Review: Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione (Lords of Deliverance #4)
November 20 2012
Mass Market Paperback
Grand Central Publishing
Received from NetGalley
Yummy Man – Reseph
Kick Ass Chick – Jillian Cardiff
From Goodreads –
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 whom Jillian can trust. But with hints of a troubling history of his own, he’s also the kind of man who can be very dangerous . . .
Reseph may not know why he mysteriously appeared in Jillian’s life, but he knows he wants to stay. Yet when Jillian’s neighbors 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, 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?
Rogue Rider is the fourth book in Larissa Ione’s Lords of Deliverance series. In the first book, Reseph’s seal breaks and he becomes the über-crazy-evil Pestilence, first horseman of the apocalypse. I am not exaggerating here when I say he was really evil. The stuff that Pestilence was getting his kicks off of over the past three books was bordering uncomfortable…but boy was he fun to read!
At the end of the last book, Pestilence was destroyed and Reseph sent to Sheoul. But that was not where he was meant to stay and somehow he ended up back on earth but with no memory of whom or what he is. Yes, we actually know how he ends up back on earth but I want to try to remain elusive as not to ruin it for you guys. 😉
I found it was cute how Reseph remembered only little parts of himself a little bit at a time. We finally got to see the Reseph who was worth fighting for. The Reseph his siblings have been talking about since book one. He’s a great mix of happy-go-lucky and heart. I also really liked how seriously he took things once his memory came back. How he shows such remorse spoke of his strong character. I think that’s what makes him so gosh darn likable even after everything he’s done in the other books! He was beyond a bastard yet Larissa was able to make us care for him. She made it easy to see that Reseph and Pestilence were not truly the same person. Really, Larissa did a great job writing him. I believe he is my favorite hero of the series. And that is saying something since all of the heroes are pretty special.
I found Jillian was the perfect match for Reseph. She has been through a horrific ordeal and that is what helps her understand him. She is kind, spunky, smart and sweet. In a romance book, sometimes I am frustrated by how little ‘alone page time’ the main couples get but in this book they get a lot. And I loved all of it. (And no, I am not talking sexy times here but there was quite a bit of that too *grin*)
Something else that we got quite a bit of in this book was action. A nice healthy dose. The story was very interesting and well written and the action added to the excitement of it all. You see, Reseph may be back but apparently he could be swayed to evil again. That can’t happen, of course, so battles ensue and so on.
Not only is there action and couple alone-time but one of the Big questions was answered. That’s right, we find out who the horsemen’s father is. And boy, it’s a doozy! Loved that twist. I suppose this being the last book in the series there is no surprise that Big questions were answered but still, I was happy to see it.
As a last book in the series, this one was written beautifully. It finishes off the horsemen’s story well and doesn’t leave you craving more, which is a quality I admire in a final book. What it does do is set up Reaver’s story. Does it ever! I found myself jumping up and down in my chair as Reaver makes his final appearance in this book. Reaver, as usual, is fantastic in this book. We are starting to catch glimpses into his past and those sneaks just make me that much more excited for his story. That is not all that makes me crave his book – I’m also dying to see more of him with Harvester.
Yes, you read right. Harvester. I can’t say I ever hated her but boy did she ever belong on my ‘characters I wouldn’t mind if they fell into a deep abyss…then got stomped on by giant gorillas’ list. But in Rogue Rider, Larissa does something incredible: she made me feel sorry for Harvester and she made me want her to have a happy ending. She made me think that Harvester deserved a happy ending! Not only that, but she made me want Harvester to have a happy ending…with Reaver! And now, knowing what I know, I think they will make a perfect couple. I can’t wait to see how Larissa pulls it all together. I think it’s impossible for Larissa to write a sucky book so I know Reaver’s tale will be made of pure awesome.
All in all, I really enjoyed Rogue Rider. The world continues to wow me, the characters are strong and the story gripping. Larissa’s voice is just awesome. Her mix of humor and heart is just perfect and suits the world she created well. This book and this series is everything you would ever want from a paranormal romance read. If you are a fan of the genre, it’s definitely worth reading.
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and p.s: Be sure to come back to read my interview with Larissa. She is so awesome!