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Desire Unchained: Number 2 in series (Demonica) [Kindle Edition]

Larissa Ione
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 realises 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.

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  • Editorial Reviews


    "Wicked . . . decadently sinful . . . prepare to be burned!" (Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author)

    "Ione brings to life a riveting new world filled with sizzling sensuality, dark wit, and wicked hot demons." (Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author)


    "Ione brings to life a riveting new world filled with sizzling sensuality, dark wit, and wicked hot demons."--Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1175 KB
    • Print Length: 353 pages
    • Publisher: Piatkus (September 1, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0050C87GM
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! February 25, 2009
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Runa Wagner has wanted revenge on Shade, the Seminus Demon who broke her heart and left her life forever changed. But she never thought she'd end up imprisoned with Shade! Shade is determined to stay away from Runa because he fears she could be the one to trigger his curse... a curse that promises him an eternity of anguish if he falls in love. Shade and Runa will have to face a mountain of obstacles if love stands a chance, however, as deadly foes want them destroyed.

    DESIRE UNCHAINED is a bit darker than the first book, PLEASURE UNBOUND. While it can be read as a stand alone, the plethora of characters and their various connections may be a bit overwhelming without the solid foundation of the first book. Characters from the first book do play pivotal roles in DESIRE UNCHAINED but Ms. Ione does provide sufficient background history for newcomers. I can't imagine not wanting to read PLEASURE UNBOUND, though!

    Readers should be warned that Larissa Ione takes readers on a dark journey as Shade's world isn't an easy one. Don't let this deter you from reading DESIRE UNCHAINED, however, as Larissa Ione has so many diabolically clever plot twists in store! It took every inch of my spoiler-loving little heart to not peek at the ending as there were just so many moments I thought Shade and Runa were thoroughly doomed, only to see such a logical and splendid twist appear.

    World building and character development are critical to the success of DESIRE UNCHAINED and Larissa Ione does a spectacular job with both aspects. Neither is sacrificed for the other but instead each enhances the other. Runa is a likable heroine, and her anger and feelings of betrayal are easily understood.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Plot Summary: Shade wakes up chained in a dungeon with an ex-girlfriend who hates his guts. They've been kidnapped by ghouls, the faceless boogeymen who kidnap supernaturals in order to harvest their organs. Runa hasn't seen Shade in almost a year, since he dumped her after a month of incredible sex, but she's hardly forgotten or forgiven him. Their kidnapper has a personal grudge against the Sems brothers, and his punishment for Shade could activate a curse that would literally turn Shade into a living shadow.

    I think these books have near perfect pacing, because this is the second Demonica novel that has entertained me beautifully with nary a snooze. I am never tempted to skip, skim, or speed through any of the passages, regardless of which characters are being featured, because they're all interesting. I am more than willing to pony up the dough to keep reading this series, which is definitely one of the highest compliments I can bestow, since I'm a disgustingly frugal book buyer.

    While I liked Shade and Runa's story, I have to say that they probably won't be my favorite couple after I've read more of Ione's books. They have unique problems to overcome, but their chemistry never reaches that nuclear hot level I'm constantly hoping to encounter. As with her first novel, Ione blends in saucy sex scenes (including BDSM this time around), with great interpersonal dialog between Shade and Runa.

    It's always a pleasure to spend an afternoon at Underworld General, the demon-run hospital serving all non-humans. I commend Ione for dreaming up such a unique setting for her paranormal world, and I love hearing about all the weird and wonderful creatures who get treated there.

    I'm thinking that maybe Wraith's book, the next one in the series, will deliver the best romance yet, and the teaser chapter had me itching to buy it immediately. I showed some restraint, but I know that I'm getting it sometime this month.
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    15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars When You Don't Like the Hero... March 18, 2009
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Introduced in Pleasure Unbound, Shade is the brother with the brooding bad-boy manners and a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas. Branded with a love curse thanks to his Seminus Demon nature he can never fall in love, lest he fade away. When an evil figure from his past comes back to haunt him he winds up imprisoned with former girlfriend Runa Wagner. Once naive and sweet, his betrayal has left her jaded and with more than one bone to pick with her former flame.

    Suffering under a curse of her own the last thing Runa wants is to fall in love with the man she blames for her curse. But when Shade's enemy bespells them, forcing the two into a mating that binds them eternally both begin to finds things in one another worthy of love. Shade has to find a way to break his own curse and defeat the enemy or fade away forever.

    Oh how I wanted to love this one. The storyline was good. The villain was nicely brought in and made a terrific enemy for the brothers. Runa was a likable heroine, once timid and innocent she's become angry and bitter in a way most women who've been burned by love can relate to.

    What didn't work for me and makes me actually feel a little guilty is that I don't like Shade. Didn't like him in Pleasure Unbound and don't like him any more now than I did then. I read somewhere that he is the authors favorite and I think to some extent maybe that is why I kind of felt like she was trying to put too many eggs in one basket with him. Originally I thought he was supposed to be the mysterious, brooding one and Wraith was supposed to be the bad-boy but it came across like she was trying to make Shade brooding, mysterious, charming, snarky, the bad-boy, the rebel, all of these things in one. If you are a Shade fan I think you'll love this one.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!!
    This book snagged me from the get-go! Through every page I was on the edge of my seat and I fell in love with each and every character! Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Christina Smith Belcher
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Shade is my favorite seminus demon, and a well rounded sex god!
    Published 19 days ago by Mary Mounts Bruce
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
    This was a good book in the Demonica Series. It started out tough for me but it picked up pretty quickly. I'm looking forward to the next one.
    Published 1 month ago by JustMisty
    5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy this series
    What can I say, I really enjoy this series. General hospital for demons , werewolves and vampires oh my :) it had everything from love to some pretty hot sex with a good story... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Vicki
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Lover her books
    Published 2 months ago by Adriana Lecolant
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this paranormal series!
    Runa Wagner made the mistake of falling for a man who only went by the name of Shade. Before Shade, Runa was shy and never took risks but Shade was patient with her and truly... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Stephanie
    4.0 out of 5 stars good read
    Larissa's Demonica series is a bit slow to start but now I am on the way to the third book and can't wait to see what is next.
    Published 2 months ago by Beverly M Harrison
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hot and spicy novel about demons and humans, plus so many more
    Hot and spicy novel about demons and humans, plus so many more. The story was fast paced and never boring. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Helene
    5.0 out of 5 stars Desire Unchained
    While I loved the first book. A Desire Unchanged tops it for me. The struggle the characters went through was worth the ride. Great book from beginning to end.
    Published 3 months ago by D. Stevens
    4.0 out of 5 stars grate reading
    I Enjoyed the .Fast past of the story and liked the interesting twists to the story's caricatures . And there different loves developments.
    Published 3 months ago by Delia Cooper
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    More About the Author

    Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge...just in case. She lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

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