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Good, but it lacked balance - 2/3 of the tale was a voyage thru Hell, and the rediscovered romance was rushed.
on 29 December 2013
I think that sometimes when you've anticipated something for so long, you inadvertently manage to build it up to more than it actually turns out to be, which results in a bit of a disappointment, even whilst you're enjoying said thing, and yes, I know that's an oxymoron, yet that was exactly the case here.
Reaver comes over a year after the last Lords of Deliverance books, so I can't entirely recall where/how that one ended, but I do know that at the end, it was revealed that Harvester wasn't quite the baddie we'd been lead to believe she was, and now with Reaver having learned what she'd done to protect his children, the Horsemen, he's determined to save her from Satan and Hell.
So, the tale ends up being the story of his trials to get to her, and once he's gotten her, to get them both to safety. It was never going to be a quick or an easy quest through the bowels of Hell, and whilst the author didn't exactly repeat stuff, for me personally, it felt as if it were hardship/fight/demon type, name and description/slight progress/backtrack and more of the same in the 2/3 of the book that was about their escape. Yes, during that time, both Harvester and Reaver hurt each other with words, but also healed each other with words, and she agreed to release him from a certain promise he'd made under duress, only for him to start to fulfill said promise on his own terms, and what very hot terms those were (though I did have a little trouble reconciling him as a male lead, with him being a grandfather, LOL!).
It then suddenly seemed that all the trials were over and with 1/3 of the book to go, H&R were not quite out of danger, but on Earth, where there was time again for more 'fulfilling of promises', in between the danger, the threats of heaven being invaded by demons, killings and other stuff. There were certain reveals from archangel Metraton that brought H&R closer together, but also opened up the series for more tales, and as there's a snapshot of her next tale, Revenant, it's no secret that he's the one to...get his tale next. That should be interesting, as in this tale, he goes from not-that-bad-an-unknown-quantity to a bit of a baddie, who then seems to help, before the floodgates open and he and Reaver are discovering their true connection and battling each other to the death (which was obviously abortive). So, it seems as if LI will take a baddie and turn him into a perma-non-baddie/anti-baddie into her next book, but there's no mention on her website about when it's out, nor is the book yet listed for pre-order (though there's mention of the next in her Moonbound Clan vampire series which is out in 10/2014, as well as a Demonica novella that's due out in 06/2014).
The sex scenes weren't that plentiful, but for a pair of leads over 5000 years old, one of whom is a granddad, they were pretty hot, and best of all, the tale ended in a HEA for them, and happiness restored for a certain Horseman mated pair. IMHO, this book, a bit like Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon, is one of those that I've wanted desperately to read, but which I don't think I'll be reading again. It was a bit unnecessarily long, which is reflected in the paperback price, and at times it did seem a tiny bit, 'didn't I just read that?'/similar, but it was worth the read to see H&R reunited. I just think that I needed, wanted and expected more from them: more loving, more reparation, more explanations, more angst, more talk, more fighting, more making-up, more...everything.
After this tale, though, all of the original main characters from the Demonica series will have ended up with tales of their own, so as is the case with Ms Kenyon, there's a chance that future books, good as I know LI will make them, may be less than this - yes, I know that's another oxymoron, but SK peaked with Acheron, and what books have come after, seem as if they're diluting the series - and hemorrhaging die-hard fans. I truly hope that that won't be the case with future Demonica novels, as they've simply gotten better and better as they've gone on, as my review of Rogue Rider states.
Overall, this is well worth a read, a bit expensive, didn't quite top Rogue Rider for me, but it's a 'read-and-sell-on', so that I can recoup some of the exorbitant price.