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Book Review: Bond of Passion: A Demonica Novella by Larissa Ione + excerpt

by Larissa Ione
Nov 1, 2022
She’s back from the dead and looking for vengeance.

Bond of Passion, an enthralling second-chance paranormal romance novella in the Demonica series from New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione is out now!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione returns with a new story in her Demonica series…

He was an assassin. She was his lover.
And his victim.
Now, years later, she’s back from the dead and looking for vengeance.

Thanks to an unexpected and fortuitous disaster, Tavin’s contract with the underworld’s Assassin Guild was broken decades early. But instead of freedom, he’s suffocated by guilt and regret. In many ways, he’s more trapped than he was before. In an attempt to numb his pain, he works at Underworld General Hospital, saving people instead of killing them. But nothing can diminish the memory of assassinating the female he loved…not even the knowledge that he’d done it to spare her an even worse fate.

Deja remembers all of her dozens of former lives, and she knows that she only found love in one of them…until her lover murdered her. As a soul locked inside the nightmarish boundaries of demon hell, she stewed in hatred until a single, fateful event gave her one more shot at life.
And at revenge.

Now another specter from the past is threatening them both. Can two damaged people overcome their history to save not only themselves, but a second chance at love?

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Bond of Passion by Larissa Ione is the latest novella in Larissa's very entertaining Demonica saga. I've enjoyed every single edition to this world and this one is certainly just adding to the overall love for the world she created.

So vividly written, with such planned out care and thoughtfulness. The variety of characters each feel real, they have life that's lived on these pages and stories that each one touch you in some way. Or damn if you don't wish they would touch you in some kind of way! Freaking MEOW these alpha men and women are so hot!

Romance is done right in this series. This key ingredient just adds to the overall warmth of the book and I loved it.

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Keep reading for a look inside Bond of Passion!
“Hey.” Lore jabbed him in the ribs with his elbow. “You’re being eye-fucked. Check your two o’clock.”

Tavin glanced over at the buffet table, where two of the hospital’s cafeteria workers were volunteering. Evi, a curvy brunette lion shifter in a scarlet bikini, gave him a sultry smile and a flirty wave. Next to her, Churla, a fangy, pointy-eared succubus who looked too much like a Neethul for comfort, flicked her forked tongue at him in a way that made it clear what she wanted to use it for.

He nodded in acknowledgment but didn’t offer any encouragement. He’d hooked up with Evi a couple of times, but he wasn’t in the mood right now. As for Churla? Yeah, no. Her platinum hair and pale, iridescent skin reminded him of someone he didn’t deserve to think about.

Tavin turned back to his friend. “It still freaks me out to see Tier-Five demons working at UG.”

“That’s kind of the assassin calling the executioner a killer, isn’t it?” At Tavin’s reluctant shrug, Lore continued. “Why are you working there, anyway? You used to kill people for a living.”

“So did you,” Tavin pointed out. “But now you’re working in the same hospital I am.”

“Yeah, but I work in the morgue. The people I have to deal with are mostly dead.”

Tavin grinned. “Only mostly dead? Not all the way dead?”


“The Princess Bride?” Tavin prompted. “It’s a reference. Your dead people are only mostly dead?” When Lore stared at him as if he’d lost his mind, he shook his head. “The movie is a classic, man. Watch it sometime.”

“You sound like Wraith,” Lore said flatly. “Always talking about movies. And you didn’t answer the question. After the Horsemen destroyed the slave and assassin bonds, you were free. You could have done anything. Why did you decide to save lives?”

Tavin watched a hellhound block one of the kids from going into the water. When he tried to run around the hound, the big beast picked up the boy by the seat of his swim trunks and plopped him down near a group of adults. Damn. They were great babysitters.

When Tavin looked back at Lore, he saw the guy was waiting for an answer. “I decided to save lives because I have red in my ledger.”

“For real? You keep a ledger?”

“Dude, seriously? The Avengers? Black Widow? Watch a movie someday.”

“I have a kid. I don’t have time for movies that aren’t animated.”

About Larissa Ione:
Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career in meteorology to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award. 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 retired U.S. Coast Guard husband, her son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhounds, a King Shepherd named Hexe and a Belgian Malinois named Duvel.

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