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Thursday, October 25, 2012

ARC Review: Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione

Format: epub (provided by NetGalley & Grand Central Publishing)
Release Date: November 20, 2012
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They're here.

They ride.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Born of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell's minions and everything they want to destroy. 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 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?

Wow and damn did Rogue Rider live up to all the expectations I had! I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I think Rogue Rider is one of the best if not THE best books Larissa Ione has written! 

Pestilance had his time in the spotlight and he made the worst of it. Now it's Reseph's turn and he has more than an uphill battle if he ever wants to have a semblance of a normal life. There were glimpses of Reseph in the previous books but none of them really painted an acurate picture of the man behind the prophecies. 

Rogue Rider doesn't waste any time with an unnecessary opening scene, it just dives headlong into the story, for which I was extremely grateful. In just a few pages I fell head over heels in love with Reseph. Such a big, strong immortal who had human wants, needs and insecurities. He was sexy, funny, sweet, and so irresistable. From the moment he regained consciousness, Larissa Ione had me on pins and needles, waiting for the moment when Reseph would remember his life and his time as Pestilance. I was curious as to how he would react and what it would take for him to forgive himself.

Jillian wasn't what I expected her to be. I thought perhaps an intelligent, soft, ultra-feminine woman who was in need of protection would be what Reseph needed but what I found was a rough, tough woman with violent demon encounter in her past and a vulnerable heart that even she didn't know about. She never let Reseph run roughshod over her at any time, if anything, she held the reins in the budding relationship between the two. Bottom line: I loved Jillian, I think she just might be my favorite of Larissa Ione's heroines. 

I loved the emotion in this book. Rogue Rider definitely had more of an emotional current than its predecessors and it really worked to further the characters and the story. What was interesting was the now fractured relationship between Reseph, his siblings and their families. Though the others were aware that it was Pestilance not Reseph that caused so much harm, they still seemed intent on blaming and punishing Reseph for it. It made me hurt for Reseph.

One thing you can always count on with Larissa Ione's books is that there's going to be plenty of secrets. Rogue Rider is no exception and though a few secrets that have been building up through the series are uncovered, there are about 10 more to take their places, which I assume is to keep readers guessing and interested (it works and I'm not ashamed to admit it). Each character seems to be a part of some bigger, twisted version of a family tree and with each story that is told, that tree gets bigger and bigger and the connections become more and more complicated.

Rogue Rider is a sexy, steamy conclusion to an amazing series and should not be missed by paranormal romance fans. I can't wait to see what Larissa Ione has in store for us next!


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  1. I loved it too, but I haven't posted my review yet. I'm glad you liked it too :) Great review!

    1. I'll be sure to check out your review when you post it!!!

  2. I need boos 2 & 3.to catch up. These Riders are hawt!



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