Review: Base Instincts (Demonica, #11.7) by Larissa Ione

September 18, 2015 Review 9

Review: Base Instincts (Demonica, #11.7) by Larissa Ione

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.

Title: Base Instincts
Author: Larissa Ione
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Bound by Night, Vampire Fight Club
Series: Demonica
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Vampire Fight Club
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: September 14, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 131
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Amazon

Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames

When someone asks what my favorite paranormal romance series is I alway mention Larissa Ione’s Demonica series as one of the my top five favorites. I don’t read nearly as many paranormal romances as I once did. When I saw that there was a new one coming out and that it would be a male male romance I knew I just had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. Nothing shocking here but I absolutely loved it.

Having read the other Demonica books I knew what to expect out of the Seminus demon. Raze has to have lots of sex to survive. That sex has to be had with a female. Raze does what he has to do to survive but all he really wants is to feel the connection and passion that can only be experienced with a lover, a male lover. He’s resigned himself to life of emotionless sex with a woman who is simply helping him survive. Raze’s story screams heartbreak and I had to know how Ione was going to see him get his happily ever after. I love how she made it work. Slake bought something new and interesting to the series.

Find the target, apprehend them, and turn them over to his boss. That is Slake’s job. It has been his job for a long time. It is a job that he has excelled at. It is also the one thing that allows him to keep his soul. His last job though has turned out to be anything but typical. He’s found the female he is supposed to take into custody. Slake can’t seem to take his mind off of her very sexy friend long enough to care why he is supposed to be nabbing her. He wants Raze in a way that he has wanted no other before. Putting job, species, and logistics of how to make the impossible work aside Slake and Raze may have found something they never thought existed.

Base Instincts easily works as a stand-alone. There are a few characters from the Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series that have some small roles here but nothing that would allow a reader to get lost in an world they have never read.

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Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to be on the Base Instincts blog tour. Raze and Slake’s story was a labor of love for me, and while theirs isn’t the first m/m story I’ve written, it’s a first for the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series. If you’re curious about how it all started, be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win the first two books set in the Demonica/LOD universe, and for more information, head on over to!

About Larissa Ione:

Larissa Ione is an award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran and former EMT, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion for writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of champagne chilling in the fridge . . . just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her US Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.




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9 Responses to “Review: Base Instincts (Demonica, #11.7) by Larissa Ione”

  1. Larissa Ione

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Base Instincts! I’m glad you loved it, and I’m so happy you’re taking part in the blog tour! Thank you!

  2. H.B.

    Sounds like a great read. Thank you for the review =)

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  3. June M.

    I flove this series so much!!! Larissa Ione is a great author and I am so glad that I saw so many recommendations for the Demonica series on different blogs. It is an automatic buy for me now 🙂
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  4. Carolyn

    Happy to see this great review, Vanessa! Thank you.

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

  5. Melanie Simmons (

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I’m so behind on reading. I need more time. This one will be on my list very, very soon because I love the Demonica series. Great review.