Author: Larissa Ione
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 150 Pages
At a Glance: Larissa Ione has once again turned our ideas of good and evil on an axis and challenged our thinking about what love means.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: As a Seminus demon, Raze’s life literally depends on having sex with females. The problem is that he doesn’t desire females, and it’s physically impossible for him to be with males. Thankfully, he and his best friend, Fayle, have an arrangement that keeps him alive . . . if lonely. He finds some solace in his work as a medic at Thirst, a vampire club known for its rough clientele. But his carefully structured world turns upside down when he meets a mysterious male who makes him want what he can never have.
Slake is an assassin used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is Raze. But he also wants to earn back the soul he sold when he was a much different demon. All he has to do is capture a runaway succubus named Fayle and hand her over to her family. What he doesn’t count on is being caught himself by a web of lies—and his attraction to Raze.
Raze and Slake must navigate a dangerous world to be together. But as Fayle’s jealousy of their relationship turns deadly, they find themselves embroiled in a battle not only for their love, but their lives and souls.
Review: Raze is a Seminus demon – which means he has to have sex to survive – but only with females. For a gay male this can be extremely hard. He has lived a solitary existence inside his own hell, forming a relationship with a succubus named Fayle, who feeds off his sexual energy as much as he uses her for the sexual release. But Fayle is not all she seems, and she keeps Raze tethered to her for her own selfish desires, never letting Raze form friendships or stay in one place for long.
Slake is a Duosos class of demon. Beginning life as a female, when he came of age he chose to undergo a spiritual ritual which changed his physical body into a male. Female Duosos demons are essentially slaves, and that was something that Slake could never be. Unfortunately for him – his rebirth did not change his desire for males. Knowing he would be dead shortly, he escaped his clan and has been on his own ever since. Charged with bringing Fayle back to her family, he never expected to be faced with Raze and the attraction they feel for each other.
If you have never read a M/M novel before, then Base Instincts is for you, especially if you love Larissa Ione’s Demonica universe. This book has cameo appearances with characters from Underworld General and frankly, Revenant steals the show. The forward to this book says that it is, “For the rule-breakers. Life, like imagination, has no limits, so find the loopholes and write your story the way YOU want it to go.” This is what Larissa Ione has done with Raze and Slake. The Demonica Series begins with Pleasure Unbound and has two installments in the 1001 Dark Nights novellas also. Base Instincts is a story written within this series of novels and is the only M/M addition so far.
I highly recommend Larissa Ione. She is an auto-buy for me and this story is no different. I highly recommend this book and this series—the writing is sharp and the characters are so well done, and the men are always wicked hot!
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