Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Release day review and giveaway- Reaver by Larissa Ione

Reaver
Lords of Deliverance #5
Larissa Ione
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 17th December 2013

Larissa Ione's Lords of Deliverance series has been one of my favourite paranormal romance series of late. Every book in the series has been thrilling and full of action with some pretty inventive smexy scenes along the way. Every time I've finished a book it immediately becomes my new favourite in the series, they have all been that good and Reaver is no exception, it was absolutely OUTSTANDING!

Larissa pretty much teased us throughout Rogue Rider of the possibility of a little something between Reaver and Harvester. Reaver is the angel with a past, the watcher and father of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, fellow watcher Harvester is the angel who gave up her wings to work undercover in hell alongside her Daddy not so dearest Satan. With Harvester's cover now blown she is being kept and endlessly tortured by Satan in hell. Larissa doesn't hold back when describing the torture Harvester has endured which makes Reaver even more of a hero in my eyes when he decides he's going to head into hell with a half baked but gutsy plan to rescue Harvester right from underneath Satan's nose.

Reaver and Harvester have a history stretching back thousands of years, they know they have some sort of a connection other than just a love hate attraction, but neither of them quite understand why. Reaver's memories have been mostly wiped so he doesn't quite remember what he did to Harvester and why and Harvester remembers a time when she was in love but can't quite put a face to the name she knows that hurt her so badly and changed her forever. It was agonisingly good as their story started to unravel. Harvester has always been bitchy, sarcastic and evil and I never really knew how much was her "in character" undercover or how much was her true personality and although we see a much softer side to Harvester in this instalment there's still plenty of sarcastic and hilarious banter between her and Reaver.

I knew starting Reaver that the path to Harvester and Reaver's happy ever after was never going to be a smooth one but I was beyond satisfied with their ending! Reaver has some pretty fantastic twisty plot turns that kept me on my toes and Larissa does a pretty amazing job of tying up all those loose ends as well as providing some pretty intriguing hints to where the series is heading next. As usual I will be eagerly counting down the weeks to the next instalment.  Reaver gets a well deserved 5 out of 5 from me and has been added to my list of favourites of 2013.   
 
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Here's a little Reaver and Harvester excerpt:
“R-Reaver?”

Reaver held Harvester’s frail body tight against his as he navigated the final steps of a winding ledge that dropped them into a world of weird. “It’s me. It’s okay. We’re safe.”

Relatively safe, anyway. Relative meaning that they weren’t dead. Yet. He just hoped the same could be said for Tavin, Matt, and Calder. When he’d left them to sneak into Satan’s realm, they’d been engaged in a battle they’d initiated as a diversion. It had been a risky move, and Reaver could only pray they’d make it to the rendezvous point.

A hunter’s horn sounded in the distance and was answered by another, closer horn signal. Satan’s minions hadn’t gained ground, but they were spreading out. Damn.

He scanned the landscape of thorny plants, hills of blackened earth and trees, and twisted, abandoned structures. Nothing moved.

He looked down at Harvester, and as before when he first saw her hanging over a pit of acid, he felt sick to his stomach. He didn’t like Harvester even though he was grateful for the things she’d done, but she didn’t deserve this; her naked body too thin and mottled with bruises and ligature marks, her once silken black hair tangled and dull, and worst of all, missing her gorgeous green eyes.

Under ideal circumstances, an angel could heal from even the most heinous injuries within hours. But these were far from ideal circumstances, and Harvester’s source of power, her wings, had been severed. Without wings or medical assistance, it could take weeks, even months, for an angel’s body to fully heal.

“I can’t risk healing you more than I did,” he said. “My power isn’t reliable right now, and I could do more harm than good.”

“Reaver,” she croaked, as if he hadn’t spoken. “Why…how…”

“Shh.” He tucked her face into his chest, quieting her. “We’re going to meet up with some friends, and then I’ll answer all your questions.”

Reaver and the assassins had worked out a plan A and a plan B. Plan A had been shot to hell when iron gates had prevented Reaver from getting out of Satan’s realm to the south, where his companions would have been waiting. Now, with demons in pursuit, they were on their way to plan B. Hopefully Tav, Matt, and Calder had realized quickly that Reaver’s escape route had gone bad.

Inhaling the stench of rotten vegetation that permeated this section of Sheoul, he started away from the skeletons of some burned-out buildings and toward a mountain range as expansive as the Rockies. He moved swiftly, outrunning the sounds of pursuit and pausing once to blast a group of imps with a ball of lightning. The sphere struck the leader, and from there sent electrical strikes at each of the surrounding imps, frying them all in a handy eight-for-one.

Harvester slept in his arms, barely stirring when he stopped to listen for anyone following them. By the time they neared the plan B meeting site, Reaver was sure they’d lost the demons—temporarily. Reaver wasn’t naive enough to think they were off the hook. The demons chasing them were only the first wave, the security detail unlucky enough to be guarding the dungeon Harvester was kept in.

Once Satan got wind of this, if he hadn’t already, Reaver and Harvester were going to have legions of minions on their heels.


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