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Rogue Rider Larissa Ione


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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? 

"They're here. They ride. 
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 . . ."

When it comes to Paranormal Larissa Ione owns it. I fell completely in love with her Demonica series, and although I haven’t read the first three books in this series, the Lord of Deliverance series is no different. She can spin a tale of pain and pleasure with perfection. 

Rogue Rider is the fourth book in this series, and can be read out of order. I have not read the first three books, but will definitely go back to them. I would suggest reading them in order only because you will get to know Reseph much better and understand where his actions have brought him when you get to his book. There is no shortage of action and emotional drama. It is intense, but not in the emotionally drained kind of way. The characters are very well developed and we get to see some old friends from the Demonica series. This was a HUGE plus for me.

Lord of Deliverance is a series about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Reseph is the exact opposite of Pestilence who spreads disease and plague, with him brings carnage and violence like you have never seen. One body, two souls trapped within. One good, one evil.

“I know you’re cocky and funny. You’re protective and sweet. You’re not afraid of hard work. You’re strong, but gentle. You can’t cook worth a shit.”

Reseph meets Jillian after she rescues him from freezing to death in the snow not too far from her house only to find out he can’t remember anything. He instinctively knows what his likes and dislikes are, but anything beyond that is gone. Jillian and Reseph fall hard for each other, not in an instant love kind of way even though they are only together a short time. He is the playboy; she hasn’t dated in over a year. She is not too fond of demons; hates them actually. What she doesn’t know and what he doesn’t remember is that he is half angel-half demon. Their attraction is intense and instant.

“That is hot.”
“What cougars eating people is hot?”
“No. You. Handling a weapon like that. It is sexy as hell. Hot chicks with guns is like, fantasy material.“

Even though it was action packed, it was also a story about forgiveness and sacrifices. Jillian Reseph healed each other while fighting inner demons. Both the hero and the heroine were strong likable characters. This was the last book in this series, but I truly hope that Larissa continues writing about these characters. They sit on my top 10 list of go to reads!

“I feel like I’m finally whole. I’m five thousand years old, but the day you found me in the woods, that’s when my life started.”

I was provided with this book from the publisher for free via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

Many writers will tell you they began writing stories the moment they learned to wield a pencil. I’m no exception. But even as a child, I didn’t write “kid” stories. I preferred something more dramatic. Something that didn’t include Dick, Jane, and a dog named Spot. I wanted my dogs to have names like White Fang or Cujo. I’ll always have my parents to thank for that. They never censored my reading material (though I suspect that if they had truly known what was between the covers of some of the books, they’d have been a little more careful,) so when other girls my age were reading Laura Ingalls Wilder and Judy Blume, I was immersing myself in Stephen King and Jack London.

Considering my fiction preferences, it came as no surprise to anyone that my first short stories were tales of horror, and my first novel, penned at the age of 12, was an Alaskan wilderness story with a wolf hero.

Eventually, my interests changed. Oh, I still enjoy a good Stephen King novel, and Jack London remains a favorite, but I discovered some new favorites while I was in college. Robert Jordan. Marion Zimmer Bradley. Mary Stewart. Oh yes, I’d found fantasy. I devoured every novel I could find, and in time I started writing my very own fantasy novel. That novel is still a work in progress, thirteen years later.

Eventually, after I’d read just about every fantasy novel published, I had to switch to something else. That something else was straight historical fiction. Again I exhausted my supply, but my longtime friend from my Air Force days, Karen, came to the rescue with something I never thought I’d read. Something I made fun of her for reading.

She made me read a historical romance.

Thus began a passion for, well, passion. I wanted to write romances, and I wanted to see them in print. To help fulfill that dream, I joined RWA, writers’ lists and critique groups. In order to build some writing credits, I worked on some military and National Weather Service technical manuals. As my writing improved, I began to sell my work to print magazines like The Canine Journal and Dog Fancy, and to online publications such as Writing-World.com.

Then, in early 2006, while in the middle of recovering from hurricane Katrina (and after nearly giving up on writing,) I inked a 3-book deal with Bantam Dell with my collaboration partner, Stephanie Tyler. We write together under the pseudonym of Sydney Croft.

I also sold a series of dark paranormal romances to Warner, a sale that was extremely satisfying because I was finally able to combine my love of romance with the darkness that creeps into my voice, thanks to my youthful and still-present love of horror novels and dark fantasy. This sale also cemented my ability to write full time, a dream come true because of my husband's Coast Guard career and frequent moves. I can take my job with me! And happily, in March of 2009, the second book in this series hit the USA Today Bestseller list, and in April, the third book, Passion Unleashed, hit both the USA Today AND New York Times bestseller lists.

I've also written for Samhain, a wonderfully supportive publisher with a great list of authors.

Most recently, I sold a vampire series to Pocket Books…and I hope there are more to come!

For more on my journey, check out my FAQ page and my For Writers page under articles.

Oh, and the friend who got me addicted to romance? I paid her back by getting her hooked on Star Trek. Live long and prosper, Karen! (One day I WILL write that Star Trek novel!)

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