Title: Immortal Rider
Author: Larissa Ione
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Lords of Deliverance (Book 2)
Publication Date: December 1, 2011
Format: Paperback, 320 Pages
ISBN-10: 0446574473 (Grand Central)
ISBN-13: 978-0446574471 (Grand Central)
Reviewed by: Sheila
They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
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?
Quick & Dirty: A story of love between a warrior woman with a tendency to lie and an unforgiving soldier that can’t stand untruths amidst fighting to prevent the coming Apocalypse.
Opening Sentence: Ark Wanger had to hand it to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; they threw one hell of a party.
Immortal Rider, the second installment from the Lords of Deliverance series, centers on the individual story of the Third Horsewoman of the Apocalypse, Limos. She is the only one of the siblings to be raised in Sheoul, that’s the Underworld or the demon realm, and is the fiancé of Satan himself. Initially, she is expected to maneuver her brothers, the other Horsemen, into starting the Apocalypse as a wedding present for her soon-to-be husband. An added bonus to her cooperation is that she gets a “high” from lying, and it is just as addictive as any drug. But after being accepted by her brothers, for herself and not just her position, and shown love, she has a change of heart. Now, she has tried to keep her past misdeeds from becoming known for fear of what her brothers will think of her. None of them have known she is the reason behind their mutual curses, until now. Her lies and her actions start a chain of events that may end up leading to the fall of mankind.
Limos has a problem; she is no longer the evil person her mother raised her to be and doesn’t want to be part of the Underworld as its soon-to-be Queen. But she fears how her brothers will react when they learn about the things she did while under their mother’s influence. So she conspires to keep the secrets of her past well hidden, until now. The fragile deck of cards made with the lies she has told over the centuries is about to topple over and she desperate to keep it standing. There is only one man that may give her the strength to tell the truth, and Arik has the most reason to hate her.
Arik Wagner is an honorable soldier in the RX-R that has been working, alongside the Aegis, to keep the demons at bay. But his involvement with the Horseman is not as altruistic as he wants to believe. He has had an infatuation with Limos since the first time he met her, and she broke his ribs. After finally giving into temptation and kissing Limos, he is dragged into Sheoul by Satan’s minions. Even for demons, that seems like a harsh punishment for so simple an act. He had no idea that Limos was engaged to Satan; that she was forbidden to show any other male affection. Only when the male in question utters Limos’ name while in misery, can she be summoned to Satan’s side as his eternal bride. But even after a month of being tortured, Arik does not break. Arik is a badass soldier that fights against demons and has always been the strong dependable one, even in his own family. He soon realizes that the only person with the power to break him is the same person that can save him; Limos and her love.
Arik’s childhood is riddled with abuse. Today, he cannot stand for people to lie to him, unless it is to himself. So when Limos tries to cover herself and her actions by telling lies, he can’t cope. Can the two of them find it in their hearts to be open and honest with one another? Will the truth set them free or will it be their downfall? If they do find a way to be together, how will Satan react? This love story is full of supernatural people with very normal emotions. Every relationship hits snags; Limos and Arik’s just have more epic consequences than the average couple.
Even if the two of them can work everything out, what will the other Horsemen have to say about a man going after their little sister? I love it when you have truly scary older brothers doing the intimidation routine to perspective suitors, and this story does deliver. Besides, the Horsemen are hot and have a sense of humor that helps lighten the mood of the book. Not to mention the sexy Sem brothers and all the employees at the UG, from the Demonica series, that keeps popping up. They are like old friends that you don’t get to see all that often, but are welcome when they do come around.
The side story going on through all of this is about Thanatos, the Final Horseman. His seal is tied to his virginity so he keeps himself separated from temptation. Of course, the Aegis, or demon hunting society, find a scroll that suggests that Thanatos’s seal is tied to his unborn child. So they send an Aegis warrior, Regan, to seduce him and get pregnant. No one realizes that Reseph is in the background, pulling all the strings. When Regan ends up having sex with Thanatos, she doesn’t notice that it is not consensual. When she does notice, she runs away before Thanatos pops a gasket and kills her for the offense. The next book in the series, Lethal Rider, is about the two of them.
Overall, this book keeps up a fast pace of apocalyptic events while still taking the time for love to seed and bloom amidst the chaos.
Arik woke, groggy, fuzzy-headed, but for the first time in forever his belly wasn’t twisted inside out and eating his own spine in hunger. He opened his eyes, and realized he was still in the demon-induced fantasyland. Maybe it wasn’t so bad here after all. At least he got food, showers, and a soft bed.
And a toothbrush. Who would have thought such a simple item could make a person happy? As he brushed his teeth, he practically moaned with orgasmic appreciation at the taste of the minty toothpaste and the stroke of soft bristles. Oral sex, that’s what this was.
Okay, not quite. Limos popped into his head, and all those fantasies of having her spread-eagled and arching against his mouth trumped the toothbrush sex, for sure.
The Lords of Deliverance Series:
3. Lethal Rider
FTC Advisory: Grand Central Publishing provided me with a copy of Immortal Rider. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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