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Z by Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica #11.7 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: April 26th 2016
Zhubaal, fallen angel assistant to the Grim Reaper, has spent decades searching for the angel he loved and lost nearly a century ago. Not even her death can keep him from trying to find her, not when he knows she’s been given a second chance at life in a new body. But as time passes, he’s losing hope, and he wonders how much longer he can hold to the oath he swore to her so long ago…
As an emim, the wingless offspring of two fallen angels, Vex has always felt like a second-class citizen. But if she manages to secure a deal with the Grim Reaper — by any means necessary — she will have earned her place in the world. The only obstacle in the way of her plan is a sexy hardass called Z, who seems determined to thwart her at every turn. Soon it becomes clear that they have a powerful connection rooted in the past…but can any vow stand the test of time?
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The Demonica series is one of my favorite PNR series ever. Larissa Ione writes every book in the series with the perfect amount of humor, action, intensity, and sexiness. Z isn’t my favorite of the series, but it’s an enjoyable read nonetheless. If you love the Demonica series, you’ll no doubt have fun with Zhubaal and Vex!
Zhubaal gave up his wings in order to follow the love of his life when she fell from Heaven. Laura died before he could save her, but her soul was reborn onto Earth, and for the past century, Z has been trying to look for her. He even took on the job from Hell (literally), becoming the Grim Reaper’s assistant so he’d be able to see if his love’s soul ever passed through Sheoul.
Vex is an emin, born from two fallen angels, which is unfortunate because both angels and fallen angels will stop at nothing to kill her. She has a special ability to capture loose souls into her body, and she’s been able to sell those souls in the black market, until the market crashes. Now, her only chance at making any money and surviving is to make a deal with Azagoth, the Grim Reaper. And it’s in Sheoul that she meets Z, who she has a mysterious connection with.
Vex had never believed in soul mates, but as her soul touched Zhubaal’s, she knew the truth.
They belonged together.
This book should’ve been the most romantic of the series – the hero stayed faithful his whole life to the woman he loved, and never stopped searching for her… but I found I never really could connect with either Zhubaal or Vex. Z frustrated me at times because of how much he wanted Vex to be his lost love, and it takes a while for him to accept Vex as she is. Still, other than these annoyances, I had a fun time reading Z. I just can’t NOT enjoy a Larissa Ione read! Her sense of humor and her characters always crack me up without fail. I’m glad we get the chance to read Z’s story – now I’m really hoping that we one about Jim Bob!
“You’re mine,” he rasped. “Finally, you’re mine.”
Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.
Now here’s an excerpt from Z! ❤
“What’s your name? And what is your business with Azagoth?” Stepping closer, he lowered his voice and looked down at her from his extra foot of height. “And keep in mind that I’m his gatekeeper. You will tell me or you won’t get off this platform.”
She coyly fingered the plunging neckline of her top and batted her jewel-toned eyes. “I’m Vex, and I have a proposition for your boss.”
“I’m Zhubaal, and I need a little more than that.” He narrowed his eyes, refusing to be charmed or seduced. But damn, she really did have nice breasts. “What kind of proposition?”
For a long moment she stared up at him, her ruby lips pressed together in a stubborn line of silence. Just as he was about to send her back to whatever realm she’d come from, she gave up the seductress BS and held out her right arm.
“See these glyphs?” She traced the outline of one of five squiggly black circles with the tip of one amethyst-painted fingernail. “Touch one.”
“If this is a trick––”
“How stupid do you think I am?” she snapped. “If Azagoth is really the Grim Reaper, he’s one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Do you honestly think I’m here to piss him off by screwing with one of his griminions?”
Well, that was insulting. “I’m not a griminion,” he ground out. “Griminions are ugly little freaks who collect souls when a demon or evil human dies. I’m just your standard everyday minion.”
She rolled her eyes. “I know. I was being funny. You’re the Grim Reaper’s minion. Griminion.” She nudged him with her arm. “Come on. Touch me.”
Anxious to be rid of this obnoxious female, he gripped her wrist and pressed his fingers against two––or maybe three––of the circles.
He had no idea how many of the things he touched because the moment his skin came into contact with them, the powerful burn of sheer evil shot through him and knocked the breath from his lungs. Holy hell, what were those glyphs? Malevolence seared his skin and forced superheated blood to flow like lava through his veins as he released her and stumbled backward, his head spinning.
“They’re souls,” Vex said, her voice cutting through his agony. “That’s what you’re feeling. They attached themselves to me, and I think Azagoth might want to take them off my hands.”
Reading Order: Demonica series
#1 ~ Pleasure Unbound: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Desire Unchained: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Passioned Unleashed: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Ecstasy Unveiled: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#5 ~ Sin Undone: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#6 ~ Eternal Rider: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#7 ~ Immortal Rider: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#8 ~ Lethal Rider: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#9 ~ Rogue Rider: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#10 ~ Reaver: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#10.5 ~ Azagoth: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#11 ~ Revenant: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#11.5 ~ Hades: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#11.6 ~ Base Instincts: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#11.7 ~ Z: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
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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