Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Book Review & Release Day Launch: Hawkyn by Larissa Ione


 From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione, comes HAWKYN, a passionate and spellbinding novella from the Demonica Underworld Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Grab your copy today!

Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica Underworld #5, Demonica #11.5, 1001 Dark Nights #77
Audience: +18
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts
Release Date: February 27th 2018
My Rating: 5 Cups
Source: InkSlinger PR
Blurb (from Goodreads):


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione comes a new story in her Demonica Underworld series…

As a special class of earthbound guardian angel called Memitim, Hawkyn is charged with protecting those whose lives are woven into the fabric of the future. His success is legendary, so when he’s given a serial killer to watch over, he sees no reason for that to change. But Hawkyn’s own future is jeopardized after he breaks the rules and rescues a beautiful woman from the killer’s clutches, setting off an explosive, demonic game of cat and mouse that pits brother against brother and that won’t end until someone dies.

Aurora Mercer is the half-wytch lone survivor of a psychopath who gets off on the sadistic torture of his victims. A psychopath whose obsessive psyche won’t let him move on until he kills her. Now she’s marked for death, her fate tied to that of a murderer…and to a sexy angel who makes her blood burn with desire… 

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*Disclaimer: I received an eARC from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

If I had to sum up my feelings in one word, just one, I'd use shock. Shocked doesn't even begin to describe how I'm feeling right now. It's a good shock, but still shock.

This book tells the story of Hawkyn and Aurora as they learn to embrace their fates. Hawkyn gets the surprise of his life, while Aurora comes to terms with the fact that no matter how hard she tries, she'll never be human. Hawkyn is a Memitim, a special type of not-yet-full-angel that is in charge of protecting people whose actions have the power to change humanity. And his current charge is a very important person. Hawkyn has doubts about his Primori and he is willing to do anything to protect Aurora, even jeopardize his entire future. I liked that Hawkyn isn't as jaded and closed-off as his fellow Memitim brothers and sisters. While some try to distance themselves from their charges, Hawkyn tries to know the people he's in charge of protecting, which in this care lands him in some trouble. Or does it? The surprise and shock of his story lie in the uncertainty of how his decision to protect Aurora influenced fate. I liked that uncertainty and it's always a great experience seeing how Ione plays with double meanings, uncertainty and with giving hints and clues without actually giving away anything.

Aurora is a very interesting character. She's a new type of supernatural within this world. I don't think I remember anything about her type being mentioned in the past. This makes me curious if in the future we'll see more of her species as well as learn more about their powers. Aurora doesn't hate her abilities, but she doesn't really try to learn how to properly use them either. She is trying to live her life as a regular human. Unfortunately for her, that doesn't go according to plans and she ends up being kidnapped by a serial killer. Her will to survive is pretty impressive, and I wonder what would have happened with her had Hawkyn not interfered.

While this is all happening, there's some interesting developments within the Underworld, namely with Azagoth. He is going through some things with his life, and he is still struggling with these strange things called emotions. He doesn't know how to deal with feeling something other than boredom, so he lashes out. What follows is slightly heartbreaking, but it's just one of those things that had to happen, and now I'm curious to see how he will deal with everything and how he will use this situation he finds himself in to his advantage.

As always, Larissa Ione promises a great story and delivers on it. I'm very excited for the future of the Demonica world, and I cannot wait to see what story comes next.

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The best thing about grocery shopping at midnight was that the stores were relatively quiet. As someone sensitive to life-force energy, Aurora Mercer liked that.

But sometimes the lack of activity wasn’t a good thing.

Like now, as she walked her groceries out to her car. Fog common to Portland, Oregon in the fall had rolled in, obscuring everything farther than about forty feet out. She’d parked her dark blue Mercedes close to the building and under a light, but as she opened the rear door she was unnerved to see a black van pull next to her, blocking her faint view of the store—and blocking employee views of her.

The van’s windows were blacked out.

She laughed nervously. It was probably nothing. Serial killers didn’t drive anything so obvious, right?


Still, she picked up her pace, not caring that she was all but throwing her groceries in the back seat and food was spilling everywhere. She could salvage the cherries on the floor when she got home, and raspberry juice stains on cream leather wouldn’t look that bad.

Not as bad as blood.

She finished and slammed the door closed. But shit...the cart corral was several stalls away. Her heart started racing at the thought of getting that far from her car and the light. Screw it, she could leave the cart here. She hated when people did that, but avoiding death was as good an excuse as any to be lazy.

Hastily she pushed the cart in front of her car, secured it over a concrete tire block—

“Fog’s bad, isn’t it?”

She spun around with a startled yelp. An attractive man, maybe six-four with a

Celtic cross tattoo on his neck, stood between her and her driver side door. How had he gotten there so fast?

Stay calm.

Easier said than done, but she’d give it a shot. “Excuse me,” she said firmly. “I’m in a hurry.”

He didn’t budge. “I’m sure you are.”

As casually as she could, she reached into her purse for her keys and the attached canister of pepper spray, but as she fished around she realized she’d left them on her back seat. Her heart skipped a beat and then pounded so fast and hard she could feel it in her ears.

Deep breaths. You don’t have your pepper spray, but you aren’t weaponless.

The man smiled as if he knew she’d come up empty of pepper spray and was happy about it. “Problem? Something I can help you with?”

“No. Thank you.” She dredged up a smile of her own and prayed it looked genuine and not like she was scared out of her mind. “If you’ll step aside, I’ll just go—”

She broke off as, out of the corner of her eye, she detected movement. Another man-shaped shadow stepped out of the fog behind the van, and her throat constricted with terror.

About Larissa Ione: Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of 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 U.S. 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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