Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “I’m really not in Kansas anymore.“
Reseph was the first Horseman to break his seal, becoming the sadistic Pestilence. Beginning in book one Eternal Rider, we have watched Pestilence do everything in his power to bring about the Apocalypse. At the end of book three Lethal Rider, Pestilence is stabbed, immobilized, and his soul sent to Sheoul (hell) to be tortured for eternity. Reaver, the Horsemens’ angelic watcher, makes a deal with Hades and secures Reseph’s release. Reseph awakens in the middle of a snow storm, naked, with no memory of his past or present. He is found by Jillian, a human woman, and she nurses him back to health. Jillian and Reseph slowly learn to trust one another and eventually fall in love, only to be surprised when his siblings find him, inform him of who and what he was, and take him back to Ares home in Greece. Jillian is shocked by the Horsemen’s accusations, especially when she realized that Reseph is Pestilence, the same demon who terrorized her into seclusion. As Jillian and Reseph siblings try to make peace with what he did as Pestilence, there is a greater evil coming for them, an evil that only Pestilence can destroy.
I am a HUGE fan of Larissa Ione and her Lords Of Deliverance series. We have all waited impatiently for Reseph’s story and readers will be ecstatic with this latest installment. Rogue Rider is a story filled with redemption, forgiveness, sacrifice and love. It engulfs you at page one and doesn’t let go until you reach the last page. Incredible world building allows for easy comprehension even though it is rather convoluted. Filled with dark action, humorous snark, and some amazingly poignant scenes, you will find yourself devouring each page as the subplots yield bigger clues and dangerous situations, leaving us grasping for book five.
Reseph has A LOT to atone for and Ione doesn’t take any shortcuts with his story. I wasn’t sure Ione could turn Reseph from villain to hero, but I should have known better than to doubt her. We were never able to see what Reseph was like before his seal broke, so we are given a wonderful treat as we see the old, caring Reseph. Not only is he is sex on a stick, but his insides are just as beautiful as his outsides. And boy oh boy are his outsides pretty! He truly feels deep remorse for what he did as Pestilence. We watch him grapple with the knowledge of what he did to the world and accept the fact that he may not be able to atone for it. It’s heartbreaking to watch his siblings treat him with anger and disgust. Even though they know what he did, he did as Pestilence and not Reseph, it’s still hard for them to accept that he and Pestilence are two separate people.
Jillian is a fantastic heroine and a perfect match for Reseph. Human with a traumatic past, she rises above it and continues to try and live her life as normal as possible, even after having been touched by pure evil. Once she discovers who Reseph really is, she realistically panics yet when she is offered a chance to help him, she doesn’t hesitate. Smart and loyal, it’s her heart that shines pure and golden. She has seen the good in Reseph and that is the part she will do anything to save.
The chemistry between Jillian and Reseph is explosive and singes the pages. This is true love, born from the ashes of despair and pain. Though Ione deviates from the norm, having her couple fall in love relatively fast in the very beginning, it doesn’t take from the story in the least bit. The smexy times are hot and plentiful. One thing Ione can do and do well, is write incredible love scenes. Reseph is a sensual person naturally and when faced with the woman he loves-watch out. He gives his all into making Jillian his.
“I want you under me. I want to claim you, get myself all over you. And as much as I’d love to mount you right here in public, right now—and I think in my past, I would have—I never want anyone to see you like that but me.”
Throughout the main conflict, we glean more information as to the Horsemen’s conception and the machiavellian manipulations by all who has a stake in the doomsday prophecy. We catch up on the actions of old characters and new ones are introduced who once again leave us wondering where they stand in the great scheme of things. What I really love about this series is the lines between good and evil are blurred and preconceived notions are quickly disabused.. Everyone has picked a side yet Ione uses smoke and mirrors to keep us guessing the who’s and why’s. There is a delightful sub story involving Reaver and Harvester that demands satisfaction. I cannot WAIT to see where Ione goes with that one. There were some scenes that didn’t reveal as deeply as I would have liked. Another bone of contention is that the Horsemen ALWAYS ride in, kidnap, and subdue a sibling without asking them any questions. Even when the same thing has happened to each of them and they should know better.
The ending is incredible as a series of highly explosive events and revelations lead us to a climatic conclusion. I believe Reaver’s book is next and I for one cannot wait. Book 6-title to be announced-releases Fall 2013. I wholeheartedly recommend this series for every paranormal and romance reader who enjoys nonstop action, suspense, humor, and some extra steamy romance between the sheets.
Overall Rating: B+
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Eternal Rider, Immortal Rider, Lethal Rider and Rogue Rider. – Winner can choose print or digital copies.
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