Review + Giveaway: Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione

“Blood or seed…something was going to spill.”

Lethal Rider Larissa IoneHow do you overcome a physical and emotional betrayal of the worst kind?  This is the question Thanatos, Horseman of Death, must answer and face what consequences will come in the aftermath.

“Ever since he’d been cursed as the Horseman who would become Death when his seal broke, he’d believed that his Seal was his virginity.  He’d guarded his dick like it was the freaking Hope Diamond.  He might have been an unpinned grenade ready to blow with sexual need, but dammit, he’d keep himself all virginal and shit.”

After eight months of hellhound venom sedation by his siblings, Than awakens with a vengeance and is out for the blood of Aegis Guardian, Regan Cooper.  Months have passed since Regan’s deception and betrayal against Than and now he is determined to find her and kill her.  After experiencing what Than believes to be a premeditated sexual violation in order to ignite the Apocalypse, he now learns that Regan is pregnant with his child.  This revelation puts a serious dent in Than’s desire for revenge especially now that he has discovered his true agimortus. (a trigger for the breaking of a Horseman’s Seal)  Furthermore, Than learns that his brother Reseph/Pestilence (who’s seal is broken) is actually the one who drugged both himself and Regan the night she conceived with the hope of breaking Than’s seal.  Than knows that he must protect Regan and their baby from Pestilence but that does not mean he will enjoy the task or does it?

“Always before, when he was worked up from death and destruction, his instinct had been to kill.  The dark desire was still there, a throbbing, malevolent urge, but he also wanted sex.  He wanted to drop Regan to the floor and drill into her until he didn’t have the energy for violence.  She’d awakened something in him the night she’d taken him, and there was no putting it back to sleep.”

What can I say that I haven’t already about the intricate mind and incredible storytelling of Larissa Ione?  The one thing that comes to mind is consistency.  Consistency in delivering a well developed plot with complex characters that you truly escape with into their world and don’t want to leave.  Once again there is non stop action, grit, snark, and intoxicating sexual chemistry.  Than is a multi faceted character that ignites the pages.  In one instance he is lethal and deadly but we begin to see more and more of his caring and tender nature as the story and Regan’s pregnancy progresses.  I questioned for months how Ms. Ione would be able to redeem Regan, yet she does to the point that you experience the internal torture she has imposed upon herself as a result of her betrayal.  Her redemption is believable and as the reader I desperately wanted it to happen.  Regan has never felt a sense of belonging to anything or anyone.  Her chemistry and connection to Than was intense, electric and enduring and it brought great satisfaction in watching them heal their wounds together.  As always when Ms. Ione develops the chemistry of her characters, the sexual tension is scorching.  Than gives you a taste of it here:

“Holy hell, she made him nuts, made him angry and horny, spun him so hard he didn’t know up from down.  It was getting harder and harder to remember why he was so angry with her.”

“You woke a sleeping demon, Regan.  I tried to sate it myself, but failed. Now you’re going to deal with the consequences.”

Finally, Ms. Ione sets the stage for Reseph’s book with a cliff hanger that once again has me dying to get my hands on the next installment of this fantastic series.  I’ve only touched on a small portion of what all Lethal Rider entails and for good reason; you need to read it!  Larissa Ione serves up what I believe to be some of the finest work in paranormal romance and she continues to amaze and astound me with each release she pens.  Delivering epic stories of good vs. evil with irresistibly seductive characters, you can’t help but fall in love.  Even with a Horseman!

Favorite Quote:

“Is everything okay?” Ares’s voice came from the end of the hallway. “Limos is nursing one hell of a headache, and Arik wants to shove an M-80 up your ass.”

“Kinky,” Than said, “but I’m new to the sex thing.  I’m not ready for hardcore yet.”

Rating: A
Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione
May 22nd 2012 by Grand Central
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We’re giving away a copy of Lethal Rider to one lucky reader!! To enter leave a comment on Amy’s review.

Open to all. You have until end of day, May 25 to enter, winner will be announced soon after.

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  1. says

    I have been waiting for this book since she blew me out of the water with Limos. I can’t wait to see how she makes me like Regan, but more I want to know how the stories sets up for Reseph’s book. He is one hero who may have to earn my love after his antics this far. I know this is a giveaway and I love a free book, but odds are I will have already purchased the book and read it before the giveway. So don’t include me in that. I just wanted to comment.

  2. Marissa says

    Great review! I cannot wait to get me some Thanatos! <3
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  3. Chris Bails says

    I love the quotes. The book looks great and the cover is very sexy. Larissa is a new author for me. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out. Thanks for the great giveaway and the chance to win.

    • says

      OMG well you are in for a treat if you are new to Larissa Ione! She is one of my top favorite authors! Definitely check out her Demonica series as well as this series, Lords of Deliverance. Hope you enjoy!

  4. says

    Great review! I just skimmed it because I have this book to read ASAP! :) No need to enter me in the giveaway, just wanted to say great job! 😀

  5. says

    I can’t wait to read this – I’ve been wondering how she was going to resolve the Thanatos-Regan tension! And I cannot wait for Reseph’s book.

  6. CrystalGB says

    I love this series. Can’t wait to read Thanatos’ book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Maria pronounced Mariah says

    This series is always on my “must-by” list! I just adore them! I have to finish up the book I am on then it is on to bad boy Thanatos. Of coarse it would be lovely if I won it first!

    Thanks for the chace!

  8. Laurie says

    I’m a little behind on this series and I need to get going! Thanks for the great review and a chance at the book!

  9. miki says

    Thanks for this review. I’m just discovering this author but i would be very happy to win

    thanks you for opening this to international too

    all the best

  10. Glittergirl says

    Oh, I’d love to win this book! I have all of Ione’s books including her Sydney Croft books with Stephanie Tyler. She writes a delicious book, yum.

  11. Dani Nguyen says

    Eek I can’t wait to read this! I love all of Larissa’s books & from the sounds of it, I’ll love this one too. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. LLL says

    I loved that last quote. Had me laughing! This author is wonderful and I have really enjoyed the books of hers that I have read.

  13. Viki S. says

    I’m dying to get my copy of Thanatos’ book. Larissa’s books are the best. I drop what I’m doing as soon as one arrives ;). Thank you for the giveaway.

  14. Susan T. says

    Thanks for the awesome review and can’t wait to read. I have the series on my TBR mountain.

  15. says

    That quote, so awesome… I spat tea everywhere laughing. I can’t wait to be able to get my hands on a copy of this. Thanks for the Giveaway!

    Vikki @ V’s Book Life

  16. winnie says

    Thanks for sharing your views on this Amy! I am really looking forward to reading this myself and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy :)

  17. Irene Jackson says

    Great review,I love the quotes. I have grown to love this series almost as much as the Demonica books.

  18. erinf1 says

    Awesome review! Thanks for the great giveaway too!

    I live under a rock. I think I’m the only person who hasn’t read this series yet. But I plan on changing that soon :)

  19. says

    I just started reading the Demonica series a few days ago (I know…shame on me for getting to it so late in the game LOL) and I can’t wait to get to this spin-off series. Great review and thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Joy says

    I haven’t read any of the series yet, but the review certainly got me intrigued. Definitely sounds like I’m going to have to get the Kindle going on download!!! Thanks for the great give-away!

  21. StacieD says

    The new book is finally here! It seems like it has been forever since the last book came out. I love this series. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  22. Susan W says

    I haven’t started this series yet but I’m going to have time this summer. I need to get caught up so I can read this one. Larissa’s Cydney Croft books were awesome so I’m sure these are going to be the same.

  23. Helen says

    I would love to get a glimpse into this series. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  24. Martha Lawson says

    Awesome review!! I love this series and have been anxiously awaiting Than’s book. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  25. Melanie says

    Great review. Love this series. Can’t wait to read. Too many good books came out today. Don’t know which one to read first.

  26. says

    Awesome review! I loved this one so much – I feel it is Larissa’s best work to date! I cannot wait to read the next book – what torture to have to wait!

    I already own a copy, please do not enter me in the contest!

  27. JenM says

    I always forget how much fun Larissa Ione’s books are to read until I read some quotes and then I just want to get my hands on the book.

  28. Diane says

    I have yet to try this series even though I’ve been told theses books are awesome, I don’t know what’s holding me back! Your review was excellent.

  29. June says

    I became addicted to Larissa Ione’s books when I first read ETERNAL RIDER. It was so great that I had to then go back and get all the Demonica books, and of course IMMORTAL RIDER when it released. I can’t wait to read this one, I have been wanting to read it for a while, and so jealous of anyone who got to read it early, LOL.

  30. Barbara Elness says

    I enjoyed the review – especially the quotes that gave me a bit of the flavor of the story. I’m looking forward to reading this latest book in the Lords of Deliverance series.

  31. Stacy says

    Wonderful review as always!!! I’ve been waiting for this to be released so thank you for the chance to win it!!

  32. says

    I have several of the books in this series and have not yet gotten to them but after this review I think I will start them tonight!!!!!

  33. Na S. says

    I like intensity and it sounds like this story has this! Thanks for the review.

  34. Jen B. says

    My only comment is….fan girl squeal! Eeeeeee! Thanks for the review and the giveaway.

  35. says

    Amazing review as usual! I can’t wait to start this series! Soon. I have the first two paperbacks on my to read shelf. Also the new compendium (ebook) I purchased a few weeks ago. I’m going to wait till I get my hands on this one to start reading them. I like to read them back to back if it’s possible. Thanks a million for the chance to win!! :)

  36. Debbie S says

    I’M SO EXCITED!!!! I started reading your books about three months ago. After the first book went straight out and got the second. When I finished the second I was so disappointed that I could not go on to the third one. Can’t wait to read all about Than and Regan!

  37. Ferishia says

    I’m a little senile, so I don’t know if I’ve already commented or not. If I have, ignore this then. lol

    Larissa Ione rawks SO HARD!! I’m totally excited to read this book! Your reviews are always awesome! :)

  38. reading mind says

    ohh, you put some teasing quotes! great review, can’t wait to have read the book! And it’s not good to read such a great review just before going to sleep like I just did….god, I’m going to dream about some…well. you know.

  39. says

    I have books 1 & 2 on my shelf. I’ve been waiting to read them until all the books come out and then have an Ione read -a -thon. I’d love to win this one.

  40. Artemis says

    An awesome book that begins with a to-die-for cover. Thank you for this giveaway. Larissa Ione’s world building and characters are brilliant!

  41. Spav says

    Great review! I loved the first 2 books of this series and the Demonica series. Can’t wait to read his one!

  42. Dhia says

    All I can say is FINALLY!!!! Waiting for this book has been like a kid waiting for Christmas! :)

  43. DANIELA says

    How does someone overcome betrayal?
    By being forgiving and stronger than everybody else!

    Great quotes too! Thanks for shering them with us.

  44. Jayjay Atanacio says

    omgggggggg love the series! I need to read the next book after this awesome review of yours. I’m desperately waiting for this book! eeek I wanna win *cross fingers*

  45. Molly Frenzel says

    Larissa Ione is one of my favorite authors. I love this series and the Demonica series. I can’t get enough of them. Thank you for the giveaway!
    molly dot frenzel at gmail dot com