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Review: Revenant by Larissa Ione

RevenantTitle: Revenant

Author: Larissa Ione

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Lords of Deliverance (Book #6)

Publication Date: December 16, 2014

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 1455526983 (Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455526987 (Hachette)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

HELL HATH NO FURY . . .

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme—a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.

LIKE AN ANGEL SCORNED

Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she’s the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there’s no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won’t find her . .

Quick & Dirty: Lucifer is about to be reborn, and as Satan’s righthand man, Revenant is supposed to ensure that it happens successfully. There’s just one problem: Revenant really doesn’t want the birth to occur. This should prove interesting…

Opening Sentence:  Revenant was one fucked-up fallen angel.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Revenant is still adjusting to the new knowledge that he and Reaver are brothers, one raised in Heaven, the other in Sheoul. To say Revenant is not handling the news well is putting it mildly. What made his mother choose Reaver to go to Heaven, while he had to stay behind, doomed to a childhood of torture? Amidst all this turmoil, he also has to deal with Gethel’s pregnancy. Satan wants him to ensure that the reincarnated Lucifer is born healthy, but Revenant wants nothing more than to end Lucifer’s existence for good. So, he decides to enlist the help of the Underworld General doctor he’s had his eye on for a while.

Blaspheme is in trouble. As a vyrm, the offspring of a fallen angel and an angel, she is reviled by both species. She’s spent her life masquerading as a False Angel, but that disguise is fading fast and if she doesn’t figure out a new disguise soon, she’s a dead woman. While she’s stressing about that, she keeps being harrassed by Revenant. While she finds him incredibly attractive, she can’t afford to become involved with someone as dangerous as he is, especially given his views on vyrm. Their attraction is so strong though that the inevitable eventually happens. Now, they are fighting their growing feelings for each other while dealing with an increasingly dangerous situation. Will Revenant be able to get rid of Lucifer? Will Blaspheme be able to find a new identity? And most importantly, what will Revenant’s reaction be when he discovers who Blaspheme really is?

All I can say is Larissa Ione is amazing. She is somehow able to take characters who have done horrible acts in previous books and turn them into heroes in their own books without changing who they are as a character. She was able to do this with Harvester in the previous book, and here, she does it again with Revenant. I relished every part of this book. It was full of action, very fast paced, and the sex scenes were hot. The chemistry between Blaspheme and Revenant steams up the pages, and I found myself eager for them to finally get together. Even when problems arise in the relationship, they never felt contrived, as if they were just there to add drama. Everything served to advance the plot. I was so sad to see it end.

Really, I only have one complaint, and it’s that this is the last book. I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters and this world. I’ve grown completely attached, and saying goodbye is very hard. As a series ender though, this book is very satisfying. It left me feeling happy and satisfied. All in all, this was an excellent conclusion to the series. I savored every minute of it, and I’m looking forward to going back to book one and starting it all over again!

Notable Scene:

“What’s your name?”

Gethel sank down on the chaise. “Revenant didn’t tell you?” She gave him a look of mild consternation, which he blew off. “I’m Gethel. And you are?”

“I’m Blaspheme.” She slowed as she approached the chaise. “Gethel…that sounds familiar.”

Crap. This wasn’t going to be good. Revenant helped Gethel ease back on the pillows, not because he gave a crap about her comfort, but because he needed Blas to not feel threatened. And if she realized who Gethel was and who the baby she was carrying would grow up to be…yeah, he needed to play this off as no big deal for a while.

“Of course it sounds familiar, you pathetic fool,” Gethel snapped. She glared at Revenant. “You brought me a quack with no understanding of the earth-shattering momentousness of this situation?”

Blaspheme dropped the duffel with a thud.

“Quack? I’ll have you know that I’ve been working at Underworld General Hospital for over five decades now, and I’ve worked my way up from paramedic to medical doctor in charge of UG’s new London clinic. As far as the rest, I’m sure the earth-shattering momentousness of your pregnancy is important to you, just as it is with every mother, and I’ll treat you and your child with equal care.”

“Bitch,” Gethel hissed. “You will treat me-” Revenant clamped his hand around her throat and cut her off cold.

“You will speak to Blaspheme with respect,” he growled.

“Revenant!” Blaspheme grabbed his wrist and yanked it away. “How about we set some ground rules.” She jammed a finger at Gethel. “You. Call me a bitch again, and you can find a doctor elsewhere. And you-” she stabbed Rev in the chest with the same finger “-try to strangle a pregnant female again, and I’ll take a scalpel to your balls. Got it?”

He grinned. Damn, her fire was awesome. Usually False Angels were more timid. He wondered if she’d be less aggressive outside of work. More pliable. Easier to get naked.

Gethel jackknifed into a sit. “You still have no idea to whom you’re speaking, do you?”

“No,” Blas said, “and I don’t give a hellrat’s ass. I’m here to do a job, so why don’t you quit being a diva and tell me what’s going on with this pregnancy.”

Revenant really, really needed to get Blaspheme into bed.

Lords of Deliverance Series:

1. Eternal Rider

2. Immortal Rider

3. Lethal Rider

4. Rogue Rider

5. Reaver

5.5 Azagoth

6. Revenant

6.5 Hades

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FTC Advisory: Hachette/Grand Central Publishing provided me with a copy of Revenant. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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One Response to “Review: Revenant by Larissa Ione

  1. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmonsNo Gravatar
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    I just love this series to death. I think that Revenant is my favorite hero in the entire Demonica series. It would be close between him and Wraith. Blaspheme wasn’t my favorite heroine, but I liked her. I’m glad to see the series continue, even if it is only in short stories.

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