Base Instincts (Demonica #11.7)

Author: Larissa Ione

Publisher: Riptide Publications

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links: Riptide & Amazon

Type: Short Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher


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: Slake has to find Fayle. His very soul depends on it. As luck would have it an incredibly sexy man is a known associate of Fayle’s. It’s win win! Raze cannot let himself be attracted to the sexy guy he kissed in the alley. As a Seminus demon he’ll have to have sex with a woman or have a woman present with him and the sexy guy unless he wants to be driven crazy and achieve a painful death. Seminus biology is not kind. What appears to be a terrorist attack brings Slake and Raze together. Fayle extends a momentary courtesy to make it work, but she’s not pleased. Fayle is not pleased at all. Fayle does a bad thing, but it leads to a fascinating discovery. It seems that Raze’s problems are solved, but now Slake has to get Fayle and save his soul. That ends up involving some high powered political machinations.

I’ve read so many of the books from the Demonica series. Reading this was like hanging out with an old friend. Then, about halfway through the book I remembered why I stopped hanging out with that friend. And basically I stopped hanging out because the stories tend to feel a little contrived and tend to have a deus ex machina ending. Although for this series I feel I should call it a demon ex machina ending. However, the good parts of the friendship, the fun world building and an entertaining cast of characters, are all there.

This book was shorter than previous books in the series and didn’t have a plot upon which the fate of all mankind and demonkind hinged. It’s easy to pick this one up if you’ve never read any of the previous books, although it was nice seeing Eidolon’s very Eidolon responses and Wraith will forever be a dick. Also, if you’re just not interested in reading this couple you won’t be left wondering what major events you’re missing out on. However, it was the lack of a major multi-realm potential catastrophe that exposed what I felt were the weaknesses in this book. I had nothing to distract me from two guys who can only really work with each other and what should have been a dead end being changed by introducing a bigger and badder character out of thin air. I was left frustrated.

If you love the Demonica books beyond all reason pick this up. It’s very Demonica and as such, a fun read.

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