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Review: Rogue Rider – Grand Central Publishing – Larissa Ione

Expected Release Date: November 30, 2012
Publisher: Hachette
Imprint: Grand Central Publishing
Author’s Website: larissaione.com
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Lords of Deliverance Series (Spinoff of Demonica Series)
Series Best Read In Order: Yes
Steam Level: Steamy

Official Blurb:

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?

What Worked For Me:

  • Reseph was just as tortured and delicious as I’d anticipated.  Innately sensual and lusty, he was also wonderfully bewildered by his feelings of attachment to Jillian.
  • I loved how horribly Reseph was eaten up buy guilt over what he’d done as Pestilence, but more than that, I loved the gamut of opinions from other characters — those who felt that no amount of suffering would be enough to atone for his actions, those who truly felt that he was in no way responsible for Pestilence’s actions, and those who fell somewhere between the two.
  • love “amnesia” stories, and this one was no exception. I’m not certain why, but there’s just something so sexy to me about a person not being able to remember their past, yet knowing that this is the first time they’ve ever been in love *swoon*.
  • @#$% REAVER @#$% !!!!!  Keeping this review as spoiler-free as possible, I will just say I was right all along and it was very satisfying to see my suspicions confirmed *giant grin*.
  • As the final book in this particular storyline, I really enjoyed how we got a lovely update on all of the previous characters, and a beautiful Happily Ever After for (almost) everyone.
  • On a similar note, and one that does not count for or against the final rating of this book, I’m so excited that Reaver’s book is next!!  Even though the Lords of Deliverance series is officially over, I’m so happy that Ms. Ione hasn’t abandoned the Demonica world, and even happier that we finally get Reaver’s story (and dare I dream that Harvester is his heroine? It looks like it may be, but nothing’s ever certain with these things).

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • Yes, I get the Reseph and Pestilence are NOT the same person, and instead, it was much more accurate to say that Reseph was possessed by the demon Pestilence who did all of those horrible and vicious acts. However, had a hard time not only getting past the fact that Pestilence had raped, abused, murdered, etc. so many people, but that Jillian was so easily forgiving of him. Yes, she loved Reseph by the time she found out his true identity, and yes, it was clear that Reseph and Pestilence were not the same person, but I couldn’t help but think that she should have struggled a bit more with her feelings on the subject.
  • On a similar note, even with her experience with “demons”, I couldn’t help but think that Jillian swallowed the whole “my lover is older than the Bible” rather easily.
  • This never counts for or against a book’s final rating, but I really don’t care for the cover — Respeh on the cover IMHO looks nothing like he’s described in the book, which is always a bummer.

As a huge fan of the Demonica Series as well as the Lords of Deliverance spinoff, I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book ever since I read the final page of the previous installment. I’m happy to say that it was well worth the wait.

Reseph was even more delicious than I’d anticipated, and I really enjoyed Jillian’s character as well, despite her naivete.  While not without its problems, in the end, it was a very satisfying read, and I think any fan of the series is going to adore it.

As for me, it’s definitely my favorite installment of the Lords of Deliverance spinoff, and I’m dying to read Reaver’s story, which is up next in the main Demonica series.

A very solid 4.5/5 Stars

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