Monday, January 14, 2013

Book Review: Rogue Rider

Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance #4)

Author: Larissa Ione

Publication:  Kindle Edition
Publication Date: 11/20/2012
Source: E-book owned by reviewer
Buy it at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Audience: Paranormal romance, adult

Synopsis (

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?

My Review

*spoilers ahoy!*

This is by far the best book of the series so far! While the others have been no slouch in the paranormal romance department, this latest instalment has all that and more. You may have wondered where Ione would go with the story after the Apocalypse damn near kicked off in book 3. But she has found more roads, and then some….

The story opens with an amnesiac Reseph being found unconscious in the snow on Jillian’s farm. (And if you think Jillian is not the usual sort of PNR heroine name, there is a reason for it and here is the story!) Jillian nurses him back to health over the cold winter and she and Reseph slowly fall in love with each other. However, he really doesn’t remember who he is until the rest of the Horsemen (still very angry with Pestilence) arrive to get him back. His memory comes flooding back, initiating some great plot twists and a lot of self loathing on Reseph’s part.

For me the plotting was the stand out element of this book. Yes, there was romance, a fair smattering of paranormal bonking, and a lot of will-they won’t-they make it. The reader knows, given the genre of book, that they will get their happy ever after. (After all, that’s partly why we are drawn to these books- if we wanted grim and dystopian, we’d read something else!) What sets Ione apart from the mass of other authors in this genre is how well she has plotted this book. It’s takes a lot to surprise me but I found myself being sideswiped by the revelations: Reaver is the Horsemen’s father, Harvester is Satan’s daughter and makes the ultimate angelic sacrifice, and Reaver and Harvester may have been acquainted in their previous lives……
Ah, Reaver.
Despite the fact that this is Pestilence’s book, he was the most fascinating character for me. He is the Watcher in the shadows whose story is actually key to the whole thing. I want to know more about him and what happens next, especially since I suspect he is going to head into Sheoul to rescue Harvester (with whom he has shared some ‘moments’ in this book). He is an angel with a mission, which hopefully we will hear more about in the next book. I raced through this one. The next one will have a LOT to live up to.

Blysse’s Hot: Plot Ratio

Fantastic plot with good interludes of hot. They aren’t the most graphic schmex scenes ever written, but because of the plot and the true romantic aspect of the encounters, they are just as satisfying.

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