Saturday, May 19, 2012

Review of Paranormal Romance Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione

Lethal Rider
Lords of Deliverance #3
by Larissa Ione

Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Length: 464 pages

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
5.0♥s Outstanding/Don't Miss

A Dangerous Ride
A Book Review by Lisa Annesley

Lethal Rider is a gallop through the dark with a sexy, dangerous Horseman. Hang on tight--emotional peaks and valleys are ahead.

Thanatos is the fourth Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the one who will become Death if his seal is broken. For almost five thousand years he believed his seal was his virginity. In Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance #2), Thanatos was seduced by Regan Matthews, a demon-slaying Aegis Guardian. Regan was convinced that if she had a child with Thanatos the child would save the world from the Apocalypse. Thanatos, believing he was betrayed by Regan, went ballistic afterwards. He destroyed Greenland, and had to be subdued by his brother and sister with hellhound saliva. Although these events are recounted in Lethal Rider, you'll want to read Immortal Rider for the full impact if you haven't already.

As Lethal Rider opens, the world has gone to heck in Pestilence's hand basket. Pestilence has done his worst, and it's bad. Really bad. Demons are running rampant.

Thanatos has been kept paralyzed by Ares and Limos for eight and a half months to keep him calm, though he doesn't understand why it's necessary. He remembers little of what happened and is unaware that Regan is pregnant with his child. What he does know is that he needs to make her pay for her betrayal. One day, when the paralysis wears off, he escapes.

Regan is full to bursting with their baby yet eaten up by guilt over what she did to Thanatos. She is kept safe at Aegis headquarters until Thanatos tracks her down there. He kidnaps her and takes her back to his keep. His initial plan is for her to pleasure him for the eight and half months he lost, but then he sees that she's pregnant. He also finds out that Regan isn't the person he thought she was. But they have many enemies, including Pestilence, who want to kill the baby. Can they defeat their enemies and save the baby…and themselves?
"Arik snorted. 'Thanatos? Understand? Have you even met him?'"

As the bringer of Death, Thanatos is the ultimate tortured hero. He's a lonely man who has to live with the awful things he's seen and done. He's a sexy, alpha hero. Regan is a brave, tough Guardian. But she's also consumed with guilt over what she did to Thanatos, cries at car commercials, and is obsessive-compulsive when stressed. She's a heroine you can like and root for.

Some of Ione's dry humor relieves the darkness of the story. And the story gets very dark. I'm shameless when it come to crying over books, and I cried a couple of times. 

For fans of the Demonica series, we see a number of Demonica characters in Lethal Rider. Kynan plays a large role, but we also see Eidolon, Shade, Wraith, and Idess, among others.   

Lethal Rider is a dark story, full of danger for Regan, the baby, and Thanatos. Heck, the fate of the whole world hangs in the balance. It's a riveting book that will keep you reading just one more chapter…one more chapter…one more chapter…

I don't think it's a spoiler to say that both Reseph's story, Rogue Rider, and Reaver's story (Untitled), are set up at the end of Lethal Rider. Those books have already been announced.

Although Lethal Rider can be read as a standalone book, I highly recommend reading the first two books in the series for the greatest enjoyment. In fact, I recommend that you read the Demonica series before Lords of Deliverance. You'll be glad you did.

Let me know what you think of Demonica and Lords of Deliverance!

Happy Reading!
Lisa Annesley

P.S. Many thanks to NetGalley for my ARC of Lethal Rider.

Here is the Lords of the Deliverance Series:
Eternal Rider, Larissa Ione
Eternal Rider
Book 1
Immortal Rider, Larissa Ione
Immortal Rider
Book 2
Lethal Rider, Larissa Ione
Lethal Rider
Book 3
Rogue Rider, Larissa Ione
Rogue Rider
Book 4


Here is the Demonica Series:
Pleasure Unbound, Larissa Ione
Pleasure Unbound
Book 1
Desire Unchained
Book 2
Passion Unleashed, Larissa Ione
Passion Unleashed
Book 3
Ecstasy Unveiled, Larissa Ione
Ecstasy Unveiled
Book 4
Eternity Embraced, Larissa Ione
Eternity Embraced
Short Story 4.5
Sin Undone, Larissa Ione
Sin Undone
Book 5
Short Story 5.5
Demonica Overkill
Short Story 2.5

1 comment:

  1. This book was my favorite of the Lord of Deliverance series. It was packed with action, great dialogue, emotional highs and lows. It was wrought with sexual tension as well as romance. It was dark, yet full of humor. It was everything a great book ought to be. Ione did a great job fleshing out Regan's character, her OCD behaviors and her private pain. It allowed us to understand Regan and her relationship with the Aegi. She also made Thanatos into one of my favorite heroes. He is so damaged, yet compassionate. As the Rider of Death, he seems so cold, deadly and lethal, but he actually is the most fragile of the horsemen. He was in so much pain, that it was hard not to sympathize with him. It was a joy to observe how he opened himself up to the possibility of having a family. I just couldn't put this book down. I loved this book and I can't wait for the next one.