Title: Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1)
Author: Laura Thalassa
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Blurb: They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.
When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.
Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.
Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.
And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.
Rating: 4 Stars
This is my first book by this author and I am seriously impressed. Laura Thalassa tells a damn good story with intriguing characters that didn’t annoy me even once.
This book had me at hello as soon as I was introduced to my favorite type of heroine – strong, smart, sassy and sarcastic. All of these characteristics make up Sara Burns. She was pretty freaking awesome and probably one of my top 5 favorite female characters ever. Her character stayed consistent throughout the entire book – she was who she was and she didn’t change, even when she got a taste of the god-like D in her… cuz ya know, some chicks get stupid when a well-endowed knight in shining armor with a pretty face comes riding along on his trusty steed.
I’ve been big into angel/demon, apocalyptical style paranormal romances lately so this book was right up my alley and did not disappoint. The first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Pestilence – has been activated and he’s riding from coast to coast infecting the population with a deadly plague. Then comes in our heroine and takes one for the team, deciding that she’s going to kill him to stop the plague from spreading… but Pestilence is immortal and much to her surprise, he doesn’t die after she shoots him and then tries to burn him alive.
In the name of revenge, Pestilence decides to make Sara suffer for trying to kill him so he drags her along – literally – while he infects everyone so she can watch them all die.
Yup, Pestilence can be a sick and cruel bastard.
Even though Pestilence starts out as a major douche without a sympathetic bone in his immortal body, with Sara’s help he starts to see the softer side of humanity and I loved watching this change in him. He was as sinister as he was sweet and vulnerable. Sara teaches him compassion, mercy and overall goodness in mankind. And while Pestilence is changing for the better, Sara keeps fighting her unhealthy attraction towards him because well… he kills people.
But eventually, we all succumb to sins of the flesh at some point… and it’s no different for Sara and Pestilence.
“…despite every wound we’ve inflicted on one another, despite him trying to end my world and my world trying to end him, he wants me … And I want him.”
I won’t go much further into any details because a lot of messed up shit happens, but this book was an entertaining and addictive enemies to lovers story with a well-delivered plot and a character dynamic that had a wide range of depth. It’s more than safe to say that I will be reading LOTS more books by this author in the future, and will definitely be anticipating the release of the next book in the series – War.