Review: Revenant by Larissa Ione

Posted December 20, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 9 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Revenant by Larissa Ione

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Series: Lords of Deliverance #6, Demonica #11
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Released on December 14, 2014
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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What isn’t to like about Revenant? He is conflicted, evil, not evil, handsome, great in the sack and sparks all the lady parts in the right way. Heaven isn’t so innocent, but then Hell isn’t so good either. Larissa mixes the two and comes out with a knock you down and drag you out romance and sums up a series that I would rate my all time favorite.

I want to cry. It seems this is the end of a series that I have adored since before I started blogging. One of the rare authors that hasn’t let me down in a series. I guess that is the point. End it while it is good and don’t prolong something that really needs to come to an end. This isn’t a stand alone book and you will feel quite lost without having read at least the Lords of Deliverance part of the Demonica series.

Revenant is a totally broken hero, but not a weak one…make no mistake. He finds out he has a twin brother and lookie there, he isn’t a fallen angel after all. Is he evil, or just a product of his upbringing? That’s the question. He can’t get answers from his uncle, nor from his brother, who is also looking for answers.  So why did Reaver (his brother) get to go to heaven to be raised while he was fed Satan’s blood and forced to watch his mother’s torture? This and more drive him to questions just who the Hell he really is. Now the Shadow Angel, he counterbalances Reaver…good and evil. Throw in that Lucifer is being reborn in Harvester’s body and Satan can’t wait. Oh and Satan keeps giving orders to Revenant, which counter what Revenant really wants to do. Actually, Revenant is really broken, but again don’t mistake that as weak.

So Revenant is kind of obsessed with bedding Blaspheme and he really doesn’t know why and Blaspheme is avoiding getting involved with Revenant for fear he might learn her secret. Everyone believes Blaspheme is a False Angel. The spell that makes this so is wearing off and once everyone finds out what she really is her life will be over because she will be hunted by both Heaven and Hell. Her mother is doing everything she can to save Blaspheme, but then again her mother is a Fallen Angel and has no scruples about killing to save her daughter.

Revenant continues to haunt Blaspheme under the disguise that Harvester needs medical attention, while both are looking for ways to keep Lucifer from being born, but for different reasons. Now Revenant wants answers, thinks his brother is an ass, which he is in a way if you read Reaver’s story, but then again I love Reaver so I can’t hold what happened a very long time ago against him. Throw in we get to see some older characters, but no less loved.

Rev and Blaspheme fall into bed thinking to get each other out of their systems, but when just together, their souls meet and everything else fades away. When it’s over, life comes crashing back down on them. Being hunted, and hunting keeps the story going. You don’t know how any of them are going to survive nor how they are going to get out of this mess they have had very little control over to begin. Larissa writes truly evil characters, characters the border the grey line over to the bad side and others who’s hearts are pure. Even with a pure heart, they can get down and dirty in the bedroom.

This story really can’t be read as a stand alone without you becoming very confused. I would also read the 1001 Nights Novella before this as Azgoth has a part in the ending that you won’t get without having his story. It encompasses all the novels in the series, the horsemen, the hospital, the demons, Heaven and Hell. You need it all to understand, but you will thank me for having read the entire series because it is top notch pure adrenaline, passion, lust, family and heart.

Larissa Ione is my go to author when I want a romance that isn’t all sweet and hearts, but filled with passion, evil, conflict of heart and really a story to sink my teeth in.

Who is your go to author and why?

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
6 years ago

I know it sounds good and I have no excuses not to have ever started her books. 😉

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I am going to have to come up there and put the first book in your hands and make you read it!

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Sadly, I have the first Demonica book and maybe the second one too. Yikes! I can see your frown from here. Haha!

Lover Of Romance
6 years ago

I really love stories that are those hard to win types…where it takes quite a bit to get to the HEA. That is what I really love about this author, she has a great talent in weaving stories together that get all of you tied up in knots and at the edge…it can be quite exhilarating at times. I haven’t read this series, and I was thinking about doing it soon, so I will have to get the first book. Sounds like this is a series I need to read in order.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago

Exactly. You have to work to get that HEA but it is so cleverly done and everyone wins after a hard fight. Love this series.

Mary Kirkland
6 years ago

I love this series and this book, dang but it just hit me in all the right spots. This series has been one of my all time favorites.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I want to cry that the series is over since it is my favorite. But then I like her new vampire series too. Just can’t get enough of her writing, but I am not a fan so far of her Sydney Croft Acro series.

Mary Kirkland
6 years ago

Well we still have the Demonica series and maybe some of the characters from this series will show up in that series if we bug her enough about it. lol

6 years ago

I cannot wait to read this…having on the reading list now. I will say L. Ione is one of my favorite. You pinned the tail to the donkey with everything you said about her 😀