Friday, October 29, 2010

Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

“UGH? Your hospital is called ‘ugh?’ Oh, that’s precious.”

I’m not going to go into a lot of plot detail, because honestly, there are already so many wonderful reviews out there, so I’ll just briefly share my thoughts on this book which is an awesome start to a great series.

The underlying story line of good vs. evil, with a very gray area defining them, has been done over and over by many authors, but very few have done it this well! And I was more than a little surprised because it can’t be easy to carve your own niche in a genre where everything’s been done to death, but Ms. Ione has created a world unlike any other, and I’m thrilled to have finally taken the leap into that world known as Demonica.

Saving the lives of demons, vampires, werewolves and any other number of species, is all in a day’s work for Eidolon, the head of Underground General Hospital. A demon himself, he knows what a bad rap his race has gotten, and so he tries to be fair in his treatment of everyone, including Tayla Mancuso, a demon-slayer who has been brought into Eidolon’s hospital, barely alive. Torn between saving her life or killing her, or saving her life so his brothers can kill her, Eidolon finds himself drawn to her at the most inopportune time in his life – just as he’s about to go through a horrific transformation that will make him one very dangerous Seminus demon.

Tayla Mancuso is a demon-slayer who takes her work seriously. Having witnessed her own mother’s murder at the hands of a demon, Tayla has made it her life’s mission to rid the world of as many of the monsters as possible. But as luck would have it, she’s landed in a hospital - a demon run hospital at that - and all she wants is to get out of there as quickly as possible. Oh, and to have wild monkey sex with her doctor. There were several laugh out loud moments in the book, like this one when Tayla has been unconscious and is finally coming out of it. Though her mind is foggy, she’s been admiring the doctor who has been working to save her life and says, "I'll bet you could make a woman throw out all her toys." Had she said that out loud? The cocky grin on his face told her that yes, she'd verbalized her runaway thoughts.

As I said, I’m not going to spend a lot of time on plot details, so I’ll close with another favorite snippet, a quick exchange which also takes place between Eidolon and Tayla:

She had a feeling he was messing with her, but it didn’t matter. She couldn’t take the bite. Not until she asked the vital questions that had been bugging her since she woke up.

“So, uh, where am I exactly? And what do you plan on doing with me?”

“You’re at Underground General Hospital. As you can probably guess, we specialize in nonhuman medical care. Our location is secret, so don’t ask.”

“UGH? Your hospital is called ‘ugh?’ Oh, that’s precious.”

The bottom line – If you enjoy PNR and are looking for something a little different than what we usually find in this genre, I would encourage you to give this book a shot.

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