Friday 30 December 2011

Review: Immortal Rider - Larissa Ione

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The prophecies were there but no one listened. Until now. They are the Lords of Deliverance and they have the power to usher in Doomsday . . . or prevent it.

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 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 realises that the agony has just begun. With the Apocalypse looming and Satan demanding his bride, will Arik and Limos surrender to the dark desire smouldering between them? Or will giving in to their passion unleash hell on earth?

The Demonica Series:
Pleasure Unbound
Desire Unchained
Passion Unleashed
Eternity Embraced (Novella)
Ecstasy Unveiled
Sin Undone
Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance book 1)
Vampire Fight Club (Novella in the Supernatural anthology or as a separate ebook)
Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance book 2)
Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance book 3)
Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance book 4)
Azagoth (Novella) (Demonica Underworld book 1)
Hades (Novella) (Demonica Underworld book 2)
Base Instincts (Novella)
Z (Novella) (Demonica Underworld book 3)
Razr (Novella) (Demonica Underworld book 4)
Hawkyn (Novella) (Demonica Underworld book 5)
Her Guardian Angel (Novella) (Demonica Underworld book 6, also part of the Masters and Mercenaries Crossover Collection)
Dining with Angels: Bits & Bites from the Demonica Universe (Short Story Collection & Recipe Book, Demonica Underworld book 7)
Cipher (Demonica Underworld book 8)
Reaper (Demonica Underworld book 9)

For more information visit Larissa Ione's website

Limos is the only female Horseman of the Apocalypse and if her seal breaks she will become Famine. That is the least of her worries though as she is also destined to become Satan's bride. She has spent 5,000 years trying to avoid her fiancé and putting off the wedding but one stolen kiss from Arik means all hell breaks loose. Arik is a human who works for the army's paranormal division and knows all about the demons and other creatures that roam the earth.  He has been attracted to Limos from the moment he first saw her but he had no idea what would happen to him if he tried to act on that attraction. As soon as he kisses her he finds himself dragged to hell to be tortured, if Satan's minions can just get him to call out Limos' name she will be forced to go through with the wedding. Can Arik manage to protect her and what will it cost him if he does? Is there any way he can escape?

I loved the first book in the Lords of Deliverance series (Eternal Rider) but I have to say that Immortal Rider was even better. I'm not sure how Larissa Ione manages so consistently to top her previous books with every new instalment but she does and she always leaves me desperate for more. If you're a fan of paranormal romance and you haven't tried this author yet you seriously need to do something about that. The Lords of Deliverance series can be read separately to the Demonica series but I'd recommend reading the Demonica books first because we get to see some of the characters again in this newer series.

Limos is a great heroine and one who is full of contrasts, she is both a girlie girl who loves painting her nails, dressing up and drinking cocktails but she is also a kick ass warrior who can fight with the best of them. Her brothers may be protective of her but it isn't because she is weak and unable to look after herself. She has a shady past full of dark secrets and she is terrified that if her brothers and Arik find out the truth they will all hate her, she does some stupid things trying to keep her secrets but I was proud of her when she finally confronted the truth. Arik is a swoon worthy hero, how can you not love someone who endures a month of the most horrific torture rather than give up the woman he has been lusting after? I do love a protective hero, oh and the plans he has for Limos are guaranteed to leave you fanning yourself! The romance between them is sweet and incredibly sexy and I enjoyed seeing how things worked out for them.

As you'd expect from a novel by Larissa Ione the plot of Immortal Rider is action packed and will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Although the focus remains on our main couple Arik and Limos there are so many other plot threads that Larissa effortlessly weaves together making for a complex tale that you won't want to put down. I loved finding out more about Thanatos and can not wait for his story (although I'm a bit worried that I won't be able to forgive Regan for her actions in this book but you'll have to read it yourself to find out why). It was great to see some of the characters we already know and love make appearances, along with Ares and Cara we also get to see some of the Demonica characters and catch up with what has been happening with them.

I really can't recommend this series (and the Demonica books) highly enough and I can't get enough of the world that Larissa Ione has created. If you're a fan of strong characters, intricate plots, hot romance and demons (or horsemen!) to swoon for you need this book!

Source: Initially received from publisher via NetGalley but I also received a print copy from Piatkus in exchange for an honest review

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