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Review: Azagoth by Larissa Ione

Posted March 16, 2016 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Azagoth by Larissa IoneReviewer: Casee
Azagoth by Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica #13

Publication Date: June 4th 2014
Pages: 158
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three-half-stars

Even in the fathomless depths of the underworld and the bleak chambers of a damaged heart, the bonds of love can heal...or destroy. He holds the ability to annihilate souls in the palm of his hand. He commands the respect of the most dangerous of demons and the most powerful of angels. He can seduce and dominate any female he wants with a mere look. But for all Azagoth's power, he's bound by shackles of his own making, and only an angel with a secret holds the key to his release. She's an angel with the extraordinary ability to travel through time and space. An angel with a tormented past she can't escape. And when Lilliana is sent to Azagoth's underworld realm, she finds that her past isn't all she can't escape. For the irresistibly sexy fallen angel known as Azagoth is also known as the Grim Reaper, and when he claims a soul, it's forever...

Azgoth is Larissa Ione’s novella that was published in 1001 Dark Nights, Bundle 2. I usually don’t read novellas because they are just too short and I don’t believe the author has enough pages to develop a story, let alone a character. Supposedly this one clocked in longer than your usual novella and I really like the Demonica series so I gave it a shot. I was right. There just aren’t enough pages.

Azagoth is literally the Grim Reaper. Once an angel with emphatic abilities, he couldn’t take the emotion of every person he came into contact with. As his power grew, so did his abilities and he didn’t even have to come into contact with anyone. So he Fell. Very, very far. As the Grim Reaper, he decides where the souls go in Hell. He also has sex with a lot of angels and it’s not until you learn his back story that you realize why.

After awhile, Azagoth decides he’s done serving as Heaven’s stud and he wants an angel mate instead. Obviously the angels can’t make him do much of anything, but they want to make him happy. So they find a disgraced angel for him. Not a Fallen Angel, but an angel that is in big trouble. Lilliana is given a choice to mate Azagoth or get her powers taken away. Her powers are what got her in trouble in the first place, but she still doesn’t want to lose them.

Azagoth can tell she’s going to be trouble the moment he lays eyes on her. He likes it. She doesn’t. She already has a plan to escape without losing her power. This is one of the times more explanation would have been nice. As a time traveling angel, I understood what she needed and how she was going to escape, but how was she going to escape punishment? You learn later in the book, but it’s only explained in half of a page.

I enjoyed parts of this book and parts I didn’t. I just can’t get behind novellas.

Rating 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Chained by Night by Larissa Ione

Posted March 23, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Chained by Night by Larissa IoneReviewer: Tracy
Chained by Night by Larissa Ione
Series: Moonbound Clan Vampires #2
Also in this series: Bound by Night

Publication Date: September 30th 2014
Genres: Romance
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four-stars

THE FUTURE OF HIS TRIBE
Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction—or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation. To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.

THE LOVER OF HIS SOUL
But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?

Tracy’s review of Chained by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires #2) by Larissa Ione

In book one of this series we learned that a midwife had been taken by a company by the name of Daedalus. The midwife was in the care of the Moonbound Clan at the time but she actually belonged to the ShadowSpawn Clan. ShadowSpawn vampires are evil, nasty people and when they kidnapped Nicole, Riker and another vamp named Lucy, the only way to stop a war from occurring was for the leader of the Moonbound Clan, Hunter, to agree to marry the ShadowSpawn leaders oldest daughter, Rasha.

Rasha is a warrior but a complete bitch of a woman. She makes Hunter’s skin crawl and the thought of mating with her makes him sick to his stomach. Her twin sister Aylin, however, makes his blood sing and the more he gets to know her the more he likes her.

When Hunter tells Rasha that they need to go on a quest so that a demon won’t take their firstborn child Rasha refuses. Luckily for Hunter Aylin agrees to take her place and they head off on the quest. Aylin proves to be an incredibly strong woman despite a handicap she has and Hunter starts to fall in love. He wants nothing more than to be with Aylin but as he made an agreement to marry Rasha, he can’t go back on that. It tortures both of them but they find there is no solution to the problem.

Another great book in the Moonbound Clan series. This book was SO very different from the first book in the series but still oh, so good. I loved the expansion of the world that Ione created to include a different dimension. The situation that Hunter and Aylin find themselves in puts them together and has them growing closer in a life or death situation. It may have been extreme circumstances that put them together but they ended up seeing the real people behind the outer skin.

Once they were back in the clan my heart broke for them. Ione did a great job of showing us how tortured they were to be apart and to know that Rasha was coming between them was horrible. Rasha was such shrew I just didn’t like her at all. She really tried to protect Aylin at times but treated her like crap at the same time. When certain information came to light about the twins I disliked her even more.

I have to say that I was a little confused as to why the demon would take Hunter’s firstborn with Rasha when he had had a child previously. It did state that the baby had died but it didn’t say how old the child was. Wouldn’t that have been Hunter’s first born? Wouldn’t the demon have taken that one? I was confused.

Despite that issue I really liked the book. It was exciting in so many ways and I couldn’t put it down until I was done. I can’t wait for the next book in the series and I’m looking forward to getting to know the Moonbound Clan a little better.

Rating: 4 out of 5

This title is available from Pocket Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars


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Guest Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Posted March 19, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Bound by Night by Larissa IoneReviewer: Tracy
Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Publication Date: September 24th 2013
Genres: Romance
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four-stars

Nicole Martin was only eight years old when she narrowly survived a massacre: her family’s vampire slaves rebelled and killed everyone in her household. Twenty years later, Nicole now dedicates herself to finding a vaccine against vampirism…and eradicating the gruesome memories that give her nightmares.

Riker, a member of the wild vampire Moon Clan, is haunted by his own demons—his wife Lorraine had been captured and enslaved by the Martin family. It was during a botched escape attempt that she was killed, along with their unborn child. Still wracked with grief and anger, Riker is now fueled solely by the desire to rescue vampire slaves…and slaughter their owners.

When Riker stumbles upon Nicole in a chance meeting, he immediately recognizes her as a member of the Martin family that once enslaved his wife—and she recognizes him as the wild vampire she saw kissing a pregnant slave in the moments before her violent death—an image that has haunted her dreams for years.

When Riker kidnaps Nicole and they spend a night together in a cave on the way back to his clan, suddenly they begin to realize that they aren’t as different from one another as they may have thought—and they’re finding themselves drawn to one another…

Tracy’s review of Bound by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires #1) by Larissa Ione

When Nicole was eight years old there was a vampire uprising (vampires are slaves/servants in her world) and she was attacked. Her parents were killed but she survived and was then sent to live with a relative in Paris. She became a scientist and is an expert on vampire physiology. When she hit age 28 she was forced back to Seattle and into the CEO position for her family business called Daedalus. The company is legitimate but there’s a darker side to it that Nicole and the general public has no knowledge of.

Riker is a made vampire and part of the Moonbound Clan. When a midwife is taken and held at a Daedalus facility Riker kidnaps Nicole so that he can force her to free the woman. Riker is incredibly attracted to Nicole even though he believes he hates her. Nicole hates Riker as she believes that he killed her vampire nanny – Riker’s mate – 20 years earlier.

While Nicole is held at the Moonbound Clan lair she starts to see vampires in a completely new light and one she actually likes. She beats her fear of vampires and ends up helping them try to get the midwife back. Unfortunately there are people that Nicole though she could trust that betray her and soon she becoming everything she thought she hated.

I haven’t read a vampire novel in a good long time that I liked as much as I did this book. I loved the world that Ione created here as it’s so different from anything I’ve read before. The vampires as the oppressed people, working as servants and slaves – defanged and “trained” to be calm and non-threatening – it all made for some good reading.

Nicole was a great heroine. I completely understood her fear of vampires after what she went through as a child. I liked how the author didn’t make her immediately feel comfortable or safe within the lair. She was still scared throughout most of the book and for me it was more realistic that way.

Riker was a man who had issues but they were understandable. He was a good guy with a good heart but was a bit belligerent about quite a few things. He fought himself when it came to Nicole but eventually caved to the attraction and that ended up working in his favor as she became his mate.

The story, the world-building, the secondary characters (who played a big role in the story) and the romance were all so good. When I finished this book I immediately picked up book two as it was that good. Even if you’re not normally a fan of, or have been burned out on, vampires I recommend you pick this one up.

Rating: 4 out of 5

This title is available from Pocket Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars


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Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Posted November 7, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Bound by Night by Larissa IoneReviewer: Holly
Bound by Night by Larissa Ione
Series: MoonBound Clan Vampires #1
Also in this series: Bound by Night, Chained by Night

Publication Date: September 24th 2013
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General
Pages: 400
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four-stars

The first installment in a sexy new paranormal romance series by Larissa Ione, author of the bestselling Demonica series!
Nicole Martin was only eight years old when she narrowly survived a massacre: her family’s vampire slaves rebelled and killed everyone in her household. Twenty years later, Nicole now dedicates herself to finding a vaccine against vampirism…and eradicating the gruesome memories that give her nightmares.
Riker, a member of the wild vampire Moon Clan, is haunted by his own demons—his wife Lorraine had been captured and enslaved by the Martin family. It was during a botched escape attempt that she was killed, along with their unborn child. Still wracked with grief and anger, Riker is now fueled solely by the desire to rescue vampire slaves…and slaughter their owners.
When Riker stumbles upon Nicole in a chance meeting, he immediately recognizes her as a member of the Martin family that once enslaved his wife—and she recognizes him as the wild vampire she saw kissing a pregnant slave in the moments before her violent death—an image that has haunted her dreams for years.
When Riker kidnaps Nicole and they spend a night together in a cave on the way back to his clan, suddenly they begin to realize that they aren’t as different from one another as they may have thought—and they’re finding themselves drawn to one another…

Let me preface this review by stating I dislike vampires. I think I burned out on them in the early mid 2000’s when they were super popular and I’ve never really gone back. I have kind of a mental wall up about them, to be honest. I see “Vampire” and I turn away. I’m sure I’ve missed out on some greats reads because of this, but that’s a post for another day. I’m glad I read this one. It turned out to be an excellent read.

In this world, vampires were discovered by humans and turned into slaves. They were defanged, collared and sold to the highest bidder. One of the companies responsible for the inhumane treatment of them is Daedalus. Nicole Martin’s family has owned Daedalus for generations. When her parents were slaughtered in a vampire rebellion when she was a child, the company came to her. Twenty years later, she’s a respected Vampire Physiologist. Per the terms of her parent’s will, she’s just taken over as CEO. She wants to sell off many of the branches of the company and focus strictly on the scientific aspects of their research, but the board and her half-brother are against the idea. She’s facing more resistance than she expected, which makes an incident at one of their training labs even harder to deal with. Her signature is on a kill order for more than a dozen vampires, but she knows she didn’t sign it.

Vampires have a hard time conceiving, which means their numbers are very low. When the MoonBound clan is told a midwife they borrowed from another clan – who can help with conceiving –  has been captured by Daedalus, they’re desperate to get her back. The neighboring clan, ShadowSpawn, is a ruthless, savage clan who outnumbers them greatly. To avoid a war, and probable annihilation, they must get the midwife back. They plan to force the CEO to reveal the location of the midwife and order her release, but the plan goes awry when security shows up once they breach her home. They end up kidnapping her and taking her with plans to ransom her.

For Riker, second in command at MoonBound,this is the best case scenario. Since his mate was taken as slave to the Martin’s and murdered by them twenty years ago, he’s been dying for revenge. Now he has his chance. Nicole Martin stands for everything he despises and he can’t wait to kill her. But from the beginning she surprises him. She isn’t the monster he thought she’d be, and her connection to his dead mate is the most surprising of all.

Nicole is terrified of vampires since they attacked her when she was a child. Her nanny, Therese, was the only one she ever loved…and Nicole saw Riker kill her. Except he isn’t the monster she’d always thought him to be. Sure, he’s a scary vampire, but he’s surprisingly gentle with her. In fact, everything she thought she knew about vampires is challenged as she spends time with MoonBound. They aren’t the wild animals she’d always been told they were.

When things come to a head with her company, she’ll have to make a choice: Go back to the life she’s always known or put her faith in the monsters who stole her childhood.

This was such an interesting concept. The world-building is fantastic. I was fully immersed in the story from the beginning. The struggles both Nicole and Riker faced were real ones. Both grew in character as they realized their narrow view of the other’s race wasn’t fair or reliable.

The tale is emotionally engaging and contains a surprising amount of depth. It took me on an action-packed, thrilling ride.

4 out of 5

four-stars


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Shiloh Walker’s Stolen Blog Tour: Larissa Ione Interview

Posted November 2, 2012 by Holly in Giveaways, Promotions | 22 Comments

Some of you have probably heard how stressful things get for an author when they are getting ready for a new release. Shiloh Walker’s latest book STOLEN is due out… and, well.  She didn’t handle the stress well this time.  She went on a crime spree*…she hit fellow authors Thea Harrison, Vivian Arend, Larissa Ione, Carolyn Crane and Devon Monk.  She held them up and swiped secrets and goodies.  She keeps the secrets, but you get the goodies.  Well, maybe a few secrets will slip out.


*This is all very tongue in cheek.  Shiloh didn’t really snap.  Well.  Maybe she did.  But no theft, larceny or other illegal activities were involved. No authors were harmed. Even though she’s still trying to figure out how to steal a couple of characters.

Continuing on my life of crime…if you want to catch up with where I’ve been, please visit my site.

Do you know that if you break into Larissa’s house, you’ll find hellhounds?  They weren’t as scary as the poisoned magic in Devon’s house (yes, I’m serious…I just barely managed the hounds…they are animals…of a sort…but poisoned magic can’t be reasoned with…or bribed) but this one almost scared me straight before I was ready.  Fortunately, for you all, I wasn’t quite ready to stop yet.  And because I wasn’t ready to give up on my life of crime, I have goodies.

Larissa is furious with me, but hopefully, she’ll forgive me.  I’m holding secrets in reserve just in case.  To prove I still love her.

She can’t really be that mad.  She didn’t let the hellhounds eat me, even after she found me cornered…out of bribes for the doggies…and…well, you all don’t need to know that.

And she answered the questions, too.  Just like the rest of them, she thought she could talk sense into me. (That’s a pointless crusade, you know.)

Want to know what Larissa had to say?  Here ya go!

Q: If your characters pulled a major heist, where would they go to hide?
A: They don’t hide. People hide from them. However, if they ever do need to lay low or keep someone safe, Ares’s Greek mansion is perfect, since his island is invisible to human eyes and is protected from underworld baddies by packs of hellhounds.(Yes…the hellhounds are scary… O.O…nobody try to take something from Larissa.  Believe me.)

Q: Name one of your characters you wouldn’t steal from…ever.
A: Thanatos. His Horseman name is “Death” for a reason. You do NOT want to piss that boy off.
Q: If you had to go into hiding, where you go and what would you take?
A:  I’d find one of those missile silos that have been decked out for living during an apocalypse. I’d have boxes of MRE’s, toilet paper, and beer. Oh, and lots of books. How cool would that be? (MRE’s?  Fun?  Seriously?  What about twinkies?  Or M&Ms?  Canned soup???  Agree on the books.)

Q: Do you have any favorite books that feature heists or thieves?
A: I really enjoyed Dragon Bound, by Thea Harrison. The heroine had to steal something from the hero, a bad-tempered dragon, which I thought was a lot of fun!

FYI…I have no desire to steal any of these guys.  Maybe Wraith.  Maybe.  But if he comes equipped with hellhounds…nnnnoooo.

Okay, now… I hope everybody appreciates this one because I almost got eaten on my way out the door.
SNIPPET!!!

Jillian stared at Reseph’s broad back as he stood in front of the wood stove, head bowed. He’d stripped off the sweatshirt, leaving it in a messy pile in the corner. She could hardly be annoyed though, not when being shirtless meant she got a view of the most perfectly sculpted male upper body she’d ever seen. Before his amnesia episode, he must have spent a lot of time in the gym.
Like, a lot.
“Hey.” She hung up her coat and stepped out of her boots. “You okay?”
“Yeah.” For being okay, Reseph’s voice was off, permeated by an underlying scrape of gravel. “Did I scare you?”
“Maybe a little.” His shoulders slumped and his head sank lower. She felt like she’d just kicked a puppy. “Reseph, I wasn’t afraid you’d hurt me,” she said, realizing it was true. He’d frightened her, but not because she was afraid for herself. She was afraid for anyone who crossed him.
She didn’t plan to cross him.
She padded across the wood floor, stopping a few inches away. Without thinking, she placed her hand gently on his lower back. Beneath her palm, hard muscles twitched. “What’s wrong?”
The fire crackled for a long time before he finally said, “I scared myself.”
He turned around, catching her hand before she dropped it. His warm hand engulfed hers. He was so much bigger than she was, and she supposed that under normal circumstances she might feel intimidated, but this was not a normal situation, and Reseph was far from a normal man.
“Were you afraid you’d hurt me?” she asked.
Reseph stared down at her hand, his thumb making slow sweeps over her fingers. “Not…intentionally.” He raised his gaze, his eyes burning into hers. “And that’s what scares me. I acted without thinking. I don’t know myself. I don’t know anything and I think I might be crazy.”
Once, while Jillian had been getting ready to come on shift at the air traffic control tower, she’d watched a small private jet crash on the runway and burst into flames. In sickeningly slow motion, she’d seen movement inside the craft as the passengers tried frantically to get out. The helplessness Jillian had felt still haunted her today, and now a similar feeling was squeezing her heart. She had no idea what to say or do to make things right.
“I wish I could help more,” she said softly.
“Are you kidding?” Reseph reached up, stroking his warm fingertips over her cheek in a tender caress that startled the hell out of her. “You’ve done so much already. If I live a thousand years I won’t be able to repay you.”  His thumb traveled along the line of her jaw as he held her with his gaze. She didn’t even consider stepping away from him. The hypnotic current running between them held her fast.


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