September 19, 2020 02:47 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
I had some really great reads during the month of August, but only one romance rose to the five-star level. It was the continuation of a popular, paranormal romance series by a favorite author that has produced a lot of keepers for me. It pairs Limos aka Famine, the only female Horseman of the Apocalypse, with Arik, a member of the R-XR, which is a secret branch of the military that deals with paranormal phenomena. These two shared a brief sexually-charged moment in the previous book of the series, and as this story opens, they finally share a passionate kiss, which lands Arik in literal hell, where he’s tortured for a month before finally escaping. Afterward, Limos nurses him back to health, during which time things gradually heat up between them even more, but she is supposed to become the bride of Satan, and at first glance, there doesn’t appear to be an out-clause in her contract. So they spend the better part of the book trying to figure out if there’s a way for them to be together, while still battling her brother Pestilence, who has regrouped and is once again wreaking havoc on the Earth.
Half-angel/half-demon, Limos is the only one of the Horsemen to be raised by their mother, Lilith, in Sheoul, where she was treated like a princess. As a result, during her early years, she was more in touch with her demon side, so when she came to Earth to find her siblings, she was at first actively working against them and harbors many secrets associated with that time. At birth, she was also betrothed to Satan and is supposed to become his bride. She has no idea where her agimortus – a vessel that if destroyed will trigger the breaking of her Seal – has been hidden, and with Pestilence actively trying to find it in order to get her to join him in his evil pursuits, it’s imperative that she get to it first. Limos is very attracted to Arik, and in a moment of weakness she shares a kiss with him that causes her jealous betrothed to drag him down to hell. She spends the next month, searching endlessly for him, and when she finally gets him back, she’s extremely surprised that he’s able to forgive her for all that happened to him during that time. She soon realizes that she’s fallen in love with him, but there’s a great deal of danger ahead as they search for her agimortus, hold Pestilence at bay, and find a way to break her marriage contract so that they can be together. Limos is a very relatable heroine. I very much enjoyed the dichotomy of her being a bad-ass Horseman with a very feminine side that enjoys girly things. She actually likes it when Arik plays protector, even though she’s far more powerful than he is. Because of her demon upbringing, she does have a tendency to lie about a number of things and keep a lot of secrets, because lying gives her a rush. But she at least has the decency to feel guilty about most of her untruths and eventually discovers that being with Arik gives her the same feelings.
Arik grew up with an abusive father, so he’s always had to be a protector, first to his mother and sister, and then as a member of the R-XR. He’s been totally hot for Limos, pretty much from the moment they met, so it’s only natural that he decides to kiss her at a party they’re both attending. Unfortunately that results in the earth opening up and him quite literally being dragged down to hell, where unspeakable tortures await him. Just before he was taken, Limos begged him not to say her name, because it’s one of the tricks that Satan might use to finally take her as well. Arik is incredibly strong, and with a little help from a Seminus demon who heals him after each torture session, he manages to maintain some semblance of sanity throughout his ordeal and stubbornly refuses to say Limos’s name. Eventually he manages to escape Sheoul, and ends up at Limos’s Hawaiian villa, where it takes him a while to actually believe that he’s no longer in hell. Once he does, he knows that he should hate her for everything that happened to him, but he simply can’t. In fact, he loves her enough that he believes in her even after all of her secrets are revealed. I adored Arik for how protective he is of all the women in his life, including Limos who could totally kick his ass. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, including her brothers. He’s also incredibly forgiving, loving, and determined to do anything it takes to ensure that she never has to wed Satan.
I loved Arik and Limos, and they’re definitely among by favorite heroes and heroines of the series thus far. I understood and related to Limos quite well, while Arik was the perfect hero for me. The book is loaded with tons of action and adventure that keeps the story moving along at a brisk pace, and when it slows down a bit to allow for some romantic moments, they’re very tender, while the love scenes are every bit as steamy as I’ve come to expect from this author. The plot is full of twists and turns that I’m sure the reader won’t see coming and that will definitely keep them on their toes. There’s so much that happens in this book that will affect future stories in the series that it’s certainly not to be missed. That’s why I’m naming Larissa Ione’s Immortal Rider as my August Book of the Month. If you enjoy paranormal romance with a relatable hero and heroine, along with sub-plots for a lot of intriguing supporting characters, that’s packed with almost non-stop, action and adventure but that doesn’t skimp on the romantic and sexy times, then you should definitely give this book a try. Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy for your own library.
Sexy, powerful, and immortal, Limos is on a crash course with destiny. She’s been marked as Satan’s bride and her jealous fiancé wants her all to himself. The only way this Horseman can keep herself—and everyone else—safe is to keep her distance. But not even Limos can save herself from the secrets she’s kept . . . or resist the seductive allure of one very brave human.
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