Demon’s Captive by Stephanie Snow

Humans are totally screwed! A mixed alien race of brutal conquerors take us down within months. They’re kind of like the Brogue. They assimilate the new planet and its people into their culture.

Charity runs for her life and is chased down by Melmanon, a very massive, very red, demon. Because Charity gave him so much trouble while trying to capture her Melmanon takes her as his torture slave.

Once captured Charity submits 100% to her captor. Knowing she will never get away she strives to appease the demon in every way. Her only though is survival. Melmanon is used to his brutal culture, full of fighting and forcing people to submit, that he’s surprised by Charity’s easy compliance, and find it refreshing. For the first time in his life he’s compelled to pleasure rather than punish.

I feel Charity’s reaction to her situation is pretty realistic. As she ran for her life through her ruined home planet she witnessed the utter brutality and slaughter of her people. She believes if she’s caught she will die. When she becomes a slave instead, it comes as a relief. Even though she submits to the demon in order to save her life she is utterly horrified by her body’s reaction to him and there is a great mental struggle within her.

This is not your typical romance. This is a dark dominant/submissive story with a little BDSM and torture.

The end it too fast and too easily summed up for me. The author could have drawn it out a little better. It sort of felt like Snow got a little tired of writing, and just rushed through it.

Demon Possession by Kiersten Fay

A wonderful start to a new series by paranormal romance author Kiersten Fay. Demon Possession starts off with a rush of adrenaline. Analia’s (aka Anya’s) escape had me glued to my e-reader. As she escapes, the author alludes to a past of sorrow and pain, while revealing a mysterious gift that we learn more about later. Analia is one of my favorite female characters of recent, she’s tough, on the cusp of being badass, yet she’s venerable.

Sebastian, a smoldering hot demon, is the captain of the ship that Analia sneaks onto. He’s a great combination of broody, dark, and honorable. Not your typical mythical creature. Kiersten creates a world away from Earth, where much of our mythology exists in an alien form, not too different from humans but with the capability of deep space travel. Kiersten’s mixture of sci-fi and paranormal romance worked for me.

I loved how Analia and Sebastian’s relationship grew, mostly against Sebastian’s will—typical, demons never want to commit—a hurtful past event has him guarding his heart, but Analia unwittingly finds her way in. I actually really liked the sex scenes, they added an emotional level to the story without being cheesy. They were explicit, but not vulgar.

This book had some really funny characters, which I would have loved to have more background on, or a side story, but I’m sure they’ll get their own books.

Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

In the world of Demonica, there are demons, vampires, shapeshifters, and some mixed in between. Like any other race or culture, there are some demons who are good, and some who aren’t. I like this concept. Too often demons get a bad rap, mostly because of mythology and religious beliefs. I like when authors throw societal expectations out the window and start fresh.

Larissa did just that. Her series is not only about demons, but demons who are doctors and created a hospital for all lore-kind called…wait for it…UGH (Underworld General Hospital). I wonder if that was a preconceived play on words or if it was just a happy accident.

Eidolon, an incubus—aka sex demon—with the power to heal with a touch, is chief of staff, and loves his job. Tayla is a slayer, they kill everything that is not human. Slayers are programed to believe everything but themselves is evil and must die. Tayla is very good at her job…until she meets Eidolon.

She haphazardly finds her way into UGH, where Eidolon is treating her for injuries incurred during a fight. When she wakes up, something about the incubus treading her makes her crazed for him, and they do a pretty good job of messing up the room. Not a bad way to start off a relationship.

The sex scenes are definitely not phoned in, and, in a world where romance can get repetitive, like you’re reading the same story over and over again, this story is unique.


Sin Undone (A Demonica Novel Book 5) by Larissa Ione

We first meet Sin in book four, where she has a sexy liaison with the wicked and emotionless half-vampire half-werewolf Conall. Their coupling was fierce but brief. Afterward, Sin learns that she was part of a bet to see if Conall could get into her pants. However, Sin’s heart is hardened, and she has grown accustomed to being used, and using in return. For her, the act of having sex is merely a survival technique. Seminus demons need sex to live.

Sin lives with the burden of being one of kind, and is utterly alone because of it. Before her, Seminus demons have always been born Male. She is the only female in existence. In Sin Undone we learn of Sin’s past, and the turmoil she went through while going through her change into a demoness.

Eventually her unstable need for sex leads her down a dangerous path of homelessness and dark alleys. After years of slavery, and as an assassin, she rises up to the head of a group of assassins who only follow her because she wears a master ring that controls them, and she is constantly under attack by those who would take it from her. Her power—as each Seminus’s power is different—is the ability to kill through disease, but she must touch her victim to use her gift.

In the previous book Sin unwittingly unleashes a terrible disease that spreads through the werewolf community. In Sin Undone she must work with the brothers she despises, and the hated but sexy Conall to develop a cure.

Conall despises Sin for what she has done to his people but is forced to protect her in hopes of finding a cure. The fact that she needs sex every-so-often is just a bonus of the job. Or is it more than that? Conall’s cold demeanor slowly softens toward Sin as he learns she’s not the cold heartless bitch she tries to portray.

After being separated from her brothers and fending off multiple assassination attempts by everyone but the kitchen sink, while repeatedly having mind-blowing sex with Conall, Sin struggles with her guilt, her past, and her unwanted feelings for Conall—the whole while trying to protect her heart from more damage.

I enjoyed this story from the start. Sin’s need to close off her emotions only to have them forced out of her by Conall was both heart wrenching and endearing. I didn’t like Conall at first, because he was a jerk to Sin, then again Sin was a Jerk to everyone, but I quickly changed my mind about him when he started realizing his feelings for Sin.

There is a part where Sin gets a little freaky with a snowball that I sort of blocked out though. O_o