Review: Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione (#BBA)(Audiobook)(Rating 4.25 Wine Glasses)

Posted May 11, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


From Goodreads: 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…

Bought on Audible
May 2011 BBA Read
Overall Rating 4.25
Character Rating 4.5
Story Rating 4.0
Audio Rating 4.0

NOTE: I read/listened to Pleasure Unbound because it is the May 2011 read for BBA and I’m going to Authors After Dark 2011 where Larissa Ione will be the keynote speaker. I am so glad that I did because now I am hooked. It is a bit sexier/grittier/darker than I was expecting but I think the tone fit the story perfectly!

What I Loved: Tayla is a woman stuck in the middle of a bad situation. She just found out she is part what she hates and that those she has always trusted either lied and/or are uneducated about the demons that they hunt. Add to that her attraction to Eidolon and you have got one messed up leading lady. This, to me, is what makes her a fantastic lead. You get to watch as she grows into the person (demon) she is supposed to be. Eidolon is a great balance to her though he does have issues of his own: changing, brothers that can drive a man crazy, and a hospital he needs to run.

What I Liked: Wraith and Shade were fantastic side characters in this book. I enjoyed each moment they were in Pleasure Unbound. I also loved Gen(Gem)–sorry I listened to it on audiobook so I am not sure which it really is–the part she is involved with is fantastic. I really liked that story arc.

Complaints: None

Audio Specific Review: Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, she does a fantastic job with almost everyone’s voices. There was enough nuance difference that each one stood out on it’s own. Her pacing, pronunciation, and emotions were great. I recommend her as a narrator.

Who I gave it a 4.25: This was a fantastic beginning to a series. Pleasure Unbound was a book that had a good story and was still able to introduce character’s whose stories are yet to come.

Who I would recommend this too: PNR readers that like the darker stories. Think dark like JR Ward because it is that gritty and sexy.

Larissa Ione

Pleasure Unbound
Desire Unchained
Passion Unleashed
Ecstasy Unveiled
Sin Undone

Felicia S
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