Review: Reaver by Larissa Ione


Reaver (Lords of Deliverance #5) by Larissa Ione
Grand Central Publishing (December 17, 2013)

Rating: C+
Heat: Hot

Heroine: Harvester – Fallen, Satan’s Daughter
Hero: Reaver – Angel, Four Horsemen’s Father






I have been intrigued by Reaver since his days working at Underworld General, when he was simply a grumpy fallen angel trying to get his wings and his memory back. When we found out in Rogue Rider that Reaver was more than just a fallen angel—that he fathered the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—well, he only grew more fascinating.

Especially after it became clear that there were feelings and history between him and the Horsemen’s Evil Watcher, Harvester. Harvester is a true Fallen who may be bad, and do bad things, but she’s not exactly evil. You knew there was more to her than meets the eye. Plus, how could you not love the possibility of a heavenly Romeo and Juliet?

Unfortunately, my hopes for them fell flat. I didn't feel any chemistry between them. No spark. When the sexy times were taking place, it felt forced. No true heat. Like all of their intense passion happened in the past and we weren't privy to any of it. We had to accept that it was there and should still be.

That, combined with a very slow first half, made this a slow read. A very long time is dedicated to Reaver and Harvester trying to escape Sheoul. Which felt like run, fight, flee, argue, make out... and repeat. This was only broken up by the occasional other points of view (loved seeing Eidolon and the gang again!). The most interesting thing during that time was Revenant, the Horsemen’s new Evil Watcher. Something about him captivated me. Maybe his cockiness… or maybe his oh-so-eloquent way with words. He seemed like he could talk the talk and walk the walk.

The last 30% of the book is where things picked up and got really interesting. The information revealed and the dynamics of heaven and its hierarchy managed to recapture my interest. Plus, there was Revenant again. He definitely helped.

Overall, Reaver wasn't the book I'd been hoping for. Ione is known for her badass heroines (which she delivers on), her sexy alpha heroes who don't play by the rules (again, Reaver more than qualifies), and the intense lust and sexual tension between the two… which is where the problem lies for me. It was good, but not great. That said, every other book in this series and the Demonica series has knocked my socks off—so you can bet I’ll still be reading the next one. Bring on Revenant, please!


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