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 with no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming, and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man 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 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?
I had mixed emotions about this book. On the one hand, it’s by Larissa Ione and you guys know I love her stuff. But, on the other hand, this book felt a little bit… off. In fact, the first half of this book bored me to tears. It was a bit on the cliche side, and I found it a little too easy to guess what was going to happen next.
But enough whinging. Rogue Rider is the last book in the Lords of Deliverance portion of the Demonica series and deals with the final, formerly evil, Horseman of the Apocalypse. The last we saw Reseph, he’d shed his evil alter-ego and was being tortured down in hell. Then Reaver came along and freed Reseph from hell and gave him a temporary bout of amnesia. This is where our story starts. Jillian, our leading lady, finds Reseph in the snow. Starkers. Seriously, some people have all the luck. Anyhow, being the good Samaritan that she is, Jillian dredges him up and takes him home so he can stop with his snowman imitation. When Reseph wakes up, he’s a bit disorientated but otherwise doing pretty well for a guy lying around naked in below freezing tempretures. Jillian finds this a little… strange but she lets it go. She’s just relieved he’s not dead. Boy, is he not dead. Pretty much as soon as he’s awake, and not being confused as hell about how he came to be there, he’s making eyes at Jillian. The story moves on in a pretty predictable (and boring, much as I hate to say it) way, with the two slowly falling in love and Reseph eventually deciding that his past doesn’t matter. So, naturally, this is when said past decides to bite him in his shapely ass.
I was so majorly disappointed in this book. I loved Reseph and was really hoping for a grand tale of redemption and romance. The romance element was there, but it felt almost sickly sweet. There was a scene where Reseph got on stage to sing to Jillian. I know this was meant as a romantic gesture but it made me cringe a little. I’m really hoping that the next book in the series, Reaver, makes up for this one.
If you’re so inclined, you can get it at Sony.