|Title: Lethal Rider
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance #3
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by: Julia
Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.
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 one of Ione’s signature wild rides bursting with violence, politics, and passion. These books operate on the extreme ends of the range of emotion, which helps differentiate the seriously-evil-cheer-when-they-die bad guys (like the racist Aegi) from the hidden-depths-maybe-retrievable bad guys (can’t name names without spoilers), or even the still-kill-a-lot-of-people-but-not-so-bad good guys (like our hero, Thanatos). An even balance of plot and romance, LETHAL RIDER is my favorite of the series to date, if only because several of the big bads get their just desserts by story’s end.
Though the themes driving Thanatos and Regan are fairly cliche (stuck together for the sake of a baby, etc.), this did not detract from my enjoyment of their story. As the distasteful as the circumstances of their first disastrous coupling is safely in the past tense (a comedy of roofies, misinformation, and miscommunication), LETHAL RIDER is all about enjoying Thanatos and Regan cautiously dealing with their soon to be born child and fledgling connection. “Fragile” is a good word for both of these emotionally abused warriors, and their back and forth dance of low self esteem is my least favorite part of the book. Ione doesn’t over do it with this cycle, however, and the low points were prety well balanced by Thanatos’s hilarious inner monologue. He conjured up some of my favorite aspects of The Black Dagger Brotherhood and their shellans, with both his ferocious protectiveness and red hot passion (even for his 8 month pregnant lady). Though this level of violence and politics isn’t my favorite brand of Paranormal Romance, Ione wraps up a lot of lose ends that I found satisfying. I won’t rush to pre-order of ROGUE RIDER, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled.
I have a spotty reading history with the Lords of Deliverance books (I’ve only read IMMORTAL RIDER and the first few Demonica books that inhabit the same world), but my background was more than enough to be invested in the politics raging around these love birds. A new reader, however, would have a very hard time untangling the loyalties and betrayals intertwined in LETHAL RIDER. For those who enjoy godly violence to go along with their otherworldly romance, however, backtracking and reading more of Ione’s books will be no hardship.