Eternal Rider is an exciting new entry from Larissa Ione. Those of us that mourned the loss of the Demonica series can rejoice! Ms. Ione brings the expert world building, terrific characters and the deep personal relationships that she developed in the in the Demonica series to these books.
Cara Thornhart is a holistic animal healer who answers her door one night to treat an injured animal. That event will change her life. Ares has lived thousands of lifetimes. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he and his siblings are immortal and each must face the eventuality that they may be the destroyer(s) of mankind.
Ares arrives at Cara's door tracking something that he must get back or face the possibility of turning evil and dooming the world. When the object is not there, he involves himself into her life with the hope that he can retrieve the object, which appears to have tied itself to Cara. Unfortunately, Cara becomes even more entangled in Ares fate and he is faced with protecting and losing that which is most important to him.
Ares and Cara’s relationship develops fairly quickly. Cara is faced with a life altering event that forces her to address and accept her attraction to Ares and he faces the possibility of becoming his worst nightmare. They jump into their relationship, which is hot and steamy, but appears realistic to me.
All of the characters are wonderful in this book, even the secondary ones. The witty banter and dialog keeps this dark novel from becoming too dark. My favorite secondary character is Thanatos. I loved his dry wit and can’t wait for his book. Although, Hal the demonhound with halitosis, is a close second favorite character.
As Ares, Cara, Thanatos, Limos and Hal race toward saving the world, the action is fast paced and tense. The battle(s) between the siblings and their brother Reseph, who has turned evil and become Pestilence, is sometimes violent but heartfelt at the same time.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to all the paranormal romance readers that enjoy a bit of urban fantasy and sexual dominance thrown in. Highly recommended if you enjoyed the Demonica series previously.