Review: Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione (Lords of Deliverance #3)
May 22 2012
Mass Market Paperback
Grand Central Publishing
Yummy Man – Thanatos
Kick Ass Chick – Regan Cooper
From Goodreads –
Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, Regan Cooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he’s about to become a father.
Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he’s ever wanted-a family.
Warning: This is not a book that you want to read and reach the 80% mark right about the time you are about to go camping with a group of Girl Guides. Doing so will cause you to sneak a light into your sleeping bag and have you reading until ridiculously late at night (or early in the morning, however you want to word it). It may also cause you to fake a headache just so you could go back to your cabin to read. Of course, I did none of those things. At all. Not once.
Okay, so I didn’t fake the headache but I did stay up way later than I should reading via booklight in my sleeping bag. I just wanted, no needed to know what would happen next. And let me tell you, it was awesome and it actually wasn’t what I was expecting.
Lethal Rider is the third book in Larissa Ione’s Lords of Deliverance series and takes place about 8 months after the end of Immortal Rider. This series focuses on the four horsemen of the apocalypse – well technically three horsemen and one horsewoman – and how they not only try to stop the apocalypse from occurring but also how they meet and fall in love with their HEAs. These books are not stand-alones and must be read in order.
Lethal Rider is about the fourth horseman, Thanatos (Than). If his seal were to break, he would become Death. So you really don’t expect him to be a soft and snuggly sort of guy being Death and all. He has seen such horrors and they truly affected him. Than is afraid to be around anyone he cares about because every once in a while Death takes over and he goes a little mad, killing pretty much everything and everyone around. You know your usual Death sort of things. But in truth he’s the one with the heart in the family. He wanted a wife and children before being cursed as a Horseman. He’s also the one who wanted to save his brother who is now Pestilence instead of killing him outright.
For 8 months, Than has been kept immobilized by his siblings. After Regan forced him to have sex with her in the last book, Than went a little mad. That Death sort of mad I mentioned earlier. They could only imagine what he would be like if he found out she was pregnant with his child! So to protect Regan, the baby and pretty much the entire world, they used Hellhound poison to keep him frozen. But he manages to escape and finds Regan…and her belly. I love how he has an instant connection to the baby. I love how he is immediately paternal. Than is just an awesome hero – vulnerable, conflicted, strong, smart… And let’s not forget sexy. So far, he is my favorite sibling.
Regan is a good heroine too. I have to say that I liked her in the last book but I suppose I didn’t really get her. I was very curious to know more about her and now that I do, I like her much more. You almost feel as though you should hate her bit it’s hard to once you get to know her. She was born of a demon-possessed father making her a bit of a mutant in the Aegis’ eyes. Her whole life, she’s been looking to belong and to be accepted. That is one of the reasons she took on the responsibility of seducing Than and carrying his child. She too is full of emotion and vulnerability yet is extremely strong and brave. She ends up being a really good match for Than. Really good.
I loved how Larissa wrote their romance. It wasn’t “oh, I hate you but you’re hot so let’s get it on” with an “okie dokie” response from the other party. Thanatos was hurt, deeply, by Regan’s betrayal. He felt a real connection with her and he is extra pissered at her. Regan had convinced herself that she was doing the right thing in the last book but now that time has passed, she knows she did a terrible thing – even though it wasn’t really all her fault. She is stressed with grief and believes she deserves whatever Than will do to her. Yet she is still drawn to him too. These are two people who are torn and who take their time and communicate together to sort things out and to work things out. I was very impressed with their relationship and in the end, it made sense. I think if they were just to “forgive and forget” too easily, it would have made the whole book seem wrong. But it wasn’t so drawn out that it became annoying. It was like baby bear – it was just right.
Larissa added in a few twists that I found to be just awesome. Pestilence at the end of the book – unexpected but I like. Vampires and their origin – unexpected but I like. These two major twists turned the story and brought not only this book but also the next book to places I am extra anxious to see. And who ends up being the ‘ultimate villain’ really shocked me!
There are many side characters in this series and this book is no exception. You follow Kynan and the Aegis through a very interesting story line that will make you want to smack more than one person and you follow Reaver and the other angels in a really great story that makes me want the next book as much as the twist with Pestilence makes me want it. And you know what? Even with all of these people and all of these stories, you grow to care for each one of them. That is a sign of how talented Larissa is when she writes her characters.
This is such an awesome series. Larissa writes some of the best worlds you will ever encounter. The detail is just so rich! Throw in characters you think about well after finishing the book and compelling storylines and you have a paranormal romance series you don’t want to miss.
Lethal Rider was a perfect continuation to the series. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Giggle worthy quote
“His eyes flared with heat, and she waited for the raunchy comeback. ‘We need to talk. We can do it over dinner.’
Well, that wasn’t the response she’s expected.
‘Yes. It’s an interesting concept that’s been around as long as I can remember. Food is served at a table, and we eat it.’
She narrowed her eyes at him. ‘There is something seriously wrong with you.’”