Z (Demonica #11.7) by Larissa Ione – Bout-of-Books 16 Review

Z - DemonicaZhubaal, fallen angel assistant to the Grim Reaper, has spent decades searching for the angel he loved and lost nearly a century ago. Not even her death can keep him from trying to find her, not when he knows she’s been given a second chance at life in a new body. But as time passes, he’s losing hope, and he wonders how much longer he can hold to the oath he swore to her so long ago…
As an emim, the wingless offspring of two fallen angels, Vex has always felt like a second-class citizen. But if she manages to secure a deal with the Grim Reaper — by any means necessary — she will have earned her place in the world. The only obstacle in the way of her plan is a sexy hardass called Z, who seems determined to thwart her at every turn. Soon it becomes clear that they have a powerful connection rooted in the past…but can any vow stand the test of time?

I obviously have some catching up to do. Which probably comes as no surprise since I just finished Sin Undone a couple of weeks ago. *sigh* I haven’t read many of the novellas in this world, but reading Z proved that that needs to be rectified sooner rather than later.

I really liked this one… Zhubaal and Vex’s relationship had more than a few minor complications. (Yes, that’s putting it mildly.) I have to admit, I figured out what was going on way before they did, but that’s okay, because there was more than one big reveal in Z. 😉

Speaking of which, I loved the cameos and mentions of previous characters. It was nice checking in on them. The neat little twist at the end was priceless and made me smile just thinking about how that might play out. Meanwhile, I have some serious back-reading to do. *runs off to search for more Demonica/Lords of Deliverance extras*




Sin Undone (Demonica #6) by Larissa Ione

As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence. 
Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.

Finally! I’m all caught up with the Demonica series. Now that I’m done, it’s time to start over. Even though it’s possible to read the Demonica series and the Lords of Deliverance series separately, I learned by switching the reading order, you gain a lot more by reading them the ‘correct’ way. 😉 Yep, this is most definitely another ‘do as I say, not as I do’ moment.

Unconventional reading order aside, I loved Sin and Conall’s story. Logically, their romance made absolutely no sense, but fate had other plans. Sin was crushed by the pain she had caused, but Conall only saw her as the enemy, which made his connection to her even more troubling to him. It took him a while, but once Sin started to let her walls down a little and Connal got to see the vulnerable side of her, their connection became something different and even more intense. I love it when an author makes the seemingly impossible totally inevitable.

Even though this was Sin and Conall’s story, the rest of the UG crew were a strong presence in Sin Undone. New characters were also introduced, which was kind of fun because of course, I already knew what was in store for them. That doesn’t mean that I’m still not going to enjoy continuing… or repeating my reading through the Lords of Deliverance 😉


Base Instincts (Demonica #11.7) by Larissa Ione

BaseInstincts_1200x1800HRAs 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.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I 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.


Revenant (Lords of Deliverance #6/Demonica #11) by Larissa Ione

RevenantHELL HATH NO FURY . . .

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme—a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.


Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she’s the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there’s no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won’t find her.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I honestly admire an author who can take a character that they have successfully made readers loathe and turn them into a character with the ability to break readers’ hearts. That’s exactly what Larissa Ione accomplished in Revenant.

Revenant wasn’t a good guy. He not only admitted it, he did so with pride. Or was he resigned to it? He was the bad twin, at least on the surface. He worked really hard at hiding how he really felt, mostly because he didn’t think anyone cared. Through most of the book he was trying to decide whether he was going to side with Heaven or Hell. Even in the LoD/Demonica world, where being an Angel doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re ‘angelic,’ choosing between Heaven and Hell would seem to be a ‘no brainer.’ Revenant had his reasons. Let’s just say, I didn’t have to spend a lot of time in Revenant’s head to fall in love with the guy.

I fell in love with Blaspheme pretty quickly too. She was dedicated to her job and was proud of her accomplishments. She had her own secrets her life depended on to keep. There was a solution to her plight, but she was determined to find another way. Then there was her ‘relationship’ with Revenant. He started out as someone she would do anything to avoid. He turned into someone she couldn’t stay away from. Lying to him was tearing her apart.

I pretty much loved everything about this book. I enjoyed spending time with characters that we’ve come to love in both the Lords of Deliverance and Demonica series. I loved the loyalty between the family and friends. The weaving of religious prophecy and mythology provided a backdrop that I really enjoyed. As a series ending, it was pretty much perfect. Larissa Ione did an amazing job of wrapping things up neatly…. or did she? 😉


Reaver (Lords of Deliverance #5 – Demonica #10) by Larissa Ione

Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he’s agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before…to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.
Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she’s been doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan’s lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld’s darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel’s blood.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I started this series in the wrong order… What? It’s not like I’ve never done that before. It happens. At least I’ve read the books in each series in the right order. I just started the Lords of Deliverance series before the Demonica series. It’s made things a little confusing, but not much. The big thing is that a lot happens in the Demonica series that sets up the chain of events that begin at the start of the Lords of Deliverance series. I’m almost caught up though. I only have one more book to read in the Demonica series. The reason I’m mentioning it now is that this is the first book that I felt like it really bothered me. I don’t know why because most of the characters that are in this series were first introduced in the Demonica series. What this really means is that I see a complete series re-read in the near future. That should come to no surprise to anyone either.

I’m always amazed when an author can take a character that they have made us hate and turn them into a character that you not only like but suddenly want to protect. Harvester definitely fits that description. The balance between good and evil that surrounds the Horsemen has always been intriguing to me. Not only were they walking a delicate tight rope between the two, but their Watchers were polar opposites. One thing that this series has proven is that there pure evil and pure good are rare. It’s also proven that nothing is ever exactly as it seems.

Harvester was carrying a secret about her past and when Reaver found out what it was, he was determined to keep his secret from her. Those kinds of situations never end well, so you can imagine how intense things get in Reaver. Between the revelations and the consequences … let’s just say that there were a couple of jaw dropping moments. The least of which were the forces behind all the chaos.

Needless to say, there was a lot going on in Reaver. A few mysteries were solved and a few new characters were introduced as well as learning more about characters that we already knew – or thought we did. I loved all the twists and turns in this book. I also liked the fact that as intense and heartbreaking as it was at times, the wit and humor that I’ve come to expect from the Horsemen and the Demons was still present. That banter was still there and it helped break up the intense moments.

When I first started reading the Lords of Deliverance series I never would have expected Harvester and Reaver to end up together. Yeah, this series has been full of surprises. From the way things were left at the end of Reaver I’m excited to know that the series isn’t over yet. You’ll have to read this one to find out who’s featured next. Things are going to get even more interesting. 😉



Passion Unleashed (Demonica #3) by Larissa Ione


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.

So much happened in this book… SO MUCH! I’m not really sure where to begin. *sigh*

Wraith has always been the ‘bad boy’ of the brothers. Shade and E spent a lot of time protecting him from himself more than anything. Readers just thought they knew Wraith’s history. In Passion Unleashed we realized just how torturous and cruel that history was. It’s no wonder he had a death wish. Serena’s background wasn’t all happy either, but she was surrounded by people who loved her. The more they got to know each other the stronger the attraction between the two of them became. The tension between this couple was compounded by the fact that neither one of them could be totally honest with each other, no matter how much they wanted to be.

Larissa Ione did a wonderful job of not making this union an easy one. There were so many obstacles and trust issues and pain. It’s one of those books where you know everything is eventually going to turn out okay, but you have no idea how. You also never quite know exactly who you should and shouldn’t trust and because no one ever really trusts Wraith, including himself, even he was a wild card in Passion Unleashed.

As I mentioned before, a lot happened in this book. There were some pivotal moments in Passion Unleashed that set the scene for not only this series, but also for the Lords of Deliverance. Since I started reading that series first, I already knew a lot of the characters that have been featured so far. That hasn’t hurt my enjoyment of the books though. In fact, it’s made me want to continue reading through the Lords of Deliverance series again just to see if my perspective changes with the background information that I have now. I’m sure it will.

There are two more books in the Demonica series before it continues with the Lords of Deliverance. The main character in Ecstasy Unveiled was introduced in Passion Unleashed and his connection to the series was just one of the jaw dropping moments in this book. Passion Unleashed was full of twists, turns, action, romance and more than one moment of heart breaking sacrifice. As much as I loved the moments between Wraith and Serena, there were a couple of moments between one of my favorite couples that I really enjoyed too. The world that Larissa Ione created in this series turns our normal take on good and evil upside down. I love it when that happens 😉



Desire Unchained (Demonica #2) by Larissa Ione

DesireUnchainedPleasure 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 realizes 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.

A couple of reviews ago I mentioned that I needed to start paying more attention when I pick up books. At that time I was referring to the order of books in a series. With the Demonica series it has more to do with series spin-offs. I started the Lords of Deliverance series before I realized that a lot of the back story, world building and characterization began with the Demonica series. See what I mean about paying attention? *sigh* No worries though. My 2013 Seriously Series goals are helping me to rectify this in a big way.

I started reading Desire Unchained right before Bout-of-Books 6.0. Silly me thought that I could start it and then put it down for a week while I read all the other books on my Goal list. Yep, silly me is right. Once I got into the Demonica world again I couldn’t stop. It wasn’t just Shade and Runa either, although believe me, they would have been enough. It was Wraith and Kynan and Gem and Arik and Reaver – all of them just sucked me in. Yeah, I think I’m really going to enjoy catching up with these characters and the mythology that surrounds them.

Desire Unchained gave readers more back story and threw in some really crazy surprises that shocked everyone. I loved it! It definitely kept things moving. I love roller coaster rides in books and this one definitely didn’t disappoint. Then there was the romance. *swoon* Both Runa and Shade had their reasons for not wanting to fall for each other. BIG reasons. Shade was cursed and Runa was heart broken and seeking revenge. They fought themselves as much as they fought each other and even though their love was inevitable it seemed impossible. Not a new concept in a PNR but like I’ve said before, it’s not necessarily where the characters end up, it’s the journey that gets them there and this was quite a journey.

I love the interaction between the characters in both the Demonica series and the Lords of Deliverance series. The dialogue and the dynamics between these flows so well. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the story and I love it when readers are treated to different POVs throughout a book. Basically, there’s nothing about either one of these series that I don’t like.

Even though this was Runa and Shade’s book, I think one of my favorite characters is Wraith. That’s good because the next book is his. He discovered as much about himself in Desire Unchained as readers did and I can’t wait to see what Larissa Ione has in store for him in Passion Unleashed.


Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance #4) By Larissa Ione

RogueRiderJillian Cardiff came to this remote mountain town to forget the demon attack that almost killed her. Instead, she rescues-and falls for-a gorgeous stranger who has no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming, and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man whom Jillian can trust. But with hints of a troubling history of his own, he’s also the kind of man who can be very dangerous . . .

Reseph may not know why he mysteriously appeared in Jillian’s life, but he knows he wants to stay. Yet when Jillian’s neighbors are killed, and demon hunters arrive on the scene, Reseph fears that he’s putting Jillian in danger. And once it’s revealed that Reseph is also Pestilence, the Horseman responsible for ravaging the world, he and Jillian must face the greatest challenge of all: Can they forget the horrors of a chilling past to save the future they both desire?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Confession time.. I peeked at a couple of reviews of Rogue Rider before I read it. I know, I know, that’s a big no, no. I honestly only read the first paragraph or so of a couple. It wasn’t because I was trying to decide whether or not I should read it. That was a given. I honestly just wanted to see how much everyone liked it. Because of those peeks I did discover something though. I am one of the few people who didn’t loathe Reseph. Who knew?

From the time that Reseph’s seal was broken I felt for him. Sure, I hated Pestilence and everything that he did, but that wasn’t Reseph. I guess my empathy for him came from the brother that the Horsemen remembered. They were all crushed when his seal broke. Even though everything that Pestilence did was unforgivable, there were still glimpses of Reseph trying to break through. I knew that once he did, the transformation would be worth the wait and Larissa Ione did not disappoint.

I loved Jillian. She was as strong, if not stronger than any of the female characters that have been introduced in this series so far. Mainly because her love for him had to be strong enough to overcome all that Reseph had done under the influence of Pestilence. She had to look beyond all that evil and see Reseph for who he really was and mostly for what he had become. Not as easy as you may think.

The circumstances that brought Jillian and Reseph together were perfect and a lot of the puzzle pieces that were missing in the previous books came together nicely. I enjoyed seeing all the Horsemen together, even though the reunion was heart wrenching. It had to be though. Love can forgive a lot, but not everything. Not surprisingly, the person who had the hardest time forgiving Reseph was himself.

There were some surprises in Rogue Rider that I didn’t see coming. I also found myself liking characters that I never expected to like. I love it when authors do that.

What did I like most about Rogue Rider? The fact that I discovered that it isn’t the last Lords of Deliverance book. I just assumed that when all four Horsemen found their mates that the series would end. I’m so glad that there is more to come. Since the last book is also part of the Demonica series I guess I better start catching up on that one as well. I know, I read the series out of order, but I’m trying to fix it, honest! Besides, it gives me the perfect excuse to start the Lords of Deliverance series over once I’m caught up with the Demonica series. See, it’s all good. 😉


Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance #3) by Larrissa Ione

Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, Regan Cooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he’s about to become a father.

Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he’s ever wanted-a family.

Just a warning… you may not want to read this review if you haven’t read any other books in the Lords of Deliverance series. I don’t believe in spoilers, but there will be references to the previous books. I won’t give away anything from Lethal Rider though, promise. So if you’ve read Eternal Rider and Immortal Rider, you’re safe.

I have to admit, I was wondering exactly how Larissa Ione was going to endear Regan to readers. She didn’t exactly make a great first impression in when she was introduced Immortal Rider. Readers could tell that she regretted her decision to take advantage of Than. Once she got to know him she realized that he wasn’t the monster that she had once thought him to be, but she still didn’t take the time to get to know the real Horseman. She was a character that I really didn’t like. I knew that Larissa Ione would find a way to change my attitude toward her, but what I didn’t expect was that I would find myself sympathizing with her as much as I did with Than (well, almost.) Sneaky, sneaky authors! 😉

Than spent his centuries of existence celibate. Not by choice but out of necessity. Regan not only tricked him into having sex with her but did it so she could have his child. That one act made this relationship doomed from the start. At the end of Immortal Rider, Limos and Ares had to trap Than and keep him immobile so he wouldn’t destroy everything and everyone around him.  Regan had left and was hidden away by the Aegis so Than and the rest of the Horsemen couldn’t find her and her unborn son. In theory, there should be no possible way that these two could end up in a HEA situation. The possibility that our beloved characters will overcome impossible odds is exactly why we read these books though isn’t it? Umm… that and the smexy moments that occur in the process.

By the time I had finished Immortal Rider, I was a true Than/Regan fan. Both characters provided quite a few heart wrenching moments and the love that grew between them was totally believable. Who knew? Well, actually I probably should have. Larissa Ione has yet to disappoint me with any of the books in either series. Yep, I’m hooked.

I started reading this series before I read the Demonica Series. If I’ve caught you in time, you may want to start with that series first. They can obviously be read separately, but the characters appear in both and most of the demons and members of the Aegis are introduced the Demonica Series first, along with some of the mythology and world building that lay the ground work for both series. I’ve only read the first book in the Demonica Series, and I had every intention of reading all of them before I continued the Lords of Deliverance Series. That changed when I found out that Rogue Rider was going to be released soon. I knew then that I couldn’t put off finding out exactly how things turn out for Reseph. Stay tuned, because it’s on my Kindle right now, ready and waiting. 😉

Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1) by Larissa Ione

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 preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest 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.

I really need to start paying attention before I pick a book up. Okay, so the Demonica Series and the Lords of Deliverance Series can be read independently of each other, but they are interwoven just enough that I can’t help but think that I would have gotten so much more out of both series if I would have started with this one. Unfortunately, I am now totally invested in both series and there is no turning back. *sigh* Just know, if I’ve caught you in time with this review, start with the Demonica Series first. Now, on with my review.

These characters are intense and not for the faint of heart. After all, the cast of characters include two separate entities. The first are demons and the second are humans who have forces to rid the world of demons. That’s basically it. The two groups hate each other, with good reason. Or so it would seem. That turns the Demonica Series and Pleasure Unbound into the perfect scenario for a fantastic PNR series.

Eidolon was also the perfect demon to start with. Out of his brothers, he is the most level headed. Not that he’s perfect, because he’s not. He just has more patience and self control. If any demon can change Tayla’s opinion it is him. It isn’t easy though and both of them fight the attraction as much as they can. The outcome is inevitable, but the journey is crazy and not easy by any means.

There is a lot of ground work laid in Pleasure Unbound for the rest of the series, but the main story didn’t suffer because of it. The supporting characters were introduced and added a lot to what was happening with the main focus of the first book. Sometimes world building and background information can leave the main story in the dust, but I didn’t get any of that from this book. I like it when a series starts strong. In that way, for me, Pleasure Unbound delivered.

The only complaint that I had about this book I think is that there was so much hate coming off of Tayla. It was totally understandable and I think it wouldn’t have been true to her character if she had given in to her attraction any sooner than she did but it still bothered me. I’m not sure if that vibe came from the fact that I was already familiar with some of these characters or not, so I’ll let it slide. I still enjoyed the story, regardless. I can’t take back the knowledge that I’ve gained from Lords of Deliverance so I’ll just deal.

The next book in the series is Shade’s book, Desire Unchained. I’ve already ordered it, but I’ve also already ordered the 3rd book in the Lords of Deliverance Series (Lethal Rider). I guess when they get here I’ll just have to flip a coin to see which book I read first. 😉