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Pleasure Unbound

(Demonica #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  45,498 Ratings  ·  2,398 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 h
Mass Market Paperback, 389 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Forever
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Kat Kennedy
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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...
Blacky *Romance Addict*
Jun 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Blacky *Romance Addict* by: Glamdring

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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

DNF at 9% - Because life is too short to read infuriating crap.

Friendly message to my dear, ever-stalking PNR review trolls:
✔ YES I DNFed this at 9%
✔ YES I had the audacity to rate it anyway.
✔ YES I had the nerve to write a so-called review about it.
✘ NO I have no credibility as a reviewer.
Be offended all you want, I don't give a damn.

Worry not people, for this is not going to be one of my never-ending, rambling reviews. I've wasted enough time on this awe-inspiring masterpiece as it is.

Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ~ BlithelyBookish

“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 (Back to the Books)
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoy creative approaches to paranormal romance
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
Sophia Triad
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: demons, favorites
Eidolon is a demon and a doctor and the founder of the only demon hospital. A hospital where all lucky demons can visit, get well, not kill each other and then run free to torture more humans .... or not.

And of course in this hospital no humans are allowed, since humans are the worst race that walks on earth (according to the Demon Bible of course).

And then Eidolon's future lady, Tayla Mancuso, appears who is human, wounded and about to die and Eidolon decides to make her feel better in every
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it

I’ve very late to this party and since most of my friends loved this book/series I was looking forward to a great read.

Unfortunately I had one huge problem with this book and that was Tayla.
I couldn’t stand her. I tried, I really did but I found her whiny, ignorant and stupid.
Is that too harsh?
Maybe and I understand why she hates demons I really do. But when she discovers they run a hospital and even though she kills them and they hate her they still save her life. Yet she continues on with he

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

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
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
Re-reading it (yes again, this makes it my 5th time) for the Buddy read with the MacHalos October 16, 2015.

I love this book every time, I can't put it down! It goes by incredibly fast, you have finished it before you realize it.

The book traps you from the very beginning. It has the perfect amount of action, romance, world-building and side characters.

The idea of this world, the idea of good vs. evil both in humans and demons, all surrounding the Underground General Hospital, it's pretty interes
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads
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
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I vehemently hated the female character, Tayla, for 80% of this book, possibly more. She's stupid, whiney, angsty, emo, and super fucking annoying. Hated so much I thought of DNF-ing it, and I might have, but I ate chocolate mousse while I read.

Eidolon is the male mc. I liked him, he's a hot demon doctor who doesn't seen to find Tayla super annoying. He's rather enchanted by her fiery judgmental behavior, which made me wonder if he had a degenerative brain disorder. Seems he kind of did, but he
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

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,
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.
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5 stars

Pleasure Unbound is the first book in the Demonica series, and I loved it. It was a tough beginning, trying to learn all the different characters aka demons, but the book has a glossary to help you out.
You find out that the good guys aren't always good, and the bad guys aren't always bad. Sometimes, they must toe the line to help each other out.
May 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Larissa Ione fans, paranormal fans
Recommended to Ren by: Pingle

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?
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Como introducción está pasable.

Personajes interesantes, una buena historia, estilo ligero. Bueno. Pero hasta ahí.

Lo que no me gustó fueron los diferentes POV en la narración. Ni tampoco que no es fácil ubicarse en la línea temporal que tiene el libro.

Aún ahora no sé muy bien si todo pasó en menos de una semana o algo mas
I only got to 11% and I think I am going to stop. If I had read this a few years ago, I probably would have liked it. I'm just over PNR with all the same old tropes and stereotypes.

In this one, there a "hot and sexy" incubus demon named Eidolon and a female demon slayer named Tayla (or something - I can't even remember or care). They hate each other, then of course, even though I didn't get that far, it's obvious they will end up getting married or being mated somehow. To make this one even bet
Emily May
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr, 2011
For a book that is supposedly urban fantasy but is actually just a kind of paranormal erotica, I actually liked it a lot more than I thought I would. And, sure, I'm not a complete idiot and I understood beforehand that any book, urban fantasy or not, that is called 'Pleasure Unbound' will have more than it's fair share of smut and/or romance. But... is it really so difficult to get a good UF mystery going in the background before the main couple get it on. I'm slightly disappointed but no longer ...more
Suzanne (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
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
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
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
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it

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 “
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-1
I've started two new sub-genres this past week, reading one book about angels, and one about demons, and I have to say Larissa Ione's introduction into the world of demons was quite memorable! As a warning, these books are quite explicit, although her demons are surprisingly sexy. I enjoyed the chemistry between Tayla and Idolin, even if some of the scenes there at the beginning were a bit questionable in their ethics for doctor and patient. The world-building was phenomenol, and I loved the con ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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.

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“I'll bet you could make a woman throw out all her toys” 206 likes
“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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