Base Instincts, A Demonica Story, Larissa Ione

Base Instincts, A Demonica Story,  Larissa Ione


Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews


Genre:  GLBTQIA, Sci-fi and Fantasy

I’ve read and enjoyed  a few of Larissa’s novels now, and in fact bought and read some of the early Demonica novels, but somehow I lost track of the series. I recall enough though to be able to follow this story easily. Its a stand alone, complete novella, though links in to the other series and we meet characters from them.

It was a fun read, but didn’t for me have the depth of the other stories. Everything was just that bit too convenient and the solutions to the very real problems faced seemed to be some rather slick, fortunately advantageous side effects of the type of person/creature each of them were. I like the struggle, the search for answers using abilities we already know about, and when its done as it is here it doesn’t give me that same feeling of satisfaction when all works out. Its a clever book, with some genuine emotion and issues ( even the demon groups have bigotry problems), but for me the opportune fixes discovered were too much to believe in. Even in fantasy I have to believe that if things were real the solutions would work that way, I need the struggle, the brainstorming for answers, the feeling that things might be beyond help, and here it didn’t work that way for me.

If you’re looking for a fun, light and sexy paranormal this is great, but if like me you want more depth, more struggle and drama then you’ll found that the main series provides it and this one is just a light addition..


Stars: 3.5/4, a good read but a bit too slick for a great one.

ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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