I’ve had this on my TBR Mountzilla forever and there are already a zillion reviews, so I’ll keep th5 stars – Dystopian Fiction/Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy/YA
I’ve had this on my TBR Mountzilla forever and there are already a zillion reviews, so I’ll keep this succinct.
There’s definite justification for all the hype and popularity. The Hunger Games is brilliant, brutal, poignant, gruesome, disturbing, and thought-provoking with jaw-dropping suspense and shocking twists.
I can’t wait to see how they translate Katniss’s complex personality mix of courage, vulnerability, constancy, raw fear, and strength and depict such objectionable, emotional, provocative, and appalling cruelty and violence toward kids in a PG-13 movie.
Reading Passion Unleashed, I found myself once again transported to Ione’s sinfully decadent, wickedly dark, and utterly5+ stars – Paranormal Romance
Reading Passion Unleashed, I found myself once again transported to Ione’s sinfully decadent, wickedly dark, and utterly imaginative world of the Demonica with its diverse demon species, fallen angels, vampires, weres/wargs, werebeasts, shifters, slayers, humans, and half-breeds fighting for coexistence and peace. I’m continually blown away by Ione’s brilliance and creativity as a writer and the series just keeps getting better and better. Ione's writing is fresh, inventive, witty, and intelligent, the characters are sexy, original, and genuine, and the story is hypnotic and full of sizzling sensuality and dark humor.
I love level-headed Eidolon and smooth-as-silk Shade, but devil-may-care bad boy Wraith has always been my favorite of the Seminus Demon brothers, so Passion Unleashed is definitely my favorite in the series so far.
In Passion Unleashed, Wraith has been poisoned by an assassin and the only cure is to obtain a charm from spunky, inquisitive, spirited, independent archaeologist Serena. The charm/cure happens to be Serena’s virginity, and she’s pretty darn determined to hold onto it, despite Wraith’s smooth attempts at seduction, since she seals her own fate if she loses it. Wraith’s destiny is tied to Underworld General hospital and his brothers, so as he dies from the poison, UG deteriorates and his brothers’ lives are also at stake, which makes his choice to take Serena’s “charm” even more difficult.
The plot involves forces of good and evil engaging in the ultimate apocalyptic battle for the future of all races, which is also tied to Serena’s charm. Kynan and Gem’s relationship plays an important role in the story, as does the fallen angel Reaver, malevolent villain Byzamoth, and a new character, Lore, who will probably have his story told in the next book in the series.
Serena is a great heroine, loads of fun (sort of like a blonde, virginal Lara Croft), and her chemistry and banter with Wraith is delectable. Wraith has been a blast from the beginning of the series because he’s charismatic, wicked, funny, cocky, arrogant, honest, and lives for only hunting, fighting, and sex. Tortured bad boy heroes are always the most passionate and surprising because when they finally fall, they fall fast, hard, and completely, and Wraith is no exception. Wraith’s transformation and growth from an emotionally distant, reckless, pissed-off-at-the-whole-world, I-don’t-give-a-crap-about-anyone-but-myself, hedonistic bad boy personality to attentive, tender, caring, generous, protective, and affectionate lover is sweet, touching, and funny. Wraith and Serena’s relationship is heartwarming and bittersweet, and the plot keeps you guessing until the very end as to how things will get resolved for the characters to find their HEA.
The book has a Demonica Compendium in the back with all kinds of cool special content that makes for a kick-ass bonus.
Ione is definitely a fresh voice in the paranormal romance genre and her talent as a writer is first-rate. The Demonica series truly stands out for its originality, unique characters, dark wit, scorching sensuality, and raw eroticism. Passion Unleashed is a spellbinding and sexy read...a well deserved 5+ stars.
I’m eager for more of Ione's captivating, wicked hot saga, so I don’t know how I’m going to manage waiting almost an entire year before book four Ecstasy Unveiled comes out in February 2010!...more
This installment of the Bullet Catcher series features the yummy former Tasmanian Special Ops Policeman Adrien “Fletch” Fl4 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense
This installment of the Bullet Catcher series features the yummy former Tasmanian Special Ops Policeman Adrien “Fletch” Fletcher, whose sexy Aussie accent and nefarious tattoos are positively swoon-worthy...'nough said 'bout that!
Of course, there’s also a fairly complex plot about a black market baby adoption ring, a fanatical Maya worshipping cult preparing for 2012 Armageddon, and a threat on linguistics anthropologist Miranda Lang’s life; so it's a good thing hottie Aussie Bullet Catcher Fletch is there to come to her rescue and save the day!
This was a thrilling addition to the Bullet Catcher saga, and Fletch is a devilishly sexy hero. 4.5 stars!...more
Warning...This is a rantfest, not a review, and there are spoilers and language ahead, so read at your own ri**spoiler alert** 5 stars – Urban Fantasy
Warning...This is a rantfest, not a review, and there are spoilers and language ahead, so read at your own risk.
*Barrons? Good GAWD, holy @*$#!! No wonder everyone talks about him so much. He’s one of scariest, sexiest, most enigmatic uber alphas, ever! YUMtasm!
*Why is this series marketed as romance?! It’s clearly not...just straight up UF folks.
*Where the feck is the steamy sex between Mac and Barrons?!?! I definitely had the wrong impression about this series, I guess. I mean, come on...it’s the Fever series for feck’s sake! There better be some heat ahead in Dreamfever and/or Shadowfever considering the sizzling sexual tension that’s been building and smoldering for three books! I need potholders to protect my hands from being scorched!
*Just what the feck is Barrons anyway?!?! It’s driving me fecking crazy! Why can’t he ever answer one of Mac’s fecking questions?!
*And talk about a fecked up, depressing, cliffhanger ending from hell! Mac doesn’t get it on with Barrons but she has to suffer being gang raped in a sick, twisted Death-By-Sex Fae orgy?! WTF?!?!
*But yeah, I’m still giving it 5-stars because it kept me up until 3am to finish and I’m seriously addicted. Now on to Dreamfever to continue my crack!
(view spoiler)[I think being a Pri-ya sex slave...living only for food, sleep, and raw, primal, constant sex with an insatiable4 stars – Urban Fantasy
(view spoiler)[I think being a Pri-ya sex slave...living only for food, sleep, and raw, primal, constant sex with an insatiable, inexhaustible, expert, dominating lover/master like Jericho Barrons sounds pretty fecking delicious and tempting! I would have been content to remain in his room...especially his Sun King bed...forever! *naughty girl grin*(hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>...more
Reading one of Larissa Ione’s Demonica novels is a naughty good time, like getting a pedicure and going shopping with yo5+ stars – Paranormal Romance
Reading one of Larissa Ione’s Demonica novels is a naughty good time, like getting a pedicure and going shopping with your best friend on a hooky day from work, eating the best Vosges or Godiva chocolate, getting flirted with at the grocery store by a hot guy when you’re in sweats and wearing no makeup, or having a happy hour with your best gal pals and laughing and talking about men and sex over Mexican martinis. Yep...Ecstasy Unveiled is deliciously wicked fun alright with a hotter-than-sin, demon bad boy hero to drool and die for!
Seminus half-breed demon Lore has been forced to act as an assassin for a powerful, malevolent master, but his latest assignment will be his toughest yet and bring him much too close to home, when he’s tasked with killing a human friend of his newly found demon brothers, who also happens to be a Sentinel guarded by earthbound angel Idess.
Idess is determined to protect her human charge so she can finally earn her wings and ascend to Heaven, and she’s not about to let assassin Lore thwart her mission, even if it means chaining him to her bed and using seduction as a weapon. But when duty and fighting turns to explosive attraction and wicked desire, can an innocent angel and a bad boy demon find common ground and work together, even as passion ignites between them?
Whew boy, did I looove Lore and want some more! He’s a dark, cynical, guilt-ridden, deeply tortured hero who’s lived a life of agonizing pain and brutal violence and been denied intimate human contact due to his gift and curse of causing death by touch, but underneath all that lurks a heart of gold, tarnished though it may be. It just takes a beautiful, sweet, kick-ass Xena-esque warrior angel to unveil his protective, romantic, loyal, and caring nature.
I love all the demon brothers: level-headed and intensely sexy doctor Eidolon, protector with a bondage fetish Shade, and my favorite snarky demon vampire and former playboy Wraith, but I think leather wearing bad boy assassin with a death touch and a soft side Lore just might be my favorite demon hottie of the pack now. Yowza...he’s just so lusciously yummy! Lore and Idess made such a sexy couple and their love scenes were steamy, yet full of vulnerability, emotion, and tenderness.
Ecstasy Unveiled is a tantalizing blend of scorching sensuality, dark, sarcastic humor, wicked hot demons, thrilling action, horrific villains, and captivating romance with a H/H that you’ll fall in love with. Ione is a master of paranormal romance and her spellbinding, imaginative world of the Demonica continues to amaze me with its refreshing creativity, sexy, intriguing, unique characters, dark wit, raw emotion, and powerful eroticism. I just wish I didn’t have to wait so long for Sin Undone to come out! Big 5 stars!
Wow! I loved it! I’ve been a big fan of this series from the beginning, and with its tenth installment, Lara Adria5 stars – Paranormal/Vampire Romance
Wow! I loved it! I’ve been a big fan of this series from the beginning, and with its tenth installment, Lara Adrian definitely delivered the goods. Chase and Tavia are an awesome H/h pairing, and with some shocking surprises, an epic showdown, a satisfying ending, and a moving epilogue, it’s one of the best books of the series. There’s an 11th book mentioned (TBD) on the author’s website, so I’m hoping that means we haven’t seen the last of the Breed. 5 stars!...more
What a fan-freaking-tastic, brilliant (Guinness Beer guy voice) combination of unique paranormal elements and apocalyptic5 stars – Paranormal Romance
What a fan-freaking-tastic, brilliant (Guinness Beer guy voice) combination of unique paranormal elements and apocalyptic prophecies, Stephen King-esque eerie horror, violent, gruesome action, intense, steamy romance, and wry, dark humor. Larissa Ione’s Demonica is one of my top favorite series that got impossibly better with each book, and she really delivers the goods in the first book in the spin-off Lords of Deliverance series. It was an amazing read, and I can’t wait for Immortal Rider! Big 5 stars!