Ecstasy Unveiled Review

Ecstasy Unveiled (The Demonica Series) by Larissa Ione

Edition: Forever Special Release
Publish Date: 2/1/2010
Price: $6.99/$8.99
ISBN: 9780446556828
Pages: 432
Size: 4-3/16″ x 6-3/4″

Lore, a half-demon, half-human, has been enslaved for the past thirty years. His master assigns him one final task in order to earn his freedom: one last kill. It is soon evident that this task may tear apart both Lore’s heart and his family. Lore was recently reunited with his demon brothers, and they are struggling to maintain peace in a volatile environment. Lore’s target is someone very close to the family, and very important to the universe, and the situation turns brother against brother.

To complicate matters, earthbound half-angel Idess also has a task which will influence Lore’s life. She is assigned to protect the very human Lore is out to kill. Lore is wildly attracted to Idess, and she him, and they struggle to make sense of their passion for each other and their opposing goals.

To not carry out their orders would be devastating for each, but Lore and Idess are now so intertwined that something’s got to give. They finally come together to fight one common enemy, no matter the personal cost.

I am not used to reading Supernatural or Romance novels, and this was both! It’s also the fourth installment of the Demonica supernatural romance series by Larissa Ione. Coming into the series cold as I did was a little challenging- after all, what knew I of demon life prior to reading this- but Ione had thoughtfully included a Demon glossary in the front of the book, which made following a bit easier. It was still difficult to get through some of the unanswered questions I had (“Why do demons need a hospital?”), but I surrendered to the story. I was enthralled with the romance between two seemingly opposite beings, a demon and an angel. I enjoyed the story once I got the hang of it, and I found myself torn as to which side I was cheering for. The ending was great (no spoilers here!), and I have to say that I never imagined demons could be so sensual. (Warning: this book is pretty explicit).

The only complaint I have is the obvious Twilight influence in this story. Some things in this book that Twilight fans might recognize are vampires, werewolves, (I thought this was a demon book), half-breeds, a handsome killer who is the most excellent doctor around, eyes that change from gold to red, and the fact that humans who give blood willingly to vampires are called “swans.” I was hoping for a little more originality in that sense, but I did enjoy the book overall.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher to review. I received no other compensation and the opinions are my own.