Base Instincts by Larissa Ione ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

BaseInstincts-AudioCoverTitle: Base Instincts

Author: Larissa Ione

Narrator: Dorian Bane

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 04/04/2016

Length: 05 hours 03 minutes

Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Gay Romance, Paranormal


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.

Story Review:

I did not realize this was part of a series until after I read it, so this one can totally be read as a stand alone. However, now that I know this is part of a series, I am most definitely going back and reading from the beginning to see if it enhances my enjoyment of this story. I also and going to read it because i just really need more of this world.

That being said OMG Raze and Slake were HOT. This world was dark, dangerous, and HOT. My favorite part of this audiobook was learning about Underworld, and Seminus Demons, and the pseudo transgender quality of Slake’s species. I want to know more about the various demonic species, the underworld structure, and the way the various demons interact. It was so dark and evil and yet not. I have got to read more.

I also hope to see more from these men and more about Slake’s new job. I hope their story is not just a one off never to be seen again. The way these men were together and how they ended up being perfect for each other was well done. However, I DO wish more time would have been devoted to the relationship development. This story was only a novella and I think it was a disservice to the reader that the relationship was almost an afterthought. Yes, there was sex, but where was the connection? The understanding the reader needed to know why things went from biological need to longing and love? I would not remove anything in this novella at all, but I would have loved more out of this relationship.

However, even with that niggle of annoyance, I enjoyed the hell out of this novella. It pulled me into this world and I am hooked.

Narration Review:

OMG! Dorian Bane’s voice was sooo HOT. It was perfect for this story, all low and growly when it needed to be. Yum. I have liked his voice in other narrations but he NAILED this one.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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One thought on “Base Instincts by Larissa Ione ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

  1. Hi. I just wanted to thank PizzyGirl and Prism Book Alliance for taking the time to check out this title. I had a lot of fun working on it and hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

    Till next time..

    . -Dorian Bane

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