Sunday, September 4, 2011

Desired Unchained by Larissa Iona

Shade and Runa's book

Desire Unchained Book 2

By Larissa Ione

Book Blurb:
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.

I liked book 2 Desire Unchained more than the first book, Pleasure Unbound. I was more comfortable with the characters and basically all around I preferred the story plot line better.

The beginning immediately delivered action and angst. I was right there in the dungeons with Shade and Runa. Excellent villain ploy. I also loved that the entire dungeon hostage situation was not over and done with quickly. It was far better for character development to have Runa and Shade be held captive for a bit just as Larissa Iona wrote.  

I'm in love with Shade's cave home in Costa Rica. Brilliant creative mind of the author to describe the dwelling and speaking of creative, I love the Harrowgate transportation method. 

As much as I loved the story line premise of the horrible curse that was placed on Shade, I couldn't help but be constantly reminded of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel's "don't be content curse or you'll lose your soul".  They just seemed so closely related. Granted the curse in Desire Unchained held up well  the entire story line. I was worried that it was going to feel old but it was not over used and it added lots of sympathy and angst.

The one thing I love about a book series is that there is usually action from the moment you start the book  right to the end. There are loose dangling carrots that were left over from the previous book you are dying to dive right into. Then of course at the end of the book a carefully placed angsty cliffhanger is left teasing the readers for the next book. 
So off to read Passion Unleashed book 3. 

Teasers - strange bug bite on Runa unexplained,  Shade's sexual torture chamber, waterfall shower, Kynan mystery


Anonymous said...

I do like the sound of this book... will have to see if I can find your review on book one:)

Julie said...

The end of this book is definitely made to make you need book 3. lol And I too enjoyed this one more than the first one. :)