Larissa managed to pull off something only Lynn Viehl and Laurell K. Hamilton have done recently. She made me read a book in ONE SITTING.
I picked up Pleasure Unbound over lunch today and then dared to flip through a few pages while I was cooking dinner. I didn’t really know what to expect as far as the demon angle was concerned. They’re not my favorite paranormal creature by any means. Although I’ve enjoyed Larissa’s work before, I didn’t expect to be sucked in so fully. My eyes are killing me, but the book is finished and I just had to blog about it.
Hells bells indeed! What a great read. Very sexy, definitely. I especially adored the relationship between Eidolon, Wraith, and Shade, three brothers of the Seminus (incubi) demon line. Tayla is an incredible heroine, and the conflict and sexual attraction between her and Eidolon just burns on the page.
A mentor once told me that to write a great romance, the conflict had to be extreme. Like if the hero was a firefighter, the heroine had better be an arsonist. In Pleasure Unbound, Tayla is a demon slayer, a member of the Aegis. As far as the demons are concerned, the Aegis are the murderers. When mutilated demons begin showing up at Underworld General Hospital (UGH, giggles), of course Eidolon suspects the Aegis of foul deeds. Naturally, he looks upon the injured human slayer with suspicion, but he’s a doctor first, demon second, although he has a hard time remembering that once his incubus nature takes over. Tayla and Eidolon have very solid reasons for hating and fearing each other, but their relationship develops anyway.
Other than a few little POV shifts (I’m a purist, so I don’t like shifts mid-scene), I was treated to a fun, engrossing story. This is definitely a world I’m looking forward to vising again!