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The first book in the follow-up to Kit Rocha’s bestselling BEYOND series…
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.
Life in the Sectors has changed since the war. The wall that once divided the Sectors from Eden was no more. Gideon and his band of Riders are the ‘law’ in Sector One. Coming from a family of ‘royalty’, Gideon’s word is law. There is no need to dictate or force his followers into submission. The Sector lives and follows the word of the ruling Rios. This is a Sector that lives in peace under Gideon’s rule. Very unlike times during Gideon’s grandfathers time on the throne.
Giving your life to become a Rider is considered one of the highest honors in the Sector. Few are chosen, but when they are they are given the much needed respect of the people. A sacrifice and curse all at the same time. With this ‘job’ comes the task of keeping those in the Sector safe from harm. Something that the people of Sector One believe stops your soul from entering into Heaven when you are taken from this Earth. A ‘curse’ that very few men are ever asked to bear the weight of.
There are times that the Riders encounter danger. It’s just part of the job in this ever changing world. During an ambush, Ashwin comes out of hiding to aid in the elimination of the opposing soldiers. Ashwin is a Makhai. An advanced bio-engineered breed of soldiers. Their objective is to eliminate anything that opposes their objective. They are indestructible and a value to the forces that be within Eden.
Ashwin has one short coming that draws him towards Gideon and his crew. They now offer a home to the one person that gets through Ashwin’s hardened heart…..Kora. The good doctor has now made her home within the confines of Gideon’s Sector. Offering her knowledge of healing to anyone that needs her service. Gideon has also accepted Kora as a member of his family, and all those within Sector One treat her as such. Making Kora a respected member of the royal family.
Thinking that Ashwin was dead years ago, Kora is shocked when he comes trailing behind the Riders into Sector One. The old spark that ignited between these two years ago flared to life once again. With their attraction harder to ignore, Ashwin and Kora embark upon a mutual discover of romance. Neither could have imagined just how short lived their time together really was. The threat that Kora’s very existence means to the Base threatens everyone in Sector One. Ashwin is determined to find away to keep Kora safe from the experimentation of the Base. To do that, Ashwin will have to expose secrets about Kora’s identity that he has kept from her for years upon years. A revelation that threatens the very existence of their devotion. Ashwin quickly learns he cannot save Kora on his own. Gideon and his Riders will need to be a part of Kora’s protection if Ashwin has any chance of keeping the one woman that makes his world turn upside down safe from harm.
I have been waiting to jump into the world of Gideon and his Riders every since Kit Rocha announced we would be exploring a new Sector in this Dystopian world she (they) created. Don’t get me wrong….I LOVE Dallas and the O’Kane gang with a passion. Yet the prospect of learning what makes the other Sector’s tick had me hooked!!
Ashwin’s story sets up the basis for explaining how the world is ‘looking’ after the war. Things are not perfect in the Sectors, but the leaders are working hard to ensure the safety of those within their Sectors. Gideon is a completely opposite ruler than Dallas O’Kane. Where Dallas ruled with force, Gideon can take a more ‘relaxed’ tone with his people. As the royal heir in his Sector, Gideon’s world is the law. Something the people of Sector One appreciate and honor.
Fans of the Beyond Series will recognize Kora and Ashwin from previous book in the series. Both playing iatrical parts in the war between the Sectors. What this new series provides is a look into life beyond Eden and Sector Four. It is both enthralling and a huge pull to see the inner workings of what drove the Base and all the secrets that are yet to be unraveled. The romance between Ashwin and Kora is long overdue, and couldn’t have been written in a more fitting way for the characters.
The secondary characters were very prominent in this novel. Setting up the series to leave you anticipating what might happen next. Each Rider plays an intrical part in Gideon’s realm. Offering us glimpses of where the war might be headed, and the pure devotion of the Rider’s for the Sector. As the war still lingers on the horizon, the Rider’s face danger head on. Making this first book a great setup for what is to come within this new series. As a fan – I can’t wait to discover the romance, hardships, and secrets that are surely lingering around just waiting to be discovered.
For new readers, diving into Gideon’s Riders will certainly be appropriate. However – I highly recommend reading the entire Beyond series prior to starting Ashwin. That way you have all of the amazing layers to the Sectors that you wouldn’t recognize without reading the Beyond Series. Either way – this series is sure to be as explosive and sexy as the other books by the authors. Now Deacon…..what do you have in store for me?? All I know is I will be anticipating Deacon’s book and counting down the days to release!!
Great start to a new series!!
Read Chapter One of Ashwin……HERE !!!