Series: Lord's of Deliverence #6
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 2014-12-16
Genres: Paranormal Romance, UF
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 . . .
FTC : I got this book for a fair and honest review from NetGalley.
Fair warning, this review contains all sorts of spoilers. If you haven’t read any of this series, or the Demonica books, stop right there because this is a series where the twists and turns are part of the fun. I recommend every book but I don’t recommend reading this review as it contains spoilers for previous books.
Revenant is the twin of Reaver but, unlike his heavenly brother, he was raised in the pits of Sheoul. You can see that would make a guy a little bit of a dick. At the start of this book, he finds out (again) that he should have been raised alongside his brother but was abandoned to Satan’s tender mercies as a newborn. As you possibly guess, there is no love lost between him and the rest of Heaven. He was never going to be a boring hero to read about…
Tasked to take care of Gethel and the evil hell spawn that she is carrying, Revenant has to convince a medical professional from UG to help him complete his mission or risk annoying Satan and getting removed from the only home he’s ever known. He decides on Blaspheme, the false Angel doctor who has caught his attention the second he stepped foot into the hospital. In his eyes, he is killing two birds with one stone (get the girl out of his system and complete his demonic mission) but he doesn’t realise that, in putting himself in such prolonged proximity to Blas, he would be risking all his bad-boy stripes and getting more in-touch with his heavenly side.
Blas has so many reasons not to help Rev. Her hidden identity means that Rev is a massive risk to her health and who wants to help the demonic offspring into the world? Unfortunately, she is the only one being given the location to Gethel (who, BTW, is possibly even more repulsive in this one….I know, I didn’t think it was possible either) so she cannot pass up the opportunity to try to save the world from the end of days. The longer she spends in the company of Revenant, the more attracted she is to him. The only issue is his massive insistence on following rules and laws would mean he would have to kill her if he found out what she truly was…
Revenant is the ultimate douchebag hero…. except he isn’t. Larissa Ione is a master at making readers see the redeemable side to her bad-boy heroes and my mind was set when he stopped Gethel eating her daily allowance of babies and kittens. The background that he had was horrible to think about (there was no ounce of niceness shown to that man at any point) so the fact that he still had some semblance of right and wrong was astonishing but, at that point, I started to believe in the love story. The amount of personal growth both characters go through is fantastic but I never thought I’d get the warm and fuzzies in this tale and, at scenes near the end, I did.
I loved Blas and her moral compass; she was really conflicted during the majority of this book and it just gave so much angst. She needed Rev as much as he needed her as her world was very black and white and he brought in much needed shades of grey. She couldn’t see the bigger picture but, what I truly loved, was that he made the hard decisions for her to protect her from her own guilt. She was a fabulously strong character and in this book, she learn’t that somethings are not as simple as they appear on the surface.
I don’t want to go into much more detail (you really should read it) but this is a book where all the loose ends are tied up. The story arc that started way back with Eidolon’s book comes to an end and it does so in explosive fashions. All the main characters are in there (the Sem brothers, the horsemen and the angels) and it is so good to see them all working together again. It was such a satisfying read and that is one of the main reasons I think you may need a series reread before you do read this final chapter… there are lots of little details that mean so much more if you read the whole thing (the scene with Reseph and the grave … *sob*).
This is a typical Larissa Ione book and I enjoyed the hell out of it. It’s fast-paced, topsy-turvy and sexy as hell … a definite one for the keeper shelf.