Saturday, January 11, 2014

Reaver by Larissa Ione

Title: Reaver
Author: Larissa Ione
My Rating: A+

Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Series: Lords of Deliverance #5
Main Characters: Reaver and Harvester
Release Date: December 2013
Publisher: Forever
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.


Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's been doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel's blood...

My Review:
Another winner from Larissa Ione! I've said it before and I'm sure I'll continue to say it, Larissa Ione is one of the best story-weavers in the business. Wow! Her creativity in building this world is astounding. All of these books are COMPLEX with a capital "C", but never does it get to the point where the world overwhelms the emotions and the characters behind the romance part of the story and that's amazing to me as both a reader and a writer. 

And there are most definitely two highly charged and emotion-filled characters in this story....Reaver and Harvester. They have 5000 years of history. Unfortunately, neither one of them remember all the details of that history since their memories have been wiped. The injustice of this becomes more and more apparent as the story unfolds and the reader begins to realize just how much they once meant to each other. In the recent past, the two of them have hated each other, but so much of that is because of lies and the things that they simply aren't aware of. It's a story full of emotional and physical pain and reading about them as they overcome this makes it an incredible book. 

The book begins with Reaver heading to Hell to save Harvester. She's been there tortured by her father, Satan, for five months now. Something that never should have been allowed to happen, because she sacrificed herself to save the world and the four horsemen, Reaver's children. He can't stand by while she suffers like this, even though he's been forbidden to help her. There's a ton of political mechanisms going on in this book by both Heaven and Hell and Reaver and Harvester are caught in the middle, seemingly as the only entities willing to do what's needed for the greater good. 

The book is complex not only in the story background, but simply in the levels of emotions coming from both characters. Harvester has no idea who Reaver is or was to her before. She only knows that she feels inescapable lust and hate for the man. But he comes to save her so she also feels gratitude and safe with him...things that she should never feel for this man that she tortured just last year. For Reaver, he knows that there's much more to Harvester than she ever lets on. Sometimes he sees glimpses of that soft girl below the surface hiding behind the bravado and venom. She's been wronged so much in her Heaven, by her father...Satan, and by him. He only wants to protect her now. I loved the levels of angst this provided to the story. At moments, my heart ached for each of them and many times, it ached for both of them. I fell in love with them and their story. 

Out of all the Four Horseman stories, this has definitely been my favorite. Now bring on Revenant... and I'm still clamoring for Tavin's story...Love that Sem.

1 comment:

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Ahh I really liked this one too Christi and I am dying for Revanant's story. Cannot wait!