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Thursday, April 14, 2011

KLB Virtual Events Book Blog Tour: Eternal Rider - by Larissa Ione

I have the fantabulous pleasure of being stop # 4 on the Virtual Journey hosted by KLB Virtual Events for Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione. Check out my review below! 

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.

Favorite Quote - Ares:

"You were right, Cara. I'm a demon. All I've known my entire life is fighting. Battle, sex, it's all the same to me. I fuck like I fight, until the other person is beggin for mercy."

How can I describe how I felt when I finished reading Eternal Rider, Lords of Deliverance Book 1 by Larissa Ione?  I think Jack Vettriano's painting "The Letter" nails it.  As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.......
Yeah, it was totally like that. (just replace the "letter" with Chessiebomb - my K3). I needed a cigarette....yet I don't smoke.

Once again, Larissa Ione knocks it out the park with her new Lords of Deliverance Series featuring the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Eternal Rider is Book 1 and features the story of Ares. 

I'm already a huge fan of Ione's Demonica Series, so when the lovely ladies of KLB Virtual Events asked if I was interested in participating on the Book Blog Tour, I literally jumped through my laptop with my acceptance! I received the book a few days later and started reading it late Sunday evening.  The next day was I was miffed that I had to go to work and couldn't keep reading -- sooooooo.....I downloaded it to Chessiebomb, connected my earbuds and proceeded to *cough* work *cough* while Eternal Rider streamed via Text-To-Speech into my lovely little ears.

Eargasims anyone? Yeah... it's THAT good!

Ione does a lot of world building in the first initial chapters of the book, but for me it didn't distract from the story. I already had a solid handle on the basics from the Demonica series, so LOD details fell smoothly into place for me. While you don't have to read the Demonica series to be able to dive into Eternal Rider - I highly recommend that you do. Aside from the fact that they're great books (all 5), you'll have a clear handle on where the LOD series will fit in overall. *Special Note for Demonica Fans* There are cameos of all the main characters from Demonica in Eternal Rider so you can get your fix on Doc E and Wraith. But I digress...

Let's talk about Ares.

*insert a moment of silence here*

...... Ok... Ares. Kicks. Ass. Period. Why? ....Um because he's War -- without the evil -- for now. (see favorite quote above).  He doesn't love. He doesn't cherish. He was raised to believe love is weakness and with his brother Reseph aka Pestilence gunning for him he can't take any chances. Circumstances occur where he's forced to offer protection for a human woman who in the end turns out to hold the key to his destruction or salvation.

The heroine of our story is named Cara and even with her flawed past and emotional damage I believe she stands out as a strong female character in the story. Cara has an unnatural talent that keeps her apart from the regular world. But when a wounded animal is brought to her home, she is unwillingly sucked into the realm of angels and demons. 

My favorite quote from Cara:

"It's just sex Ares."

His eyes flashed. "It's more than that, and you know it."
"No. I don't. I don't want to get attached to you any more than you want to be attached to me. But things are pretty intense all around us, and we could both use a break and a little pleasure. You asked if I'd ever been fucked and I said no. Well now I have. And I liked it. So quit being squeamish, and do it again."

If you're familiar with Ione's work, you know she's not shy with the "lovin" in her books. If Pleasure Unbound didn't set the Smexy Bar on HOT for you - Eternal Rider is going to bust through the ceiling with SCORCHING!!!!  Ione has taken things to a whole new level. H.O.T.S. (Hawt Oral Tree Sex) That's all I'm gonna say.

I also loved Ares' other siblings, Thanatos and Limos.  Than's curse is Death and even with his stiff and stoic attitude you know that there's much more there hidden underneath.  Limos' curse is Famine. Even as an immortal she's a Fashionista after my own heart -- when she's not wearing her armour or cracking ribs with her thighs (oh yeah.... there's rib cracking thigh love in here too!) 

Bottom line, Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance Book 1) is the start of a brand new love affair for me. I can't wait for Book 2 - Immortal Rider to be released in December. Limos' story is up next. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for more snarky-kick-ass-rib-cracking-thigh-action! And ummm more H.O.T.S couldn't hurt either!

Special thanks again to the lovely ladies of KLB Virtual Events for including me in the Book Blog Tour for such a fantastic book!  Don't forget to stop by Stacy's Place tomorrow. She's next on the list for the tour! See the entire tour schedule here.
Title: Eternal Rider, Lords of Deliverance Book 1
Author: Larissa Ione
Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing
Disclaimer: I received a my copy from KLB Virtual Tours for review 


I'm gonna do a Giveaway!! I need to share the Larissa Ione love!!

Win a copy of Eternal Rider AND start from the beginning with Pleasure Unbound (Demonica Series Book 1)

I'm keeping it simple - Leave a comment with your email address and I'll let the gods pick a winner. Please don't enter if you already have the books. Let's get some new fans in the mix!!

Contest open to anywhere Book Depository ships. Must be over 18participate. Contest ends on Wednesday, March 20th.  Winners will be announced on Friday, April 22nd. Easy Peasy!

Get your read on!!


Bells said...

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this review. Loved the painting at the top. Hahaha! The quote were awesome as well and I could feel how much you enjoyed the book in your review. Seriously, the best review of this book that I have read so far. Great job Princess!

Unknown said...

Wow! By far a stellar review and awesome giveaway! The stops on the tour have all been exceLlent! Can I just say that Doc E and Ares are my demonic sandwich which I will happily be their in between! ROFL! Okay I'm done no more perv in the morning! Dren you did a fantastic job! I hope you participate in more tours! Thanks for the KLB love!

holls said...

Awesome!!!great review. Hollybwright at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

The books sound great. Love the review.

Unknown said...

Great review!

k2sgal said...

Great review would love to have this book just LOVE HER BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

Awesome review! I've heard such good things about Larissa Ione's writing but I've not read any of her books.

Victoria said...

Loved the review - eargasims ;). I've often felt like the woman in the chaise while reading Larissa's books. She can be SO creative ;).
Thanks for the giveaway.


Christine ♥ said...

She is on my TBR list - as soon as I finish the BDB books! I'd love to win a couple books!!!!!!! Your review has me really looking forward to them :)

June M. said...

Oh please, please, PLEASE pick me! I just started reading Larissa and do not have all her books! I would love these to add to my collection. Did I say PLEASE?

manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Wendy H said...

Would love to win one of her books...haven't read any of them yet. Your review had a bunch of info and thanks for that!!

dragonflychic at tampabay dot rr dot com

Anonymous said...

No need to enter me in the contest, I have all of Larissa's books. I just wanted to say your review was right on! The book was smokin hot and like you, I needed a cigarette when I was done and I don't smoke either!!

Unknown said...

Great review!!! I've read the Demonica series but *ahem* someone borrowed them and never brought them back......I know I know -- death on a stick!!!!!!! I need my Demonica series!!!! I only have Sin's book now....but Eternal Rider.....That Ares!!!! He and Thanatos are gonna be my faves. I can already tell -- idk why!

blazesandbubbles AT gmail DOT com

Unknown said...

Great review hon. I agree, I have not read all the Demonica series yet (heading to book 2), but this is not a sequel of any kind. But still highly recommended to read the Demonica series. book 1 had my addicted. Can't say it enough, Larissa Ione is Queen Bee when it comes to PNR. The worlds she creates are just so incredible. Thank you for the great review and giveaway hon. Really fun read :)

Oh by the way hon, you wrote ends on March 20th, I think you meant April 20th. I know I can't believe it is April either LOL!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good book! i have yet read anything by her, but am always looking for new books to read!

kindle books free said...

Really a great review.This is her ablility and performance.She has a great creativity.But one scene upset to me when the external rider doesn't like love.

Texas Book Lover said...

Great review...I so want this book! I loved the Demonica series!

Thank you very much! mmafsmith(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway! Please count me in!


LadyVampire2u said...

Great review! I'd love to win to read these. Please enter me in your contest and thanks!

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

minhchieu said...

great review! would love to win this book, love the Demonica series!

Allison said...

FANTASTIC review, girl! Love those Ares quotes!

brilliant dot love at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

(screams histerically) What a FANTASTIC giveaway!!!! I'm crazy about finally reading Ares story, and I never got to read Demonica 1!!! :))
Thank you so much for making it international!!!!

kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

M Cris said...

Awesome review! I haven't read these yet, but would love to! :-)

thanks for the international opening.

cris_mv at hotmail dot com

Rodrigodc01 said...

My really likes this author and I'm sure she'd be super happy if I got it for her.




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