No blurb this time 'round. This Demonica spinoff and the Demonica books themselves have always had some darkness to them but this first part of book was filled with torture of the hero, violation of a continuing character, and more of Pestilence's depravity just tossed off in the background. I started Immortal Rider the day it came out and read the first hundred pages and then I just got tired of being bludgeoned with how evil the bad guys were and set the book aside.
I did end up picking this back up, but I struggled through to the 2/3rds mark where the action finally kicked in. I think that the reason that this was such a difficult read for me is that I just never got to the point where I clicked with Limos, actually I didn't much like her and never came to care about her redemption. Normally, a great hero can offset a less than stellar heroine but Arik, despite his interesting history and secret powers, was pretty generic for a leading man. It didn't help that the romance between them didn't work for me either, how does one get past all the deception and torture - not as easy breezy as it is done here for sure.
One of the things that kept me reading to the bitter end was that I really liked Thanatos and his thread had a better build up than Limos/Arik's right up to the 'completion' of Regan's mission which was shockingly terrible. In fact all of the 'deflowerings' in Immortal Rider were squicky. So the lack of the normally uber steamy build up to a satisfying consummation - times two - dropped the book from okay to not.
So bottom line, I am not exactly sure what to say. I guess that Immortal Rider felt more UF-y and less romance-y to me (or perhaps horror/romance-y), the focus is not as much on the relationship as the events, and putting the elements of the Apocalypse in play. And as to future books - I am still sort of interested in Thanatos' book but I absolutely agree with who ever said way back when that they didn't want to see a story for a redeemed Harvester with a salvaged Reseph as a book four.