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Monday, March 1, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway - Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione

Larissa Ione has added a fourth story to her Demonica collection -     Ecstasy Unveiled                                 Here's what the back cover says:
A Demon Enslaved…
Lore is a Seminus half-breed demon who has been forced to act as his dark master’s assassin. Now to earn his freedom and save his sister’s life, he must complete one last kill. Powerful and ruthless, he’ll stop at nothing to carry out this deadly mission.

An Angel Tempted…
Idess is an earthbound angel with a wild side sworn to protect the human Lore is targeting. She’s determined to thwart her wickedly handsome adversary by any means necessary—even if that means risking her vow of eternal chastity. But what begins as a simple seduction soon turns into a passion that leaves both angel and demon craving complete surrender.

Torn between duty and desire, Lore and Idess must join forces as they battle their attraction for each other. Because an enemy from the past is rising again—hellbent on vengeance and unthinkable destruction.
The first three books in the series are Pleasure Unbound, Desire Unchained, and Passion Unleashed. In the first three books, each of three full blood Seminus Demons are followed as they struggle to put what their heads are telling together with what their body are insisting on. The fourth book follows a Half-Breed Seminus Demon, Lore. Be forewarned - these books are STEAMY to say the least! But there is a beauty to Ione's words that creates vivid visions of what is written.
I cannot tell you how excited I was to get this book in the mail. I had completed the first books a while back and had been waiting to see where Ione takes the brothers next. It is interesting to me that I could figure out the ultimate outcome easily enough, but I was still completely enthralled with the journey to get there. The age old story of good vs. evil is given a new twist with of the concept of being inherently or entirely one or the other. Lore is taken on a crazy ride in a very short time. In a matter of weeks he discovers that he has a whole extended family, and the ability to actually care about that, something he was sure was not possible. Lore's honor and heart are tested to the fullest extremes but her presses on to do what his soul tells him is right. You will be quickly grabbed by this fast paced story. And I just can't wait for the next book in the series Sin Undone due out in September of 2010 (*wince* I hope I can wait that long!).

Larissa Ione Bio:
 I began writing the way so many writers do—the moment I learned to wield a pencil. But even as a child, I didn't write "kid" stories. I preferred something more dramatic. Something that didn't include Dick, Jane, and a dog named Spot. I wanted my characters to be named Dracula and my dogs to have names like White Fang or Cujo. I'll always have my parents to thank for that. They never censored my reading material (though I suspect that if they had truly known what was between the covers of some of the books, they'd have been a little more careful,) so when other girls my age were reading Laura Ingalls Wilder and Judy Blume, I was immersing myself in Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

Later, after I'd joined the Air Force and was in dire need of something to read between shifts at the weather station, I continued to read horror, but I'd branched out into fantasy, and then, finally, romance (though I admit I went kicking and screaming to the latter.)

Turned out that I loved romance! So I started writing it, but again, my style and voice leaned toward the dark, paranormal side. Fortunately for me, paranormal romance, as a sub-genre, was booming. I let my imagination fly, and soon I'd sold a series of dark, sexy paranormal romances to Grand Central Publishing.

I still read a lot of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, and in fact, one of my all time favorite books about writing is On Writing, by my favorite childhood horror author, Stephen King. If you're an author or a reader, I highly recommend this book for an insight into an author's mind—which can sometimes be a very scary place.

Go ahead; Seduce your dark side.

If you want to learn more about Larissa Ione you can visit her website:

Thanks to Anna at the Hatchette Book Group I am able to giveaway 3 copies of this book to 3 very lucky readers! This contest begins March 1st and ends March 7th at 11:59pm PST. The three winners will be announce on March 8th by 12noon.
Here's How It Works:
A Few Rules: (per Hatchette Book Group)

You must be a US or Canadian Resident. And You must provide a Street Address upon notification of winning (NO PO BOXES)

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Disclaimer: Although I did receive a free copy of this book to read and review, I was in no other way compensated for this post.

If you are an author or publisher and would like for me to review your book please contact me directly: polsen11[at]comcast[dot]net


  1. Interesting blog! I have always sworn that I would not enjoy reading romance novels as you once did. Your reaction surprised me so who knows, I may actually pick one up and give it a try.

  2. Hi!

    I'm currently working on my list of paranormal romance faves, but I have to say that Katie MacAlister, Gena Showalter and Richelle Mead are way at the top.

    Happy reading!

  3. Stephanie Meyer, hands down.

  4. I am a fan on Facebook

  5. I would love to read this book...romance is so exciting!

  6. I follow you on twitter under ChildrensNook

  7. I like Kresley Cole and Lora Leigh

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  8. Favorite paranormal author right now --> J.R Ward

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  9. I love this series!! I would love to win this book. :)

    My favorite paranormal author is Laurell K. Hamilton!!


  10. My favorite is Elizabeth Hoyt. I do read many other genres though. Love the blog.
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  12. I posted on Cliffhangers.
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  13. i like Katie MacAlister cottncndydreams(at)aol(dot)com

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