Series: Gideon’s Riders #1
By: Kit Rocha
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Genre: Romance, Sci Fi/Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Blurb: Gideon’s Riders, Book One
Lieutenant Ashwin Malhotra is a Makhai soldier—genetically engineered to be cold, ruthless. Unfeeling. His commanding officers consider him the perfect operative, and they’re right. Now, he has a simple mission: to infiltrate Gideon’s Riders, the infamous sect of holy warriors that protects the people of Sector One.
He’s never failed to execute an objective, but there’s one thing he didn’t anticipate—running into Dr. Kora Bellamy, the only woman to ever break through his icy exterior.
When Kora fled her life as a military doctor for the Makhai Project, all she wanted was peace—a quiet life where she could heal the sick and injured. The royal Rios family welcomed her like a sister, but she could never forget Ashwin. His sudden reappearance is a second chance—if she can manage to touch his heart.
When the simmering tension between them finally ignites, Kora doesn’t realize she’s playing with fire. Because she’s not just falling in love with a man who may not be able to love her back. Ashwin has too many secrets—and one of them could destroy her
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*Disclaimer* I received a digital ARC from NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
Kit Rocha is amazing duo that sucked me in with their Beyond Series. The world these ladies created with Eden and the Sectors is so vivid and uniquely written, I fell in love instantly. So, when I heard they were writing a new series in the same world that I loved I just knew I had to get my hands on a copy!
Before I get into all the steamy, sexy details that is Ashwin and Kora I think it’s best to point out a few things so that readers have a better understand of where this series stands compared to the Beyond series.
- The Beyond series was smut on fire, but Gideon’s Riders seems to be a little more tame in that aspect. Oh, there is sex and sexy, steamy moments that make you have to fan yourself, but it isn’t the O’Kane kind of smut. The scenes were mostly monogamous (there wasn’t any sharing of partners), but don’t think hearts and flowers either. They have their own unique dealings and views on sex. It isn’t Eden crazy but it isn’t O’Kane madness either.
- Yes, the Beyond series characters are skillfully woven throughout this book but you do not have to read that series first. This is a completely new series with a little extra added in for those of you who know the characters in the Beyond series.
So, now…for my take on the book iteself…
If you’re a tried and true follower of Kit Rocha then you already know Ashwin, but if not then you must know he is a genetically modified human built for the sole purpose of executing missions for Eden’s higher ups. [Eden in this series and the Beyond series in the “city-of-the-futre” that is blocked off from the rest of the destroyed world and the Sectors, the villages/towns that surround Eden]. Anyway, Ashwin was created to be cold, calculating, and emotionless to the point where any kind of feeling is unknown and uselss to him. I loved getting inside his head and seeing how his mind worked; how he processed the emotions he was told all of his life that he didn’t have.
“I think it’s his tell, Kora. Efficiency. When he feels something he doesn’t know how to process-compassion, caring even just the urge to help someone-he has to rationalise it, so he claims he’s just being efficient.”
Kora used to be a doctor in Eden, but she left that world to try and help the dying and hurt people outside the walls. Now, she’s living in Sector 1 (there are 8) working as a healer/doctor for the royal family and the people of that Sector. When Kora was still in Eden she worked at the base Ashwin belonged to. That’s where they met, but our story picks up after the rebellion against Eden; she hasn’t seen Aswhin in 6 months and honestly, she thought he had died during the choas the rebellion had brought.
When they meet up again, the chemistry is there and it isn’t too long before it’s just too much for them to try and deny themselves. I loved these characters together. Kora understood Ashwin and accepted him in ways that a lot of people couldn’t. The brothers that formed Gideon’s Riders also took a chance with him and helped him understand the meaning of brotherhood and family. My heart swooned as we saw a ruthless super-soldier who was used to being alone finally see himself as a person instead of a thing, as someone worthy of love and family.
“Family. A peculiar concept. Another weapon in Gideon’s arsenal, and perhaps the most dangerous. Ashwin didn’t know how to fight back against acceptance.”
You’d think that being an emotionaless cyborg brute of a man-thing that Ashwin wouldn’t be much in the sexy, steamy romance department, but boy Kit Rocha did not disappoint. He was everything and more. Again, it is NOT an O’Kane book..meaning their type of *ahem* sexual antics is completely different from this book and the way I feel this series may be going. With Sector 4 you got sexual freedom in all aspects; in Ashwin’s book there is still an undertone of innocence and anticipation for the unknown instead of anticpation for the next O’Kane type of party. I loved it and I loved the way Ashwin loved Kora even more.
“You make it hard to breathe, Kora. you make me wonder waht beautiful means. It’s new for me too.”
“Will you teach me how to do this right?” His expression was so serious. So earnest. “How to love you?”
Kit Rocha did not disappoint with this spin-off series. The transfer between the Beyond series and this new series was beautifully done and skillfully woven to where even someone who has never picked up an O’Kane novel can still enjoy Gideon’s Riders. I can guarantee you, in Kit Rocha fashion, the series is just going to keep getting better and better from here!!!
***NOTE TO READERS*** The quotes above came from the advanced reader’s digital copy. They are subject to change and may/may not be in the final published copy of book.