Rogue Rider

 It’s always sad when a series comes to a close and in particular when it happens to be an amazing one.  So while I was very excited to start Rogue Rider, I also felt some trepidation because I knew it would have a final ending of sorts.

Now the good news is Larissa Ione has confirmed she is adding more books to the Demonica series so I am *hoping* the characters I have grown to love in these stories will feature.  But either way, yay, more Demonica (and I can’t wait!)

It took me a little while to get into this book but once I did, I didn’t want to put it down.  It starts at a fairly gentle pace and ends at a wild gallop.  I also found it more emotional than the previous three (and I absolutely loved those!).  There are several ‘OH MY GOD!’ moments, one in particular had me shouting in a very unladylike fashion and then I wondered how I didn’t see it coming, it made so much sense.  I give the author a standing ovation for that one!  The others had a lot of impact but I think I was still stunned by the first.

One thing I have to mention is the consistency of Ione’s writing.  Every book I read of hers is well paced, exciting and gripping.  Even the sex scenes which could be so easily overdone, are just the right side of hot and not going over into tawdry and they have an emotional impact because it means something to the characters.  I find that is very important to me.

Her characters are so well rounded you feel like you know them and it was great to be back with the four horsemen of the apocalypse and their families again.  My heart bled for Reseph and it was hard reconciling him as Reseph and not Pestilence after the last book.  Jillian was another great female addition to the cast, different and interesting from the others.  I can’t say more than that or I would be in spoiler territory, but I will just say that I was seriously worried about how it would turn out, as it was the last one.

If you are looking for a brilliantly laid out and engaging paranormal romance, then I can’t recommend Larissa Ione highly enough.  A five star author, all the way.

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  • Author: Larissa Ione
  • Series: Lords of Deliverance (4)
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Rating: ★★★★★ 

Irreverent Questions With… Larissa Ione!

What can I say about this amazing author? I was only introduced to her work last year and I have fallen completely in love with her characters.  She has a huge amount of style in her writing that appeals to my heart and can make me laugh and cry with a few simple sentences.  As a paranormal romance author, I rate her as one of the best and if you like J.R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon then you will love her, I promise!  Start with the Demonica Series (Pleasure Unbound is book 1) and if you aren’t hooked by the end, well… I will find a hat to eat or something!

Anyway, enough wittering (I do that a lot!), on with the Irreverence!

What would you be or want to be (or still are), if you weren’t an author?
I’d go back to being a meteorologist. I really loved that job!

Do you have any rituals or processes before you can start writing?
Coffee! Oh, I need lots and lots of coffee, or no words will come…

Describe your working environment right now (desk, sofa, bathroom, etc.)
Ha! I actually work in two places — I have an office, but I usually only work in it when I need quiet and privacy (like when my husband is home and I’m on deadline.) Most of the time I work in the living room with my feet up on the couch. In the winter I’ll have a fire going, and in the summer, the windows will be open. My dog, Hexe, is always on the floor next to me.

How did you celebrate when your first book was published?
Champagne and dinner out!

Whose opinion matters most to you?
When it comes to my writing? My editor….and, obviously, the reader!

Do you get fully dressed to write?
My work uniform is my pajamas or sweats. I shower and get right back into pajamas.

What gets you in the mood or inspires you to write?
Often, music, but also a really good book.

Who would play you in the film adaptation of your life?
Honestly, I have no idea. But I do know it would be a very boring movie! 🙂

What is the weirdest comment you’ve had?
I once had a guy ask if I write while naked. And he was serious. Bizarre.

What is the best experience you’ve had with fans?
I’ve had so many that it’s impossible to pick just one, but I can say that when a group of readers bought me a birthday cake and brought it to a conference, it was one of the most amazing nights I’ve had with readers.

What do you value most?
My friends and family.

How do you deal with negative comments?
Honestly, not well. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and when they put those opinions in reviews, that’s fair. But when they make those comments to my face or on my Facebook page/blog/Twitter, I tend to see it much like someone coming into my house and insulting my cooking. I think it’s rude, and I’ll make that clear, though I try to be civil.

It’s movie night, the credits are just about to roll, Happy Ever After, Everyone Dies, Or…?
As long as there is closure, I don’t care. I just hate movies that end on a cliffhanger or that leave you to interpret what happened. It’s why I couldn’t stand Inception. Brilliant movie, but the ending killed it for me!

What do you do to relax?
I read, play video games, watch movies and TV, and I go to the lake to either play on the beach with my dog, or out on a boat.

Do you have pets, and if so, describe them?
I have a calico and white cat named Vegas who was abandoned by her owners when they moved out of their house and left her to fend for herself. Horrible. We took her in when we moved, so now she’s a fat, happy indoor cat. We also have a 100-pound King Shepherd named Hexe. She looks like an oversized, long-haired German Shepherd Dog.

What are your preferred conditions for writing, i.e. silence, background noise, TV?
Either silence or TV in the background. I can’t listen to music because I end up singing and not getting any writing done.

What is your favourite type of music?
I’m a country music fan.

Do you have any phobias?
I have terrible claustrophobia. I’m also terrified of spiders, but I wouldn’t quite put it at phobia level. Close, though!

Do you find the time of year makes it easier or harder to write, are you inspired by spring or delayed by the summer heat for instance?
Definitely harder to write in the summer, when I want to be out on the lake!

Slippers, socks or barefoot?
Slippers or socks – in the winter, both!

Many thanks to Larissa Ione for taking the time to answer our questions, and if you want to know more about the author, visit her Website, Twitter or Goodreads!

Pictures provided by and used with permission of Larissa Ione

Irreverent Questions is BookThing‘s fun, feature where we ask a series of random questions that popped into Grete’s curious head. If you are an author and would like to take part, please get in touch!

Lethal Rider

 Obeying the orders of her Aegi colleagues and deliberately getting pregnant by Thanatos (Death), seemed like a good plan at the time but now with only a month to go until the birth, Regan is having major doubts.  Not least of which is her fear of the baby’s father and his anger at her betrayal.  With the seals of Limos and Ares safe, Thanatos is the last chance for the denizens of hell to usher in the Apocalypse with the horsemen on their side.  With both good and evil fighting over Regan’s baby, she doesn’t know who to trust and she makes the mistake of thinking Thanatos won’t want his say.

Grete’s Review

I honestly didn’t know how this book was going to go, or even whether it would work.  Both Regan and Thanatos are closed off, prickly, haunted, and based on the events in Immortal Rider, couldn’t be more wrong for each other.  This is where Larissa Ione’s brilliant writing and devious mind comes into play.  She not only makes it work but it’s wonderful and believable and you can’t help falling in love with them.  The way they are together can be so funny as neither know how they are supposed to be with each other, despite their ages.

Larissa really ramped up the tension in this story, with so many things falling apart because of Pestilence and the ruling bodies of hell.  Right from the start it takes off in a breathless race, things happening left, right and centre with threads right from the first book coming in to play.  It’s an emotional roller-coaster as well, my heart was in my mouth so much of the time and even had me exclaiming out loud at certain parts, tears in my eyes at others.

We get pretty much a full cast of characters from both series at one time or another and I feel this was a pivotal story.  Maybe not for the last of this series, but definitely for the universe as a whole.  I absolutely could not put it down, read it in one day and by the end I was in tears of both sorrow and joy.  It had one hell of an impact on me, so much so, I am going to read it again straight away and waiting for the next one is going to be agony!

The best literary emotional roller coaster of my life and I can’t praise it enough!

Tracey’s Review

Wow this was amazing! Definitely the best one yet, even better than the Demonica books in my opinion and if you see my reviews for them that is saying something. There were so many twists and turns, we were blind-sided at every opportunity I did not see them coming. I agree with Grete about this being a pivotal book, do not read this until you have read the previous ones. Having every  character from the previous books featured at some point was great,  it’s always good to find out what previous characters are up to as long as they don’t detract from our main protagonists, which of course they didn’t.

The writing and characterisation was vivid and as always with the authors work I get sucked straight into the world, almost smelling as well as seeing it. As always the sex was hot – and in the warm weather we were having right now my temperature was through the roof!

I could not turn the pages fast enough but had to tear myself away from it because I didn’t want it to be over too quickly. I merely prolonged the inevitable by a couple of hours though and now I am desperate for the next one.

If I could, I would have rated it 6 stars, but unfortunately 5 is the highest we go!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Immortal Rider

 The second book in the Lords of Deliverance series kicks off straight after the events in Eternal Rider.  With Arik as the focal character, it doesn’t take long to fall in love with him, after only having seen him as a side character previously.  He is strong, honourable and downright sexy.  Limos is a complex woman, not just because she is one of the four horsemen, but because she was raised separately from her brothers in Sheoul (Hell) by their mother Lillith.  It wasn’t until she escaped and found her brothers that she realised the lies she had been raised with.  Her brothers taught her how to love and be loved but there was one major drawback from her former life.  She is betrothed to Satan and no man can touch her intimately without being injured by a set of interesting and very scary chastity jewellery. If her seal breaks, she becomes Famine as well as triggering the demonic apocalypse.  With a simple kiss, and the other side plotting against them, life drastically changes for both Arik and Limos, and only time will tell if it will be their downfall or their deliverance.

I’m continually amazed by how emotionally engaging I find Larissa Ione’s work.  Right from page one of each book I read, I’m drawn in and engrossed until the end.  The ‘good’ guys might not necessarily be completely scrupulous but they are trying their best to prevent the end of days happening.  The bad guys, well… they are so well written that you actively hate them.  The only exception is Pestilence/Reseph.  After the heart wrenching opening in the first book, you still feel sorrow for him, at what he has become and part of that is seeing how he used to be through the eyes and hearts of his siblings.

The pace is well measured and the action is explosive, bloody and vicious; no long drawn out battles here.  The romance is as complicated as the main characters, painful, often very sweet, and extremely hot and it all adds to the tension inherent in this story. There are several cameos from characters from The Demonica series and it’s always good to see them when they appear.

The plot for the next book is also started in this one, with Thanatos and Regan.  Ione has a wonderful talent for starting or maintaining other plot threads within the main story without it being confusing, it just makes you hungry for more.  The next book is Lethal Rider and I absolutely cannot wait to read it!

Paranormal romance truly at its best.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Launching Larissa Ione Week!

Here at BookThing!, we have a lot of love for this amazing author.  Both Tracey and I devoured her Demonica series and are firmly in love with her world and characters.  The Lords of Deliverance are shaping up to be just as good.  She joins J.R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon as our favourite Paranormal Romance authors and well deserved too!

So, coming up this week we have reviews for the Demonica series as well as two amazing give-aways courtesy of Piatkus. We’ll hopefully have some exciting news next week as well, but for now, we’re keeping a hat on it and our fingers crossed.

So, to kick off the week of reviews, today we’re launching the give-away, which will run for 5 days – Monday 21st May until midnight BST on Friday 26th May.

First prize pack is all 5 books in the Demonica series (Pleasure Unbound, Desire Unchained, Passion Unleashed, Ecstasy Unveiled and Sin Undone)
Second prize pack is all 3 of the Lords of Deliverance series (Eternal Rider, Immortal Rider and yes the NEW release, Lethal Rider!)

How do I enter?

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (with a valid e-mail address in the e-mail field) to be entered into the draw. Why not tell us what makes a good paranormal romance hero, or what makes the best villains?

Winners will be selected at random (or Fizz the book guardian might pull them out of a hat!)

Unfortunately due to postage costs this give-away is UK only.

If you haven’t yet experienced the world of the Demonica, this could be your chance.  Good luck!

NB: e-mail addresses are used solely for the purpose of contacting the winners and arranging delivery of the books, nothing more.

Give-away is now closed, we’ll do the draw this evening and mail the winners. – Tony

Eternal Rider

2011 was an awesome year for finding new authors I’d never read before. Larissa Ione is the latest in a great list and is now firmly one of my favourites.

I loved the premise of the Lords of Deliverance series; Four siblings, born of a demon and an angel, almost brought the ancient world to ruin and as punishment, were cursed to be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  Technically it’s three horsemen and one horsewoman which was actually another facet I loved.  The end of days will come but how soon depends on if the seals they were cursed with are broken.  They fight on the side of good as long as their seals remain intact but should the unthinkable occur, they turn evil and will side with the bad guys, unleashing the full terrible force of their natures.

As this was the first book by Larissa Ione I’d read, I didn’t realise this series is actually a companion set from her main one called The Demonica.  This also explains why I felt some names or characters were important and should have some deeper meaning for me.  It didn’t spoil my enjoyment of Eternal Rider though and just made me want to catch up on the other series.

I loved the way Ione smacks you right in the face with one of the Horsemen’s seals breaking, just as you started liking him.  It was just enough that you hope the remaining three and their uneasy allies can find a way to restore him before he destroys everything.

This book is Ares/War’s story and I absolutely loved it.  Ares is a complex character with layers to his personality and can be quite a scary individual.  Even as Ares, he is drawn to battle and tries to keep to himself as his mere presence can cause fights to break out.  A lonely immortal existence but one he accepts for his part in the ancient war that nearly brought the world to its knees.

Cara is a human that I could identify with instantly, having a love of animals that borders on the paranormal.  On the verge of bankruptcy and mourning the death of her father, she still can’t turn away an injured dog that was run over.  She has the ability to heal animals and was her calling in her father’s vet practice, but lost all confidence in herself.  Discovering the dog had been shot catapults her into a confusing world where nothing is as she thought it was, least of all that the dog was actually a Hellhound and now bonded to her.

Both characters brought something different to the book and made it whole, even with the large supporting cast.  I loved their interplay and interactions, often making me laugh as Cara is feisty and definitely a modern woman.  It was a pleasure seeing them grow in personality, both individually and as a couple.  They complement each other perfectly and also made for some very hot scenes.  You may need a fan if you are a blusher!

The pace of the story was fast, often with no let up and the action scenes were exciting and well written.  I was so engaged, I couldn’t put the book down and by the end I felt breathless.  The teaser for book two at the end had me reaching for it and am very thankful I had it waiting!

A really interesting and exciting take on the Four Horsemen mythos and a series I can’t wait to read the rest of!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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