Hades by Larissa Ione

Hades by Larissa Ione

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Series: 1001 Dark Nights #18, Lords of Deliverance #6.5, Demonica #11.5
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Evil Eye Concepts
Released on May 26, 2015
Pages: 155
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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Leave it to Larissa Ione to take the big bad guys and turn them into sexy, alpha men in love. Yep, sexy, hot, and oh so baaaaddddd! With every character she writes though, there isn’t a line you don’t cross. Everyone has good and everyone has bad and the grey stuff between the two is where her characters mostly reside.

Cataclysm is kind of lucky to be in Sheoul-gra, a realm independent from Sheoul (Hell) that the Grim Reaper aka Azagoth runs. Within Sheoul-gra is the Inner Sanctum where demon souls kind of hang out to be tortured by Hades until they are reborn. Azagoth still is a pretty mean fellow even though he as a new love in his life, Lilliana. Cataclysm is a fallen angel that hasn’t become a true fallen angel by going to Sheoul, or having a demon drag her there. So Azagoth is kind of her savior as well as her boss. While he isn’t cruel he doesn’t always give her the best of jobs. So when Azagoth gets a little carried away with his job, he sets Cataclysm to clean up the mess, which inadvertently trips up the secret door that allows demons in the Inner Sanctum to escape Hades torture. Oh, yeah, Hades the hunky man she can’t seem to get over, but knows will never happen.

Hades had a lot of names. Lord of the Dead. Keeper of Souls. Jailor of the Baddies. Asshole.

Ione, Larissa (2015-05-26). Hades: A Demonica Novella (1001 Dark Nights) (p. 23). Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated. Kindle Edition.

Hades pretty much isn’t afraid of anything. He’s sexy, unrepentant, and loves to torture demons. What’s not to like about Hades. Ummm except Azagoth. Hades did something to Azagoth and now Azagoth owns Hades ass for eternity. So while he lusts after Cataclysm, she is off limits to him. Like he can’t even look her ay or Azagoth will skin him alive or worse. When the demons start to hunt something/someone, Hades is in a race to get to it first or there is going to be a can of whoop ass released on Earth.

What I love about Larissa Ione’s writing is the snarky wit that comes from a crisis that no one wants to be involved. Even in the worst of situations, and damn this woman thinks up some bad situations, she keeps the hope alive, the comedy flowing and agruesomeness that keeps me engaged. I said it, gruesomeness! Someone gets gutted, smashed or filleted and I go about continuing to read like this happens every day. I am sick…I know it, but I blame Ione!

Along with all the violence, you get lusty romance that takes not prisoners. Roughly, taken is the best descriptor.

Closing her eyes, she inhaled. “Like I want to climb your body like a tree so you can wrap yourself around me.”

Hot…damn. He wasn’t sure if the rum had gone to her head or if she was affected by his inner evil, but what she’d said made him want desperately to play giant oak for her so she could do whatever she wanted with his hardwood.

Giant oak. Hardwood. Man, he cracked himself up sometimes.

Ione, Larissa (2015-05-26). Hades: A Demonica Novella (1001 Dark Nights) (p. 65). Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated. Kindle Edition.

There is no modesty and at one point there is a reading of bad porn that had me laughing so hard and gagging at the same time. Leave it to Ione to do both to me at the same time.

It’s a quick story and while it references past characters and story lines that might confuse those who haven’t read any of this series. Even if you have, it can sometimes be confusing, but who cares….it’s Hell! I highly recommend you start reading Larissa Ione. You will thank me in the end or curse me to Sheoul!

About Larissa Ione

A former meteorologist and EMT, Air Force veteran Larissa Ione now gets her daily dose of excitement from vampires, werewolves, demons, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. She lives in wintery Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat, and her hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!


  1. Oh Shari I LOVE the fab Ms. Ione ever since her Demonica series wayyy back when 🙂 thanks for bringing this to my attention, grrrr!

    1. Thank you! The porn was awful, but it was intended to be that and make you laugh. Ione does a great job of writing the big bad guys as funny, lovable alphas!

    1. She put them all in the Demonica series and can be read in order of when they are released. Lots of cross overs.