Early Review: Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione

, by Kt Clapsadl

Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione 
Lords of Deliverance #3

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.

For thousands of years Thanatos, fiercely guarded his own celibacy to prevent his seal for the Apocalypse from breaking. As the Rider of Death, the destruction unleashed would be catastrophic as his rages quickly turn uncontrollable and deadly. His sacrifice wasn't too much of a burden considering the alternative. At least is wasn't until Aegis Guardian Regan came into his life. Due to a set of unforeseen circumstances and Regan's betrayal, his resolve crumbles, yet his seal didn't break. Little did he know that it wouldn't be the act itself that would break the seal, but the child that resulted from such a union. The fate of the world rests on keeping his child safe, and for now that includes Regan despite how much he would like to destroy her for her betrayal. Yet even as he rages at her, Thanatos also cannot tame the desire he holds for her. But can he risk having her when the slightest things could trigger a rampage and the destruction of the world?

Each of the Riders is damaged in their own way, but Thanatos, being the rider of Death may just carry the hardest burden. Of course on the outside, he appears to be the coldest and most deadly of the Riders, but that is really only a front to hide just how much his circumstances weigh on him. He endures so much suffering and the rage from all of the deaths is all consuming at times, sending him into an endless downward spiral. His self-loathing and hatred of himself knows no bounds, and my heart nearly broke as I watched him struggle. All he has ever wanted in life was a family to call his own, ever knowing that it was impossible. So, when faced with the reality of it happening through a stunning betrayal leaves his already fragile psyche in shatters. He wants more than anything to rage and rail at Regan for that betrayal, yet he finds himself inexplicably drawn to her. I really enjoyed watching this big broken brute of a man as he started to give into feelings that he had long been denied. 

The absolute best thing about all of Larissa's books is the way she effortlessly blends romance and passion with heart pounding action to make for the perfect combination. This especially holds true in Lethal Rider. I mean the sexual tension between the Thanatos and Regan is so palpable, you can practically taste it. And once they give into their fierce desires, they practically steam off the page. Then a blink of an eye later, they are in extreme life or death fights with everything, and everyone, on the line. In fact, the stakes felt so much higher and more real this time because everything really came to a head in Lethal Rider. I won't tell you the outcome, but but suffice it to say that things will never be the same as everything is irrevocably changed.

Yet again, Larissa Ione has thoroughly impressed me and knocked my socks off with a no holds bared, action packed, steamy romance that I just couldn't put down once I started. Seriously, this woman knows how to entertain, and if you haven't read all of her books, then you just don't know what you are missing. I can't wait to get my hands on the final installment in this series, and I'm even more excited to see what Larissa comes up with next!

(Received a copy from Netgalley)


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