by Larissa Ione
I loved this world! The four horsemen of the apocalypse are immortals born to a demon and an angel and were cursed for bad behavior quite some time ago to guard their seals or the apocalypse will come about. Pre-seal breaking, they are somewhat like their evil counterparts (Pestilence, War, Famine and Death) but don’t want the end of the world to happen, nor do they particularly enjoy their affinity to their evil side. Ares (War) is trying to stop his seal from breaking since his brother, Pestilence has gone evil and is trying to get the other horsemen to fall to bring about the evil party that is now imminent. His seal was broken by some events, Ares’ will break if a certain person dies – each horseman has a different catalyst.
Enter Cara. She heals a hellhound puppy (she has some animal healing magic) that was hit by a car. She and the pup bond and she is pulled into the supernatural events. Ares and Cara finds each other attractive, they both have baggage from previous events and they have a lot to work out. But whoosh, when they do, smokin hot!
So the romance aspect, super fun. A bit more sexy times than I usually read in urban fantasies, so I guess this is more in the paranormal romance camp. Cara holds her own. Ares is tough and rough and she kicks his butt when she needs to, awesomely fun. But more than the two of those guys, I liked Cara and her healing animals ability. It is a rare one, so she is special even when compared to angels, immortals, vampires and hellhounds. I also really enjoyed the horsemen (three brothers and one sister) and their dynamic. Also, even though this is the first Lords of Deliverance novel, there is backstory for some of the other characters which is covered in Ione’s other series, Demonica. Yes, some of the demons are good. So, I am going to have to check those out, because the hints of the demons and their lives sounded interesting and I enjoyed the writing. Yay, more books to add to the ever-growing TBR. 🙂
Fun stuff, easy, crazy, enjoyable and at times silly, I even shed a couple of happy tears at the end. (I am so easy!) 4 stars.