Sin Undone – Larissa Ione
HER TOUCH IS DEADLY
As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.
HIS HUNGER CAN’T BE DENIED
Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, Ione’s Demonica series is one of my favourites. Between this series, Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark and Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld my 20+ year old love affair with vampires has finally lost some of its shine. Vamps have been bumped to the number two spot in my heart, only to be replaced by Demons at the top of the list.
Sin Undone represents the fifth and final book of the Demonica series and I found it to be a bitter-sweet read. As much as I love these books and tend to devour them in reading marathons that didn’t happen this time. The reading pace was spread out over a couple of days, in part because I knew that when I finished the book it would mark the official end of the series and I was in no hurry to have that happen. The other aspect of Sin Undone that slowed my reading pace was the increased emotional element of the story versus the previous four books.
Like its predecessors, Sin Undone is a hot, sexy read, but the tension level between the lead characters was ratcheted up a notch as both Sin and Conall fought not only their own feelings but each other as their relationship progressed and grew. It was almost impossible not to feel Sin’s torment and pain and I am not sure if this was because I could identify with a female protagonist more so than the males or if it was because her character is even tougher than that of her brothers and her pain that much deeper. At any rate, there were times near the end of the book that I found myself on the verge of tears and that emotional connection did not occur with the previous books in the series.
Tension and emotional angst aside, Ione still managed a good balance of witty light-hearted moments as well. A few of my favourites include –
Sin rose to her feet, her blue-black hair swishing angrily around her waist. “I don’t let anyone fang me.”
You let me, you little liar. Hot, little liar. Man, Con wanted to call her out on exactly how she’d let him, but at least two of her brothers in the room were a little on the overprotective side, and the other didn’t need an excuse to kill things. Come to think of it, none of them needed an excuse.
She shifted on the bed, the seductive rasp of her tight leather pants against the sheets making his cock twitch. Con might not like her, but his dick wasn’t so judgemental.
“One of Bantazar’s assassins hit you with an exomangler,” Lore said. “He’s dead.”
“A lot dead,” Wraith snorted and high-fived Lore. “Massive deadness.”
“So, what happened to Lycus? Where is he?”
Wraith snorted. “Between a Chevette and a Mustang. And on the hood of a Thunderbird. And all over the grille of a –“
“Got it,” she said, holding up her hand.
As much as I regret the end of the Demonica series I am looking forward to the upcoming Lords of Deliverance series, scheduled for a March 1st 2011 release, as Ione promises that our favourite Seminus demons and their loved ones live on to play rolls in the new series as well. Thank goodness too, because I am just not ready to say goodbye to the Seminus siblings or a particular vampire who reminds me of my first paranormal love. I rate Sin Undone 5 out of 5 Bites.
September 4th, 2010 at 11:40 am