Title: Lethal Rider
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance, book 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Review copy from publisher
“They're here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Born of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell's minions and everything they want to destroy. They are the Lords of Deliverance, and they have the power to ward off Doomsday...or let it ride...
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.”
Lethal Rider is the third book in the Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione.
Lethal Rider starts eight months after the events in Immortal Rider. With the help of hellhound venom Ares and Limos have kept Thanatos frozen; they are trying to protect the world and protect Thanatos from himself after almost obliterating his Island as a reaction when he learned about Regan’s betrayal.
Eight months have passed and with the help of Hades Thanatos is able to escape the tender care of his siblings. As soon as he recovers and is able to move his first and foremost mission is revenge from Regan, he wants to make her pay for what he did to him and make him do.
Following a hunch Thanatos founds the secret Aegis headquarters where Regan is living, without a second thought he kidnaps her and brings her to his home. In the months he was kept paralyzed he thought of all the ways he was going to make Regan suffer and in other treacherous moments he remembered what she had done to him and wished for more of it. But now with Regan in his house he is not sure of what he wants to do with her. And when he realizes she is carrying his child all his plans of revenge and pain goes through the drain. If there was something Thanatos had dreamed of having his whole life was to have a family and now that he could have it the whole universe is plotting against him and what he considers his.
After reading Immortal Rider I wanted Regan to suffer and pay for what she did to Thanatos. For that same reason I was a bit afraid of reading a book in which I already dislike the heroine. How I was going to like a book when I wanted the heroine to suffer a slow and painful death? I’m not usually this bloodthirsty but I liked Thanatos too much and Regan was a (insert derogatory adjective of your choice)... or so I thought. In cases like this it is where an author (a good one) can do magic with her (his) words and in just a couple of pages can change your whole perspective of a character, and that’s exactly what Mrs. Ione did in Lethal Rider. After couple of pages I was not only liking Regan but I was being sympathetic to her situation, I realized she was as much a victim as Thanatos ever was.
After learning about her life and how she had being used as pawn by the Aegis for many years I could only but understand her; her predicament made the motives behind her actions somehow understandable, leaving me with nothing left to do but to cheer for her and wish for her happiness.
Thanatos, oh my sweet Thanatos, he is a broken hero with a soft heart and a strong commitment to his love ones. He has suffered in silence for thousands of years, wishing everyday for some light to shine in his dark life. With Death calling him from every corner of the world it’s almost a miracle he is still sane and believing in the good of people. In Lethal Rider he not only has to fight against his own brother (or what is left of him) but he has to find in his heart the gift of forgiveness.
One of the things I really liked about Thanatos and Regan relationship was that they didn’t jump their bones as soon as they were together; their attraction was indisputable but they took their time to forgive and accept each other before taking any further steps, this also added to the sweet building tension between them.
Another thing I really like in Lethal Rider is how Mrs. Ione intermingles the characters from the Demonica series with the characters of this series. This gives an insider’s look at their lives and what is new with them.
The world Mrs. Ione created in this series in not only very elaborated but also rich in mythology, with complex characters and with a plot filled with so many twist and turns, betrayals and deceptions that you won’t know who or what to believe, one that will keep you on the edge of your chair wishing for super powers to read faster but at the same time wanting the book to last longer. And if that wasn’t enough Mrs. Ione gives us an end that will leave us in awe and in dire need of the next installment of this series, Rogue Rider. The good news is that we won’t have to wait for long; Rogue Rider will be release on November 20th, 2012.
If you like paranormal romance you need to read this book and this series. Lethal Rider is not a stand-alone, these books should be read in order.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Stars
Other books in the series
Rogue Rider (Nov. 20th, 2012)
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