becoming
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Other Books in the Series

Demonica (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1)
  • 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)

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