Title: Desire Unchained
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica #2
When Shade wakes up in a dungeon chained next to his previous girlfriend Runa, he realizes that she is no longer human and they have been captured by the Ghouls, a blackmarket demon organ harvesting organization. Shade quickly realizes that Runa is no longer the shy and sweet girl he used to know and this new version quickly threatens his bachelorhood.
This was a good sequel to the first book. We get a little more in-depth look at the demon world, the creatures within it, and the Ghouls organization. This focuses on who the leader of the Ghouls is and what his objective has been with this organization. The Seminus brothers definitely were not expecting the reveal and each reacted differently to the news.
I liked Shade and Runa as a couple. Shade became very protective of Runa, which worked out for Runa because she has craved that protection. While I do like Shade overall, I didn’t love how he cheated on her when she was human. I do feel that he becomes a better person after meeting Runa though. Runa really changed after being turned into a Warg. She is no longer shy and submissive. She doesn’t let Shade push her around or hide from his feelings. She is direct and is constantly challenging him, which is what he needs.
These two did bring a lot of baggage to their relationship though. Shade is dealing with the curse on him and his drive to help women relieve their guilt. Runa has childhood trauma from an abusive father and neglectful mother. This book focuses a lot on Gem and Kynan, which I really enjoyed and it kind of stole the spotlight away from Shade and Runa. I really can’t wait to get to their story.
Overall, this was a good sequel and a good couple. I can’t wait to pick up the next book because its Wrath’s, and I love a damaged bad boy hero.
Trigger warnings: kidnapping, death of a sibling, abusive and alcoholic father, suicide of a parent, cheating
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