They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Thanatos, the most deadly of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, Regan Matthews, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a price more terrifying than an apocalypse-he’s about to become a father.
Demon-slayer Regan Matthews never imagined herself as the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he’s ever wanted-a family.
I have seriously fallen in love with this series. I mean, I liked it before but now I love it. Thanatos has officially been added to my list of book boyfriends. Because underneath that gruff, crabby exterior lay an utter gem. Thanatos is one of my favourite male leads in this series. He was just too damn cute.
The story was set up in the previous book, Immortal Rider. Regan was sent by the Aegis to seduce Thanatos in order to fall pregnant. When Thanatos found out about Regan’s deceit, he blew a gasket. Not only was he furious at being used but he was terrified that losing his virginity would mean his Seal breaking and him becoming a thundering loony. His reaction to the news that Regan was sent to seduce him was so bad that Ares and Limos felt the need to use hellhound venom to… sedate… him.
All of the above takes place in Immortal Rider. Lethal Rider takes place eight months later, and starts off with Thanatos shaking off the effects of the hellhound venom. Needless to say, Thanatos is pissed. He’s lost a whole eight months of his life, he’s confused about why he’s not evil, and he’s pissed that his first time having sex was the product of Aegis scheming. He wants to throttle Regan, and I can’t say I blame him. Regan’s time away from Thanatos has been a little more eventful. She’s found herself warming up to the idea of having a baby. She’s also been feeling guilty over lying to Thanatos and dreading the inevitable fallout.
This book wasn’t quite as funny as what I’ve typically come to expect from Ms Ione and I didn’t even care; I still loved it. Thanatos was so friggin’ sweet when he found out Regan was pregnant. All this guy ever wanted was a family of his own, but it never seemed possible because of the situation with his Seal. Normally, Thanatos is this take-charge, take-no-shit kind of guy, but in the face of Regan’s pregnancy he’s all nervous and uncertain.He is so excited to be a dad, but he flounders when trying to properly express that excitement. I had so many “awww…” moments with this book that it was ridiculous. Now, I know that I’ve been jabbering a lot about Thanatos but I haven’t forgotten about Regan. I was a little worried that Regan would be overshadowed by Thanatos, but that never happened. She totally held her own as a character; she was one tough cookie. She’d been dealt a rough hand but she dealt with it really well.
Lethal Rider is my favourite book in this series so far. Seriously, if Thanatos were a real guy, I would happily volunteer to have his babies. A whole soccer team, if he wanted. Rogue Rider is the last book in the Lords of Deliverance sub-series, and I can’t wait to see how the whole issue with Reseph is resolved.