Title: Rogue Rider
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance,
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Review copy from publisher
*Warning: This review contains spoilers from previous books in the series*
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?”
Rogue Rider is the fourth book in the Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione.
After Pestilence was defeated by his siblings Reseph/Pestilence was sent to Sheoul to pay for his sins.
Breaking all the rules Reaver rescued Reseph from Sheoul, erased all his memories and sent him to the human realm to have a second chance (Lethal Rider, third book in the series).
After not only being the victim of a vicious demon attack that almost killed her, but also having her heart broken by the man she loved Jillian Cardiff has moved to a remote town in Colorado. The solitude and reclusion is helping her heal her body and her soul.
Jillian is gathering firewood when she finds a naked man unconscious in the snow. She knows is a risk to bring a stranger home with her but she doesn’t have the heart to leave him outside with a snowstorm looming over.
Jillian nursed the stranger back to health. When he wakes up he doesn’t know who he is or how he got there, he only knows his name is Reseph and have a weird feeling he’s not a good man.
But secrets can’t be kept hidden forever. When people find out Reseph is alive things get more complicated for him and for Jillian. If that wasn’t enough Reseph gets his memory back and remembers every single thing he did as Pestilence and for Reseph to be able to move forward he needs to forgive himself for what he did while he was Pestilence; but that is easier said than done.
I really thought Mrs. Ione was over her head with this book. How was she going to be able to redeem Reseph after everything that he did in previous books as Pestilence? But you know what… she did it. She gave us a very real Reseph, a man that feels deeply and is haunted by his actions, actions he couldn’t control because he wasn’t in the driver’s seat of his head. But now that he is back and in control he is destroyed by the memory of his actions as Pestilence; he doesn’t think he deserves anything good in life, he thinks he only deserves the pain he caused to others.
I really liked how Mrs. Ione depicted Reseph, it made me forgive him and even cheer for him and his HEA. I was very glad to finally see the brother Limos, Ares, and Thanatos loved so much.
Jillian is the perfect heroine for Reseph; she has gone through a lot; things that would have broken others only made her stronger. I loved how she was there for Reseph when he needed her the most and how she understood that he wasn’t Pestilence, and that the things he did while he was Pestilence weren’t really Reseph fault.
As with all of Mrs. Ione’s books the romance was very, very, very hot! Steamy hot!
We also see the other brothers (Limos, Ares, and Thanatos) and where they are with their lives and their families. There was a lot of conflict with them when they realized Reseph was alive and in the human realm. After everything that Pestilence did and what they had to go through to get rid of him they weren’t expecting to have to deal with him again, especially so soon. They also didn’t know if Reseph was 100% Reseph or if there was still some of Pestilence left in him. They go through a lot to believe in Reseph again; in part they are able to trust Reseph again thanks to his protective behavior towards Jillian; a man that loves that deeply can’t be evil.
Some secrets are discovered in this book, some that I have guessed since the beginning, but still loved to have the confirmation, and others I didn’t know.
There are still things to come and issues to be resolved. Some of those are about Reaver and Harvester, OMG!! Yes, yes, yes! But sadly we need to wait until next year to the release of their book.
Rogue Rider is a great addition to a great series and a book I recommend to all paranormal romance lovers. These books should be read in order, so if you haven’t read previous books of the series I recommend you to start with those. I guarantee you you won’t regret it, Larissa Ione is one of the best authors in this genre.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
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