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I Belong


Review: Reaver by Larissa Ione

ReaverTitle: Reaver

Author: Larissa Ione

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Lords of Deliverance (Book 5)

Publication Date: December 17, 2013

Format: Paperback, 383 Pages

ISBN-10: 1455526975 (Forever/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455526970 (Forever/Hachette)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

WARRIOR OF HEAVEN

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 before…to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.

ANGEL OF HELL

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…

Quick & Dirty: Reaver challenges the archangels by going after Harvester in this incredible addition to the Lords of Deliverance series. Full of action, humor, and steamy romance, this book is definitely not a disappointment!

Opening Sentence: Fate was not a word angels tossed around lightly.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

There are a few series where the author is able to suck me into the story from page one and make me not want to put the book down until I’ve read the last page. Larissa Ione’s Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series are each like that. I’ve been looking forward to Reaver’s story for what feels like forever. When I realized Harvester was going to be his heroine, I was extremely excited, as I love a good “hate turning into love” story. This one certainly didn’t disappoint. My recap of the plot will be brief, as I want to try and avoid spoilers from previous books because the many surprises really should be experienced firsthand.

Reaver is still reeling from revelations he received about Harvester in the previous book. Unhappy with the archangels’ edict that Harvester is not to be rescued, Reaver decides to take matters into his own hands, entering Sheoul with the sole intention of finding and saving Harvester. Harvester has resigned herself to an eternity of being punished by Satan. Then Reaver shows up. As much as she despises him, Harvester loathes being tortured more. Escape won’t be easy though. They’ll have to deal with Satan as well as assassins. Plus, there’s the minor annoyance of the strong attraction building between them, as well as Harvester’s need for blood in order to heal the injuries she’s sustained from Satan’s torture. And the only person around is Reaver, whose angelic blood will bring out the evil side of Harvester. Nothing’s ever simple…

I love Reaver. I’ve loved him for a very long time, and his book only increased that feeling. The revelations we (and he) receive about his past are amazing and bring so much added depth to an already well rounded leading man. Harvester is, well, Harvester, and her status as our heroine doesn’t change that, a fact that I greatly enjoyed. I didn’t want Ione to turn Harvester into a nice character. I wanted her to give me a reason to root for a character I’ve been inclined to dislike for the last four books. She definitely succeeded. While there were times I wanted to smack Harvester, there were many more where I just wanted to give her a hug. At many points, she actually becomes more sympathetic than Reaver as we learn about their history. She truly is a great heroine.

This book was everything I could have hoped for when thinking about Reaver’s book. There is not one slow moment throughout the entire story. Full of action, romance, and some humor, every fan of this series will not be disappointed. I’m greatly looking forward to Revenant’s book and wish winter of 2014 was here already!

Notable Scene:

Harvester, corrupted by thousands of years of evil, performed tasks that would eat at her soul and scour away what little goodness was left in her heart. But ultimately, her actions saved humankind, and the Apocalypse was averted. All worked out according to plan…until Gethel, a traitor to Heaven, betrayed Harvester to Satan.

And Harvester, unable to ask the very people she saved for help, was dragged to Sheoul to suffer an eternity of torment at Satan’s hands.

Zachariel paused to dip his angel-feather pen into the sacred ink blended from the blood of twenty archangels. Crimson drops dripped from the nib as he lifted it from the crystal bottle, and he wondered how much more he should write. Yenrieth had been scrubbed from the history books and from the memories of all but a select few, and Zachariel wasn’t sure how much he should reveal. His own memories of Yenrieth had been returned just recently, and only so he could record Harvester’s story.

Blood ink spattered on the desk, and Zachariel realized the finality of the situation. Harvester was gone forever. There was no more to write. Thanks to Harvester’s sacrifice, humanity was safe, and so were Yenrieth’s children. She, more than any angel in history, had shaped the future of all the realms.

Harvester was a fallen angel. And a fallen hero.

Zachariel let the pen fall back into the bottle, and with a silent prayer for Harvester’s soul, he closed the book.

Lords of Deliverance Series:

1. Eternal Rider

1.5 Supernatural

2. Immortal Rider

2.5 Apocalypse: The Lords of Deliverance Compendium

3. Lethal Rider

4. Rogue Rider

5. Reaver

6. Revenant (December 4, 2014)

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FTC Advisory: Forever/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Reaver. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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