Rogue Rider

Larissa Ione
Rogue Rider
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Publisher
Grand Central Publishing
Release Date
November 2012
ISBN
9780446574488
Series
Book 4 of Lords of Deliverance
Genre
Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
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 . . .

ROGUE RIDER

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?

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Nov 20, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
235 people found the following review helpful
Having followed the Immortal Riders series from the beginning, I had worked myself up into something of a tizzy waiting for Reseph's book to appear. With that in mind, I was overjoyed to find that this book lived up to and, in some way, surpassed my highest expectations and proved to be a sensational addition to a wonderful, imaginative series.

Briefly—because so much of this book is the result of the three books that came before it—when he awakens on a freezing mountain side in the middle of a blizzard, all Reseph knows is his name, and even that seems a little dubious. If it weren't for the stunning woman who quite literally stumbled upon his naked body lying in the snow, he probably would have succumbed to exhaustion in the drifts.

But Jillian Cardiff is a survivor and refuses to leave another person exposed to the elements. Once she and Reseph are sharing a small cabin, however, she begins to rethink her decision. Because while the man is overwhelmingly male and tempting beyond belief, there is a knowledge and understanding that still remains in him that neither can explain. When Jillian's neighbors become the target of vicious demon attacks, it becomes overwhelmingly clear that there is another side to Reseph's personality lurking behind his ice-blue eyes, and someone is looking to set it free.

It is only when the rest of his family arrive that the truth emerges. For the past year, Reseph has been known as Pestilence, the first Horseman of the Apocalypse, responsible for unleashing hell and demons on an unsuspecting humanity. Now, in order to save the woman he has come to love and atone for all that he was forced to do while serving Pestilence, Reseph is forced to do battle with his greatest enemy—himself. But Pestilence's plans are far larger than any of the Horsemen could have guessed, and victory may mean more than losing Jillian forever—it may bring the end of the world itself.

Having heard about Reseph for three books now, I went into this story thinking I knew a fair amount about him, that I could predict him to a certain extent. I was wrong. Completely and wonderfully wrong. He is the charming, fun-loving alpha that has been previously described, but he is so much more. Capable of selfishness and heart-wrenching self-sacrifice, a leader and a loner, someone who with the power to destroy worlds, but who is afraid of being alone, Reseph is a beautiful mess of contradictions, and I couldn't help but fall in love with him over the course of his journey. The truth of the matter is that Reseph doesn't know himself at the beginning of the book. He has spent millennia hiding and covering his deeper issues with jokes and charm, and after losing a whole year to Pestilence‘s wrath, finding his way is no easy task, even for an immortal with legendary strength, cunning and physical prowess.

Fortunately, he finds Jillian—or, more specifically, Jillian finds him, but Reseph is wise enough to see that she is perhaps the one woman who can help set him free, from both his present dilemma and his past sins. I had a hard time imagining a heroine who could stand beside a being like Reseph, but Jillian blew all my doubts and concerns far away. She is strong, both physically and mentally, and wise as well was intelligent. Jillian is not without her scars, however, and has seen and experienced the very worst that demons can do. Thus, when she and Reseph begin to realize the truth about his identity, it was impossible not to feel her pain or sympathize with her sense of betrayal. It takes a very special kind of talent to help two characters find their happiness together, but there was never a doubt in my mind that Larissa Ione would be the one to do it. The chemistry between them is electric and addictive, and even hotter because Jillian and Reseph are equals, perhaps not physically, but in all the areas where it counts.

It was fascinating to get a closer look into Pestilence's psyche, as well. Having seen him only from the other Horsemen's perspective, it was impressive to get into his head, and see the strange connection that he and Reseph shared. I went into this installment of the series with questions and suspicions aplenty, and was delighted to find some questions answered, and some suspicions confirmed. It was just as exciting to see some surprise revelations and secret plans, and thrilling to realize that there is still more of this epic story left to tell.

Newcomers to the series probably shouldn't start with this book—there are too many plot lines and drama carrying over from previous books to really grasp the significance of this story and this romance. But with a series that is so intense, sizzling and action-packed, I highly recommend starting at the beginning of the series, regardless. This book will then come as a welcome reward for all those who have waited for Reseph to finally emerge as a hero and leave fans eagerly awaiting more.
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Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Mar 31, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
219 people found the following review helpful
I was stunned speechless after reading ROGUE RIDER. Larissa Ione has certainly outdone herself in this thrilling fourth book in the Lords of Deliverance series.

Jillian found Reseph in a snowbank and rescued him, not knowing who he really was. Not that Reseph could tell her, for he had lost his memory. Still, chemistry sizzled between them, and just when their relationship was progressing, Reseph's location was discovered by The Aegis, and his siblings and he was forced to confront who he had been and the destruction he had wreaked upon the world and his loved ones. Could he and Jillian and what they shared enable them to move beyond the past for the future they both want?

Larissa Ione keeps getting better with each book she wrote. I did wonder how she could top Lethal Rider (3rd book in the series), which I loved, but I shouldn't have doubted her. I wondered how I could like Reseph, especially after all the evil he's done in the first three books, but Reseph was written with so much compassion and sympathy here that I couldn't help but cheer for him. He was totally hot, sexy and heartbreaking. I love the scene where he first remembered all he'd done as Pestilence--his anguish, his torment were not easy to read, yet I was compelled to do so. If your heart hasn't melted by those scenes, it would by the time you read of his profound regret, the way he tortured himself because he didn't believe he deserved whatever good things in life--food, water, the regard of siblings, Jillian. Ms Ione wasn't nice with her characters; she threw them into the worst situation she could've imagined for them, and that's when they start to shine.

Jillian is...wow, what a woman! She is incredible, and she is just what Reseph needs to bring himself out of the dark hole he was in when he remembered all the things he'd done as Pestilence. She is truly a match for Reseph, in more ways than one.

The strong characters captivate you and made you cheer them on, but it is Ms Ione's plot, the twists and turns they take that astound and amazes. She writes one hell of a great story, and if I could give this book ten stars, I would. There are also some laugh out loud moments to balance the tension.

My one complaint is that we didn't get to see how Reseph *actually* defeated Pestilence. We are told about it by Reseph from Jillian's point of view, but it would've been great to read about the actual process. I think it would've made more impact on the reader. Still, that is a minor complain. I can't wait to read Reaver's story next, which I'm sure would top this one when it's released.

A keeper! If you haven't read any book in this series yet, it's best to read it from the start, with Eternal Rider, to get the full flavor. If you'd like to go back further, why not start with Pleasure Unbound? They're all great reads. You wouldn't go wrong in picking them up.
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