FORBIDDEN TEMPTATIONS Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter and a woman with a secret Since she was seven, she s been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality as long as she stays a virgin But Serena isn t all that innocent And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she wonders if she s finally met the one man she cannot resist FATAL DESIRES Wraith is a Seminus demon with a death wish But when an old enemy poisons him, he must find Serena and persuade her to give him the only known antidote in the universe her charm Yet, as she begins to surrender to his seductions and Wraith senses the cure is within his grasp, he realizes a horrible truth He s falling for the woman whose life he must take in order to save his own


10 thoughts on “Passion Unleashed

  1. Alp Alp says:

    All I ever had before you was nightmares But now I dream Because of youYES I LOVED THIS BOOK This was utterly sensational I have no idea why it took me so long to pick it up Passion Unleashed is the third installment in Demonica series and it was so much better than the previous one Just when I thought Eidolon is the most adorable among his brothers, Wraith proved me otherwise Who would have thought a super bad boy like him could be such a sweetheart After seeing his soft and sAll I ever had before you was nightmares But now I dream Because of youYES I LOVED THIS BOOK This was utterly sensational I have no idea why it took me so long to pick it up Passion Unleashed is the third installment in Demonica series and it was so much better than the previous one Just when I thought Eidolon is the most adorable among his brothers, Wraith proved me otherwise Who would have thought a super bad boy like him could be such a sweetheart After seeing his soft and sweet side, I couldn t help but fall in love with this demon Wraith is a half vampire half Seminus demon He was shot by the assassin with a poison dart, which slowly killed his libido There was no cure and he was going to die There was only one way to save his life, he needed to take a charm from a Marked Sentinel, and the way to get it was that he had to seduce the owner and had willing sex with her because the charm could only be transferred through sex.Serena is a Marked Sentinel She d been protected by a divine charm in order to keep the necklace, Heofon, safe As long as she was still charmed, nothing could harm her against her will If she lost her virginity, she would lose her charm too For the fact that she was bitten by a Mara before she was charmed, and since there was no cure for Mara poison, as soon as her charm was taken away, the disease would advance rapidly and she would finally die.All Wraith s life, he only cared about himself He put himself in some serious situation several times just for fun and did many horrible things without caring about the consequences But since he met Serena, something happened inside of him She made him see life differently The way she made him feel, made him laugh, made him realize how wonderful it was to love and to be loved, was the thing he d never experienced before So this was the hardest decision he had to make, to choose between his life and hers However, the time was almost out If he didn t take her charm, with the brotherly bond, not only he would die but also his brothers.But when Serena was in great danger from the most deadly and powerful fallen angel, he swore he would protect her no matter what it cost him.As a fan of paranormal romance stories, I can undoubtedly say that this book totally hit the spot for me I felt so overwhelmed while reading those scenes where the characters willingly sacrifice themselves in an attempt to save the lives of others Those moments truly touched my heart There were also some emotional moments that made me get a little teary eyed Moreover, all the plot twists were so darn brilliant, completely surprised me If I could, I would definitely rate this bookthan 5 stars Thoroughly loved it


  2. Shawna Shawna says:

    5 stars Paranormal RomanceReading Passion Unleashed, I found myself once again transported to Ione s sinfully decadent, wickedly dark, and utterly imaginative world of the Demonica with its diverse demon species, fallen angels, vampires, weres wargs, werebeasts, shifters, slayers, humans, and half breeds fighting for coexistence and peace I m continually blown away by Ione s brilliance and creativity as a writer and the series just keeps getting better and better Ione s writing is fresh, in 5 stars Paranormal RomanceReading Passion Unleashed, I found myself once again transported to Ione s sinfully decadent, wickedly dark, and utterly imaginative world of the Demonica with its diverse demon species, fallen angels, vampires, weres wargs, werebeasts, shifters, slayers, humans, and half breeds fighting for coexistence and peace I m continually blown away by Ione s brilliance and creativity as a writer and the series just keeps getting better and better Ione s writing is fresh, inventive, witty, and intelligent, the characters are sexy, original, and genuine, and the story is hypnotic and full of sizzling sensuality and dark humor.I love level headed Eidolon and smooth as silk Shade, but devil may care bad boy Wraith has always been my favorite of the Seminus Demon brothers, so Passion Unleashed is definitely my favorite in the series so far In Passion Unleashed, Wraith has been poisoned by an assassin and the only cure is to obtain a charm from spunky, inquisitive, spirited, independent archaeologist Serena The charm cure happens to be Serena s virginity, and she s pretty darn determined to hold onto it, despite Wraith s smooth attempts at seduction, since she seals her own fate if she loses it Wraith s destiny is tied to Underworld General hospital and his brothers, so as he dies from the poison, UG deteriorates and his brothers lives are also at stake, which makes his choice to take Serena s charm evendifficult The plot involves forces of good and evil engaging in the ultimate apocalyptic battle for the future of all races, which is also tied to Serena s charm Kynan and Gem s relationship plays an important role in the story, as does the fallen angel Reaver, malevolent villain Byzamoth, and a new character, Lore, who will probably have his story told in the next book in the series.Serena is a great heroine, loads of fun sort of like a blonde, virginal Lara Croft , and her chemistry and banter with Wraith is delectable Wraith has been a blast from the beginning of the series because he s charismatic, wicked, funny, cocky, arrogant, honest, and lives for only hunting, fighting, and sex Tortured bad boy heroes are always the most passionate and surprising because when they finally fall, they fall fast, hard, and completely, and Wraith is no exception Wraith s transformation and growth from an emotionally distant, reckless, pissed off at the whole world, I don t give a crap about anyone but myself, hedonistic bad boy personality to attentive, tender, caring, generous, protective, and affectionate lover is sweet, touching, and funny Wraith and Serena s relationship is heartwarming and bittersweet, and the plot keeps you guessing until the very end as to how things will get resolved for the characters to find their HEA.The book has a Demonica Compendium in the back with all kinds of cool special content that makes for a kick ass bonus.Ione is definitely a fresh voice in the paranormal romance genre and her talent as a writer is first rate The Demonica series truly stands out for its originality, unique characters, dark wit, scorching sensuality, and raw eroticism Passion Unleashed is a spellbinding and sexy reada well deserved 5 stars.I m eager forof Ione s captivating, wicked hot saga, so I don t know how I m going to manage waiting almost an entire year before book four Ecstasy Unveiled comes out in February 2010


  3. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    This is one of those reviews where I have to admit I m wrong I didn t like Wraith at all before I read this book I thought my feelings would be unlikely to change, even though I love this series, and Larissa Ione s writing Well, I was dead wrong There I said it I ended up loving Wraith And I have no regrets.Wraith is one of those heroes who snuck up on me I think it was the sign of the high caliber of Ms Ione s writing Wraith is very in your face with his often unlikeable, selfish natu This is one of those reviews where I have to admit I m wrong I didn t like Wraith at all before I read this book I thought my feelings would be unlikely to change, even though I love this series, and Larissa Ione s writing Well, I was dead wrong There I said it I ended up loving Wraith And I have no regrets.Wraith is one of those heroes who snuck up on me I think it was the sign of the high caliber of Ms Ione s writing Wraith is very in your face with his often unlikeable, selfish nature But Ms Ione employed a careful subtlety in crafting his story I went into it thinking that he was callous and uncaring But I came to realize that he had a massive defense mechanism going on There are few people that have the power to make or break another person And parents are at the top of the list If someone goes bad, the first instinct is to say that he wasn t raised right Well, that s not always true But, I think it s very true in Wraith s case His mother treated him like he was an abomination I m not saying that she doesn t have a reason to feel some bitterness about Wraith being forced on her by his Seminus demon father But to treat a child the way she did was just plain wrong It s no wonder that Wraith was lacking in moral character He cared about his brothers, and killing vampires Not much else, after that Sex was important because a Seminus demon will die without it But I don t even think that sex was all that important to him It was something that he did to stay alive To him, seducing females was a biological imperative When he found out he had to seduce a virgin human woman in order to survive the toxin he had been poisoned with, that s when things got complicated Because of the tortures his mother afflicted on him, Wraith stays far away from human females But, he has no choice And he s almost ready to say no to doing it, until he finds out that the hospital that his brothers and he built will fail if he dies, there s no getting out of this particular seduction.When Wraith and Serena meet, I could feel the chemistry, but Wraith is still in callous mode I was still unconvinced of him as hero I could fall for But slowly that starts to change as I saw how Wraith ended up loving Serena for who she was, how he protected her, and how he continually passed up on opportunities to do the deed And as I saw how tender his heart was, buried under many layers of scar tissue, I was seduced into softening my own heart to him How he suffered as his body shut down, but wouldn t take Serena, knowing he d cause her own demise How he gave her pleasure without consummation, which contributed to his own agony That was the mark of selfless love By the end of this book, I was deeply in love with Wraith In fact, he s my favorite brother up to this point.Serena s character was well drawn as well She had lived her life knowing she can never be fully intimate with a man, or she ll die But she s managed to live a full, adventurous life, regardless of that I liked her passion and her spirit And her good heart She was just the woman for Wraith.Another character that took center stage was the awesome world building and storytelling Ms Ione has this reader impressed Her world is so rich and fascinating The way she took this concept to the next level by incorporating fallen angels, one who longs to return to Heaven, and another who strives to bring Hell to Heaven and to rule over earth as a god What a marked, fascinating conrast The complexity of the demon species, and their interactions with each other How very different they all are In my mind, a demon is a demon Not so in this series In some ways this series has an intense, horrific vibe to it Not that I m complaining I am a fan or horror, after all She gets serious props with the way she s able to make me feel uneasy with some of the aspects of this story And the action sequences were excellent, with smaller skirmishes and smack downs, and full on epic battles The characters get hurt, and sometimes mortally The cost is higher than you can even imagine.The tension in this book is sustained, as you wonder how things will work out In this dicey situation, success can only occur at the expense of someone else Who will live Who will die You don t find out until almost the very end of the book And things aren t wrapped up in a neat package A sacrifice has to be made But at the same time, I came out of this book very satisfied.It s hard to get everything into words, but I was thoroughly satisfied with this book I was kept guessing what would happen, in a state of delightful suspense, as this book unfolds I was completely entertained with the beautiful romance, fiery passion, the family dynamics, the incredibly interesting world building and lore spinning, and the grand adventure of it all This was just a great book all around I can t wait to read Lore s story I m already in love with him


  4. Sandra Sandra says:

    Re read from June 22nd 24th 2013 Let s be clear on this, he growled You have no idea how badly I want to be inside you Standing up, lying down, taking you from behind All of it Right now Reading Passion Unleashed the 3rd book in the Demonica series gave me the pleasure of loosing myself once again in the magnificent and awesome world Larissa has created It s full of hot vampires, demons, werewolfs, fallen angels, shifters, slayers, and to sum it up everything you can imagin Re read from June 22nd 24th 2013 Let s be clear on this, he growled You have no idea how badly I want to be inside you Standing up, lying down, taking you from behind All of it Right now Reading Passion Unleashed the 3rd book in the Demonica series gave me the pleasure of loosing myself once again in the magnificent and awesome world Larissa has created It s full of hot vampires, demons, werewolfs, fallen angels, shifters, slayers, and to sum it up everything you can imagine and want in a book like this one Wraith has been poisoned by an assassin and the only cure is to obtain a charm from spunky, inquisitive, spirited, independent archaeologist Serena In order to do that he has to take Serena s virginity Even when he senses the cure is within his reach when she begins to surrender, he realizes something He s falling for someone who he needs to take away life from so he can save his own Dear Eidolon and Shade, as much as i loved you guys, i ll have to ditch you for Wraith Sorry But he s the one Larrisa Ione has a huge talent in writing Her books are always captivating, action packed and simply amazing Her characters are always awesome, kick ass and very likable You can easily visualize what s happening because of her well done description And you can get into the books with ease Why i loved Wraith Man There are so many reasons why i simply adored him First of all We know Wraith from book 1 2, and we know him for causing disaster everywhere he goes, for his tragic past, and generally for being a bad boy like no other His voice was low and rough What about you Do you like bad boys There s definitely appeal, she breathed Good, He bent and clipped her earlobe with his teeth Because they don t come badder than me With characters like Wraith, when their dark side breaks their surface, watch out, because only a very special woman is going to be able to peal back these layers and find the tenderness inside Wraith finds that special woman, but loving her comes with deadly consequences Why i loved Serena Serena isn t you typical virgin She is bad And i think that s what makes her and Wraith so perfect for each other She isn t afraid to be herself For example, she ain t gonna be drinkin tea or water when she wants whiskey just because she s in the presence of a hot guy That s my kinda girl And even if she s a virgin, she isn t one by choice If she could, she would have lost it ages ago Serena knows about sex, she hasn t got tons of experience like duhh but she isn t shy about it And we all know that with Wraith helping her out It won t be long until she ll become a sex goddess or something like that I d drop one hand to your waist, but i don t know if i could be patient enough to unbutton your pants, or if i d just rip them Either way, i d get in I d find that sweet place between your legs with my fingers, and i d play until we were both panting You d be wet and ready for me when i dropped to my knees and replaced my hand with my mouth I loved how Serena s kindness and enthusiasm brought the good in Wraith that was hidden somewhere underneath all that muscle wink He changed from being selfish and careless, to actually being thoughtful, protective and loving And i absolutely adored his development No It was because it was the first time I made love to anyone You can call me a liar or anything else, but do not doubt me on this And I swear to you that you were the first, and you will be the last The only thing that would make this book better was if we could readabout the previous characters and how they are doing e.g TaylaEidolon, RunaShade We did get glimpses of them, but for me it wasn t enough Overall Passion Unleashed was my first ever actuall re read, and guess what Wraith is definitely my favorite of the brothers, and his story is my fav as well There is a lotaction, humor and kick arsery And the ending was adorable like always I ll be re reading the 4th book next, and i recommend this series to everyone who hasn t read it yet All I ever had before you was nightmares But now I dream Because of you


  5. Julie (jjmachshev) Julie (jjmachshev) says:

    YES YES YES Excuse me, I m having a private moment I finished Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione and I must say that this is one series I m so very glad I m hooked on Her Demonica novels take place in an intricately built world, with enough differences from the raft of paranormals available to distinguish themselves The characters are NOT one dimensional caricatures of one creature or anotheroh no, Ione has a vast selection of characters with multi layered personalities on top of the YES YES YES Excuse me, I m having a private moment I finished Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione and I must say that this is one series I m so very glad I m hooked on Her Demonica novels take place in an intricately built world, with enough differences from the raft of paranormals available to distinguish themselves The characters are NOT one dimensional caricatures of one creature or anotheroh no, Ione has a vast selection of characters with multi layered personalities on top of the traits attributable to their species and these differences from the average urban fantasy or paranormal romance today are just a couple of the things that make her novels stand outs, IMHO In Passion Unleashed we finally get the story of Wraith, a sex demon who s gotta have it So have it he doesoften and with vigor He s the bad boy of the three brothers we ve read about so far and Ione certainly puts him to the test in his love story Wraith has been infected with a poison that has no antidote He s only got one chance to save his lifefind the Chosen virgin and deflower her Hey He s a sex demon no problem.Serena is one of the Chosen she holds a relic that would be pivotal in the event of Armageddon This same relic is all that protects her from an incurable disease she contracted at a young age So holding on to her virginity isn t really a choiceit s the only thing keeping her alive Good thing Armageddon isn t on the calendar, huh Ummm, hold that thought There s a fallen Angel turned renegade and he s after Serena s relic So the chaseI mean race, is on Oh, just onething The fallen Angel can TAKE the relic from Serena, but Wraith will have to seduce it from her But really, sex demon, no problem, right I don t mean to make this book sound like a light heated paranormal romance, because it s not Although there is muchhumor in this story than the previous two, it s still a nail biter of a suspense action novel And Ione doesn t let the action suspense overcome the love aspect either Both Wraith and Serena face life and death decisions that will affect not just themselves, but their friends, loved ones, and heckthe whole world No pressure.Others have reviewed Passion Unleashed and gone intodetail so I won t take up your time withwords What I will say is that if you like urban fantasy, spicy paranormal romance, action and suspense, drama, and hot supernatural creaturesRUN, don t walk, to your nearest bookstore and pick up this whole series


  6. DarienMoya DarienMoya says:

    I WANNA UNLEASH SOME PASSION ALRIGHT I know I am sounding like a broken record, but I am gonna say this again everyone needs to read this series I am just always surprised and excited when I get into one these books, seems like the last book is always a bit better than the previous This book, good gawd I was cheering, I cried, laughed, lost my pants all at the same time I call that a fantastic read.A little recap, this series is the Demonica series, and it revolves around a tight knit g I WANNA UNLEASH SOME PASSION ALRIGHT I know I am sounding like a broken record, but I am gonna say this again everyone needs to read this series I am just always surprised and excited when I get into one these books, seems like the last book is always a bit better than the previous This book, good gawd I was cheering, I cried, laughed, lost my pants all at the same time I call that a fantastic read.A little recap, this series is the Demonica series, and it revolves around a tight knit group of demons, the first three books have been about the sem bros seminus demons and they have been good We had Dr E, Shade and now we have Wraith, and Wraith is the bad boy, he does what he wants, kills whom he wants and has sex with anything that moves and is a demon Just a few simple rules, only females and no humans, he dislikes human females but his views are about to change, when the very species he hates, one will have the power to save his life.Wraith is the bad boy with the troubled past, he does everything for himself and don t give a damn about nobody Too bad, he can t turn of the feelings for his brothers because they are the only one who seems to care about him Trust comes a long way with Wraith, after the woman who birthed him kept him and tortured him, some mother she was Therefore, Wraith is all types of assholish due to the emotional and physical pain his mom put him through As a seminus demon, he is half vampire and he hates that part of himself, because vampires were responsible for the most painful days of his life So destroying a few vamps is never a bad thing for Wraith, but there are rules, vamps can t destroy their own kind but rules were meant to be broken Wraith breaks them and let me tell you he breaks them like a rockstar.When taking down a few bad vamps Wraith is attacked and infected a with a poison that there is no cure for, and will eventually shut down and kill his body in a matter of weeks Thus, begins the search for a cure and what will save his life is the very thing he would give up his life for Wraith needs to take a charm from a human female, that includes taking her virginity and this will not come easy but Wraith is up for the challenge because he don t give a fuck about no one WRONG He will come to care he will come to love a lot.Serena Kelley is charmed, translation she is protected by strong magic No harm can come to her only thing is this is only good if she remains a virgin That s tough when all you wanna do is get butt naked with a hottie, but getting sentimental this means no intimacy or love for Serena Only lover she has is her job, and when a most desired artifact is in reach, she makes her way to get it, she would have to meet Josh to receive a key and Josh is all kinds of heavenly with his face tats and blond hair Never realizing that the Josh she is meeting is Wraith in disguise Now every feeling is put on the test in close proximity to this walking Adonis It also seems some crazy man wants her virginity and charm to bring destruction to the world Good thing she has Josh Wraith , and all he wants is to get to know her and protect her.This book is a plethora of information and if I go on it will be review to long to read, but I can t go without talking about Wraith I noticed him from the first book, because he is such an ass but I was not in love with him Now, I am in love with him now he is the epitome of pure awesomeness He loves fierce like how he kills his heart is beautiful even though he can t say it through words I wanna be the Blob or a snake or something, so I can wrap myself around him and pull him into myself psychotic much he is bloody beautiful, he deserved every happiness he got andAlso, I am convinced Wraith is a little bit gay no matter if he says otherwise, every comment he said was a little bit gay He likes to talk about lubing up, calling someone daddy, what do you wanna kiss me, Wraith gay is definitely a very good thing.We got a little bit of everyone in this book, and all of Ione s characters is never a bad thing This woman can write and I want to live in her head I liked Serena and she was the ying to Wraith s yang I am just so happy about how much she loved him he deserved it The info around the charm was sweet and added something dynamite to the plot It is a showdown everyone, a kickasss showdown It has Angels, fallen angels, wolves, hot sex andhot sex with a dash of hot sex There is just so much that happens, I can t even think This series is A I am in love with everyone I am unsure of which bro is my fave is it Shade, is it Wraith I have no clue I will say I am up for some tag teaming and I don t care if I can t walk, move or breathe after It would be alright in my book.A BIG CHECK THIS SERIES OUT


  7. Kristen Kristen says:

    4 Stars I LOVED this couple Paranormal Romance Urban Fantasy


  8. Sophia Triad Sophia Triad says:

    The story of Wraith and Serena is a mixture of a paranormal romance Wraith is a vampire Seminus demon and an Indiana Jones archeological adventure Serena is an archeologist top adventurer treasure hunter.Wraith is the second brother of Eidolon His upbringing was really tough Thus, he has become emotional unstable, scarred inside, untrusting, badass And of course a man whore All Seminus demons are like that in order to survive.Serena has a secret since she was seven years old She used to The story of Wraith and Serena is a mixture of a paranormal romance Wraith is a vampire Seminus demon and an Indiana Jones archeological adventure Serena is an archeologist top adventurer treasure hunter.Wraith is the second brother of Eidolon His upbringing was really tough Thus, he has become emotional unstable, scarred inside, untrusting, badass And of course a man whore All Seminus demons are like that in order to survive.Serena has a secret since she was seven years old She used to be a kid on the verge of death until she was given a charm, Heofon, by an angel which made her kind of immortal Her immortality is connected to her virginity As long as she is untouched, the illness will not come back and she will live forever.Unfortunately bad boy Wraith sets his eyes on her, since he learned that he needs her charm in order to survive He has been poisoned by an assassin and his only survival is Serena s charm At the beginning, he will pose as her aid and he will help her with her adventures Innocent Serena will be fascinated by him and she will be tempted Seminus demons can be very persuasive and Wraith has also the advantage of visiting her dreams and making her see what she is missing But Wraith will also be captivated by her He will start finally caring for someone except himself Serena is going to have the final say But Wraith is so crazy in love with her that he will never let her die even if he has to bend some of his personal rules even if he has to begIt is great seeing the change in Wraith s personality It is awesome accompanying Wraith and Serena at their adventures It is interesting to understand what is Heofon and guess who will have it in the end.Note Gem Kynan s story occupies also a large proportion of the book Gemella Endri aka Gem is half demon and the sister of Tayla Kynan is one of the Aegis Elders Aegis is the demon hunters organization The development of their story will not be easy because Kynan is not fond of demons


  9. Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠ Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠ says:

    Ok, so 4 stars might be too high, but I m astounded that I didn t hate the main characters, nor did they do anything to annoy me See, astounding Story goes Wraith has been poisoned by an assassin with a poison to which there is no cure, except maybe this angelic charm worn by an Aegis human The catch, if you care about people, is removing the charm from this specific person equals death for the human Wraith is fine with that, until he meets the charmed human, Serena Serena is an adventurer Ok, so 4 stars might be too high, but I m astounded that I didn t hate the main characters, nor did they do anything to annoy me See, astounding Story goes Wraith has been poisoned by an assassin with a poison to which there is no cure, except maybe this angelic charm worn by an Aegis human The catch, if you care about people, is removing the charm from this specific person equals death for the human Wraith is fine with that, until he meets the charmed human, Serena Serena is an adventurer archeologist and wears a charm that makes her invulnerable kind of immortal The catch, she has to keep her purity to keep the charm, you know, the one keeping her from dying from an incurable disease Wraith was the badass, mouthy, pain in the ass, uncaring, emotionally scarred unhinged, brother He also hates humans and would be killing tons if the Vampire Council wouldn t punish him for it He invests himself in Serena s search for ancient objects and he finds himself actually liking her, a human It s interesting how kind and caring he is to her, all while protecting her from the multiple demons and villains coming after her Serena, she s fascinated by Wraith and his hotness, but can t ride that pony Instead she likes him for that other stuff, like his personality and good deeds They re sweet together They re also steamy together I liked this book because of the character evolution Wraith goes through, the very evil villain Byzamoth and his way with loopholes , the coming together of different factions, the whole adventure fueled plot, and the ending The end hoo rah was good and creative The addition of Lore and Kynan was nice Speaking of Kynan, the book is 80% Wraith s story, with the rest being Gem Kynan s story Now I utterly loathed Gem to the depths of Sheoul in the previous two books, but she wasn t as bad in this book I still loathe her and wish she d be a causality, but she was minusculely less annoying in this book Liked Kynan s part in the hoo rah and his ending


  10. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish says:

    Passion Unleashed is another entertaining, exciting installment to the Demonica series, and while I did liked it, I didn t love it.I thought the story itself was great Wraith has been poisoned and to save himself, he has to find a special charm, an amulet whose keeper is a human He not only has to take the item from her, but he also has to take her virginity Slight Spoiler view spoiler Now, if left at that, it sounds like a cheesy way to toss sex into the story, but it really worked for m Passion Unleashed is another entertaining, exciting installment to the Demonica series, and while I did liked it, I didn t love it.I thought the story itself was great Wraith has been poisoned and to save himself, he has to find a special charm, an amulet whose keeper is a human He not only has to take the item from her, but he also has to take her virginity Slight Spoiler view spoiler Now, if left at that, it sounds like a cheesy way to toss sex into the story, but it really worked for me because the real edginess and emotional angst of the story comes in because Wraith s brothers, Shade and Eidolin, are also affected, as well as UGH Underground General Hospital which is literally falling apart The three of them are closely tied to the hospital, their combined powers protecting the building and those within, but the closer Wraith come to dying, theunstable the building itself becomes,making it nearly impossible to treat patients and save lives And if that s not bad enough, if the keeper loses the amulet, she ll die a slow, painful death hide spoiler So how can Wraith possibly reconcile himself with what he has to do to stay alive and what will happen to the woman he s fallen in love with if he does I really enjoyed the ensuing dilemma, the drama, and the angst of the situation and thought the way it was all resolved was great Throughout the first two books, Pleasure Unbound and Desire Unchained, I saw Wraith as this incredibly tortured soul who was so far gone he was nearly beyond redemption Unfortunately, I didn t get that same feeling in his book Even though he was still rough and edgy, he seemed almost to be a watered down version of his earlier self I kept waiting for the WOW to kick in, but it didn t happen for me The heroine, Serena Kelley, wasn t someone I became totally invested in Don t get me wrong, I felt bad for what her life had become and was destined to remain, but for a character as a whole, I just didn t connect on a truly deep level with her and I can t put my finger on why.I was expecting this to be a five star read, but unfortunately it didn t reach that level for me I m giving Passion Unleashed three stars because while I loved the storyline itself, I feel like almost anyone could have stepped into the role of hero and heroine.I m looking forward to reading the next book in this series