As a Seminus demon, Raze’s life literally depends on having sex with females. The problem is that he doesn’t desire females, and it’s physically impossible for him to be with males. Thankfully, he and his best friend, Fayle, have an arrangement that keeps him alive . . . if lonely. He finds some solace in his work as a medic at Thirst, a vampire club known for its rough clientele. But his carefully structured world turns upside down when he meets a mysterious male who makes him want what he can never have.
Slake is an assassin used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is Raze. But he also wants to earn back the soul he sold when he was a much different demon. All he has to do is capture a runaway succubus named Fayle and hand her over to her family. What he doesn’t count on is being caught himself by a web of lies—and his attraction to Raze.
Raze and Slake must navigate a dangerous world to be together. But as Fayle’s jealousy of their relationship turns deadly, they find themselves embroiled in a battle not only for their love, but their lives and souls.
I love this world that Larissa Ione has created. I started a little late and picked up the Lords of Deliverance series first. Once I started I knew I had to go back to the beginning and read the Demonica series, I still have one to go (Sin Undone), but when I found out that a M/M romance was going to be thrown into the mix, I couldn’t resist Base Instincts. Needless to say, it was just as good as I thought it would be. 😉
Oh Raze… *sigh* The description pretty much sums it up, but it’s truly heartbreaking when you get it from his POV. He’s pretty much destined to never be completely fulfilled and having a mate is totally out of the question. Having Fayle was both a blessing and a curse. Although Raze needed her in his life, it was obvious from the beginning he would be better off without her.
And then there was Slake. He was one of those ‘bad’ boys that you had to love. As his secrets were slowly revealed, I fell in love with him even more.
As an added bonus, a few familiar characters made welcome appearances in Base Instincts. I don’t want to give anything away because while some were expected, there were a few surprises. There were also a few little twists and turns and unexpected allies and villains. (I love it when that happens.) I also love the creative way that Larissa Ione found to keep her mythology intact… and that’s all I’m going to say 😉
I’m sure readers who are familiar with this world will get more out of the story than first time readers. Even so, since it’s short and the author gives a fair amount of background, it will give new readers a taste if they want to jump right in with Base Instincts. If you’re anything like me though, that taste isn’t going to be enough. I’m pretty sure it will leave you wanting more.