Monday, May 24, 2010

Demonica Series review

Demonica Book 1

Grand Central Publishing

July 2008
ISBN-10: 044640103X
ISBN-13: 978-0446401036

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 her life.
Two lovers will dare to risk all.
Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his desire to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable—and let Tayla possess him, body and soul…


Hi there, I’m just finishing up number three of the Larissa Iones demonica series. So I thought I’d review them for you all.

This series centre’s on three brothers who run an underground hospital for demons which they just happen to be, but not just any demons, they’re sexual demons called seminus demons.
The first book is called Pleasure Unbound. It’s about the oldest brother Eidolon. He is in charge of  the hospital which is his creation and baby. Things are going as well as can be expected in a demon hospital until a demon slayer is brought in along with the demon she was trying to kill You see there’s a battle going on between demons and a group of left wing fanatics who believe that all demons are evil and should be destroyed. So when Tayla wakes up and finds herself face to face with Dr Hottie in a demon hospital she’s a little freaked out. 
The attraction between Tayla and Eidolon is instant and explosive to say the least, but she is the enemy with more than a few skeletons in the closet, and Eidolon is close to the end of his breeds maturation cycle which must see him mated or become a demon to be hunted and destroyed.
When Tayla begins to see that not all demons are evil as she has been led to believe her whole world turns upside down and is only made worse be the overwhelming attraction she feels for Eidolon. Which is something she has never felt for any man let alone a demon, thanks to witnessing a horrific crime against her mother by a demon no less.
Eidolon himself is torn between his desire for Tayla and his loyalty to his brothers and fellow demon kind. She seems to stir a dangerous passion and fire in him like he’s never known. So when demons start showing up missing a few body parts here and there that are being sold on the underworld black market he immediately suspects Tayla knows a lot more than she’s saying.
Torn between her loyalty to the demon slayer faction she works for and her growing feelings for Eidolon Tayla must decide whether to help Eidolon get to the bottom of this mystery which is bad news for everyone involved or betray the only man who has ever made her feel alive, and maybe he’s her key to the salvation she so desperately seeks.

Eidolon is a very straight up no nonsense kind of demon/guy and Tayla is a real wild cat, but at the same time has a very deep vulnerability and they just come together so well. You also meet quite a few supporting characters along the way who make the books even more fun and enjoyable. These books will take you on a journey that will leave you wanting more with a mix of laughter, sadness and more than a little hot under the collar, but a very good read all round.

Demonica Book 2 
Grand Central Publishing
Feb 24, 2009
ISBN-10: 044640098X
ISBN-13: 978-0446400985

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. But she couldn’t resist the unbelievable passion that burned between them, a passion that died when she discovered his betrayal and found herself forever changed. 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.
A Seminus demon with a love-curse that threatens him with eternal torment, Shade hoped he’d seen the last of Runa and her irresistible charm. 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. As their captor casts a spell that bonds them as lifemates, Shade and Runa must fight for their lives and their hearts—or succumb to a madman’s evil plans.


Desire Unchained is the second Demonica book and it’s Shades story. He is the middle brother and also a seminus demon. Shade works with his brothers at the demon hospital as a paramedic.

When Shade wakes and finds himself imprisoned and chained next to a woman he thought he would never see again, things just go from bad to worse. He’s been captured and imprisoned by his long thought dead psychotic brother. He’s made to endure a torturous incarceration which sees him unwilling bonded to the only women who could activate a curse Shade has had to live with for many years. Thanks to one stupid mistake, the curse could see him live out eternity as a shadow to forever know unquenchable lust and thirst, be able to see the world around him, but never to be seen or heard by anyone, should he ever fall in love. Runa met Shade when he strolled into her coffee shop and right into her heart. Not one for taking risks, Runa couldn’t resist the seductive Shade and gets swept away by his devilish charm.  Dating for a while, Runa is devastated when Shade betrays her and her life is changed forever because of it.

After narrowly escaping the clutches of Shades evil brother, Runa finds herself tied to Shade permanently by way of the bond. She must try to overcome her feelings of betrayal as she is not the woman she once was. She’s now working for a covert army group headed up by her brother and they want Runa to gather Intel on the hospital. She begins to feel uneasy as she remembers why she fell for Shade in the first place. But the more time she spends with him the more distant and secretive he becomes and the more time Shade spends with her it’s obvious to everyone that this is not going to have a happy ending. He struggles with his own oncoming change into a mature seminus demon and his old feelings for Runa resurfacing.  Hello curse!
So as the enemy begins closing in on them both and Shade must fight his desire for Runa or face an eternity of damnation. But she makes him burn like no other women ever has which makes her very desirable but also very dangerous.

I love this series they have it all, like a good movie, action, fighting, love interest and boy what an interest. Shade is smart, sarcastic has a great sense of humor, a little bit cocky at times, but hey when your this hot who wouldn’t be, but it’s ok cause Runa brings him down a peg or two. Runa herself is another great character with her tough, take no crap attitude and gives as good as she gets. I enjoy how the author tells the story for each person’s perspective so you get inside their heads as well.

Demonica Book 3
Grand Central Publishing
March 31, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-0446401050
ISBN-10: 0446401056

Forbidden Temptations…
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.
Fatal Desires…
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.


O.M.G ……… I’ve just finished the third story in the Larissa lone Demonica series called Passion Unleashed. This is the younger brother Wraiths story. Man, talk about your bad boy wow ……………….. like I said, Wraith is the bad boy of the family, but if you had a psycho vampire mum who tortured you as a child then you would be too. But I digress, Wraiths story is a kind of continuation of Shades story where we find Wraith has been struck down by a deadly poison for which there appears to be no cure. When a cure is discovered they find that there is a high price to pay. The cure comes in the form of a charm which has been endowed to a woman, a human woman.
 Enter Serena, she was given the monumental task of keeping the powerful charm that not only gives her health but immortality. Only so long as she remains a virgin, bad news for our boy Wraith as the only way to transfer the charm there by the cure is through sex. So with the stolen identity of a demon slayer agent and a whole lot of attitude Wraith intercepts Serena while she is on a treasure hunt to recover ancient artifacts that are being sought by a powerful enemy to be used for Armageddon. Serena is not what Wraith expects and finds himself inexplicably drawn to Serena. Sparks instantly fly between them and Serena also feels herself falling for Wraith and his devilishly smooth charm. But the one thing she longs for is the one thing she can’t have. With Wraiths primal instincts surfacing to protect her no matter what, Wraith must decide if he’s going to take the life of the women he is beginning to care for, in order to save his own life. Time grows short as the poison takes hold.
I think I like this book the best because throughout the series you really see Wraith grow as a character. And deep down, way deep down, he’s a decent man/demon/vampire. He is a really interesting character. Very complex and it’s a pleasure trying to work out whether he’ll do the right thing or not.
Serena really knocks him on his ass as she brings out his nurturing and protective side that he’s shocked to learn he even has, let along how to use it. She’s a cool character and it‘s great to read how she‘s twists Wraith in knot. Like all the female leads in the books she’s tough on the outside, but like all us hooked girls,  and you know who you are, she just needs a bit of demon loving.

Couldn’t recommend this series enough if you’re a paranormal romance junkie like me and we’re a fast growing group. So sit back and enjoy the wild ride that is the Larissa Iones Demonica Series they won’t disappoint.


I also enjoyed this series immensely. Her characters draw you in, and never let go. Eidolon and Tayla's story is a great introduction to the Demonica series. Shade and Runa tighten the knot and Wraith and Serena blow you out of the water. I'm waiting for Lorraine to finish Lore's story and I can't wait to see what she thinks of it.

Sin Undone is just too far away!!


I think it's a combined 5 Spiders out 5 for this series!


  1. Ah this series sounds really good! Great review and thanks for sharing!

  2. I've been reading this series and it's one of my favorites! Great review, this series is really great. I'm really looking forwward to reading more when they come out.