Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review: Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance #4) by Larissa Ione

Rogue Rider
Lords of Deliverance #4
By Larissa Ione
Expected Publication Date - November 20, 2012
Published by Grand Central Publishing
ARC Obtained Via NetGalley

Synopsis from Goodreads:
"The prophecies were there but no one listened. Until now. They are the Lords of Deliverance and they have the power to ward off Doomsday . . . or let it ride.

Jillian Cardiff came to this remote mountain town to forget the demon attack that almost killed her. Instead, she rescues - and falls for - a gorgeous stranger who has no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man that Jillian can trust. But with hints of a troubling history of his own, he's also the kind of man that can be very dangerous . . .

Reseph may not know his background, or why he mysteriously appeared in Jillian's life, but he knows he wants to stay. Yet when Jillian's neighbours are killed and demon hunters arrive on the scene, Reseph fears that he's putting Jillian in danger. And once it's revealed that Reseph is also Pestilence, the Horseman responsible for ravaging the world with death and destruction, he and Jillian must face the greatest challenge of all: can they forget the horrors of a chilling past to save the future they both desire?"

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About Larissa Ione:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione penned her first novel at the age of 13 and hasn't stopped writing since. She has been a U.S. Air Force meteorologist, an EMT, and a professional dog trainer, and you never know when one of those interests will pop into her novels.

She lives a nomadic existence with her U.S. Coast Guard husband and son, so her writing career has been a blessing -- a job that moves easily.

She writes dark paranormal romance for Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books,) and contemporary romance for Red Sage and Samhain. Under the pen name Sydney Croft, she writes erotic action adventure romance with partner Stephanie Tyler.

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My Review:
Okay - so first off, let me go ahead and be completely honest... this is the my most precious ARC I've ever had the privilege of obtaining! I'm a HUGE fan of Larissa Ione! The Demonica Series is one of my absolute favorite series.... ever. The Lords of Deliverance series continues on with the characters from the Demonica Series and explores the lives of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. I ADORE this series and actually Pre-Ordered Rogue Rider MONTHS ago! As soon as it was out for pre-order, I had it waiting in my library.

So, with that out of the way, I'll tell you what I thought of Rogue Rider. I'm going to try not to include any spoilers because well, book spoilers suck to me... I don't want someone to ruin it for me, so I'll try not to ruin it for you...

HOLY HELL this is officially my favorite out of the LoD series... I loved the other 3 to no end but Rogue Rider knocked my socks off. I couldn't have dreamed up a better finale for LoD - especially the way that it leaves room for a new series to open right up and continue on with the story. I cannot wait to continue on with Reaver and Harvester. This is one of my favorite things about Ione's Demonica Series + LoD Series = she continues on with the same characters but adds in new ones. It's the same world, the same families... you get so attached to her characters and the great thing is, they don't disappear. You get to continue on and see how their lives continue to change and their families grow even when they aren't the "main" characters in the next book.

As with all of the other characters that Ione has created, Reseph is brilliant and Jillian is the perfect female character to fit right along side of Reseph. Every character in this series is written so perfectly and clearly that you feel like you could pick up your cell phone to give them a call. They're REAL people... at least to the reader. Rogue Rider picked up on the story where Lethal Rider leaves off.

The romance is swift but honestly, I felt the connections immediately between the two. It was one of those BAM! moments where you think "wow, they are great together" (but not annoyingly so). Both trying to overcome pasts, Reseph trying to remember his, they lean on each other even though neither wants to be left vulnerable. Rogue Rider is a great struggle between good versus evil, as is this entire series. With Reseph, it's a struggle to overcome what he once was as Pestilence. The horrible acts eat him up inside so he struggles to try and right the wrongs even though he feels he deserves the worst punishment deliverable.

The climax is oh-so-nail-biting. I didn't realize I was holding my breath until I started getting a little light headed. I honestly have NO nails left... The romance is breath taking/hot/amazing/perfect... I could keep going... It's not mushy and annoying... it's... great....

Umm... and Wow is there one hell of a revelation that will leave you picking your jaw up off of the floor.

Rogue Rider is definitely one of those books where you start it one day, read all night long, and finish it before you even have your first cup of coffee in your system. You can't put it down! Plus, when it's over and your last page is turned, you want the next book NOW. Not in a week. Not tomorrow. NOW! I cannot wait to continue on with the story of character's lives.

Okay - I could honestly go on and on about Rogue Rider. If I haven't spelled it out enough already - this is a GREAT read but I HIGHLY recommend starting from the beginning - pick up Demonica Book 1 NOW!!!! I promise, you won't regret it if you're a fan of adult paranormal romance. You can thank me later ^_^

My Overall Rating: 5 HUGE, WHOPPING Stars!

Cover: 5 Stars - beautiful cover yet again - I really do love all of Ione's covers
Characters: 5 Stars
Plot: 5 Stars
Climax: 5 Stars
Ending: 5 Stars

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