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Friday, September 9, 2016

Review: Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

Title: Pleasure Unbound
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Length: Novel (353 pages/11.9 hours)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Pleasure Unbound is book one in the Demonica series. I've had this series on my TBR for quite awhile now and when I saw the audiobook was on sale I grabbed it immediately. This book revolves around a demon slayer and a demon that comes to her rescue. Not exactly a match made in heaven, but it sure leads to an interesting listen!

The book starts with us meeting Tayla Mancuso, a demon slayer that winds up at a demon hospital due to injuries. The doctor on duty, Eidolon, does the best he can to fix her injuries but he notices that she's half demon and probably doesn't know about her darker half. They're constantly at odds throughout the book but on the romance aspect it was hot and the sparks flew quickly. Tayla's demon half is trying to take control and she's slowly but surely not able to hide it. She'll have to decide to stay human, or let her half demon flag fly and go against everything she believes in.

While the story itself was pretty good, it took me forever to figure out what was going on. With the constant POV shifts I had trouble figuring out who was who until after the halfway point. I'm going to assume the book version would have been better for me than the audio in that aspect since the cast was quite large. Some of the content pissed me off, mainly because of Tayla and her beliefs. I'm going to leave it at that or I'll start ranting. Her character and the confusing POV shifts were the main reason I rated this book a 3. That being said, now that I have a decent understanding of the world and characters, I would pick up book two and might even have a better time with it. If you haven't read this series, I'd suggest grabbing the book version instead of the audio, but would suggest it for Urban Fantasy or demon enthusiasts!

24 comments:

  1. Oh I loved this series. Even on audio. Try book 2 before giving up on the audio, I thought it improved a lot. The one piss off with this series is that it changes narrators on you, so just when you get used to one they throw in a new one. I became addicted to this series, I hope you like book 2 better!

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    1. I'll try the next one :D Awwww I don't like narrator changes once I get used to one of them. Oh well

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  2. Hmm so this series has THAT kind of intro where it's borderline dumping things on you while developing the plot. With how popular this series is, I'm sure book two will be better

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    1. It did for me at least. I really think the book version would have worked better for me. I couldn't tell who was who while listening to the audio. Hoping the next one is easier on me ;)

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  3. I'm glad you picked up this book. I really enjoy this series. I think you will enjoy it more as you get deeper into the stories and characters. This isn't a series that I recommend for audio. It doesn't have a consistent narrator. There are some great ones, like Hillary Huber and Renee Raudman, but it also has some that I didn't like and one I gave a 2 star rating. I hope you enjoy book two more. :-)

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Thanks for the heads up Melanie! I'll make sure to do the rest in paperback/ebook I think :D

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  4. I might need to use this review as an example to a guy in my writing group who hasn't quite figured out the whole POV thing. (He head hops a lot.) He doesn't know why it's a problem. Readers get confused, that's why.

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    1. Feel free to, because if it hops to a bunch of different characters I have major issues and wind up not enjoying the book nearly as much. 2-3 is the max for me.

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  5. I thought it was older, huh, ok then :)

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  6. I felt the same way with this one, it does get better with the books after but there is those different POV's...

    Great review!

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    1. Thanks Sexxxy, I wonder if the others have this many POVs :/

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    1. lol it was until I got the hang of it :P

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  8. As I recall the heroine pissed me off royally but the writing and the hero made up for it. I still didn't give it more than 3 or 4 stars though.

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    1. *nods* several bits of what she said pissed me off enough where I considered DNF'ing it.

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  9. Ahhh I do't remember anything about the heroine *hangs head* I read it back in 2011 before the blog so no notes or anything. Darn! That stinks on the audio being confusing with the POVs

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    1. :P I think the next one via paperback will be a lot better for me!

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  10. I'm not that much an audio person so book it is. I heard a lot about this series but haven't tried it

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    1. I'm glad I did try it, will have to grab the next one soon :) Hope you enjoy if you try!

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  11. I am curious about this series, since I have read this author and really like her writing. Its good to know that it has multiple POV beforehand. That way i can mentally prepare for it. Great review hun.

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    1. I've liked some of her other work too! :) I think as long as you have a heads up on the POV shifts and get it in anything other than audio you'll have a lot better chance of enjoying than I did lol!

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  12. I tried reading the book way back when and had a hard time getting into it. I just think the series isn't for me. Which sucks because everyone seems to like it. I'd thought about trying it again but via audiobook, but after reading your review, I think I'll pass on the audiobook.

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    1. I wouldn't listen to any of these ever again on audio, just saying. *nods*

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