My Review: Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

My Review: Pestilence by Laura ThalassaPestilence by Laura Thalassa
Series: The Four Horsemen #1
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Genres: Paranormal/Fantasy
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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.

My Review

Pestilence is book one in the The Four Horsemen series by Author Laura Thalassa.  It is an enemies-to-lovers, fantasy novel.

“We are locked into these roles, you and I,” he says, “and I do not know what to make of this misery.”

I picked up this novel on a whim, the cover and blurb calling to me.  A human falling in love with an other-worldly creature plays into my taboo love.

“This inhuman thing, with his angelic features, isn’t good looking, he’s blinding, breathtaking. He’s perfection incarnate. And isn’t that just cosmically unfair? He’s a harbinger of the apocalypse. He doesn’t need to be attractive, but he is.”

Sara is a firefighter and becomes the not-so-lucky one to have a close encounter with Pestilence.   Pestilence is on Earth to do a job.   He has never let anyone stand in his way. But he’d never met the likes of Sara Burns.

“Like lightning striking, the realization hits me: 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 loved this novel.  It was so different than other enemies-to-lovers novels, the whole not-from-this-world feel amped up the testosterone level and the feel of impending everything…doom, destruction, lust, and love.  Pestilence was vicious in all he did.  How he killed, avenged, and fell.  I loved the cues he took from Sara.  She was a formidable foe for him, questioning his motives and sanity at every turn.

“When you ignore me, I burn with restlessness; it feels as though the sun has turned its back on the world. And when you smile at me—when you gaze at me like you can see my soul—I feel … I feel like I am lit on fire, like you have been called by God to raze my world.”

The dark moments in this novel were very present.  But so were moments of hope, sympathy and empathy.  One of my favorite qualities of this novel, aside from the air of love, were the quick quips and sassy snark that brought laughter and trouble.  It made us see the human side of things, even in an immortal being.

“I cannot decide if you are a toxin or a tonic,” he says, lifting a hand to my cheek. “Only that you plague my thoughts and fill my veins.”

With a heat level of simmer, a danger level that was destructive, and a love so unbidden, Pestilence gave me all the feels and anticipation I needed to make me crave the next book in this series.


4.5 Stars

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