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Reaver by Larissa Ione…ARC Review & Giveaway

It’s Friday the 13h, one of my favorite days of the year and it’s only FOUR more days until Reaver by Larissa Ione releases!  

I thought why not do something fun on this favorite day and to go along with my review?  

So,  in honor of that Reaver, that sexy angel, and because Larissa is awesome, I have THREE signed copies of Larissa’s Rogue Rider to give away!

Two copies are ARCs with a different cover than the mass market paperback, which is pretty cool if you ask me.  Oh, and this contest is open internationally! 

I hope you enjoy my review and thanks so much for stopping by! 

reaver cover

Book links:

Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble  ~ IndieBound  ~  Powell’s  ~  Goodreads

Synopsis:

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…

 

My review:

Reaver is the fifth book in Larissa Ione’s Lord of the Deliverance Series and is also the tenth book in her Demonica Series.  As some of you may know, I absolutely adore this series.  It’s one of the series I will continue with as long as Larissa writes it and one that I will always recommend.  I have been chomping at the bit to start this book and holy book gods in booktopia…..this book was truly amazing.

There are mysteries solved in this book as well as many secrets revealed…so I am going to do my best to give you a review without spoiling anything.  Trust me, you would be mighty angry if I did because there are some major “WHOA” moments you need to experience for yourself.  Okay, here goes nothing!

Reaver, the badass angel with a rebellious streak a mile wide, is a man on a mission.  A mission he never would have thought he’d be on.  Once again he will be breaking the rules set by the Heavens but this time, the stakes are much higher than they ever have been.  He is going into enemy territory to rescue Harvester. The enemy being Satan’s lair, of course, and Harvester being the Fallen he has an extreme love/hate relationship with.  Having been robbed of his memories, he had no idea what connection they shared, just that they shared one.  What he learns about their connection had rocked him to his core and he knows, at the very least, he owes her this rescue and to be returned to safety.  Many questions arise when his decision is made to go find her.  Will they survive the journey back from the underworld?  Will she agree to let him help her?  What will she think when he tells her the truth of what they once were?  That last question is the one that will plague Reaver and worry him most.

Harvester has pretty much accepted her fate in the underworld as the torture plaything for Satan.  After she had been ousted as a traitor and spy, she knew it would happen.  And yeah, it sucked but she knew what she was getting involved in when she volunteered to fall all those years ago and watch over the Horsemen.  She would do it all over again for the angel she once loved and the one she made an oath to.  The memories of that angel, Yenrieth, were the only things keeping her somewhat sane during the endless hours and days of torture.  Memories were erased of Yenrieth so she was lucky that she still had any at all, even if she could never see his face.  She had given up on ever getting out of this (literal) hell until Reaver shows up…to save her.

In the end, getting out of the underworld may not be the hardest journey for Reaver and Harvester.  There’s five thousand years worth of history they will need to sort through and with the possibility that they shared more history than either one had imagined, putting up with Satan may be less complicated.  Oh, and there’s also the itty-bitty problem of an impending war between Heaven and Hell.  Yeah, lets just say the odds are stacked against them from the word GO.

I literally just finished this book ten minutes before I stared this review and I’m sill in awe of everything I just read.  Larissa has blown my mind.  I was already in love with Reaver from the previous books. On the flip side, I hated Harvester until the very end of Rogue Rider, the last book.  Reaver was amazing in this story.  His resolve and determination from start to finish is beyond anything I’ve read.  He adapted to every twist and turn and proved himself a worthy warrior on the side of good.  Harvester is beyond damaged, emotionally and physically, and broke my heart.  When we finally learn her history and why she agreed to fall, oh my….she now goes down as one of my favorite heroines.  She has a whole lot of rough exterior to break down and it was poignant when she showed her vulnerable side.  Luckily Reaver realized what a gift that was and tried his best to handle her with care.  As I had said earlier, there are MANY twists and surprises I never saw coming.  Wow.  Just wow.  Larissa threw some zingers in this story that blew my freaking mind and I loved every single one! Oh, and the fight between Heaven and Hell is reaching a fevered pitch and had me on the edge of my seat until the last freaking chapter! Well done….

Oh, and I can’t go without mentioning how great it was to see our Demonica friends…Eidolon, Gem, Wraith, to name a few and of course the Horsemen and their other halves. Than talking about a play date between his kid and Wraith’s was priceless!  The humor peppered into the story from these guys and enjoying their sibling bond was a treat to read.

And so here we are, at the end of my long, somewhat vague review and if you can take away one thing this should be it:  BUY.  THIS.  BOOK.  It was everything I was hoping it would be and ended exactly how I wanted it to for Reaver and Harvester (lips are zipped up tight!)

Thank you, Larissa, for an amazing, emotional, edge-of-your-seat, kick-ass read.  You have done it again!

5LovesRLBFive Loves

 

Giveaway:

Signed Rogue Rider Giveaway

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

About the author:

Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

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Comments

  1. my fave character is Eidolon from Pleasure Unbound …
    thx u 🙂

  2. Gotta love me some Thanatos!

  3. I really like Thanatos from LoD 🙂
    Thanks for making the giveaway international and cheers from Italy

  4. Wow that is hard to choose, because all are special.

  5. Really can’t decide because I love all the characters but on of my favorites is Thanatos and Reseph. Thanks for the giveaway and can’t wait for “REAVER” to be released!!

  6. My favorite Character is Sinead Donnelly. She has so much attitude!!

  7. I fell in love with the series from the beginning, too many to pick from to say I have a fav…but to top off my list would be Gem, Tayla, Ares, Jillian….oh my gosh, I so could go on….teehee…so I facebook, tweeted, and comment….love Larissa’s style of writing!

  8. I would love to add this one to my signed collection!!

  9. Wraith and Thanatos are my absolute favorites, but I love all of her characters (yes even the bad ones)

  10. Love this series and author, great review!

  11. It’s hard to pick a favourite larissa character cause there’s so many I love! I’ll go for Sin, she kicks ass and I love the way her character grew to love but didn’t go all flowery and girly girl with it…. If that makes sense lol

  12. Wraith is my favorite by far. All the male characters are awesome though.

  13. Oh wow.
    So far, my favorite character of Larissa’s is Reseph. I feel absolutely head-over-heels for him. He was just amazing!

    Great giveaway! 🙂 Super excited for Reaver!!!

  14. Thanatos!!!!

  15. I would say Thanatos but really love them all!!

  16. OH my lord!!!! I cannot WAIT until this books comes out! If I had any PTO left from work, I’d surely use one on Tuesday so I could curl up with this one!!

  17. My favorites are Reaver and Reseph!!

  18. Oh….Absolute favorite? Than…definitely. I think…wait! No, Ares. No, Than…..No! I’ve got it! Respeth (?)! Nevermind….all of them! 😀

  19. Really…pick a favorite?!?! Larissa hasn’t written a character yet that doesn’t immediately become a favorite! Reseph & Than are definitely at the top of my list…can I have them both???

  20. Reseph for sure! Thanks for the giveaway. ^_^

  21. I always love the heroines. They’re always so kick-ass!

  22. I love all of them

  23. Eidolon

  24. I love them all ! But I have the feeling that I’m going to love Reaver the most ! I can’t wait eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek ! :- D

  25. Thanatos so far…but I think this book is gonna’ swing the vote Reaver’s way!

  26. Wraith

  27. That’s a really tough call, but Wraith and Thanatos probably top my list! Thank you for remembering that international readers love Larissa too!

  28. My favorite character is Sin. She’s awesome.

  29. Thanatos by far <3

  30. I love all of her characters, but if I have to choose it would be between Wraith and Thanatos. Love those guys 🙂

  31. All of them have something special but my favorites are Wraith and Thanatos .

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  32. I love them all. Thanks for the giveaway. While I never win, trying is still fun.

  33. My book boyfriend Wraith of course ;). Thank you.

  34. Elizabeth Dougan says:

    My favourite character has to be Eidolon! X

  35. I love them all. But I think Reaver will be my favorite.

  36. What a wonderful gift this would be…. =)

  37. Hard one but I’d say Thanatos, Shade or Wraith, too hard! arg

  38. patti silva says:

    I can’t choose between Ares, Connell and Lore!

  39. I gotta saty I’m in love with Reseph 🙂

  40. Elizabeth C says:

    Can’t pick just one! Love them all

  41. Shade. But I love them all.

  42. Shade, as he was “my first.” Well the story of Shade & Runa. Reaver is close second, and may become first.

  43. Jenny Kells says:

    I seriously can’t pick, I love then all! !!

  44. Zsofia Turoczi says:

    This is one of those cases when I can’t choose a favorite because they are all special and different and loveable for different reasons. But I have a feeling that I’ll really adore both Reaver and Harvester in ‘Reaver’ 😀

  45. Ooooh that’s so hard! Um…either Eidolon from “Pleasure Unbound” or Ares and Cara from “Eternal Rider”. Can I just have a top three? Haha~

    But if I had to pick JUST ONE…probably Eidolon 🙂

  46. That’s hard. But I’ll say Reseph

  47. That is so hard to say, probably Shade.

  48. I haven’t read any book from Larissa Ione(I know,shame on me),I’ll fix this flaw very soon,because I know that I will love books from Larissa Ione,I’m sucker for paranormal romance 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post and great review! 🙂

  49. Love the interview!

  50. Cannot wait to get into this next bit and my fav would have to be Wraith

  51. Stephanie F. says:

    Ooh, that’s a tough one I love them all. She writes such amazing anti heroes and villains, lol. If I had to choose I’d say Eidolone and Tayla. They were the first couple I fell in love with and I still find their relationship hilarious, especially now with a baby. Can’t wait to read Reaver, he is my second favorite.

  52. Think my favorite is Wraith (at least lo far!). Great giveaway!

  53. I love all the characters but Wraith stands out the most.

  54. Can not wait to read it

  55. Barbara Elness says:

    I love them all, but if I have to choose just one, I’ll go with Sin.

  56. It’s like picking your favorite child!!! Impossible question lol.

  57. i can’t wait to read this story i have been waiting for this one to come out

  58. Eidolon or Sin… Thanks for the awesomeness!

  59. How anyone can decide who their favourite character is, is beyond me, I fall in love with them all, amazing author, amazing books!!!

  60. Wraith.he’s tormented, sexy, loving and a . He’s a brother and different. Sin because she kicks ass and is an unbeatable sexy woman. Reaver. Nuff said.

  61. I love Than, Wraith, Reaver, and Hades. Out of those 4…..hmmm…

  62. Poonam Nebhnani says:

    Damn !!!! It’s difficult to choose a specific character from her books. But I’ve got a list which includes Eidolon, Gem, Sinead, Thanatos and Harvester of course 😀

  63. My favorite is Reaver. I’ve always loved him since the beginning, when he was working at UGH. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Rogue Rider.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 🙂

  64. I think I’ll have to go with Wraith…but it’s a hard decision, to be sure. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com

  65. Karla Carranza says:

    Wraith and Thanatos! I love those two boys like no other! <3

  66. Tayla

  67. Reseph!! The ultimate bad boy!!

  68. It’s such a difficult choice! If I had to choose it would be Reaver.

  69. ALL of them! No? Ok then, ummm…it’s a tie between Wraith and Thanatos! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  70. Thanatos!!…=)

  71. Elizabeth Wade says:

    Wonderful books!

  72. What a great contest!!! LOVE IT!!!!

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