Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione
Reading level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release date: November 20, 2012
Series: Lords of Deliverance #4
Reviewed by: Tynga
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?
The apocalypse was averted when Thanatos killed Pestilence a.k.a his brother Reseph, or so everyone thought. But their Watcher Reaver broke every rule and sent Reseph back to earth, memory wiped, so his soul could heal. Heaven needs him when to heavenly apocalypse will come to pass and Reaver’s actions will create tremors when his secret will be discovered.
I was super anxious to read this book, because I really wanted to meet Reseph, without Pestilence in control, and while I truly enjoyed this novel I wasn’t as enthusiastic about it as I thought I would be. The main reason is that in every previous novels, there was a bad guy to fight (Pestilence) thus a lot of action, but now that Reseph isn’t evil anymore, the treat is relatively under control and Rogue Rider isn’t as action packed. That’s my only complain.
Now onto the positive. I really enjoyed getting to know the man behind the evil, he is sweet and caring and I loved the way he treated Jillian. She is recovering from a demon attack, and nursing scars of her own and I think they are perfect for each other. Larrisa Ione did an amazing job describing Reseph amnesia and I thought his reactions and feelings toward his unknown past were very believable.
The action picked up when Reseph’s siblings learnt that he was still alive and kidnapped him to make sure Pestilence would stay under control. I loved how realistic Jillian and Reseph’s reaction was (if you ignore the paranormal element) when they struggled to be together after Reseph got his memory back. I truly felt for the both of them.
Aside from J & R story, there is a side plotline with Reaver and Harvester that truly fascinated me! At the end of the galley, Larissa announces that the fifth book is about Reaver (and I think Harvester) and I am beyond excited for this next instalment. I really came to love both angels, especially during this novel, and I can’t wait to learn more.
Rogue Rider’s conclusion was highly exciting and full of revelations and I'm convinced fans of the series won’t be disappointed.