RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione


Title: Rogue Rider
Author: Larissa Ione
Publication Info: Grand Central 2012
ISBN: 9780446574488
Genre: Paranormal

Book Rogue Rider This RITA® Reader Challenge 2013 review was written by ewob123  This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Paranormal Romance category.

The summary:     

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?

And here is ewob's review:

Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione is the fourth book in the Lords of Deliverance series which came out of her five book series of the Demonica Novels.  I love the world she has created for these books. It is filled with sexy demons, angels and part demons along with some lucky humans.

I have to say I was a bit hesitant going into this book. The main character, Reseph (good) aka Pestilence (evil) is the first horseman of the apocalypse. This is definitely taking split personalities to the extreme. He became Pestilence in Eternal Rider, the first book of the Lords of Deliverance. He then spent the first three books causing plagues, slaughtering humans and demons, and anyone who generally got in the way of his dastardly plans to start the apocalypse. He also tried very hard to turn the other three horseman of the apocalypse into their evil counterparts which left them with some understandably hard feelings. Fast forward to Rogue Rider and he is now Reseph (good) again except he has lost his memory. I had trouble wrapping my mind around him as a sympathetic character after he had been evil for the last three books.

Beyond that, I did really enjoy this book. The heroine, Jillian is strong and independent. Even though she is still recovering emotionally from a demon attack, she is not a complete Damsel in Distress. She takes care of her farm, manages to rescue the unconscious and naked Reseph from a snow bank, and holds her own in the final fight.

The amnesiac Reseph is laid back and easygoing though he feels lost as he can’t remember his past. Together Jillian and Reseph help each other heal. When it is finally revealed who Reseph really is and what he had done, the reactions are believable, not only from Reseph and Jillian but also from the secondary characters. They have to work through their feelings and their pasts to finally come together in the end.

Once I let go of the past deeds of Pestilence and accepted Reseph as the hero, I was able to really enjoy this book. Rogue Rider is filled with strong characters that are in the fantastic world that Larissa Ione has created. I loved the romance between Reseph and Jillian and I am very excited to read the next book in the series, which unfortunately won’t be published until December.

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