Saturday, October 24, 2015

ARC Review: Base Instincts by Larissa Ione

Base Instincts (Demonica, #11.7)From the blurb:

As a Seminus demon, Raze’s life literally depends on having sex with females. The problem is that he doesn’t desire females, and it’s physically impossible for him to be with males. Thankfully, he and his best friend, Fayle, have an arrangement that keeps him alive . . . if lonely. He finds some solace in his work as a medic at Thirst, a vampire club known for its rough clientele. But his carefully structured world turns upside down when he meets a mysterious male who makes him want what he can never have.
Slake is an assassin used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is Raze. But he also wants to earn back the soul he sold when he was a much different demon. All he has to do is capture a runaway succubus named Fayle and hand her over to her family. What he doesn’t count on is being caught himself by a web of lies—and his attraction to Raze. 
Raze and Slake must navigate a dangerous world to be together. But as Fayle’s jealousy of their relationship turns deadly, they find themselves embroiled in a battle not only for their love, but their lives and souls.

Heather's rating:





Can I just say how much I love it when mainstream and SUPER popular M/F authors, like Larissa Ione, add a M/M book into their series? It gives people who don't even know that M/M romance exists a chance to try this AWESOME genre.

I haven't read the Demonica series (though I want to start now!), but I had no trouble following along with the story. In fact, I think it works perfectly well as a stand-alone.

Raze and Slake are two demons with very different backstories who meet by chance at a club. First of all, Raze and Slake?? Now I know I'm in a urban fantasy series! These guys have the standard muscled, tattooed bodies, tortured pasts, and searing good looks, all things many romance readers want to read about. They were two demon hotties getting it on, and there ain't nothing wrong with that!



I think my favorite part of this book was the world-building. You can tell that this author is a pro at crafting and developing her fictional world because all of the urban fantasy details really popped. It was gritty and exciting, which got me excited about the story. I also liked the bones of the plot, and the story arc kept me really interested.

However, the romance... just meh, I'm afraid. The length of the story was not nearly enough time to develop true feelings, and I'm afraid I didn't feel much chemistry between them. The sex felt mechanical, and the relationship felt very forced. Just not the umph that I was expecting.

The take away is that I now want to read more in the Demonica series, but I think that if this author wants to please M/M fans, she is going to need to write a full-length story with the emotional caliber that this genre deserves.

*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


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