ARC Review…Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione with Giveaway

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 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 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?

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Before I begin my review, I have to tell you I am a bit biased when it comes to this book. You see, I was the winner of the “name a character and book dedication” prize Larissa had offered in a charity auction back in March of 2011. Originally is was to have the book dedicated to the winner and name a minor character in either the third or fourth book in this series but Larissa, being the amazingly kick ass person she is, gave me the option to wait and name the heroine of this book. After pinching myself to be sure I wasn’t dreaming and jumping around my house while screaming like a loon, I obviously chose to wait…and picked my own name for Reseph’s heroine. This book holds a special place in my heart, not only for having a truly amazing personal story behind it, but because it lived up to every possible expectation I had. And so, without further delay, here is my review…..

This is the fourth book in Ms. Ione’s Lords of Deliverance series and is Reseph’s story.

Pestilence had finally been stopped. Through the efforts of Reseph’s family, he had been ended with a fatal blow to the heart with Deliverance, a thousands year old dagger thought to be the only weapon powerful enough to use against the Horsemen. Only Reseph wasn’t exactly dead. Pestilence may be gone for now but Reseph was in Sheoul-gra trapped in a prison not only made of stone, but prison in his own mind being terrorized by the horrific memories of what Pestilence had done. Memories of death and torture, and knowing that his hands did it all, were proving to be to most horrific punishment imaginable. A punishment that Reaver, their heavenly watcher, couldn’t stand to see. Reaver knew Reseph and he knew that Reseph was worthy of a second chance….and he decided right then that he was going to give Reseph that chance no matter what the consequences were.

Jillian Cardiff is trying to get past the nightmare she left behind. After a horrific demon attack that nearly left her for dead, and being let down by the man she loved, the solitary life she leads now was a welcome escape. All she needed was her animals and the snowy mountains…until she literally stumbles across an injured stranger in the snow and decides that she can’t turn her back on him.

After nursing the stranger back to health, he awakens to find he has no memory of whom he is or how he came to be buried in snow in the mountains of Colorado. Together they will have this mystery to solve and together they will have to heal one another of the emotional scars they both have endured and learn to be resilient once again.

I know what some of you may be thinking. You’re thinking that there is no way Reseph deserves a chance at redemption and he should rot in Sheoul-gra where he belongs. From the very beginning I disagreed with that and I knew that if anyone can change the minds of the naysayers, it was Ms. Ione. From the very beginning of this story, we get to see the untainted Reseph, thanks to his amnesia. The man who is playful and cheeky despite his lack of memory…the man who clearly would have never done anything that had been done when Pestilence had been at the wheel. This is the man who his siblings had been fighting to save since the very beginning. His journey has so many facets…self-loathing, retribution, self-discovery, acceptance and forgiveness. It was both heart breaking and heart warming to watch his struggle.

Jillian’s journey was equally as fascinating. She has had her share of heartbreak and despair that has led her to build up walls that no ordinary man will be able to penetrate. Thankfully, Respeh isn’t ordinary in any sense of the word!

I cannot express how much I loved this book. I finished it in 24 hours because I just had to see what happened next. I laughed, I cried, I got weird looks at the dentist for my audible gasps. Ms. Ione created such memorable characters and the moments that they share are ones that readers won’t soon forget. The emotions from Reseph and Jillian practically leap off of the page. This was the absolute perfect ending to Pestilence…and beginning to Reseph. Thank you, Ms. Ione, for an unforgettable story and for being the amazing author and storyteller that you are.

Heat Factor: Burning


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  60 comments for “ARC Review…Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione with Giveaway

  1. 08/24/2012 at 12:24 pm

    I cannot wait to read this. I am a huge fan of larissa

  2. 08/24/2012 at 12:57 pm

    I am so happy for you Jillian and jealous that you got to read the book already. I am so in love with Larissa’a men. She writes the most fantastic books. Your review has just made me want the book that much more…Darn You!!!!! LOL

    • 08/24/2012 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you Michelle! I totally agree with you that she writes amazing books and I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to be a part of it! Thanks for posting and I KNOW you will love Reseph as much as I do!

      • 08/25/2012 at 12:14 pm

        Thanks for the tease…now going to be biting my nails waiting to read…I just love these guys,Larissa and her boys are the best.

  3. 08/24/2012 at 1:17 pm

    I haven’t read anything from this author, so am anxious to begin.

  4. 08/24/2012 at 2:04 pm

    Can’t wait!

  5. Mary
    08/24/2012 at 2:10 pm

    I am so looking forward to this book!!! I must say Thanatos is going to be hard to top as my favorite though ;) LOVE Larissa’s books!

  6. Kathy Webb
    08/24/2012 at 2:12 pm

    Oh I can NOT wait until this book hits the shelves!! I am so ready for to read more of this series! I love Larissa’s writing!! Please make time hurry :) :) and Jillian, aren’t you just lucky..LOL

    • 08/24/2012 at 2:49 pm

      Kathy – I think I pinch myself at least once a day to make sure I didn’t dream this entire thing :-) Thanks so much for posting!

  7. Dawn
    08/24/2012 at 2:13 pm

    I love Larissa Ione! Can’t wait for Reseph’s book! Any site that promotes her is awesome!

  8. Clara
    08/24/2012 at 3:21 pm

    So excited for november to come! :)

  9. Vanessa N.
    08/24/2012 at 5:57 pm

    After that blurb, I am so hooked. Sounds like it’ll keep me guessing. Can’t wait to see what happens with Reseph and Jillian. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mythic021@gmail.com

  10. 08/24/2012 at 5:58 pm

    I haven’t read this series yet but after that review I think I need to :)

  11. GraceDZ
    08/24/2012 at 6:04 pm

    Way to go, Jilly! I really need to start this series. :)

  12. LeAnne Siman
    08/24/2012 at 6:42 pm

    I love Larissa Ione’s Horsemen books and her Demonica series. I can’t wait to get to read Reseph’s book finally. He deserves a happily ever after after all he’s had to go through. And Jillian I think I recognize you from being Larissa’s *stalker* on her facebook page. LOL I love to see it when you pop in. *grins*

    • 08/24/2012 at 6:59 pm

      HAHA LeAnne! Yep, I am the *stalker* who hides behind Larissa’s couch and pops up when she settles in to watch a movie :-D I can’t wait for you to read this book….I know you will love it as much as I do. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. Sheryl Nyary
    08/24/2012 at 9:24 pm

    Great review of Rogue Rider!!! I can’t wait for this book to come out. I have mine on preorder!!!

  14. Laurie
    08/24/2012 at 9:24 pm

    That is so cool that your name was used! I’m a little behind on this series, I gotta get going!

  15. wordgirl
    08/24/2012 at 9:26 pm

    I am currently reading Lethal Rider, and I cannot wait to get to the next in the series! This review makes it even harder to wait!

  16. Sahara Hoshi
    08/24/2012 at 10:18 pm

    So excited for the possibility of winning an ARC!!!

    • 08/26/2012 at 11:29 am

      Hi Sahara – As much as I wish we had an ARC to give away, unfortunately we don’t. The contest includes an ebook pre-order of Rogue Rider, signed copy of Eternal Rider or some great swag. Thanks so much for entering and good luck! – Jilly

  17. Rachel Elizabeth
    08/24/2012 at 11:03 pm

    I am SO excited for Rogue Rider! Can’t wait to read Reseph’s story. He deserves some happiness after all that’s happened. :)

  18. Linda Young
    08/25/2012 at 12:33 am

    I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to reading this book. Each one of these books has kept me on the edge of my seat. I love the whole series. Thanks for the great review.

  19. Heather G
    08/25/2012 at 2:06 am

    Sounds like a great book!

  20. 08/25/2012 at 2:33 am

    I am sue the book will be awesome. Like the other. I can’t wait for it.

  21. 08/25/2012 at 2:57 am

    Great review! Im reading Lethal Rider at the moment and cant wait to get my hands on rogue rider.Thnx for this.

  22. Millie McClain
    08/25/2012 at 11:30 am

    I love Larissa’s books! Can’t wait for this one!

  23. Lisa (Sasso) Uranker
    08/25/2012 at 11:31 am

    I love Larissa’s books!! I can’t wait for this book to come out. Thanks for the interview and great giveaway!

  24. Christine J
    08/25/2012 at 11:32 am

    I absolutely can not wait to read the 4th installment of this series!! Larissa’s books are so well written once you open them you can’t put it down until it’s done.

  25. Keisha Talley
    08/25/2012 at 11:39 am

    I have read all three books and can’t wait for this one :-)

  26. 08/25/2012 at 11:41 am

    Great review!! I haven’t read anything from this author before but I’d like to start. I also think it is so cool you got to name a character. :D

    Thanks so much for this giveaway!!!!!!!!

  27. Tiya Rosa
    08/25/2012 at 11:41 am

    I knew this was going to be awesome. Reseph has been such an interesting character – what with the evil assholery mixed with the glimpses we have of how charming and sweet he used to be – it would be great to see how this all plays out. Also, I’ve been missing Reaver, so there’s that. :)

  28. Stephanie
    08/25/2012 at 11:48 am

    Can not wait for this book to come out! After I finished Lethal Rider I was dying to see how she redeems Reseph. Great review. Looking forward to reviewing myself.

  29. 08/25/2012 at 12:07 pm

    I’m sad to see it end but I seriously can’t wait to read this one! Love ya Jillybean!

    • 08/26/2012 at 11:27 am

      Love ya back!! And thanks again for helping to spread the word :-) XO

  30. Viki S.
    08/25/2012 at 12:32 pm

    I can’t wait for this. The excerpts have been SO good. I’m dying to see what happens when he remembers…..

  31. Danielle West
    08/25/2012 at 12:37 pm

    I love this series and I am just dying for Reseph’s book. WANT!

  32. 08/25/2012 at 1:07 pm

    I love these books!! I can’t wait until the next one. I hate it when I am reading a series and authors take so long to get their next book out that I’ve forgotten what the series is about. Thankfully these books, that’s impossible to do with. You can’t forget the characters and Ms. Ione gets them out quickly :)

  33. 08/25/2012 at 1:59 pm

    OMG you are THE Jillian?!?!?! Great review, can’t wait to read it!!! COCOCO

  34. Myranda
    08/25/2012 at 2:28 pm

    I cannot wait to read this book! I’m so excited to see how Larissa is going to “fix” everything.

  35. carrie fort
    08/25/2012 at 3:20 pm

    Now I’m even more frustrated I GOT TO GET MY HANDS OH THAT OH SO SEXY MAN IN THAT FABULOUS NEW BOOK!!
    Love this series, author, everything!

  36. Patricia Schmitt
    08/25/2012 at 3:59 pm

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Could her writing be any better? Nope!

  37. Angel
    08/25/2012 at 8:29 pm

    This is the book I’ve been waiting for.

  38. 08/25/2012 at 8:30 pm

    Congrats, sweetheart, I know this means so much to you. Ironic that the cover girl resembles you? :) Beautiful review, too!!! *waves at Rina and Dee*

    • 08/26/2012 at 11:26 am

      Thanks so much, love! XO

  39. 08/25/2012 at 8:53 pm

    You are so lucky!! Congrats on winning that contest! I love ALL of Larissa’s books! Thanks for the awesome review and giveaway!!

  40. Evelyn
    08/25/2012 at 10:22 pm

    Can’t wait to read this!! Seems like I’ve been waiting for Reseph’s story forever!! :)

  41. Stephanie M
    08/25/2012 at 11:10 pm

    I loved the Demonica series and this series is just as great. I cannot wait to read how this series ends. Thanks for the giveaway.

  42. 08/25/2012 at 11:12 pm

    I’m so excited about this book!!
    That chick on the cover reminds me of someone I know. ;)

    • 08/26/2012 at 11:25 am

      She really is eerily familiar ;-) XO

  43. 08/26/2012 at 1:14 pm

    Awesome!

  44. Lori Howe
    08/26/2012 at 3:27 pm

    I like a review that makes you antsy to get your hands on a copy of a book…

  45. 08/26/2012 at 4:27 pm

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Great review and thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Raonaid Luckwell
    08/26/2012 at 4:51 pm

    Larissa’s men are so damn delicious. I recommend her books to anyone starting out on paranormal. Each book gets better and better..

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  47. Aly
    08/26/2012 at 7:52 pm

    I can’t wait for this book! Your review just make me want the book more!

  48. Erika Hayden
    08/26/2012 at 11:42 pm

    Wow! Great giveaway! I look forward to reading it!

  49. Kristine
    08/27/2012 at 3:42 am

    Hi can’t wait to read it sounds interisting

  50. 08/27/2012 at 5:08 am

    I am so super excited for this book, I really enjoyed the snippets we found out about Reseph through the memories of his siblings – of what he was like before Pestilence. Looking forward to re-reading all the books for the 4th time just before it’s release:)

  51. 08/28/2012 at 3:21 pm

    THANK YOU,GIRLS FOR WINNING THIS! CANT BELIEVE IT! THANK YOU!

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