Larissa Ione shows that without a doubt she is one of the hottest authors out there. Her combination of a scorching romance, gut wrenching emotional punches, and superb characters all mixed together in a richly developed supernatural fantasy world is perfect. Highly recommended! Excerpt Chapter 1 It had been at least two decades since Shade had awakened on a strange floor, hungover and without a clue as to his whereabouts.
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Shelves: favorites , paranormal-romance , part-of-a-series , owned-copy , lovers-reunited , werewolf , curse , demon , favorite-or-autobuy-author One thing I really love is when a book exceeds my expectations. For one, reunited lovers is one of my least favorite themes. I hate the baggage of a broken relationship going into a romantic novel.
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 One thing I really love is when a book exceeds my expectations. I am happy to say that I was proven wrong about Shade. He was a very complex character that I grew to love fairly early into the book. He had depth that really appealed to me. In some ways like a sex addiction. Probably worse because Shade will die without having sex. And if he is not mated, he will become a demon who is crazed by his desire to mate any female he comes in contact with, willing or not.
He will wreak havoc on females all around him. In essence, Shade cannot say no to his nature or what women want from him. Shade had a gift given to him by his Umber demon mother, the gift to see darkness in a person and to draw it out and heal that person. As a seminus demon, he utilizes this gift during sex. The nasty, ugly kind of torture sex that I certainly want no part of. The females come out of it healed by having their worst emotions and regrets taken way, giving them the ultimate orgasm that last forever, a pure conscience.
Thankfully, Ms. Shade does wrong Runa. But he cannot help doing it. It is his nature, but also his fears about the maluncoeur, or curse put on him as a younger demon. If he falls in love, he will suffer a shadow existence of thirst, loneliness, and unslaked sexual desire.
As such, falling in love is not on his plate. So when he finds himself falling too deeply for Runa, he pushes her away. When she finds him with two females doing the deed, she breaks it off with him. Only to be attacked by a werewolf minutes later, and left for dead. They meet again at the beginning of this book. And Runa is very different. Hard where she was once soft.
Full of confidence where she was shy and retiring before. Although Shade was attracted to her softness as reminders of his mother and sisters who are of a race of demons who are gentle homemakers , he is even more attracted to her now.
And it turns out that Runa has become a werewolf. Their reunion is not under good circumstances, as they have been imprisoned by Ghouls, demons who harvest organs from other demons and sell them on the black market. Things only get worse, as Shade finds out that he has a very personal relationship with the leader, and the leader hates him and wants to kill him and his other two brothers. Runa and Shade reconnect and have to deal with the ugliness of their pasts, and due the magical machinations of their enemy, they end up mated.
For Shade, the timebomb starts ticking down, because he is unable to keep an emotional distance from the female he is mated to. As the story continues, we see this couple, forced to spend time together due to their mating bond, realize they are soulmates.
Both have hidden wounds that have affected their lives and how they relate to others. Runa has a guilt that she cannot rid herself of, and presses Wraith to use his talent to get rid of it. But Wraith hates that ability and would never do that to a woman who is so precious to him. I think Ione handled it very well, because I was afraid that it would go there.
It showed how much Shade loved her, and his determination to sacrifice himself for her out of love. This is a complex, intense story. There is a whole spectrum, some that are good, some that are not so bad, and some that are really, really bad. I appreciated the idea of the Underworld General Hospital that treats demonkind.
And what a great combination. I liked the information about the bond between a werewolf and her sire. And Runa has to deal with some aspects of being a werewolf that make her very dangerous to others, and restrict and affect how she can live her life.
Her werewolf nature can overcome her thoughts and conscious desires, and this comes into play as well. I just loved seeing more about Kynan. Kynan is such a good guy and you get some inkling as to why he is such a good person that I am sure will unfold further in the forthcoming books.
Their relationship has some poignant parts that got to this softie. This book was so enjoyable and involved me emotionally. It was clear from the beginning that Ms. Ione put a lot of thought and effort in this series, and this book really shows it and her talent as an author.
Book Blurb: 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. Now, determined to make Shade pay for the transformation that haunts her, Runa searches for him, only to be taken prisoner by his darkest enemy. But when he wakes up in a dank dungeon chained next to an enraged and mysteriously powerful Runa, he realizes that her effect on him is more dangerous than ever. My thoughts: Shade is a Seminus Demon who, along with his brothers, runs a hospital that specializes in those who are other than human. His nature, as well as a curse, causes him to be a love them and leave them kind of guy.