Review – Revenant (LOD #6; Demonica #11) by Larissa Ione

revenantRecently I have broken one of my cardinal reading rules TWICE.  I’ve read books in a series out-of-order.  I will not make that mistake again.

From Goodreads: “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.”

Revenant is 100% a paranormal romance.  And, I’m sure fans of the series will love this installment.  It’s fun, sexy and well paced.

For me, it wasn’t quite a win.  I’ve said before that I tend to prefer urban fantasy over paranormal romance and this is a good example of why.  A while back I read a post from an erotica writer who discussed why, even in a romance or erotica, you must have conflict and a strong plot line / story.  You can’t build a successful novel on just the couple getting together.

In many ways, that was the problem with Revenant.  Almost every scene between Revenant and Blaspheme was written around him trying to get her to have sex with him.  As a result I felt very little connection with them as characters.  If I had read the series I may have known more of their backstory and understood his obsession and her reticence.

Lastly, while I love stories with strong alphas, Revenant came off poorly.  Mostly because he was very pushy with Blaspheme and kind of raunchy without the cheekiness that can make that work.  Some of his dialogue was eye roll worthy.

But, as I said, fans of this series will probably love it.  And, I’m still giving it 3-stars.  If you can kind of relax and take it for what it is, then you will enjoy the hours you spend with Larissa Ione.

Thank you to the publisher for providing an e-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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