Lords of Deliverance:
Rogue Rider: Reseph and Jillian Cardiff
Release Date: November 20th, 2012
Purchase on Amazon: Larissa Ione - Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance)
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?
This is the exciting conclusion to the Lords of Deliverance series. Reseph for the last year has been Pestilence, basically one of the most evil beings on the planet in all realms. When this books starts it is 3 months after Pestilence was stabbed through the heart with Deliverance by Thantos. Reseph ends up in Shoal with all of his memories intact. Reaver, goes down to Shoal, wipes Resephs memories and sends him to Colorado in the middle of a snow storm.
Reseph wakes in a strange bed with a beautiful woman looming over him. He has no memories, he thinks his name is Reseph but nothing else comes to mind. He might not remember anything but he does remember that he enjoys a beautiful woman and he is pretty sure Jillian is the most beautiful creature he has ever seen. Reseph is absolutely shameless when it comes to his pursuit of Jillian, it is quite amusing. Despite yourself you are smiling at Resephs antics. I really really did not want to like Reseph, you spent the last three books loathing him as Pestilence. Millions are dead because of Pestilence, he spent an entire year torturing, killing, maiming and doing everything in his power to bring about the Apocalypse. I knew Larissa Ione has her work cut out for her in redeeming Reseph in the readers eye, I never should have doubted Ms. Ione and her abilities to turn around your opinion of Reseph. By wiping his memory it gives Reseph and the reader to start fresh, with a clean slate. You are discovering Reseph as he is discovering himself. Ione is smart, she doesn’t make Reseph perfect, he still has his dark parts, some lingering issues from the past that have followed him into the present even without his memories. I think if she had wiped him too clean, to perfect we wouldn’t be able to truly believe his transformation back into Reseph. While Reseph is recovering he senses that he has not been a good man in the past, it is a feeling that keeps surfacing. He can sense he is not good enough for Jillian but the more time he spends with her the more he knows he is not going to let her go and starts hoping that he never gets his memories back. As this new man he can deserve Jillian, he can become what she needs. The more he tries to ignore what he was, the more is comes back to haunt him. It becomes clear that Jillians house is being watched and he senses demons nearby, what he wants and needs to know, is why?
Jillian is broken, after a demon attack a year ago she has been hiding away in her family home in Colorado. Her parents had left her the ranch when they died right around the same time of her attack. When Jillian finds the gorgeous stranger in the snow she is shocked he is not dead or suffering from hyperthermia. After he wakes, she knows she is in trouble. Any man she is attracted to is suspect; she knows she has the worst taste in men, so if she’s interested in him then he must be bad. Despite her reservations when it comes to trusting Reseph, he starts worming his way through his heart. He is funny, caring, and helps around the house. His fierce protective streak instead of scaring her, ends up making her feel safer then she has since the attack. She starts leaning on his strength and that scares her more than anything. She doesn’t want to depend on a man, she can only trust herself. I think of all the horseman’s mates I think it is possibly Jillian I like the most. There is just something about her strength and her warrior instincts that pulls you in. Because of her tragic past she is stronger and has a steel core, but she never loses her compassion towards others. Its that combination of strength and compassion that make Jillian such a strong likeable character that grabs the readers heart as well as Resephs. By the end of the book Jillian’s strength is truly tested to its very limits.
As with all Larissa Ione books the story line is face paced and a thrill ride. She does not pull her punches both on an action level as well as on the steamy side. Ione is not afraid to go places with her stories that other authors may shy away from. Her books can be violent, but not in a way that makes you uncomfortable; at least I have never felt uncomfortable reading one of her books even if the subject matter may not be light and fluffy. There is also a sensual side to an Ione novel, this book is no different. The scenes between Jillian and Reseph steam up the pages and can be truly creative. *wink wink* In this one even though Reseph has forgotten everything and is basically on his own with Jillian, no worries, we still get to see the other horseman and Reaver plays a big role in this book. There are a few jaw droppers when it comes to the Reaver plot line and it builds the excitement for Reavers book, whenever it may come out.
By the end of this book Reseph may not be fully redeemed but he is on his way. Also by the end of this book you will have been taken through the ringer from the intense emotion, action and smexy side. You will also have something to look forward to, a possible Reaver/Harvester paring? We will see!
*This title was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.