An erotic paranormal romance masterpiece !
Thanatos, the fourth Horsemen of the Apocalypse has been seduced and tricked by an Aegis woman called Regan Cooper. The most deadly and temperamental of the Horsemen was drugged with mead and lured into sex by the Aegis woman with the intention of getting her pregnant. The Aegis sent Regan on this ungrateful task because they thought that the child born from Death will end the Apocalypse. Regan agreed to undertake this task because she thought she would save billions of lives. No one knew that Thanatos was a 5000 year old virgin who strongly believed that his innocence was his Agimortus.
Regan achieved her goal but with dire consequences. Even though Thanatos' Seal didn't break, he was practically violated in his bed with the drugging and Regan's ability to extract souls from others. Regan ran right after the act but Thanatos managed to get loose and went after her. If not for Kynan and Shade who were waiting for her and Pestilence who managed to distract Thanatos, she would never got away. After she disappeared through Harrowgate and Pestilence left him alone, he lost it. Thanatos raged and his souls got out of his armor killing almost all the inhabitants of Greenland. His brother and sister put him down with hellhound saliva and kept him down once they realized Regan was pregnant. They did it for him but it hurt nonetheless.
Thanatos was immobilized for eight and a half months on Ares' island in Greece. He had no idea why Regan did that to him nor did he knew she was pregnant. All he knew was rage and hate and the idea of revenge. He succeeded in escaping his prison and now he was drawn to her. He found her in the Aegis headquarters in Berlin. He didn't know how he found her until he realized he was going to become a father.
Thanatos was left with little choice. His revenge or his son. He chose the latter. He took Regan in his home and tried his best to make her feel comfortable despite everything she did and once he learned why she did it, his anger toned down a notch. The unlikely parents-to-be had a lot on their plate. How to mend their differences, how to care for an innocent child, how to overcome Thanatos' fits of rage and Regan's OCD behavior... and most of all, who are traitors amongst Thanatos' staff and how the stop Pestilence along with the upcoming Apocalypse.
The absolute best book I've read so far from the author Larissa Ione. It made me stay up all night. It made me angry, sad, fearful, happy and amazing. It's a beautiful heartwarming story with a pregnant heroine at the center of the storyline and a hero who loves his child but doesn't know how to act towards a pregnant woman. It's filled with humor and that awwww moments which are so rare these days.
Thanatos, that gorgeous, lethal, tattooed, blond-haired vampire Horsemen is my dream come true. He is the perfect hero in all of my fantasies. He was tricked by a human Aegis woman into losing his innocence and having sex with her (even though she was also intoxicated by the strange mead and her actions got a little bit out of control). He was held by his siblings a prisoner for eight and a half months because no one trusted him to keep his rage under control and not killing innocent people. He had to watch Jersey Shore for crying out loud. When he managed to escape and locate Regan after all that time, he didn't kill her, he didn't harm her. He took her to his home and watched over her. True that things would probably be different if she wasn't pregnant but she was. And he was going to be a father. From virgin to father in almost an instant. Funny how things turn around in no time at all. Regan betrayed him but he still cared for her and with the passing of each day he truly cared for her more and more. It wasn't just about the baby, no, he wanted and needed her by his side.
The way he treated his pregnant woman was so heartwarming I almost teared up. The happy tears of course. He was so tentative and careful and loving and fiercely overprotective that I really wished he existed so he could show the men around the world how to get things done. Despite his anger and rage, he treated her like a delicate flower, like a queen. He kept his temper leashed and his feelings under wraps. His dark past and his vile actions disappeared once he realized he created - life. A baby boy. Or a pony boy as Regan called him. He gave everything for that child and he said he would trade his soul for him if needed.
Regan was a woman who you needed to get to know to, to like her. Or hate her. Because she had everything a woman could ever wish for. And she almost gave it away. She planned from the beginning to give the child to a family who could care for him in ways she couldn't. And she probably would have if Thanatos hadn't kidnapped her and took her under his wing. She is a complex woman with a difficult past and a lot of personal issues. From the feeling how she owed her life to the Aegis just because they didn't kill her as an infant to constantly proving how she was equal to men in the said organization. Her OCD and feeling of abandonment spiraled as she tried to fix her past mistakes and the guilt that was eating her up. She isn't one of my favorite characters but I believe that's just because I'm jealous of her. You know, a drop dead (no pun intended) male in her life who almost any woman would kill for, an immortal one at that, a beautiful baby boy with a family of immortal people who would give their lives to protect him, riches beyond belief, a sexy father of all vampires in bed every day, a pet hellhound... you see where I'm going with this.
The book is a beautiful mixture of dealing with personal relationship and parenthood issues and action in fighting the upcoming Apocalypse. The author masterfully intertwined the plague and deaths around the globe, evil Pestilence's plots, betrayal of the Horsemen on both ends of the rope, angels who are usually only bystanders while demons take all the charge, giving more time to the Demonica Series characters... I loved how she brought Azagoth in again. I love that guy. He reminds me of dealing with equivalent exchange in the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist. He is also mostly good. I don't like those self-righteous always-right characters. Not everything is black and white. The characters must have some good and some evil in them to make them believable and to put some depth to the story.
Another thing I loved was Wrath. Oh, that damn hot vampire got a lot of time here and what's more important, he and Thanatos like each other. I was literally drooling while reading it. This book is so hot and steamy I almost burst into flames. My two favorite characters getting along. Oh damn. It's a good thing I have a strong heart, otherwise I might be visiting the angels or Sheoul (you never know XD) by now. What more is there to say? I recommend this book to all paranormal lovers out there. There is something for everyone and there was everything for me in the "Lethal Rider". It moved to my top shelf and into all of my fantasies.