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I Belong

Review: Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione

Title: Passion Unleashed

AuthorLarissa Ione

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Demonica (Book 3)

Publication Date: March 31, 2009

Format: Paperback, 480 Pages

ISBN-10: 0446401056 (Hachette Book Group)

ISBN-13: 978-0446401050 (Hachette Book Group)



Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter-and a woman with a secret. Since she was seven, she’s been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality . . . as long as she stays a virgin. But Serena isn’t all that innocent. And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she wonders if she’s finally met the one man she cannot resist.


Wraith is a Seminus demon with a death wish. But when an old enemy poisons him, he must find Serena and persuade her to give him the only known antidote in the universe-her charm. Yet, as she begins to surrender to his seductions and Wraith senses the cure is within his grasp, he realizes a horrible truth: He’s falling for the woman whose life he must take in order to save his own.

Quick & Dirty: Great characters, a plot rich in emotion and humor make this an unforgettable romance.

Opening Sentence: There were three things Wraith did well: hunt, fight, and fuck. He was going to do all three tonight. In exactly that order.

Excerpt: Chapter 1

The Review:

The Demonica series remains delightfully entertaining.  Ms. Ione does a fabulous job weaving a complex plot and delivering excellent characterization.  I also enjoy reading about the evolution of previous characters and their relationships.  There’s plenty of intrigue, suspense, and sizzling chemistry in Passion Unleashed to keep you turning the pages.

This third installment tells the story of Wraith and Serena Kelley.  Wraith is a Seminus demon with some very deep issues.  Insatiable lust and madness are the least of his worries now that he’s been poisoned.  His options for a cure are very limited, and against his better judgment he agrees to fulfill his duties to his brothers.  He knows that the stakes are high and that his time is running out.  If Wraith dies, his brothers and Underworld General Hospital will be destroyed as well.  Serena was given a very powerful charm when she was a little girl because her life was in danger.  As long as she remains a chaste, the charm will protect her, giving her health and immortality.  Unfortunately, everything seems to be falling apart at the same time.  The impending demon and human war is right around the corner.  Underworld General is on the verge of collapsing and the hospital staff is fleeing at every turn.  Will Serena willingly give up her life and her charm to have a fleeting moment with Wraith or will he be able to walk away and embrace his death and deliver certain death to his brothers?

Eidolon was my favorite brother, but Wraith completely won me over.  He lives his life very much in the moment.  Even though he begins with a very specific task, he finds it hard to be so cold and calculating when it comes to Serena.  He knows that he must seduce Serena so that he can save his own life, but in doing so she will die.  Wraith’s character grows tremendously throughout this story.  Even though he fights his feelings for Serena every step of the way, he realizes that he can no longer be selfish, arrogant and consumed with fulfilling his own needs.

Serena shines in her own right because of her strength and depth of character.  She’s able to stand up to Wraith when most of us would crumble.  The romance and the connection that they share is phenomenal, and the danger and conflicts are real.  Serena is just as surprised as Wraith by their emotions and feelings for each other.  None of her trials and tribulations could have prepared her for what she experiences with Wraith.  Serena is a great heroine with whom readers will become invested.

Passion Unleashed is a captivating and deeply romantic story.  Ms. Ione continues to create characters so engaging and vibrant that you’ll have a hard time letting them go.  This fast-paced story will leave you breathless until the very end.

Notable Scene:

His smile was pure male triumph as he took his hands from her shoulders and braced them high above her head so he was caging her in but not touching her.  She had to tilt her head back to look at him, and she wondered if she looked the way she felt, like a mouse trapped by a cat.

Slowly, he leaned in, sinking to his forearms against the wall.  He was close, so close she could feel the heat radiating from him, could hear the soft intakes of each breath even over the pounding of her pulse in her ears.

His mouth descended.  Her knees shook, and thank God she was propped against the wall, because she felt like she could fall over at any moment.  Panic wrapped around her chest like a steel band, and no, she couldn’t do this.  Something told her she’d never be the same–

His lips claimed hers, not gently.  Ravenously.  Unapologetically.  As if he did this all the time, and she supposed he did.

“Open for me.”  His voice, a husky, resonant command, had her obeying without a second thought, and in an instant, he took what he wanted.  His tongue slipped inside her mouth to stroke her teeth, the roof of her mouth, and then it slid against her tongue in a fierce, wet caress.

Her body ached, arching without her consent as though seeking his, but he still didn’t touch her–the only physical contact between them was where their mouths connected.

The Demonica Series:

1. Pleasure Unbound

2. Desire Unchained

3. Passion Unleashed

4. Eternity Embraced

5. Ecstasy Unveiled

6. Sin Undone

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FTC Advisory: I purchased by own copy of Passion Unleashed.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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