Publisher: Grand Central
Release Date: Nov 20, 2012
Retail Price: 7.99
Heat Level: Scorching
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?
Series: Lords of Deliverance (Book 4)
The last horseman of the apocalypse has lost his memory, he’s been abandoned in a snow drift and the most unsuspecting women will rescue him…
Jillian isn’t in the habit of saving strange, naked men in the middle of a snow storm. She does it because the decision is the right one, at least she thinks so until her attraction to him flares out of control. Reseph doesn’t remember who he is. He just knows he doesn’t like to stay still, the woman taking care of him is absolutely gorgeous, and he’s never felt as much at home as he does now.
I love Jillian. She’s a survivor who’s been through a megaton of suffering, yet she’s still willing to help others. A perfect match for Reseph, she’s his opposite. Reseph in his non-lethal form is completely different. I like him as an amnesiac, and clueless to his origins. As a reader I felt I was able to get closer to Reseph’s personal desires and actions. It didn’t hurt to be inside his head for half the book, though in the previous books I’ve been privy to his thoughts.
Of course there’s a lot more story then just a budding romance. The forces of hell are determined to get Reseph back under their control. The forces of heaven are ignorant, except for the Horseman’s heavenly watcher, Reaver. Needless to say there’s going to be a ton of fighting and along the way some steamy moments as well. The other Horsemen and their spouses make appearances throughout as well as some new characters that definitely raise a few eyebrows.
Ione has two awesome talents, creating high stakes situations and world building. I don’t recommend Rogue Rider for those just coming into this series. It’s best to start at the beginning with Eternal Rider. Ione blends the world she’s created for the Four Horsemen within the Demonica world, so those who’ve read previous books in series won’t be too lost. The other important thing is to not skip a sentence or page. There’s no extra description or useless information. Every scene, every word plays a part in the ultimate end game. Ione leaves a bit of cliff hanger as well, which I hope is the starting point for another book.
I’ll admit the main draw for me is the awesome mix of blatant sexuality and heart-stopping action. When reading this book and the previous ones I felt my inner tom boy come out and if you’re a gal that enjoys shoot ‘em up films with a dash of heaven and hell mythos, and sexy as all get out men, you can’t go wrong with Rogue Rider. The other thing Ione’s world building has taught me is that anything can happen and there’s always a way out of something. There’s enough magic, amulets, and spells to choke something good or evil; all you have to know is the right person. Whether this part of her Demonica universe makes the story more believable or just acceptable is up to the reader. For me, I find it acceptable because good has to win, but evil is never truly defeated.
If you’re looking for something that will wipe the wimpy bad guy taste from your mouth, but leave you begging for more than Ione’s Rogue Rider is a book to read. Pick up the entire series it you want, and I highly recommend reading through the glossary in the back before diving in.
Reviewed by Landra