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 praying 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…
Pleasure Unbound is book one in the Daemonica series by Larissa Ione, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The story is set in New York (it occurs to me that there’d be nothing of the place left if authors and directors and whatnot had their way). In this world there are humans, demons and human demon hunters. The story is about Tayla, a kick ass demon hunter, and Eidolon, a demon doctor who is in charge of Underworld General Hospital (or UGH… go on, laugh. It’s funny). These two are polar opposites in terms of everything. Tayla is impulsive, with a hair-trigger temper, and has a few issues in the bedroom. Eidolon is calm, thoughtful and serious. Also, he’s a type of incubus called a Seminus demon. Translation: he’s a sex demon. If he doesn’t do the nasty regularly, he’ll die. So, on paper, these two would be such an extremely bad idea together. And yet, they worked really well.
Although, even with that said, I wouldn’t have blamed poor Eidolon for throttling Tayla. That woman had a knack for being infuriating. Tayla wasn’t what I’d call a tease, but she did seem to have a hard time deciding if she actually wanted Eidolon or not. But you can’t exactly blame her for being a little on the confused side. Her mother had been killed by a demon, and since then she’s been working with the Aegis, a demon hunting organisation, who have taught her that all demons are evil. So having the warm and fuzzies for a demon must have been more than slightly uncomfortable. Despite all this, though, Tayla was my kind of heroine. She didn’t take any crap and she was sarcastic as hell.
I liked Eidolon too. He was a real sweetie. A hot, sexy sweetie. And as patient as a saint. He has more than enough issues on his hands before Tayla turns his world upside down. His brother Wraith (who is hotter than the surface of the sun) has a wont for finding and causing trouble, and Eidolon often has to clean up his mess. His older brother had been killed by hunters, and he kinda misses the guy. And, to top it all off, he is nearing his one hundredth birthday, the age when a Seminus demon reaches maturity. If Eidolon goes through this change before he’s found a mate, he will turn into a crazed nympho whose only priority is impregnating as many female demons as possible. So Tayla’s presence in his life is a complication that he doesn’t need.
The road to Eidolon and Tayla getting together was pretty bumpy, with Tayla’s hot-and-cold attitude only complicating matters. I mean, one minute these two are getting it on and, in the next minute, Tayla’s conked Eidolon on the head and chained him to the bed. Eventually, after many arguments and lots of hot sex, these two finally got their shit together and when they did… they were actually pretty sweet.
The peripheral characters were lots of fun and I am so excited about them. We have Shade and Wraith, Eidolon’s younger brothers, and Gem, Tayla’s sister. I think Gem was aptly named, because that was exactly what she was. She was so friggin’ sweet. She was no-nonsense in her own way, but not as hard as Tayla, she was funny, and has a ginormous torch burning for Kynan, the head demon hunter in New York. These two would be so cute together but, for various reasons, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. At least, not for a while.
I just want to share a few of my favourite quotes with you guys. Ms Ione has a tremendous sense of humour and that just made the book even better.
From Tayla’s perspective:
They entered the apartment, which though small, proved that vampires weren’t all grim and Goth. No, this was worse. The stuff of nightmares.
Shades of purple and yellow assaulted her vision, from the lavender carpet to the baby-duck colored, fuzzy lamp shade. Even the walls had been slathered in lemon paint. Christ, the place looked like a Muppet slaughter house. She deserved to die for her horrible taste in decor alone.
From Eidolon’s perspective:
Something inside Eidolon buckled, and fuck, nothing should be buckling or unbuckling for this woman. There had already been way too much of the latter.
From Gem’s perspective:
Doctor Gemella Endri was up to her elbows in condoms.
(cue Kynan entering the room)
Long and short of it? Go read this book. It’s pretty awesome.