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Dec 16 2014 11:00am

First Look: Larissa Ione’s Revenant (December 16, 2014)

Revenant by Larissa IoneLarissa Ione
Revenant (Demonica)
Grand Central / December 16, 2014 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme-a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.

Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she's the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there's no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won't find her . . .

Last year saw a real return to Larissa Ione's popular and super-imaginative Demonica series and a merging with her Lords of Deliverance series, with Reaver, the most powerful angel in Heaven restored to grace as a Radiant, as well as the “good twin.” In a companion novel that continues to show profound effects on the paranormal fate of the world, Revenant is the dark side of the coin, the angel who's equally as powerful as his brother but who's only ever known a life in Hell, the “bad twin.”

These are creatures that are thousands of years old and life on the other planes is just as complicated as in the human realm. Lied to, his memories wiped, and rejected by everyone he should be a part of, Revenant is out for vengeance, for the truth and for a reckoning after all these years, and to discover where he really belongs now. Then he runs into a hot blonde with a mouth, Blaspheme, a doctor at Underground General—our favorite demon hospital—and an angel with more than enough secrets of her own, who will put him in his place. And a little distraction is a very good thing.

“I would consider this a personal favor. Which means I would owe you.”

Hmm. Now that was something to think about. She didn't want to be indebted to anyone, let alone a fallen angel like Revenant, but to have him owe her... that was worth considering. She didn't know much about him, but she did know he was the evil Watcher for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, which meant he was a fallen angel of high standing – and power. And with the craziness that was going on with her mother right now, Blas never knew when she'd need a favor.

“Why me?” she asked.

“Because I want you,” he said simply. “And you want me.”

Good Lord, he was delusional. “I don't want you.”

He smiled tightly. “You will.”

“You know,” she sighed, “the more you say shit like that, the less likely it is that I would ever want you.”

“You don't appreciate confidence?”

“I don't appreciate arrogance. There's a difference.”

“And what is the difference?”

“Confidence is arrogance without an asshole.”

He laughed, and holy hell, he was stunning when he did that. “Sounds uncomfortable. I'll keep my arrogance, thank you very much.”

Revenant isn't used to rejection. No, really, it's part of his mega angel powers. Until Blaspheme. And the last thing she wants is attention. She's not being completely honest about who she is, while he's just figuring out he's not who he always believed he was. Revenant has several qualities that liken him to Reseph, the Horseman who became Pestilence and was rendered truly evil after his seal broke, which is a good thing. He isn't nearly as bad as he wants everyone to think, and that makes him a great hero. Ione has always tempered playful but meaningful romance with the epic happenings of this world, and Revenant and Blaspheme's instant chemistry snags us immediately. Paranormal or not, it's hot when the guy pursues the girl, and that's what we have here, right from the start. 

“Okay, then.” Her mouth actually watered in anticipation of what she was about to say. “I have a proposition for you.”

One black eyebrow shot up. “I'm listening.”

Summoning every ounce of False Angel magic she had left, she sauntered over to him. Slowly. Seductively. He thought she was different, so she'd show him exactly how identical she was to the species she was pretending to be.

The crazy thing was that this all felt so natural. Crazy, because the FA enchantment should be wearing off, not intensifying her desires.

“Sex,” she said, lowering her voice to a husky, deep False Angel drawl that drew males like a magnet. You'll take me to Underworld General.” His gaze darkened dangerously. “But only once. Just enough for you to get me out of your system.”

And if there's one author who's incorporating sex scenes that really advance the plot, it's Ione. These scenes between Revenant and Blaspheme are few but intense and erotic enough to do just what they should—get us hot and bothered enough about this couple that the whole world could crumble around them and the mission is still for them to find a way to be together.

“Interesting.”

“Interesting?” he croaked. “You know what would be interesting? If you'd let me touch you.”

“And why's that?”

His control was slipping. He felt it in the way his heart was beating against his rib cage and his hands were clenched to the point of bleeding. He heard it in the guttural tone of his voice. Tasted it in the blood from his bitten tongue. Smelled it in the arousal that mingled with hers.

“Because I would have you up against that wall, my hands pinning yours so you'd know how this feels, and I would rail you so hard you'd feel me for a month. And after we both came, I'd have you on the floor, pulling a sixty-nine that wouldn't end until I tasted a dozen of your orgasms. Before you could even think about recovering, I'd fuck you in every way a male can fuck a female. And I wouldn't stop. Not until you begged.” He slammed his fists into the mattress. “Damn it, Blaspheme, I need to be inside you.” He sucked in a harsh breath. “Let me... inside you.”

The other aspect of Demonica that makes it so special is its off-the-charts creativity. There are obstacles that seem impossible to overcome, both within and outside of the central relationship, and it's no different here. Revenant and Blaspheme are two very different kinds of angels, both forbidden, and dealing with politics of a supernatural nature. Then there are their own secrets.

How could he be such a danger to her but at the same time, make her feel... safe? Because she had felt safe with him. He'd saved her from an angel assassin and then took her someplace where only someone harboring a death wish would try to get to her.

Then there was the simple chemistry of their relationship. She was flat-out attracted to him. His power and darkness drew her, but beneath all of that, behind the arrogant wall of defense mechanisms, was a male no one had loved for a very long time.

The physician in her wanted to heal him. The False Angel in her wanted to seduce him. The female in her wanted to comfort him.

The vyrm in her wanted to run.

The angel focus of the past couple of books in the series has been just as fascinating as the Seminus demons and Four Horsemen before them, plus these characters possess fun names like Revenant, Blaspheme, Devastation, Cataclysm, Reaver, and Harvester. Turns out Revenant has a pretty huge role to play in the war against Hell, and once again Ione offers a climax befitting the series like only she can. Although, when the villain really is Satan, how can it not be big? It's been a pleasure getting to know the men of the underworld; next up is Hades, which is hopefully a sign that this series still has plenty of life left in it.

 

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Tiffany Tyer is a writer and editor who loves reading and analyzing all things romance. She also runs a non-profit coffee shop, which is the perfect complement. Her book reviews can be found at Happy Endings Reviews, a blog she co-founded.

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3 comments
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I'm excited for this one, too, since I really loved Pestilence's story.
Tiffany Tyer
3. TiffanyTyer
@PhoebeChase, so good! These last two books - Reaver and Revenant - have felt like the early Demonica books to me, which has been wonderful. Love this series so much. :)
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