Review: Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione

Posted February 20th, 2012 in book review / 7 comments

Immortal Rider

Book #2 of the Lords of Deliverance

by Larissa Ione

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (December 2011)
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 326 (eBook)
Source: NetGalley
Purchase at: Amazon / Book Depository
Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)

Summary
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?

The Good
A Slap and a Tickle…
Since I did not read the first book in this series, it took me some time to get use to the characters and learn the lingo. Once I did, I quite enjoyed reading Immortal Rider. If you’re looking for action, torture, and sex, this book is for you. LOL. Sorry, I just read that last sentence back and it’s a bit rough. But, to be truthful, this book is rough. Ione is not the kind to shy away from any area when she writes. She creates in-your-face characters with gory and sexy storylines that leave an impact. She’s my kind of gal. A good gritty read is fun sometimes. Immortal Rider is like a refreshing slap in the face, but with a silk glove.

The Devil is in the Details…
The Horsemen of the Apocalypse aren’t really that bad. They don’t turn truly evil until their Seal breaks (don’t ask me what a Seal is because I am still trying to figure that out myself). When a Horseman’s Seal breaks before a prophecized time, he or she can’t help but turn evil and rain down hell on earth. But surprisingly, the whole Horsemen and Apocalypse thing is just a side story, for now. Limos, the only female Horseman, has bigger fish to fry. Like her fiance, Satan. Oh yeah, you heard right, Satan. Limos is starting to regret this ‘deal’ she struck with him so long ago. An eternity in Satan’s bed can get a girl a little queasy, especially when that girl starts to have feelings for a human named Arik.

Arik, on the other hand, has more love-hate feelings for Limos. Sure, she’s cute as hell and her strength cannot be compared, but when you spend a month being tortured in hell for just kissing her, well, a man can get a little skittish. They may both have ugly pasts, but if they could just trust one another, then maybe they can both overcome their personal nightmares.

A Horseman and a Gentleman…
I loved Limos from page one. She is feisty, strong willed, and can kickass like nobody’s business. I found it interesting that she was the slightly more devious Horseman compared to her brothers. Her secret past was so shocking that I didn’t know how anyone could ever forgive her. And that made her so much more fascinating. She was not always on the good side, which made her unpredictable and exciting to read about.

Then we have Arik. I wince even thinking about what he went through in hell. I don’t care what anyone says, a little lip action is not worth torture in hell. But as you can guess, Arik isn’t the most logical of people. Who falls in love with a woman who is the reason for their torture, a woman who can bring down Armageddon to all of Earth, a woman who has lied to the very people she loves to save her own butt? Yup, Arik does. But you got to give him credit, he is one strong son of a sea biscuit. He takes it, and dishes it right back. He is fearless, caring, and sexy. He pretty much takes Limos’ past in stride and loves her despite her downfalls. I can’t help but admire him, even if he is a fictional character.

A Balance…
Immortal Rider encompasses a lot of other characters but my favorites were Reaver and Harvester. Both are fallen angels of sorts. I wish I knew more about their stories. They both watch over the Horsemen but in different ways. There always has to be a balance between good and evil. So once one of the Horseman’s Seal’s broke, Reaver was put in charge of the good Horsemen while Harvester went with the evil Horseman. And boy, is she perfect for the job because Harvester is bad to the bone. The things she does to Reaver are just atrocious. And even with his hatred for what Harvester has done to him, Reaver still saves her from a horrible fate. That’s when we see Harvaster’s sensitive side. I don’t know what Ione has in store for these two, but I can’t wait to find out.

Back to the Start…
The action was simply fantastic and the characters were brilliantly written. Each one had completely different personalities which made them believable. The grit and blood in this book is abundant, and it only makes it that much more intriguing. The humor was very well done. It wasn’t too corny, it was a perfect mixture of sarcasm and good-natured ribbing. I loved the concept, too. The four Horsemen of the Apocalypse trying to prevent their fate. Falling in love and learning what it’s like to actually live instead of just exist. This book makes me want to read book one for sure.

The Bad
I am going to start off by saying that even though this book can somewhat be read as a stand-alone, I wouldn’t recommend it. I, unfortunately, did not read the first book of this series so it took me maybe one-half of the book to catch up and understand all the terminology. I do wish I could have read the first book of the series because I think I would have enjoyed this book more.

My main problem with this book is the same problem I have with all of Ione’s books. In a paranormal romance, I like to focus on the main couple. But Ione likes to branch out and have alternating chapters about different characters and potential couples for later books. I don’t mind this usually, but with Ione, she overdoes it. I would say only one-third of this book was actually about Limos and Arik. I found myself skipping pages to get back to them, then pouting as I had to go back and read the pages I skipped because they were most often vital to the plot.

Some things were left unsettled which bothered me. It was confusing to have the characters all of a sudden no longer worry about things that took up a major part of the book.

The Snuggly
If you’re squeamish when it comes to reading sex scenes, then this book is not for you. Ione is known for her sexed-up books and Immortal Rider does not dissapoint in that aspect. Some of the sex is aggressive, and an almost rape or two can also be expected. Nothing overdone or super uncomfortable. It all fit with the storyline and characters. The romance was charming some of the time, and other times it was more about dislike that slowly turned into love. I found it a little exhuasting how many couples we had to read about, but that’s how Ione writes so I knew what I was getting myself into.

Overall
I knew I shouldn’t have read book two without having first read book one. But I couldn’t help myself. I love Ione’s Demonica series so much that I had to grab at my chance in getting book two of Lords of Deliverance when it came out. But I still enjoyed the story and characters very much, even if I was a little confused some of the time. I think paranormal romance fans that like lots of sexual situations and action/fighting will love this book. A recommended read.

Quotes
He looked up as Harvester appeared in the doorway, a sheer black robe draping her sleek body. In her hand was a bottle of what he thought might be read wine. “Good. You’re awake.”

“Good,” Reaver mimicked. “You’re still a bitch.”

She saunteered into the room. “I think someone woke up on the wrong side of his chaines.”

~

“It would be smarter to hide the body so no one will know what happened to him, and no one can tie his death to you.  There’s no sense in drawing attention to yourself, Li”

Helloooo. I am a Horseman of the Apocalypse, and I’m betrothed to the most infamous, most powerful demon in existence. I couldn’t draw more attention to myself if I wore Lady Gaga’s meat dress to a PETA convention.”

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7 Responses to “Review: Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione”

  1. Shelagh

    Immortal Rider is the first of Larissa Ione’s books that I’ve read and I have to say I like her style!

    I agree that some of the sex scenes were aggressive, but I found that they worked in the context of the plot. I didn’t feel Ione was condoning that sort of behaviour – rather, as you point out, refusing to walk away because it will make people uncomfortable. It suits the plot, so she’s used it. That takes guts.

    I went out and got my hands on book 1 soon after finishing Immortal Rider.

    Great review Jennifer!

  2. Sarah (saz101)

    “If your looking for action, torture, and sex, this book is for you.” Well with a tagline like THAT, who could resist? 😀

    And dude… a month’s hellish torture for a kiss? No THANK YOU.
    Erk. What you were saying ‘the bad’, with the multiple POV? Kind of annoys me. I like the guy/girl POV, and that’s enough, THANK YOU. I didn’t like the Mr Whatever His Letter Is in BDB, and I just want to get on with the ROMANCE.

    OK, this sounds fun. Seriously… I haven’t read much PNR or UF in a while, and I’m getting the itch… I’ve started reading Darkfever… but I really don’t like Mac… Barrons on the other hand *intrigued*

    JENNIFER! This sounds GOOD. Ugh, OK, so I LOVE blogging, but I think it’s narrowed the range of books I would have otherwise read, if it makes any sense? I used to read whatever I felt like, and now I read almost exclusively YA, and sometimes I want a break, you know? Hmmm…

    • Jennifer L. Bielman

      Exactly. Can we get to the ROMANCE, people? It’s the best part. lol.

      Okay, Darkfever. Unfortunately you are not going to like Mac in the first book. But she will grow on you. I swear. Also, if you love Barrons now, then you are doomed. He might even replace Bones because Barrons is the BOMB. hehe. He only gets better with age (the more books you read). OMG, I am so excited because The Fever series gets better with each book. You will be obsessed.

      I know what you mean about the narrow reading. I have an idea to get you out of your reading bubble. Do book themes in certain months, or weeks. Like the first week of March should be Adult Urban Fantasy Week or something. This will force you to branch out and start reading something different. YA is great, but you should focus on what you WANT to read rather than what you’re use to.

    • Jennifer L. Bielman

      Oh, and it was you that gave me the idea to title some of my paragraphs. The Good section is always so long so I wanted to break up the solid block of writing. I loved how you titled parts of your review so I totally stole your idea. hahahaha. *laughs evily*

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