December 18, 2021 04:14 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
During November, I read five full-length books and one short story, but only one romance received the five-stars from me to be featured here. It’s a paranormal romance in a long-running favorite series by a favorite author, and it was a blast to read. Thousands of years ago, Yenreith and Verrine were the best of friends and were starting to become more than that, but lacking confidence due to her inexperience, Verrine pulled back a little from their romantic relationship. Yenreith, instead, was seduced by Lilith and slept with her on a whim, but little did he know that their tryst had created the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Eventually Yenreith’s memory was erased and many years later, he became the Unfallen Angel known as Reaver. Although heartbroken by his actions, when Verrine found out about the children, she vowed to always look after them and keep them safe, something that she accomplished by willingly becoming the Fallen Angel known as Harvester and working her way up through the ranks of Sheoul to become their Watcher.
Fast forward and this story begins with Harvester having been taken captive by Satan, who has commanded that she be tortured for all eternity for helping the heavenly side to narrowly avert an apocalypse. However, she’s trying to convince him that she acted alone, for if he finds evidence that Heaven sanctioned her actions, it will lead to a war between Heaven and Hell. Reaver now knows that he’s the father of the Horsemen and that he was the angel formerly known as Yenreith, but most of his memories are still missing. Believing that Harvester can help him fill in the blanks and also grateful to her for all she’s done for his children, he decides to mount a rescue, but knowing that it’s likely a suicide mission, he chooses to go alone except for three guides. After getting Harvester out and losing all his guides, they must continue by themselves on a dangerous “road trip” through Sheoul. Along the way, Reaver rediscovers some of his memories of Harvester, but when Harvester finds out that Reaver is actually her former love Yenreith, she’s hopping mad at him for the way he treated her all those centuries ago. But throughout their journey, they slowly begin to rekindle their feelings for one another until they know that they truly want to be together again. That may not be possible, though, given that Reaver will have to face the wrath of the archangels for his actions. Not to mention, Reaver’s rescue mission makes it abundantly clear to Satan that Heaven was indeed allied with Harvester in some way that will provoke all out war between good and evil. And then there’s the archangel, Raphael, who double-crosses them both for his own selfish reasons, leaving our star-crossed lovers a lot of obstacles to overcome to find an HEA.
Although the restoration of his memories don’t always paint a nice portrait of who he was as Yenreith, it’s abundantly obvious that Reaver has changed and grown over time to become a much more admirable hero. Although he can still be a naughty boy, breaking the rules, he’s usually doing it for a good reason. He’s also put his life on the line many times, so I felt like he more than deserved not only Harvester, but also the other impressive developments that came his way in this story. Most of all, I like the way he is with Harvester, showcasing a generous side of himself, always patient and gentle with her, but being uncompromising in never allowing her to hide from her emotions. He might have just become my favorite hero of the series so far. After spending so much time in Sheoul in her quest to become the Horsemen’s Sheoulic Watcher, Harvester has an intriguing dynamic between being hard-edged and tough as nails, while still having a little softness left at her core. She’s done many bad things she’s not proud of, but somewhere deep inside, she’s retained a kernel of goodness that flourishes as she spends more time with Reaver. Much like with Reaver, throughout the story, she demonstrates her selflessness by putting others first. Not only did she give up everything for his children but she also proves willing to give up a future with Reaver in order to save his life. Another thing I loved about her is that her word is her bond and she would never dream of breaking it, even if it costs her dearly. All of this made her a great match for Reaver and a very admirable heroine.
Throughout the series, I’ve had my doubts about Reaver and Harvester as a future couple, but after the big reveal at the end of the previous book, I actually started cheering for their pairing. I’d been eagerly looking forward to reading this book for a while, and it absolutely didn’t disappoint. I think it may now be my favorite book of the series so far. Reaver and Harvester as a couple had that perfect balance, still being just a little at odds, while slowly opening up to one another. In spite of past actions that weren’t all that admirable, they both proved their love for each other through their actions, as well as their loyalty to the Heavenly realm, while still retaining a little of the edge that makes them who they are now. Their story kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering first how they were going to make it out of Sheoul alive and later how they were going to overcome all the other obstacles that were thrown in their path. The author is masterful at plotting books that keep the stakes high, while also providing a hugely satisfying HEA ending. That’s why I’m naming Larissa Ione’s Reaver as my November Book of the Month. If you enjoy paranormal romance full of action, adventure and sizzling, swoony romance with a redemption arc for both the hero and heroine, then you should definitely give this book a try. Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy for your own library.
WARRIOR OF HEAVEN
Read my complete review of Reaver.
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