Sunday, December 4, 2011

Review : Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance) by Larissa Ione

Sexy, powerful, and immortal, Limos is on a crash course with destiny. She’s been marked as Satan’s bride and her jealous fiancé wants her all to himself. The only way this Horseman can keep herself—and everyone else—safe is to keep her distance. But not even Limos can save herself from the secrets she’s kept . . . or resist the seductive allure of one very brave human. 

Arik Wagner knows the saying “love hurts” better than most, yet he never thought stealing a kiss from Limos would land him in Hell. Literally. It takes all his military training to survive the demon torture, but once he’s topside, Arik realizes that the agony has just begun. With the Apocalypse looming and Satan demanding his bride, will Arik and Limos surrender to the desire smoldering between them? Or will giving in to their passion unleash hell on earth?

Hot damn! Larissa Ione can write some incredibly steamy, incredibly graphic sex scenes. Several encounters were so heated and erotic that I momentarily forgot that the characters technically never had sex. It's foreplay at its finest, created by an author who possesses a dirty mind and some wicked talent. 

The second story from the Lords of Deliverance focuses on Limos, the Horseman (or Horsewoman, if you prefer) known as Famine. She's also known as the future Bride of Satan, so you can imagine how that would become a problem for her potential love interest, Arik. 

Arik, a seemingly ordinary human, develops a crush on the raven-haired, coconut-scented warrior and his attraction turns his world inside out before the completion of chapter 1.

I enjoyed Limos and Arik's characters. Their never-ending marathon of supernatural obstacles and emotional hang-ups kept me entertained, for the most part. But it wasn't long before they were out-shined by Thanatos, the most intriguing of the Horsemen, and the reluctant Aegis soldier who manipulates her way into his life. 

I must say that even though Limos and Arik were a likable couple and made for an interesting read, their story just didn't compare to the series debut with Ares or even to the glimpses that we receive into what will lead into the future story line for Thanatos.

Despite all of the action, which the book contains an abundance of, there was a certain element of excitement lacking or maybe something in the chemistry between Limos and Arik that didn't quite connect for me. Unfortunately, I'm not able to accurately place my finger on what I felt was missing.

I also felt that the novel was too lengthy. At 414 pages (which isn't far from the average) that shouldn't have occurred. By the time I had reached the last several chapters, I felt as if I was having to push my way through the remainder of the story. 

Overall, I like what Ione has created and I enjoyed the additional insight that we receive into the happenings of Harvester, Reaver, Pestilence, Cara and Ares. 

I just didn't love it. 

But that doesn't stop me from counting down the days until the release of Ione's third book of the series, Lethal Rider. I have high expectations for our fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse.


Mariya @ Mystifying Paranormal Reviews said...

I'm so glad I wasn't the only one who thought that about Limos and Arik. I mean I enjoyed the other couples/future couple way more. But we had some similar thoughts on this one and star rating as well! I can't wait for the next one though! I NEED me some Thantos!!!! *drools over the Lethal Rider Cover*

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The review of Immortal Rider is simply amazing as it covers all the essential aspect of the book and guided us all to the right way...Larissa Ione has always been amongst my favourite authors.. :)

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