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ARC Review-Reaver: Larissa Ione

(Lords of Deliverance #5)


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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.


Reading Order: 
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Reaver also appears in the Demonica Series
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See my 5 star review for Rogue Rider below: 
Reaver is NOT a standalone! You must read at least the first four books in the Deliverance series to follow along. However, I would suggest to truly get a feel for Reaver you also try out the Demonica series as well.

With that said I can squee now…OMG, Reaver is FINALLY HERE!! I’ve been waiting since the dawn of time it feels like for this baby. I’ll admit to being a little apprehensive when it came to actually opening the book and starting. I couldn't help but have this sinking feeling the buildup and anticipation for Reaver wouldn’t live up to the hype. Chalk it up to my luck with series books lately. I’m wicked excited to say, Reaver didn’t come anywhere close to disappointing! Larissa Ione delivered everything I envisioned and then some. Thank you, Ms. Ione, for this little slice of heaven.  It safe to say I have a MAJOR girl crush on a certain badass paranormal writer as well as her kick ass sassy fallen angel!

I absolutely ADORED this book. Reaver and Harvester both gave a completely new meaning to more than meets the eye. The author wove their past and present together beautifully; Reaver and Harvester’s story freaking rocked my socks. These two were the perfect balance between naughty and nice. Holy hell, I’m so totally in love and lust right now. Sin has always been my absolute favorite of Ione’s characters, but these two gave her some serious run for her money. I’m thinking Reaer is my new favorite Ione book. Although, I’m not sure if I enjoyed Reaver or Harvester’s character more.  If I look back through the other books in this series, I think Harvester may have the lead (she is so deliciously hot and kick ass).  

I’m so not a paranormal chick, my reading tastes have outgrown this genre a while ago, EXCEPT for when it comes to one Ms. Larissa Ione! I’m so addicted to her writing; I can’t seem to help myself. I absolutely adore her dark and gritty version of good vs evil; one that never fails to include kick ass heroines and scrumptious dominating males.

As always Ms. Ione’s writing is faced paced, well developed, and so engaging it sucks you right in. Reaver’s story is no exception to the others in this series; it’s jammed packed with action, tension, plot twists, chemistry, and familiar characters I just couldn’t seem to get enough of.  

The only complaint I have is that it ended. I didn’t want it to end.  

Larissa Ione effortlessly does it again; she's left me craving the chance to delve back into this world with Revenant's story. I have a strong feeling this man is going to be even more naughty and delicious than Reaver was!


Thank you, Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and Larissa Ione, for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Reaver in exchange for my honest opinion.


Many writers will tell you they began writing stories the moment they learned to wield a pencil. I’m no exception. But even as a child, I didn’t write “kid” stories. I preferred something more dramatic. Something that didn’t include Dick, Jane, and a dog named Spot. I wanted my dogs to have names like White Fang or Cujo. I’ll always have my parents to thank for that. They never censored my reading material (though I suspect that if they had truly known what was between the covers of some of the books, they’d have been a little more careful,) so when other girls my age were reading Laura Ingalls Wilder and Judy Blume, I was immersing myself in Stephen King and Jack London.

Considering my fiction preferences, it came as no surprise to anyone that my first short stories were tales of horror, and my first novel, penned at the age of 12, was an Alaskan wilderness story with a wolf hero.

Eventually, my interests changed. Oh, I still enjoy a good Stephen King novel, and Jack London remains a favorite, but I discovered some new favorites while I was in college. Robert Jordan. Marion Zimmer Bradley. Mary Stewart. Oh yes, I’d found fantasy. I devoured every novel I could find, and in time I started writing my very own fantasy novel. That novel is still a work in progress, thirteen years later.

Eventually, after I’d read just about every fantasy novel published, I had to switch to something else. That something else was straight historical fiction. Again I exhausted my supply, but my longtime friend from my Air Force days, Karen, came to the rescue with something I never thought I’d read. Something I made fun of her for reading.

She made me read a historical romance.

Thus began a passion for, well, passion. I wanted to write romances, and I wanted to see them in print. To help fulfill that dream, I joined RWA, writers’ lists and critique groups. In order to build some writing credits, I worked on some military and National Weather Service technical manuals. As my writing improved, I began to sell my work to print magazines like The Canine Journal and Dog Fancy, and to online publications such as Writing-World.com.

Then, in early 2006, while in the middle of recovering from hurricane Katrina (and after nearly giving up on writing,) I inked a 3-book deal with Bantam Dell with my collaboration partner, Stephanie Tyler. We write together under the pseudonym of Sydney Croft.

I also sold a series of dark paranormal romances to Warner, a sale that was extremely satisfying because I was finally able to combine my love of romance with the darkness that creeps into my voice, thanks to my youthful and still-present love of horror novels and dark fantasy. This sale also cemented my ability to write full time, a dream come true because of my husband's Coast Guard career and frequent moves. I can take my job with me! And happily, in March of 2009, the second book in this series hit the USA Today Bestseller list, and in April, the third book, Passion Unleashed, hit both the USA Today AND New York Times bestseller lists.

I've also written for Samhain, a wonderfully supportive publisher with a great list of authors.

Most recently, I sold a vampire series to Pocket Books…and I hope there are more to come!

For more on my journey, check out my FAQ page and my For Writers page under articles.

Oh, and the friend who got me addicted to romance? I paid her back by getting her hooked on Star Trek. Live long and prosper, Karen! (One day I WILL write that Star Trek novel!)

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