Review: Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione

Posted July 7, 2012 by Shari in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione
Lethal Rider

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Series: Lords of Deliverance #3
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Released on May 22, 2012
Pages: 455
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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OMG this book rocked my world! It fired me up, split me apart and then left me in a puddle of crying mess only to have me hoping for so much in their future. That’s a mouthful isn’t it?

We leave the last book in the series after Regan and Thanatos have done the naughty dance and of course Regan is now pregnant with Thanatos’s son as well as his Seal. We were led to believe Thanatos’s Seal was his virginity, but oh, no we were all led down the wrong road on that one. At the end of the last book Regan was back with the Aegis and Thanatos was being kept in a coma from Hellhound saliva to keep him from destroying even more than he had already.

Wooosh! That was a lot to indulge in and then come into this book. We meet Regan again when she is 8 months pregnant just as the Aegis is under attack from day walking vampires seeking revenge on Regan for her deception of Than. Around this time, the Hellhounds saliva starts to wear off Than and he feels two draws…one to death from Pestilence’s actions and the other to protect Regan and his son.

After months of being in a coma like state, he isn’t in the greatest of moods to put it mildly. He kidnaps Regan and threatens all kinds of revenge, but he also knows his son is the key to saving the world or plunging the world into the Apocalypse that they won’t be able to recover from. But also, he is a little pissed off at his siblings for keeping him in that coma for months too.

Through all that books Than has been faithful to looking for a way to save Pestilence, or Respesh as we hope he will return too. You find that Thanatos has a lot of secrets that are peeled back one after another in this story. Above all he wants a family. To have it within his grasp finally both terrifies him and deepens his emotional tie to his son.

But his son is the key to everything, which is interesting since he is still in the womb most of the story.

Regan’s character befuddled me. She was such a fierce warrior in the last book and I got the feeling she wasn’t really that good looking. Not that I minded, because I think there is more than just physical beauty to love. But as this book went on, you saw her through Thanatos eyes and saw her as beautiful. Then it seemed she was more maternal than a warrior, which is to be somewhat expected since she is after all pregnant. She has such mixed emotions inside herself on what to do with her son.

Ohhhh Reaver! How could I write this review without mentioning Reaver. He threads his way through this story in many ways and once again might be getting himself in trouble. I have a love for this once fallen angel. I just wish Ione would give him some happiness for once!

Harvester plays a role in the book and for once she isn’t quite the awe-fullest fallen angel in the world. Don’t get me wrong, she isn’t going to get redemption (at least not by me), but she isn’t the evilest person in the bunch.

Pestilence is just as evil and gross as he is in the other books, but he is winning this apocalypse battle so far. And now Thanatos’s son is the key to him winning this battle.

Ares, Limos and their spouses make appearances. Some quite emotional, but their appearances didn’t take over the story. It was clearly Thans and Regan’s story.

I find that I love this story the best of the three so far (but I reserve the right to go back to book one for upside down tree sex). Two very unlikely people start a family in a very unconventional way and strive to fight to win for the good guys. Lots of secrets on both sides are revealed which make some things you wondered about make a lot of sense.

And after a very, very, very long time not having sex, Thanatos makes up for it with a vivid imagination and a wonderful appeal for me to want to be Regan for once. But don’t start with this book if you haven’t read the series…and you might want to go back to the Demonica series as a few characters from those show up in this book.


About Larissa Ione

A former meteorologist and EMT, Air Force veteran Larissa Ione now gets her daily dose of excitement from vampires, werewolves, demons, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. She lives in wintery Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat, and her hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
9 years ago

Wow! I need to get busy and read these. That sounds like an awesome story and your review of it is fab.