KLB Virtual Events Blog Tour - Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione - Day 8 - Review + Giveaway

Title – Eternal Rider
Author – Larissa Ione
Series – Lords of Deliverance Book 1 (related to the Demonica series)
Pages – 412 (includes a 10 page excerpt of Immortal Rider, the next book in the series)
They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.
Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.

Hello and welcome to Day 8 of the KLB Virtual Events Blog Tour of Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione.  I thank the wonderful ladies of KLB for including me in this blog tour! 
Have you read Larissa Ione before?  I’m a fairly new reader to her books but I can tell you that her books include great world building, rich characters and snappy dialogue.  Oh yeah…and BLISTERINGLY HOT SMUTTINESS!!  Oh my gracious!!  And this book was no exception!  Ok…sorry…didn’t mean to yell..and maybe I should discuss the storyline before I get into the hotness.  I guess.

I have not yet finished the Demonica series but I wanted to be a part of this blog tour and figured any information I needed from the Demonica series would be included in this book and I was correct.  Usually, I prefer to read all books in order, even if they aren’t all required to be read, as such; I’m just a stickler like that.  If you have an issue with spoilers, you may want to read the entire Demonica series first since this book does give away some events from the Demonica series.  Also, there is a BUNCH of information and a fairly large number of characters introduced in the beginning of this book, if you are not already familiar with the myth and lore of the Demonica series.  It’s needed for readers, such as myself, who did not read the entire Demonica series but may feel like a bit of a re-tread for those that have read it.  Don’t let that put you off, though; the story moves right along and you need the information in order to understand the events.

Events that occur in Sin Undone, the last book of the Demonica series, set the action of this book into motion.  Reseph, one of the siblings who would become the Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse, has his Seal broken which changes him into Pestilence.  Just so you know…Pestilence is NOT a nice guy!  He bares no resemblance to the man he used to be.  Larissa is very good at writing characters that are very bad!  I was actually taken aback by a few of the things Pestilence does and says in this book (in particular, a line about ripping someone a new orifice and then..ahem…enjoying the new hole….gave me pause!) but that’s a good thing; it’s a mark of good writing that I was so disturbed by his evil deeds!  Now that his Seal has been broken, next up is Ares who will become War.  Pestilence is determined to find a way to break his Seal, Ares is determined not to let it happen and Cara unwittingly becomes a major player in their conflict.  That’s about as much as I can give you without giving away too much; after all, I DO want you to read it for yourself!

Now…back to the hotness! I’m not necessarily a big fan of war in general…but WAR in the guise of Ares….COULD GET IT!  Violence and aggression and conflict turn him on.  And a turned on Ares, quite frankly,  makes your panties sweat.  Phew!  Two words folks; Shower. Sex.  I’m a big fan and Larissa does NOT disappoint.

As far as the romance is concerned, I believed the relationship.  They started as a emotionally scarred timid woman and an emotionally unavailable, unyielding man but they had believable growth and grew to be what they needed to be for their partner.  I liked Ares a bit more than I liked Cara, especially in the beginning, but I usually like the guy more; go figure! 

If you’re read the Demonica series, you’ll be happy to know that there are several cameos from familiar characters and some scenes set in Underworld General Hospital.  I smiled each time a character I knew showed up; I always like to know what’s going on with characters after the events of their specific books.

A host of new characters (for me, at least) were developed in this book and there are two I’m extremely interested in knowing more about.  Limos, the female sibling of the four, is one bad ass chick and I can’t wait to hear more about her!  And Thanatos, who will be Death if his Seal is broken, is the big blonde one of the bunch.  And, if you read this blog regularly, you know I like the big blonde ones!  J  I’m glad to have had an opportunity to read and review this book and look forward to the rest of the series.  I give Eternal Rider a strong 4 out of 5 stars. 

Leave a comment below for your chance to win either a $15 gift certificate from Borders or an equivalent book purchase from The Book Depository.  Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.  The contest ends 4/20/11 at 11:59pm so get your comments in quickly!  The contest is open to all who care to enter.  Thanks again to the ladies of KLB for including me on the book tour and thanks to you for stopping by!

Comments

  1. Loved, loved, LOVED the review Penny! I agree with you about Than! Girl you know we love us some blondes. I can't wait to read his story.

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  2. Oh, I loved the Demonica books! I can't wait for Ares' book! All the excerpts I've read so far only whetted my appetite even more. :) And your review is great!

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  3. I have Eternal Rider,but I haven't gotten to read it yet :(...life is getting in the way. I really love the Demonica series. I have read them twice now. Your review was fantastic.

    koonie2888(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. Awesome review Penny! Had I not already read the book I would def want to now! *hats off to you* This is excellent!

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  5. I can't wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    Hollybwright at comcast dot net

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  6. Every review for this book has said it is outstanding. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

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  7. Nice review, Pen! I believed the relationship, too. It was contrived and developed at a slow pace. :) I thoroughly look fwd to seeing Than resisting his Seal from being broken. Woot!

    Thanks for the opp!

    ash at smashattackreads dot com

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  8. Nice review. I loved this book! But then again I love everything Larissa writes ;). Thanks for the great giveaway.

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the chance.

    weebeenoid(AT)cox(DOT)net

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  10. Great review!! I love Larissa's writing! Thanks for the giveaway!

    jjfisher23(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. Great review and thanks for the giveaway!
    Can't wait to read this book!

    szangelika79 AT gmail DOT com

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  12. Awsome review! I loved Demonica ~ Wraith is my fav! Finally got the $$ to order Eternal Rider :)

    kahea46 at gmail.com

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  13. Thanks for the great review. I haven't read Eternal Rider yet *its in my TBR pile* but I've read all Larissa's other books and love them!

    shiderly77(at)yahoo.com

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  14. Loved this book and the review was great! This was my first Larissa Ione book and I am working on getting the Demonica series, so that is what I would use the giftcard for.

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  15. Love the review is on the list of books to read

    feiderw at yahoo dot com

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  16. Normally I do not go after blondes. It's the celtic angle of Than that I really liked about the man.

    Larissa is an automatic buy for me, and I can not wait for Limo's book.

    Raonaid (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. Just started reading this new one and so far its....AWESOME!!!! I love reading this series. The main characters are HOT!!!!

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  18. Thanks for the Giveaway! Larissa is one of my favorites. M.ramey@ymail.com

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  19. Love the Demonica series.. i pre ordered Eternal Rider so i got it early in the morning and finished it later that night..couldn't put it down..it was awesome.. pagangell@gmail.com

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  20. can't wait to get this book! Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    blubear12@gmail.com

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  21. Loved the review. You were right on the money. I loved this book and I can't wait for Limos and Arik's book. I'm dying to know what her secret is.

    iqb99@yahoo.com

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  22. Great review. I love Larissa's books. Thank you for the awesome giveaway.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  23. Great review i cant wait to read Eternal Rider


    Ktalley28@gmail.com

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  24. What a great giveaway thank you so much! I love all her books can't wait to read this one.
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  25. What A great review!

    rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

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  26. I'm reading Eternal Rider now and loving it!

    dbreynoldswriter @ live DOT com

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  27. Kickass review hon. So with you, I loved Limos. The excerpt at the end of the book for her book was such a tease. I hope I can hold it together until Immortal Rider because it seems like it will be epic. And don't even start about the shower scene, the ending one with the tree branch and the vine had me panting LMAO! Seriously, this book was too hot! Thank you for the awesome review and giveaway hon.


    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  28. I'm so happy that you participated, Penny! Glad you liked the book, and I hope the rest of the Demonica series goes well for you!

    *waving to the commenters* Awesome of you to pop over!

    Again, thanks, Penny, and thanks to all of the KLB ladies. What a wonderful group you all are!

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  29. Can't wait to get this book! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

    dlynnpen@aim.com

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  30. I love the Demonica series and I loved Eternal Rider!

    myrandaroyann[at]gmail[dot]com

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  31. I'm getting really excited about this series - it sounds right up my alley!

    hanktsATinternodeDOTonDOTnet

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  32. Great Review. I.ve read all of the Demonica series and Eternal rider and I am waiting for another now.

    Blonde_mama_t@me.com

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  33. Great Review an am way stoked about Immortal Rider. Eternal Ride was awesome, the energy that Larissa placed throughout the entire book was just brilliant. I didn't want to put the book down, the energy was just brilliant throughout the entire book. And it had just the right amount of girl porn in it too :)
    sassiecheryl@hotmail.com

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  34. I loved the Demonica series, but didn't know how I'd feel about this one. You had me at shower!
    Almost had to give you 20 secs for "Big Blonde ones" (black would have been a different story)
    Great review sis!

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