Unlike the first Demonica book, the hero and heroine in Desire Unchained have a history. Shade dated the human Runa for about a month. You read about this briefly in Pleasure Unbound. Until she caught him. And they broke up. Upon leaving his place she was attacked and is now a werewolf.
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Beneath his palms, cracked ribs grated with each downward stroke. One—one thousand, crunch. Two—one thousand, crunch. Three—one thousand, crunch. Four—one thousand, crunch. Panting, he ceased CPR and sat back on his heels on the filth-strewn floor of the abandoned brewery. His arms trembled from exertion, and his stethoscope hung heavily around his neck. He ground his teeth as he looked into the glassy eyes of his deceased patient.
The vic was just a kid. Fourteen, maybe. The telltale birthmark of a true shifter, a red, star-shaped mole behind the left ear, had barely formed. Nearby, the two False Angels who had called in the report to the hospital stood, their sweet, virginal appearances belied by the sinister glint in their eyes. One of the angel impostors shook her head, her golden hair swishing against her white gown.
The other False Angel smiled. He was exhausted, angry, and damned sick of the newest rash of demon mutilations. It had been going on since time began, but few cared. Most were too far gone. Or dead. Skulk holstered her radio and dug through the jump bag for a fresh pair of gloves. They were in a quiet part of New York City, a formerly industrialized area that had been abandoned during Prohibition and was only now starting to build up again as a residential neighborhood.
Pain rolled up from the epicenter, spreading through his body until the tsunami of agony slammed him backward in his seat.
What is it? His knees hit the pavement with a crack he heard through the roar of blood in his ears. Doubled over, he wrapped his arms around his gut. Blackness engulfed his vision, his brain. One of his brothers was dead. Gods, who? Struggling for each breath, he felt for the weaker connection with Eidolon, but again, nothing.
In the background, he heard Skulk talking on her cell phone with Solice, the on-duty triage nurse at the hospital. I need to know. She knelt next to him. They refused to go with Roag. Not a shock. No Seminus in his right mind would step inside a demon pub where female lust could hold you prisoner for days, or worse, send you to your death at the claw-end of a jealous male.
But then, Roag had never been in his right mind. Shade groaned, swallowed sickly. Gradually, a pinpoint of light pierced the darkness. Thank the gods. Relief made his shoulders sag, but only for a second.
Blindly, he reached out with his hand as though he could touch his brother. Skulk caught his arm, twined her fingers through his.
Not if E was dead. Shit, he was the brother who kept them all level, who kept Roag in line and Wraith alive. Seminus demons were connected to all their brothers, and when one died, he took a chunk of his surviving siblings with him. Thirty-seven deaths later, Shade felt like a colander.
As much as he hated to admit it, the world was now a better place. It had been at least two decades since Shade had awakened on a strange floor, hung over and without a clue to his whereabouts. The heavy weight of a manacle around his wrist and the sound of a rattling chain made him smile. Wake up. Groaning, he rolled onto his back, wincing at the dull ache pounding against the back of his skull. Climb on. Long, caramel brown hair that felt like the softest silk on his chest, abs, thighs, as she kissed her way down his body.
Full, sensual lips that had curved into wicked smiles worthy of his wildest dreams, pale champagne eyes that complemented smooth, golden skin that had melted like brown sugar under his tongue. Not since the night she ran away and fell off the face of the earth. Why am I here? Where are we? Something dripped incessantly, straw littered the floor, and candles burned in iron sconces on the stone walls. We seem to have four captors … at least, four different demons have been down here to feed us.
They call themselves Keepers. There are a few others in cells. The Keepers take out some and bring others in. For the first time, Shade looked down at himself, saw the heavy chains connected to his left wrist and ankle. Runa was secured to the opposite wall with a manacle around her right ankle. She looked different than he remembered, too.
But now … holy hot. His mouth. And this line of thinking was doing nothing but making him hard in an extremely inappropriate situation. He shook his head, trying to loosen the congestion that had jammed up his thoughts and memories. Last night … last night … what had he been doing? Wait … he was wearing his paramedic uniform. He remembered going to work, checking in with Eidolon, and getting into a scuffle with Wraith.
Their newest doc, a human named Kynan, had broken it up by dousing them both with a bag of saline. Shade and Skulk had gone out on a call, an injured vamp at a New York meat packing facility. His heart thundered like a trip-hammer.
Casey: Ryder Slater Brothers 4 E. Robb: Immortal in Death In Death 3 Copyrights by their respective owners and their use is allowed under the fair use clause of the Copyright Law. Shade did. Too many calls ended like that lately. Deadness due to organ removal.
Awareness sifted through him. He was safe. Blinked at the blurry face peering down at him. Blinked again. Pardon me while I pass out from shock. Runa snorted. Then again, as a Seminus demon, he was pretty much always hard.
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Desire Unchained (Demonica #2) by Larissa Ione
Desire Unchained , previously named Shadow Lover , written by Larissa Ione , is the second installment in the Demonica series. Runa Wagner never meant to fall in love with the sexy stranger who seemed to know her every deepest desire. Now, determined to make Shade pay for the transformation that haunts her, Runa searches for him, only to be taken prisoner by his darkest enemy. But when he wakes up in a dank dungeon chained next to an enraged and mysteriously powerful Runa, he realizes that her effect on him is more dangerous than ever. Shade ignored his partner and crunched another series of compressions into the shapeshifter's chest. Beneath his palms, cracked ribs grated with each downward stroke.
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Added by 34 of our members. Pleasure is their ultimate weapon. Runa Wagner never meant to fall in love with the sexy stranger who seemed to know her every deepest desire. But she couldn't resist the unbelievable passion that burned between them, a passion that died when she discovered his betrayal and found herself forever changed.