Considering I opened to the first chapter of Pleasure Unbound having no more than heard of this series, I was indeed in for a treat. Not only did the story catch my interest immediately, but I found I was entirely emotionally involved by the fifth chapter of the book. So, the basics…
Tayla Mancuso, our main woman. Tayla is a demon slayer for a group called the Aegis which is, essentially, your everyday demon-hunting society. These highly-trained slayers walk the streets protecting unsuspecting humans from the things that fuel nightmares – the evil, the undead, you name it, they will kill it without question. A rough childhood led to worse teenage years when Tayla came home one day only to find a demon rape then murder her mother. After her mother’s murder she ended up on the streets until another Aegis Guardian found her and brought her into the group. We meet Tayla when she is brought into UGH after a particularly nasty fight with a demon – which brings us too…
Eidolon, our main man. Eidolon, along with his two brothers, is the force behind UGH, Underground General Hospital. Much as he is a skilled doctor with, you guessed it – morals!, he is also a demon, hence the shock of said morals. Half Seminus demon and half Justice demon, Eidolon has high principles which hes always intended to keep, but those principles are threatened by s’genesis, the last phase of maturity among Seminus demons. As Seminus demons are a breed of Incubus (do we see where this is going?), Eidolon is pressured to find a mate before his maturation is complete otherwise his mind will be occupied only with impregnating fertile females and to hell with his hospital.
When Tayla ends up in Eidolon’s ER he is intrigued by her straight away – which is mainly because of her interesting physical attributes (or less colorfully, organs). Soon enough though, his interest extends beyond medical curiosity into lust. Uncontrolled, knock-you-on-your-ass lust the likes of which he’s never felt. (But then, he’s a Seminus demon so where is the shocker there?)
What’s happening: After being treated and released from the hospital, it isn’t long before Tayla finds out that things are a bit different than before she went hunting on that fated night. Something is up with the Aegis and the people she thought were on her side seem to be coming after her. At the same time, Eidolon and his staff learn that someone is behind a string of demon injuries that are far to questionable – in fact, demons are coming in with missing organs, surgically removed demon organs. Yup. For. Serious.
When Tayla figures that she’s been targeted Eidolon insists that she stay with him for a while. At least she’ll be safe and hidden away from anyone wishing to do her harm, and Tayla, who is now a wreck because the one group she thought finally had her back tried to kill her, cannot resist. This situation of course leads to lots more steamy demon-demon hunter sex. There are a whole slew of things that happen after this move-in and really way too much for me to cover here, besides I don’t want to ruin everything. Basically, Tayla is in for the shock of her life – finding out she has a sister among other, bigger things and Eidolon finishes his maturation and doesn’t go crazy, because this is, after all, a romance and Tayla ends up his mate.
Pleasure Unbound is unlike any of the other paranormal romances I have read to date. The romance aspect of the book is strong – there was a lot more sex than I expected in this book, but if you can handle it, or skim it if that’s what you chose, the book is definitely worth it. There is also so much more than just romance offered here. I found it impossible not to love the characters. Eidolon and his brothers each have that little something leaving you wanting to know more, and Tayla with her rough upbringing and the struggles she presently face hook you in. There is the side of Gem and her hopeless romantic situation. Everything is connected in this book. The actions of one person affect all those around them. The suspense was also good, while I thought I had it all figured out, I found I was mistaken. It was impossible for me to put the book down, to have to wait to find out what would happen.
There was wit, romance, action (both kinds), emotion, self-discovery – what’s not to love? Pleasure Unbound had it all. And now, the Demonica series has a hold on me.
The Demonica books:
1. Pleasure Unbound
2. Desire Unchained
3. Passion Unleashed
4. Ecstasy Unveiled
5. Sin Undone
I felt the same way about this book when I read it Hannah. It just felt different.
I think the best word I have to describe this series – though I didn’t use it in my review – is refreshing.