Ok, so it took me a bit to get into...what with the weird writing style and the strange dialect. It's not that those were huge issues, I just struggleOk, so it took me a bit to get into...what with the weird writing style and the strange dialect. It's not that those were huge issues, I just struggled with it. Add to that Saba's almost creepy infatuation with her brother...this book had me rolling my eyes several times with creeped out disdain during the million times Saba was describing how she couldn't live without Lugh...I mean, really? Her "Golden Heart?" It just kinda gave me the heebs.
BUT, before everyone starts yelling at me for my issues with the book there is a big BUT... Once Saba and Emmi get on the road and the world they live in starts becoming more clear, it all started to make much more sense to me. From the time Saba gets kidnapped to meeting the Free Hawks and Jack and his gang, I fell in love. I may have wanted to slap Saba afew times when her need to drive people away got a bit too annoying...but luckily she managed to surround herself with more patient friends than I, because they all seem to just keep on being there for her. I even maged to cry a bit towards the end of the book. Those of you who read it, probably know why.
And when Lugh becomes a part of the book towards the end, he really does seem to be a great as she described...and despite my criticism of their relationship, I did like that he appeared protective of Saba when he realize she and Jack had a relationship. It just seemed sort of sweet to me.
Overall, I was pleased to see Saba's transformation into a less jerky person...even though her stubborn streak still seam in tact, and I was glad that Jack is supposed to come for her after his "business." I'm a sucker for a happy ending, especially when it comes to love...so here's hoping the sequel will give me what I want. :)...more
Well, I think this is a good read. And I think it will appeal to many audiences…but I do think it’s a bit overhyped. When I read the synopsis before IWell, I think this is a good read. And I think it will appeal to many audiences…but I do think it’s a bit overhyped. When I read the synopsis before I ordered it for my library I thought, “holy cow, I just have to read this NOW!” But after I did, I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed. I’m not sure why. I love dystopias, I love fairy tale retellings, I love strong, sassy female protagonists, and I love HEA’s with a lovely, handsome, brave and wonderful leading man. So, what’s up? Well, I just had a hard time staying interested. Perhaps it was a bit expected….like, I totally knew what was going to happen…in general, at least. I will say that I loved Cinder’s best bud, what was the robot’s name? (Sorry, I read this so long ago, I can’t remember the details…) But she was awesome. And of course, the Prince. He was great. And even the evil stepmother…I found her to be awesomely cranky and rude. So again, I can’t really place what my downside is…I just couldn’t say I totally adored it. Though I will be reading the next book. ...more
Pleasure Unbound, by Larissa Ione (2008), is the 1st book in her 'Demonica' series. As simply put as possible, this series is about an ongoing feud bePleasure Unbound, by Larissa Ione (2008), is the 1st book in her 'Demonica' series. As simply put as possible, this series is about an ongoing feud between a complex world of demons and demon hunters. Demon races range from the Dresdiin (the demon equivalent of angels) to Incubi (those who feed on sex--both evil and not so evil) to SoulShredders (who are just completely evil). The Aegis or Gaurdians, are a society of human warriors dedicated to protecting the world from evil; thus, on the hunt for any and all demons.
The conflict of this story arises when a certain demon and gaurdian meet and they are unable to ignore the instant lust they have for one another. To make matters worse, life seems to keep throwing them back together and along the way they it gets harder and harder to differentiate which side each one is on.
So, a classic story that is found in all romantic suspense...but a great twist in the paranormal genre. Ione's writing is creative, funny, and sexy. I would definitely recommend these to those that love hot sex scense within a book that also has a great plot. I'm definitely reading on the next book.
As a side note, for those that are really into the erotic side of things. Check out Larissa Ione's and Stephanie Tylers's work under the pseudonym Syndey Croft. ...more