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Monday, November 12, 2012
Early Review: Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance, book 4
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Source: From NetGalley
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For more information visit Larissa Ione's website
Reviewed by: Stephanie
Waking up naked in the snow, Reseph can't remember who he is or what he's done. With the help of his rescuer, Reseph pieces together his identity but the more time he spends with the compassionate Jillian Cardiff, the less he cares about getting back to his old life. Charismatic and positively sinful, Reseph is unlike any man Jillian has ever met. She knows it's a bad idea to fall for the mysterious man but her heart doesn't care. An investigation into demon killings leads to Reseph's identity as Pestilence, the Horseman with millions of deaths on his hands, being revealed and the battle for his sanity, and their love, begins.
Spoilers From Previous Books
When his seal broke and Pestilence gained control of their shared body, Reseph became trapped and had to watch as Pestilence wreaked havoc on the world and his family. Back in charge of his body but without his memories so his mind could heal enough to not go insane, Reseph is in the human realm and trying to figure out who he is.
Three books and several battles later, we finally get to meet Reseph. Easy going and able to charm the pants off any woman one minute and deadly serious the next, Reseph's memory loss doesn't stop him from being magnetic and loveable. I'm really glad I got to know the real Reseph before all the drama kicks in once his memories return. It gave me a chance to see the fun and sexy man with a secret fear of being alone and when it came time to face the truth of what Pestilence did, I had a lot of sympathy.
Jillian was also great and perfect for what Reseph needed. A demon attack that left her scared drove her to live in a remote mountain town. She fears demons but still gets out of bed each morning and moves on with her life. She may not agree with my opinion but she's strong, caring and had no problem dishing out sass when needed.
Jillian selflessly helps Reseph try to figure out who he is while giving him a place to stay. Reseph does earn his keep and once a physical relationship starts, holy smokes, that man puts 5,000 years of experience to use. As hot as the sex was, their emotional connection was even better. Both are in desperate need of healing, Reseph more so later on, and there's an understanding there that no one else gets. My only issue was the admissions of love came too quickly, especially when in the other books it felt like the characters really had to work to get to that point.
When the spotlight wasn't on Reseph, it was on Reaver and Harvester. What we know about both characters is pretty much blown out of the water by the end. I did have some suspicions regarding Reseph and the Horsemen that were confirmed rather than groundbreaking but there were plenty of other things that made my jaw drop. Saying I can't wait for his book doesn't even begin to cover it.
When good and evil learn Reseph's location, the race is on to either cage him, kill him or let Pestilence loose. His family, Ares, Limos and Thantos, love their brother but can't forget the devastation Pestilence caused. Holding back the urge to throttle him, the Horsemen band together to help and be there for their brother when he becomes his own worst enemy. Also, there are forces building in the human and demon worlds and their target is Reseph/Pestilence. From intense and nerve racking, to captivating and heartbreaking, everything is thrown into high gear during the second half of the book and it doesn't let up until the end. All these side events were woven together masterfully and culminate in a way that Larissa Ione does so well.
The previous book, Lethal Rider, felt like the climax to the series. Rogue Rider deals more with the aftermath and the cause of it all, Reseph. I believe fans of the series will be happy with how Larissa ends everything and she'll have you excited for what's to come next, Reaver's book!