Review: Base Instincts by Larissa Ione

base instinctsReviewed by Jen

As a longtime fan of Larissa Ione’s Demonica series, I was so excited to learn she was turning her considerable sexy-time talents to the m/m arena. Every single book I have read from her has burned up the pages and this novella is no exception. It’s super-hot. Not only that, but it ties in elements from this fabulously built world, along with characters and storylines we’ve come to know and love.

Raze is a medic at Underworld General and he is a Seminus demon. A gay Seminus demon. That’s a problem because his biology requires him to have sex daily and he needs a woman to reach completion. Without feeding his need, he’ll suffer and die. Thankfully, he has Fayle, a succubus partner who gives him a steady source of sexual contact, without any expectation of more.

Slake is a bounty hunter whose very soul depends on bringing Fayle in to his boss. At first, Raze is just a means to an end, but very quickly Slake sees him as something more. He wants him more than he should and he decides to go after what he wants. The attraction is definitely mutual, but the rules of biology are working against them… and so is Slake’s mission.

Ione’s trademark sexual fire is in full force. The tension between Raze and Slake is fantastic, and when these two hit the sheets, it’s explosive. The emotion connection between them isn’t quite as strong, as is often a challenge with novellas. But there is a believable emotional component in that these are two men who never thought they would –or even could– find love.

I was very curious as to how Ione would breach the very real barrier to the HEA for these two. I have to say her solution was quite elegant.

As always with this series, the worldbuilding is fascinating, though not nearly as dense as it is in the full length novels. It’s just enough to please fans, without confusing new readers. A short, sexy and satisfying story.

Rating: B

*ARC provided by publisher

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Base Instincts
by Larissa Ione
Release Date: September 12, 2015
Publisher: Riptide


  1. I love an awesome world building, its a shame that i still have not read her books

  2. I can’t wait to get to this book. I think I might have to pick it up next. I love the Demonica series.

  3. I was impressed how the author managed to stick to her mythology and world building while making this romance happen. I really enjoyed the book.

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