Review: Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione

Title: Lethal Rider
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of the Deliverance, #3
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Pages: 433

Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman 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, ReganCooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he’s about to become a father.

Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself 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.

“Kiss me?” There was a vulnerability in his request that had such a powerful effect on her that she almost choked up. In answer, she lifted her head up and touched her lips to his.

LETHAL RIDER was freaking AMAZING! It exceeded all of my expectations, but of course, how could Thantos not impress me. This book was full of complete EPIC-NESS! You will be AMAZED. I promise you that! LETHAL RIDER takes place about 8 months after Regan betrayed Thantos into having sex with her to get pregnant. Thantos has been in hell, held and unable to move by the hellhound saliva and does not know that Regan is pregnant. He only has hate for her betrayal and at his siblings for keeping him held down for the past 8 months.

“I have some more staff members to interrogate.” He winked. “I’ll try to keep their screams at a minimum.” Yeah, he really did have a quirky sense of humor. Especially because she had no doubt he was actually serious.

Thantos eventually gets free and comes after Regan only to learn that she is pregnant. He has all kinds of different thoughts and feelings on the subject. Firstly, a baby, a family is all he has ever wanted and he could never have. It seems like a dream come true except that the baby is his agimortus and may possibly be the key to destroying Pestilence. Thantos is determined to keep Regan and the baby safe at all costs.

“I wasn’t lying when I said you’d awakened something sexual in me, something that frankly scares the shit out of me. But that’s my problem, not yours. I won’t make you do anything you don’t want to do.”

There were so many moments in the book where I was happy, sad, and angry with rage that it was so funny! Regan betrayed Thantos in the previous book and not only that, but she was going to give the baby to Kynan and Gem to raise thinking she won’t be a suitable mother. She has had a rough childhood. But my problem is that even more than halfway through the book almost that she is still talking about giving it to them. She is attached, and this is Thanto’s kid too, so he definitely has some say. I mean, the Aegis and her took like everything from him.

“Here’s how this goes. No Guardians. I don’t trust any of them, including you. You can have as much ice cream as you want. I doubt I’ll stop ordering you around.” He turned his face away and put his lips to her ear. “And you don’t get your own bedroom. You sleep here. With me.

I thought Regan had a lot of growing up to do in LETHAL RIDER. I liked her as the heroine, but I felt like she was a bit tortured as well and had a lot of growing to do as a character. Thantos was PERFECTION! We get to learn some interesting things about him and not that we didn’t already know this, but HE IS SO FREAKING SEXY! THANTOS IS A GOD! He is definitely my favorite Horseman of the Apocalypse. There were so many moments that I could just rewind and rewind and rewind!

“So ask me again why I’ll win a battle of wills.” “Fine.” She jammed her feet under the covers. “Why?” “Because I’m immortal and you’re a mere human. I have an eternity to out-stubborn you.”

Overall, LETHAL RIDER was JAM-PACKED with nothing but EPIC-NESS! There was so much that happened that I could not possibly explain it all in one single review. I must say this! If you didn’t already hate the Aegis, you will want to murder them and wish the most deadliest and most painful death on them! Trust me, you will! I speak the truth! I am really looking forward to Reseph’s book and I can already tell from the sneak peek chapter that it is going to be an amazing book.

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TV Review: Outlander 1X06: The Garrison Commander

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OUTLANDER this week was so good. Finally we're back to stuff happening and it being all awesome. I am completely looking forward to more!

Full on Anger going on here!

It might have been awesome this week, but it was heartbreaking and makes you despise the person who was front and center this week, Randall. This whole episode was about Randall, which it was nice to dedicate an episode to him to get into what type of character he is more. He is evil and vile. And I am disgusted.

Many of you who have watched the episode probably won't want to relive the flogging scene. It was described as a flashback here and was horrid. I will only watch once. I won't watch it again, but my thoughts on it were that Jamie's back was already cut and damaged when he removes his shirt and he is still going to whip him and he does it to the point that Jamie may be on the point of death. Where his back is ripped open. I mean it seems like he is going to get to the bone. Ugh. Like I said I won't watch that again. UGh!

Emotions happening in this episode!

I hate how the red coats treat Dougal, much worse than Claire was treated earlier on. I have to say Randall gutting Claire and having one of his soldiers repeatedly kick Claire! I wanted to murder him. Thank god for you Dougall! Thank god for you! Dougal leaves with Claire but is told he must give claire up to Randall the next day to further questions her, well he actually means further torture her. Dougal test Claire for her truth to find out that she is truly not a spy and proposes she do what he says if she wants to be kept out of Randalls hands. He says she must marry Jamie. He opposes it, but she must if she doesn't want to submit to Randal again.

Finally the wedding is happening next!

I was kind of disappointed with this scene. I felt the whole episode was so dedicated to Randall, that the scenes with Dougall telling her she must marry and Jamie and her talking about getting married was done far too quickly. They should've ended it when Dougal telling her she must marry to give us more time, for the Jamie and Claire talk. I don't know. It just seemed like they zoomed through that scene too quickly. But even though I was horrified with this episode a bit. I loved it a lot more than the last couple of episodes. And finally Alas! the Wedding episode. I am so happy I can't freaking wait!!

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Review: Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow & Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha, #1
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Pages: 358

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I have not read any Young Adult for at least a year, maybe even longer. I definitely wanted to get back to Young Adult, because I know there are so many great ones, not to be missed. To get out of my Young Adult reading slump I decided to go for The Grisha Series. I've been seeing 4-5 star reviews like everywhere, barely heard a bad thing about it. I was prepared to be amazed and I'm a hard cookie to please these days. HOLY MOTHER OF GOD! Where has this book been on my life? Well, I guess on my TBR for the past two years.

SHADOW AND BONE has everything you are looking for in a Young Adult book! A strong heroine, epic fantasy setting, amazing writing and dialogue, all the main/side characters are awesome, heartwarming love interest story, and psycho psycho that you love to hate. Well, maybe I'm not usually looking for all these things in a Young Adult book, but I'm glad SHADOW AND BONE had all these elements! This story is about the greed for great power and using it to control and the world. We have the Grisha with special powers. Our heroine, Alina is a sun summoner which is really rare and she is the salvation of everyone, but The Darkling plans to use her to for his own personal plans. I'm not going to really go into summary mode, because it will probably take me all day.

I loved Alina. She was a strong heroine and was able to hide her Grisha abilities for a long time for the hope to stay with her childhood friend, Mal. But she ends up saving his life with her powers and gets found out and get taken to be trained with her new powers. The world of the Grisha was beautiful, but everyone has their own agenda, you can't really trust anyone. Although I didn't really get to get to know Mal too much until we got more than halfway though the book, I loved him and his gentleness and love for Alina. It makes you want to root for him.

Now, The Darkling. I hear everywhere that readers love him and consider this a love triangle between them and everything. And I just don't get where that is coming from. In the beginning we don't really know much about him. He is mysterious and that's what truly drew me in about him. But when we find out what his real agenda is and see how he truly is by the end of the book, I wanted to stab him in the eye. I have had my share of love interests that love the heroine but are really evil. From what I have read it seems like The Darkling's only agenda is enslaving Alina and he only wants her for her powers. But I have seen the cruelness and evilness in him. So, right now he isn't a love interest to me.

Right now at this point I have finished the book. Seriously you shouldn't read this book at work. It got so good, and then my lunch break was over. I ran into the bathroom to finish reading it. I got all happy and excited and angry and enraged and went into my fangirling mode! This was just one damn fine epic book. I'm glad I read it and I'm glad this is the book I chose to get my out of my Young Adult reading slump. And I am fucking starting the next book ASAP, because I just have to know what happens next. If you haven't read this series yet, do yourself a favor and read it.

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Review: Armed & Dangerous by Abigail Roux

Title: Armed & Dangerous
Author: Abigail Roux
Series: Cut & Run, #5
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Release Date: May 18, 2012
Pages: 330

Left alone in Baltimore after his unpredictable lover bails, Special Agent Zane Garrett takes his frustration out on everything in his path until he is ordered to Chicago to back up an undercover operative. When he gets there, though, he finds himself face to face with his wayward partner, Special Agent Ty Grady. They have to deal with the uncertainty lingering between them while they work to retrieve their intended mark, a retired hit man and CIA wet-works operative named Julian Cross.

Ty, once a marine and now an FBI hotshot, has a penchant for being unpredictable, a trait Zane can vouch for. Zane is a man who once lived for his job but has come to realize his heartbreaking past doesn’t have to overshadow his future. They're partners, friends, lovers, and the go-to team for unusual cases.

With Cross and his innocuous boyfriend, Cameron Jacobs, in tow, Ty and Zane must navigate the obstacles of a cross-country trek, including TSA pat-downs, blizzards, their uncooperative prisoners, CIA kill teams, a desperate lack of sleep or caffeine, and each other. Ty and Zane are determined to get Julian Cross to DC in one piece, but it’s starting to look like it might be the last thing they do.

“I’m gonna end up in the fucking madhouse because of you!” He reached out and grabbed Ty’s wrist, pulling him closer. “Loving you is going to make me fucking insane! I said no, and I mean it!”

Oh, man! And we have an installment where the cop mystery stuff takes over my Ty and Zane fix! Damn you! ARMED & DANGEROUS was full of boring cop stuff and two guys named Cam and Julian who I don't give a rats ass about. I want my Ty and Zane back. Ty and Zane were present in this book, but it was like this book was taken over by Julian and Cam which I was NOT happy about. But I will stay positive.

“I love you. And I've never been able to say that before with such conviction. I can't remember a time when you weren't the first thing I thought of, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I don't care what stands in our way.”

The previous book left off with Zane having told Ty he loved him and Ty leaves that night and Zane finds him gone the next morning. And the next time Zane sees Ty..... Well, let's just say it's so long Zane wants to kill Ty! We do have sweet, awesome romantic times. I swear this series makes me have major fangirl moments. I need more and more of this wonderful series.

Zane felt flush all over, a little light-headed, and more than a little off kilter. What Ty promised.. . It was more than Zane had ever expected to want from anyone else ever again. But he did want that from Ty, desperately.

I really liked seeing them talking about their feeling for each other and being open about this relationship they are building. I loved the first part of the book so much! I mainly just loved the Ty & Zane parts through the entire book. ARMED & DANGEROUS was far from one of the best books, but I am hopeful that the next one will be tons better.

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Review: Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole

Title: Pleasure of a Dark Prince
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark, #9
Publisher: Pocket
Release Date: February 16, 2010
Pages: 431

A Dangerous Beauty
Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her—and those she loves.

An Uncontrolled Need
Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.

That lead to a pleasure so wicked...
From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia's greatest weakness—her wanton desire for him
I swear these books are getting more addicting and addicting where I can't stop reading them! I love Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark Series and I can't wait to read the rest of them! I am a huge fan of the lykes in the Immortals After Dark World. They are just so incredibly sexy!

I'm not going to say too much about the storyline, because I think by now there are most likely millions of reviews on this amazing series out already, but we have another hit! I love Lachlain and I love Garreth! I want them both! Why are lykaes so sexy?

Lucia the Huntress was our heroine and I loved her! I loved her personality and her strength for all that she had been through! But, ah! She was just so stubborn when it came to admitting that she wanted Garreth! There were times in the book where Lucia really pissed me off, but she was an endearing heroine. Plus I loved Garreth chasing her as Lucia ran from him! So this was another amazing installment in the Immortals After Dark Series, and I look forward to the next book!

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