Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance #4)
By Larissa Ione
Published November 20th, 2012
Grand Central Publishing
Source: Received ARC from Grand Central Publishing (via NetGalley) in return for an unbiased review
3.5 stars out of 5
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 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 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?
Honestly, I thought the last Lords of Deliverance book, Lethal Rider, could have been the last one. I really wasn’t in that big of a hurry to jump into the next book because, eh, it’s Reseph. As Pestilence, he was a pretty nasty dude and did some pretty nasty stuff to virtually everyone. Pestilence had absolutely no morals and was the worst bad guy I had seen in a very long time. So why would I want to read about his redemption? He doesn’t deserve the girl, as they say…
Weeeelllllllll…. Reseph, if you’ve read the first three books in the Lords of Deliverance series, Reseph is always referred to as a pretty awesome, party-time, fun-loving guy. According to Thanatos, he was the best of them all. So what would happen to that fun-loving guy mind if he ever found out all the horrible things he had done to mankind and to his own family? Well, that’s the whole reason for this story. It’s a tale of not-quite-forgiveness. I was actually glad I read this story. It turned out well worth it, especially with what was learned about the always awesome supporting characters Ms. Ione writes into her stories.
What I love about Ms. Ione’s books is that she stays heavy with her supporting characters but not enough to distract you from the main story. Case in point, Reaver and Harvester. We learn new details about both “angels” and the information is mind-blowing. I have to say, I saw Reaver’s big reveal coming. But Harvester’s story is freaking awesome!!! She is one bad-ass chick!!!
Reseph is exactly what I expected him to be like and I thought Ms. Ione did a great job in writing the character’s evolution (or growth). I’m trying VERY hard to NOT write spoilers and it’s so hard! Jillian was just meh to me. I don’t think her character was fleshed-out enough for me. I wanted to know more. It was like Ms. Ione kept telling us what Jillian was like but that was it, no more explanation than that. I wanted more about Jillian’s personality, I guess.
Setting / World Building
This story ended up being the perfect read for this time of the year. It’s set in snowy Colorado around Christmas time! How perfect can you get? So just remember, next year when you’re scrambling around looking for a Christmas-themed book to read or recommend… here it is!!! Boo ya! Anyone got a snowmobile because I want to try cooking dinner on it’s engine and then riding out for a picnic???
Story / Tempo
The reason why I wasn’t absolutely LOVING on this story was the tempo and some aspects of the story. Maybe I’ve been reading too much smut or too much YA lately but the speed of the romance on this one didn’t do it for me. It was slow going at first. Blah, blah, moseying along and then BAM! SEX! And then it was over. Future “encounters” (ha!) are referred to in the past or just, “fade away to shower scene”. What? I want descriptions!!! If we’re going for a slow burn, then tease me! But don’t give it up quick and then don’t share!!!! AHHH!!
I sound so pathetic… really, I’m not…
I got back into the game around 50% through the book. I was all, “Yahoo! Now we’re talking exciting action!” The story picks up speed and doesn’t slow down to about 85% and then picks up again for the big finale.
But, of course, this is all my crazy opinion. For what it’s worth, I still recommend this book and definitely this entire series to anyone who loves their PNR!! Larissa Ione is always an auto-buy for me. I absolutely love her world full of demons, humans, angels, and everything else in between.
The next book in the series, Reaver’s story, comes out late in 2013. Check out Ms. Ione’s Facebook page because she has a sneak peek at Reaver’s story!!! Run!!!
Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.
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