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Friday, April 15, 2011:
Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione & a giveaway
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.

Things are not looking good. A seal of one of the 4 Horsemen has been broken, rendering the keeper of said seal evil and it's only a matter of time before another seal is also destroyed, which will bring on the Apocalypse. Ares, though part demon himself, has no desire to see that happen, and along with his other siblings, seek to keep anyone - or anything - from breaking his, a agrimortus which is bringing protected by a fallen angel. Only evil has other plans, and the seal is not safe. The fallen angel manages to transfer it to another, a human. Only humans cannot sustain it for very long, and end up dying. Ares and the other Horsemen must find a way to keep the seal safe, even if it means dealing with a human....

Cara Thornhart cannot believe the crazy things that have been happening to her. Angels and demons and other "supernatural" beings are trying to kill her, only this is not some cheesy horror movie; this is her life. Reluctantly joining forces with a moody, bossy yet extremely hot Horseman, Cara tries to stay alive so as not to trigger the end of the world. It's a huge responsibility for someone who has never known such beings truly existed outside of a book. All she did was just save this dog with really bad breath....

Ares and Cara are racing against the clock, trying to find a fallen angel who can more adequately protect Ares' seal while fighting the immense attraction that exists between them. Now is not the time to be diving between the sheets, not when the world's about to explode into battle. Ares is used to not feeling anything for anyone. His goal is to win wars by any means possible, and showing tenderness towards another is a sign of weakness. Cara has a secret that has kept people from getting to close to her, even her loved ones. Yet together they forge a bond that soon cannot be broken....

My thoughts:

This book kept my attention right from the start. I happen to be fascinated by biblical stories, and the signaling of the end of the world tends to fascinate me for some morbid reason. In the hands of a skilled author such as Larissa Ione, it's quite a wild and intense ride.

Ares is your typical warrior: fearless, strong, and removed emotionally from others. His unusual response to Cara, a mere human woman who holds the key to salvation, baffles and frustrates him. His goal is to keep the world from ending, and he doesn't have time, nor the desire, to care for another. Cara has always felt separated from others, even her own family. She's not used to trusting another, but she must trust Ares to keep her safe, even if he is a huge, irritating jerk.

I enjoyed their dynamic, the fact that they confound each other. Their awakening feelings amidst such chaos is rewarding to watch, and gives them both something to fight for. I liked how Larissa added an edge of danger to Cara's and Ares' desire for each other. There was a strong and believable element of violence that enhanced their attraction, and was - whew! - undeniably hot. And it worked. I felt their desperation and need, and it was a palpable, breathing thing.

Cara's ability and unique affinity for animals added an intriguing element to the storyline. I love animals, so this was fun to see how it was worked into the story.

I found the creative history of the Four Horseman fascinating and ripe with possibilities for the future stories. Larissa left us with so many nuggets of "what if" that I cannot wait to discover just what they might be. I also loved that we got to re-visit with beloved characters from the Demonica series. I get attached to characters, so seeing the again was a treat.

I don't wish to give anything away here, and I cannot do a better job of expressing the awesomeness of this book as some of the other bloggers have so eloquently done, but suffice it to say, you will be on the edge of your seat reading this book. Even when you know what's going to happen, you can't help but hold your breath and curse Larissa for tying you in wonderful, emotional knots. Dread and hope war with each other, and you're utterly engaged in this story. I'm really excited to read the next thrilling installment of this brand-new series.

Rating: **** out of *****

I am haing a contest for a copy of Eternal Rider that will end at 6pm CST on Sunday, April 17th. All you have to do is answer the following question:

What would you do if it was your last day on earth?

Good luck!

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  1. Great review sweets. I could really tell that you enjoy the book! :D

  2. I would stalk you if it was my last day Lol :-) great review my love bug! Xoxo

  3. I would probably go to Disney with the family n have lots of sex

    Hollybwright at comcast dot net

  4. Everyone is saying fantastic things about Eternal Rider, I would love to read it, thank you for the giveaway Stacy!!

    If it was my last day on Earth, I would go and say goodbye to my best friends and spend my last day with my family. Would love to go with the memories we made :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. I'd get with my family and just be! Oh yeah, chocolate in massive quantities.

  6. I'm so looking forward to this series! Your review only whet my appetite even more! :)
    If it was my last day on earth, ould it sound unrealistic to say I would read my whole TBR-pile? lol
    Only joking, I would spend it of course with my family (and the having lots of sex someone else mentioned above isn't too bad either).
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  7. My last day on earth would be to lay in my pile of books and mourn the loss of your review..can't wait to read Eternal's in my TBR pile.


  8. Wow now that's a hard question. I would spend a passionate day with my fiance, followed by a dinner at our favorite restaurant and I would end the night by a Montreal Canadiens game in the very first row (somethig I already wanted to do, but could never afford)

    Thanks for the giveaway ^^
    Glad you enjoyed the book!


  9. I would chase JR Ward down and get her to tell me how Qhuinn and Blay will end up together. After all, it's my last day...surely she'll take pity on me.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  10. I would NOT go to work and then spend time snuggling up with my family!

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

  11. I would spend the day with my family at an amusement park, so I could fill my last day with as much joy as possible.

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. If it was my last day on earth I'd spend it doing anything I darned well wanted to do, including eating some fabulous meals, spending time with loved ones, and having as much fun as I could.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  13. Great review hon. I am so with you. There aren't enough words to describe how great the book this is. You don't have to enter me in the giveaway, but for the question nonetheless, I would read a favorite book, hang with friends and family and try to lose my virginity. Oh yes, I went there LOL! Thanks for the great review hon :)

  14. Hang out with my family and eat whatever I want.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  15. do all kinds of things I'm not supposed to....not in that exact order but yea.....I'd go out with a big BANG!!!!

    blazesandbubbles AT gmail DOT com

  16. If it was my last day on Earth, I would spend it with those I love. Just have a good day full of happiness of laughter. I'd tell everyone all they meant to me and that I would put in a good word for them and be waiting on the other side for them when their day came to join me many years from now.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  17. 24 hours is not enough time but I'd spend it at home with my honey, my Kindle and lots of brownies (and a couple of phone calls to my dad and my best friends).

    Thanks for a chance to win this book - I'm a big Demonica fan.

    jen at delux dot com

  18. What a great giveaway thank you so much I can't wait to read this book! I think I would spend it with my mom and my kittys they are all I have. I would love to read my favorite book on my to read pile I love reading.

  19. I'd spend it with my family.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  20. So sorry I missed the contest, but had to comment. Your review was very good. The Four Horsemen have been the basis for a plethora of books and even movies down through the years, and this author has taken a subject that is often misused and abused and done so well with it. But then again, this author writes everything well, IMHO.

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