Pleasure 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.
Obtained: I won a copy courtesy of Sue Grimshaw and her Borders True Romance blog.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
1. Pleasure Unbound (book review)
2. Desire Unchained
3. Passion Unleashed (book review)
4. Ecstasy Unveiled (book review)
5. Sin Undone (book review)
I'm borderline really liking/loving this story.
Runa dated Shade one year ago. Being human, she had no idea what kind of life he really lived. What she did know? He was amazing in bed. Plus, the aftershock orgasms after they slept together were to die for.
Everything was great... until she walked in on her lover with two women, and not just any women. One of them had fangs and had been drinking Shade's blood. Was it just her, or did he have golden eyes too?
Fast forward one year and now she's trapped in a dungeon with the cheating bastard. Things can't seem to get any worse, until the two realize that they've been bonded. If she really understood what that meant, she would probably have freaked out, but as it is, Shade and Runa are going to have to work together to escape this hellish dungeon....otherwise they'll both suffer a fate worse than raging hormones and sexual frustration.
What I think:
Ione really knows how to create kick ass females. Both Runa and Tayla did not take any of the garbage that Shade and Eidolon dished out. I found it hilarious how Runa would make Shade speechless. Here is a male obsessed with control, and this little female starts barking at him about how he has to make her do whatever it is that he wants. Runa constantly dispels this former image that her past lover had of her, revealing just how much of a backbone she's grown over a year's time.
What I didn't like: Wraith's antics at the end of the book and Kynan's little twist.
Wraith's story is the one I'm anticipating most, and I was somewhat disappointed to read about what he did. Despite my disappointment, I cannot ignore the fact that Desire Unchained promoted so much character growth. Initially, while reading Pleasure Unbound, I thought Wraith was annoying. He was damaged due to a tortured past--and I harshly labeled him as the typical damaged goods. However, as the plot developed in book 1, I soon began to realize that there was something more to this peculiar vamp. Then, upon reading Shade's story, I grew to adore Wraith's antics. He was a trouble maker--a source of entertainment while amid his tense and serious brothers.
Then there was Kynan's twist...which made me want to fling my book against the wall. Typically, I am torn when a PNR shifts its attention away from the leading male and female. The sexual tension betwixt Kynan and Gem is a nice little addition, but I feel as if their story draws my attention away from Shade and Runa's on more than one occasion. I admit that sometimes, it is nice when readers are granted another character's POV, but I felt that Kynan/Gem deserve their own book, not short snippets. That's just me though :)
Other than those two points, I absolutely adored Shade and Runa, maybe even more than I did Eidolon and Tayla. I have a feeling that Wraith's story (which I'm reading next!) will top both of these brothers. If you haven't started this series yet, it is definitely one you will want to add to your TBR pile, you won't regret it!