Lethal Rider: Lords of Deliverance #3

Lethal Rider
Larissa Ione
Lords of Deliverance, book three
ISBN 9780446574501
ebook, 464 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Grand Central Publishing

They're here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Born of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell's minions and everything they want to destroy. They are the Lords of Deliverance, and they have the power to ward off Doomsday...or let it ride...

Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, Regan Cooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he's about to become a father.

Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he's ever wanted-a family.

I am far too smitten with these Horsemen!

Opening paragraph and I was already cracking a smile. Regan's having a BOY! Too many stories screw little things like this up. Soldiers get the daughters. Demons and warriors get the sons. Words to write by, people.

Than and Regan's story began in the last book alongside Limos and Arik's. To sum it up... Than has always believed his virginity was the key to keeping his seal from breaking. To lose it meant losing his soul and joining the evil forces, taking them all one step closer to the Apocalypse. The powers that be believe something else. That his child is the key. They therefore send the guardian, Regan, to seduce him and carry the child for the side of good. Did I mention the Horsemen and the guardians are suppose to be on the same side?

Well... successful in her quest, Regan goes into hiding and it's now about eight months later. Than's brother and sister, Ares and Limos, have kept him bound to a hospital bed by paralysis. He knows nothing of the child and has spent the last months fantasizing about ending Regan's life, and kicking himself for all the sex he's missed out on.

  • From virgin to father in zero to sixty.

I've loved all of the Horsemen. Ares (War), Limos (Famine), and even what I've seen of Reseph (Pestilence) whose seal truly has broken. Limos was rather hilarious, but Than is the lord god of smartasses. I wondered who'd win more of my affection from the very beginning, Ares or Than, and as always, innocence tipped the scale in Than's favor with the weight of an earth-crushing comet. His story is, of course, hot as hellfire (they each are) but a deep plunge of emotions as well. Ares lost a family once while a family is all Thanatos ever wanted. He's the most broken by what he's become. He's the most in need. And that paired perfectly with Regan.

And now, Limos wants a baby. Sheesh!

They all agree. Reseph was the best of them. But after getting inside Than's head-and heart-I'm not sure that's even possible. In all honesty, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this one nearly as much had I read it before the birth of my son. Is there anything motherhood doesn't change?? Oh, I still prefer my books sans babies but I can tolerate them a bit better now. And Than is ideal for what I want for my child. To be capable of bloodshed, but driven from his very soul to protect.

The series itself didn't advance very much for most of this installment. Being that Pestilence (Reseph) has always had a special need to torture Thanatos, since apparently they were the closest of the siblings, it's basically him just fucking with Than and plotting to destroy his child. And killing. Lots of killing. Than's walkers. Cara's hellhounds. Limos's entire household. And even Than's tattoo artist. His goddamned tattoo artist!! Has Pestilence no shame?? And uh, no weaknesses?

The new game plan in thwarting the Daemonica's Apocalypse was to trigger the Biblical end of days first. And they needed to find their father to do it. Too bad his identity is still a mystery.

In the end, Than destroys Pestilence and sends Reseph to Hades. It's Reaver who puts in motion a way for Reseph to redeem himself, without his memory or loss of sanity. So Reseph's story is next and I admit, I already feel jipped by the plot but I'm sure it will come around. We've got to make it to Reaver and Harvester's story. And I so know there's a story there!

So what'd they name the baby? I was dying to find out! There are worse baby names, but jeeze... Logan?!

5 out of 5 stars.

Previously in the series:

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