Saturday, March 21, 2009

'Passion Unleashed' by Larissa Ione


First of all, Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione was my first ever paranormal romance, and a Demonica novel, I might add. I was always wary of reading these types of books and now I am just kicking myself and asking, “Why?”. All I have to say, I have a lot of catching up to do and Passion Unleashed was just the perfect novel to introduce me to this genre.
The heroine, Serena Kelley, is an archaeologist and a woman with a powerful secret. When she was a child, she was granted immortality which would only be in effect if Serena stayed a virgin. It is all nice and dandy until she meets Wraith, a cruel and devoid of any morals Seminus demon. Wraith just found out that he is going to die and the only way he can stay alive is by seducing Serena, taking her virginity and ultimately causing her death. When things could not possibly get any more complicated, this heartless demon realizes that he is falling in love with the woman he has to kill to save himself.
Okay, here it goes: this book is hot, hot, hot! And I mean it. As I mentioned at the beginning, Passion Unleashed made me a romance convert and this is coming from a person who all her life had been wholeheartedly opposed to reading anything with "romance" stamped on it. I literally could not tear myself away from this book until it was finished. I spent a whole day reading it, while ignoring a sink full of dirty dishes, a laundry basket full of clothes to be washed and a grumbling stomach. There is, of course, a lot of sex scenes, which strangely (or maybe not so strangely, hhmm?) did not bother me one bit. Most importantly, Larissa is one heck of a paranormal romance writer. She has a skill for creating the most twisted demonic characters and for writing a book that is actually very touching because amidst all heaven breaking loose, the whole evil world going at it, there is still enough space for a very human feeling called love. I know that it sounds a little tacky, but I can’t help it. I have to give credit where credit’s due and Passion Unleashed is a perfect book to get completely lost in and forget about the world outside, if only for a few hours.

*****

Special Thanks to Hachette Book Group for providing me with a copy of this book.

And don't forget to visit Larissa Ione's website for more Demonica fun and beyond.