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.
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.
I liked this book. Okay, understatement… I loved this book! Wraith is honestly my favourite Seminus brother and I’m really glad that his book was as epic as he is. Right, so Passion Unleashed is the third book in the series. Like I said, this is Wraith’s book and he is one stubborn, sarcastic moron who I’d love to just give a hug. He’s just so… messed up and cuddly. But don’t let Wraith’s devil-may-care attitude fool you. He’s also harbouring a serious death wish. And, for the most part, his brothers have managed to keep his dumb butt out of any major trouble… until one night he bites off more than he can chew.
Wraith gets attacked by an assassin who poisons him. Not too big a crisis, right? I mean, his brothers work in a demon hospital. All he needs to do is mosey on over and get them to patch him up. Except… that’s not going to happen. The poison he’s been hit with has no cure, and Wraith is as good as dead. Now, Wraith wouldn’t be all that concerned with his death if it didn’t have such a direct impact on his brothers, Eidolon and Shade. We’re not only talking about the devastation of losing a brother; if Wraith dies, Underworld General will be toast. Because the brothers poured so much of themselves into the hospital, their lives are tied to the place. Wraith knows that his brothers won’t be able to take the double blow of losing both him and the hospital, so it is absolutely vital that he find some sort of cure.
This is where Serena comes in. She’s a human who’s been charmed by angels. She can’t die. Ever. There’s only one catch: she cannot swipe her V-card. If she does, her charm will be transferred to the person she has sex with. Serena may have been tempted to give up her charm along with her virginity, but for the fact that she’s suffering from a demonic disease with no cure. If she gives up her charm, she’ll be dead within days. Quite a shitty little situation Ms Ione has set up here, right?
When Wraith learns about Serena and her charm, he decides to… well, quite literally, charm the pants off her (sorry, couldn’t resist). Wraith is pretty sure that this will be over with in a day, a quick wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am, and then he’ll be on his way. Easy peasy. He finds Serena in Egypt, prepared to unleash his charm and tumble her into bed. No such luck. Serena wasn’t born yesterday and she knows what’s at stake. She isn’t going to give up her entire life for a one night stand, no matter how hot this “Josh” guy is.
The story progresses from there. Serena gradually starts to trust Wraith, and Wraith slowly becomes acquainted with his conscience. Wraith finds that the more he gets to know her, the worse he feels about the whole situation. Not only is he lying to her (she thought his name was Josh for most of the book), but he plans on stealing the only thing standing between her and a painful death. This part of the story was awful and I will admit to yelling at Wraith some while I was reading. I mean, besides the fact that Wraith was lying like a cheap rug, he and Serena were so perfect for each other. You just knew that while they were being all sweet and googly eyes, things were going to blow up in their faces. The angst was awful.
Despite the fact that Wraith was a lying liar, I loved his so much! He tries to act all tough guy and be all I-don’t-give-a-shit but, deep down, he was a teddy bear. And Serena was pretty awesome too. It would have been easy for her character to be overshadowed by Wraith, but she really held her own. Yes, she was into Wraith. Yes, having to remain a virgin was causing her all sorts of frustrations. But she didn’t let that rule her or affect how she lived her life.
In addition to building the romance between Wraith and Serena, Ms Ione finally, finally, resolved the issues between Gem and Ky. Halle-fraking-lujah! I thought the waiting was going to cause my head to explode. As well as tying loose ends, we were also introduced to new characters. We meet a very sweet fallen angel named Reaver, and a sexy as fuck assassin named Lore. I am very excited to see what’s going to happen with these two gentlemen…
Now, since it’s Larissa Ione, I can’t let you leave without sharing a few of my favourite moments from this book. I haven’t managed to get through a book in this series without laughing myself silly. Ms Ione has a tremendous sense of humour…
Here is an example of Wraith’s seriously distorted priorities, and it supports my argument that although he’s adorable, he’s also a moron.
The worst part about dying slowly wasn’t the dying part. It was the fact that the poison had all but killed Wraith’s libido.
There’s a succubus (a female sex demon) that works at Underworld General. Wraith does not like this woman, and if Wraith isn’t willing to even contemplate having sex with a female, then you know that she’s unpleasant.
Even if it wasn’t physically impossible for succubi and incubi to screw, he wouldn’t touch her. In the dictionary, the word “bitch” ran and hid from her.
In this scene, Shade is filling Wraith in on what he’s missed since he’s been away.
“… Our other brother, but he’s in chains. He’s also a total dick. You’ll like him.”
For the record? I like the new Seminus brother. Also for the record? I am loving this series. I would definitely recommend giving it a try if you haven’t already.