Title: Immortal Rider
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance, #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Imprint of Hachette)
Date Published: December 1st, 2011
Source: eARC via Netgalley
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?
As a Larissa Ione fan, it’s really disappointing for me to admit that I’m just not a fan of this series. There, I said it. I know I’m practically the only one, but whatever. Perhaps I went into them with the bar set too high, because Demonica is one of my favorite PNRs.
I think a big part of the problem for me is that the story is all over the place with so many side stories going on that the main couple barely gets page time. While I love a bigger story in PNRs, this one is almost too big and complicated that it takes over the romance. Their relationship is hardly built upon, other than sexually, so it wasn’t really believable as a romance.
Limos I didn’t dislike at first, but as the story went on I liked her less and less. I just couldn’t get past her lying. Even after her huge breakthrough, here she goes lying about something again. Then at the end of it all when it’s all roses and sunshine, somehow despite all her lies and deceit, Arik tells her “he will never doubt her again”. Why? She’s never given him a reason to trust her, not once in this book.
Arik I liked for the most part, although a lot of times his character seemed a bit one-dimensional and boring. I did enjoy the moments where his sarcastic humor would leak through though. But when it’s all said and done, I couldn’t buy him and Limos together. I think he deserved better and many times it seemed like he was more after her virginity than her heart.
Then there are all the side stories. Too many to keep track of or list. This book was hardly a Limos and Arik book. Than and Regan got almost as much page time when their book is next. I think some of their story could’ve probably waited until the next book. Let’s focus on one relationship at a time with at most three side stories.
After first starting this book I thought maybe I would still continue the series though. I’m still a fan of Larissa Ione and if she publishes any new series’ I will definitely hop right on trying them out. I was intrigued by Than and Regan’s story until too much was given away and I found I didn’t care anymore. I think if more of that would’ve been almost left hanging then it would’ve been enough for me to try to the next book. I also am still a big fan of Demonica and since this is it’s spinoff, I feel like I’d be doing that series a diservice by not continuing this one. But despite all those reasons, it was not enough.
So this is where I say goodbye to this series. Perhaps I’ll come back to this another day, but for now I’m just not interested anymore. Let me be clear that I seem to be extremely in the minority here so if the premise interests you and you’re a fan of Demonica, then I recommend trying it because it seems like a lot of people have liked it. If you haven’t read anything by Ione yet, I recommend trying Demonica first since I think that’s better than this, and it’s one of my favorite PNRs.
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