Ah, book four in Ms. Ione’s popular Lords of Deliverance series. I’m going to be honest – I wasn’t even sure if I was going to read this one, having been somewhat disappointed by the last two. Alas, I jumped at the chance to give it a go, thanks to an advance copy. So, here we go:
When we last left Reseph he was face planted in a snow drift with no idea who he was. Unbeknownst to him, his angel friend saved him from hell by blasting his memories and transporting him to a place that would allow him to heal. The thing is, it would be bad for Reseph, aka Pestilence, to remember what he did the past several months. Because it was bad. Real bad. I’m talking horrific, here. Thus the memory wipe.
When Jillian Cardiff comes across a very naked man in the snow not far from her cabin she is…hm, what’s the word? Concerned? Yes. Intrigued? Definitely. She manages to hoist him up and carry him to her home, where she nurses him back to reality. She tries to do the rational thing and hand him over to the authorities so they can help him figure out who the heck he is, but the truth is she’s kind of…well..she likes having him around. She picks up on his “other-worldliness” and things have been a bit hinky, lately, around her town.
Long story short, they start something that the both of them hope will turn out to be long term. Then Reseph remembers who he is and what he’s done. And he loses his mind. Literally. His siblings arrive in time to rescue him, leaving Jillian in the dust with a pat on her lovely little mortal head. But when Reseph refuses to get any better, the Horsemen bring Jillian back into the routine, and before long Reseph begins to come back to himself. Now, however, he has to figure out how to wrestle the crazed demon inside of him with the battle raging around them. He’s clearly to play a key part, but neither he or Jillian are sure how, exactly, that’s going to work out.
I’ll just put it out there – this was better than I thought it would be. I enjoyed the story, and it was nice seeing Reseph have some redemption because frankly, he was a downright horrific ass in the past books. I was not disappointed in his turnaround. And of course, a lot of that can be attributed to Jillian, the anchor in his new life. Ione has set us up nicely for the next book, which will feature our two angels that have played key roles in all the Horsemen’s lives, Reaver and Harvester. That should be pretty interesting.
Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione
Romance: 3/5 Raunch: 3/5