Sin Undone (Demonica, Book 5)
by Larissa Ione
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Available: August 24, 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
HER TOUCH IS DEADLY
As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.
HIS HUNGER CAN’T BE DENIED
Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.
The old saying goes, “It’s been a great ride” and may I add a damn sexy one too! When I reflect on the Demonica series by Larissa Ione, I feel as warm and sated as a Seminus demon after an incredible romp in a broom closet at Underworld General! There are two authors that unleashed my exuberant love for paranormal romance: J.R. Ward and Larissa Ione. Ms. Ione has the gift of creating an amazing world of demons, vampires, and werewolves that sucks you in for the ride of your life!
Sinead “Sin” Donnelly is a “bad-ass” master assassin, Lore’s twin sister and the only female Seminus demon in creation. Like the rest of her siblings, Sin has had more than her share of a hellish past, but her bad luck has just taken an even darker turn. Picking up where Ecstasy Unveiled leaves off, Sin has unintentionally created a deadly virus, labeled “Sin Fever,” that is destroying werewolves. Now that the werewolve’s Warg Council is aware that Sin started the virus, not only is the Council out to destroy her, but her own den of assassins want to take her out as well. Conall “Con” Dearghul, a hybrid vampire-werewolf (dhampire) and paramedic at Underworld General Hospital, has contracted the virus. He learns that in order produce the antibodies to attack and remove Sin Fever from his body, he has to drink Sin’s blood. Initially, Con wants nothing to do with Sin. After their brief sexual encounter in Ecstasy Unveiled, Con cannot forget the feel of Sin’s body or the taste of her blood and though he craves more (of both), he knows that if he drinks too much it could destroy them. While Sin and Con are assisting her half brother Eidolon in trying to isolate a cure for the virus, the Underworld jailers arrive at the hospital to arrest Sin. Sly as foxes, Sin and Con escape and go into hiding from the Council and her assassins. Now that it’s just the two of them, we begin to see both Sin and Con expose their true nature and what lengths they will go to trust and protect one another.
Sin Undone is an AMAZING story and is hands down the BEST in the Demonica series. Considering I thought the first four books were all 5-star reads, that is saying something! I adore so many aspects of Larissa Ione’s style and delivery. The first 50 pages of Sin Undone had me laughing myself silly. “Typhoid Mary” and “Smurfette” were a couple of Wraith’s pet names for his sister. Sin’s response to Con feeding from her, “I don’t let anyone fang me,” had me in stitches. And, the unfiltered dialogue between the brothers and Sin is real and off the cuff. Another great attribute is the way Ms. Ione conveys intimacy and sensuality between her characters. The dialogue is certainly part of it, but what strikes me most is the unspoken moments: a light caress to the throat, a gentle lick to seal a wound or rubbing toes with your lover. These moments, woven seamlessly into the story line, are simple, yet all powerful to the reader.
And now to the sex scenes. (Would someone pass me a fan!) Let me tell you that Ms. Ione can write some of the most erotic, steamy sex scenes in paranormal romance! Her scenes generate incredibly sensuous, sizzling heat that torches the pages. And for the record and for the win, Con teaches Sin what it is to “make love” and he demonstrates this with his “extended erotic play” over every part of her body making her his “personal playground.” Not only does their first love making moment spike your temperature to combustion, but another particular sexual moment with a snowball was, and I quote, “a-fucking-mazing.”
Larissa Ione has the brilliance and finesse of creating a unique paranormal world that does not overwhelm you, but draws you in to the complexity of characters, their high-strung yet sometimes buried emotions, their comedic one-liners and their love for sex! Each character has their own idiosyncrasies, self esteem issues, and the overall desire for acceptance, love and a better world. While I’m sad we’ve reached the finale of the Demonica series, I praise Ms. Ione for giving it a phenomenal ending and, as a reader, you can’t ask for anything more!
Favorite Quotes: (I couldn’t pick just one!)
“She felt Con’s silver eyes boring into her like drill bits, and to her annoyance, her body flushed with warmth as though remembering another drilling he’d given her.”
“Your here because wargs are dying, and it’s you fault,” he growled, a hint of an odd British-ish accent tweaking his words. It happened when he got all pissy, and it was strangely…hot.
“Don’t….leave….me.” A lump formed in his throat. “Listen to me, Sin. I swear, I’ll come back. I won’t leave you.” A single tear dripped down her cheek as he squeezed her hand and leaned over to brush his lips across hers. A deep, primal rage rose up in him. He would get her brother’s, and he would tear apart the bastard who had done this to her.
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Other books in the series:
- Pleasure Unbound
- Desire Unchained
- Passion Unleashed
- Ecstasy Unveiled
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I have FIVE copies of Sin Undone to giveaway! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here on Amy’s review.
Because the prizes will be mailed directly from the publisher, only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win, no P.O. Boxes, please. Giveaway is open until September 7, winners announced soon after. Good luck!!