Ashwin by Kit Rocha
Series: Gideon’s Riders #1
Published by Self-Published
Published on: March 7, 2017
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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.
I’ve been a big fan of Kit Rocha ever since I stumbled upon Beyond Shame all those years ago (I wish I could remember how I found it, but I just can’t). I was saddened by the end of that series because I’ve come to love all the characters I met in Sector Four. I was so excited to hear that they we doing a spinoff series in Sector One. Going into this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. We had the end of the war in the Beyond Series and Sector one is so different from Sector Four. The writing duo of Kit Rocha didn’t disappoint.
The Gideon’s Riders series is set in Sector One, as I said. It will follow a group that is known as Gideon’s Riders. Gideon being the leader of Sector One. But he is also the leader of the religion that they follow there. He is seen as a god and a king in one. His grandfather was called a Prophet. The Riders are a group of enforcers that protect the sector and the royal family. We got to know some of the characters in Sector One in the Beyond series. I really liked them. I found that I like them even more after spending time with them.
The first couple in this series aren’t from Sector One. They are both from Eden and had minor parts in the Beyond series, so fans of that series will know them well. For newcomers who are starting with this series, you get a great introduction to the pair with enough background information to fall in love with them too.
Ashwin is a Makhai soldier. He was genetically created to be the perfect soldier. He very smart and strong. His moral compass is very straight forward in that he does exactly what he needs to in order to get his mission done, without any emotions getting in the way. Ashwin had fixated on Kora during the time of the Beyond series and had to go to get “reprogrammed” so that he could focus on being a good soldier. He even had a “friend” (if a Makhai soldier could have friends) from Sector Four hide her from him. He does stumble upon her again when he is sent on a mission to infiltrate Gideon’s Riders.
Kora is a healer. She’s been studying to be a doctor her entire life. It hasn’t been an easy life for her, even though she had a great job in Eden. She was very emotional about her patients. She was devastated every time she lost one of them. She worked with the Makhai a lot and was one of the only people who wasn’t scared of them. She really cared for Ashwin and his other Makhai soldiers. She’s been working as a healer in Sector One and included as part of the royal family ever since the war.
This was a great start to this new series. I felt like we got to learn a lot of new information about Sector One. I enjoyed my time with all the new characters there. I can’t wait to reach each of their books. I also really enjoyed the slow romance of Ashwin and Kora. Their relationship is so much different than all the relationships I read about in Sector Four. I do like seeing the outsiders, like Ashwin, get their perfect partners. It just proves that there is someone for everyone out there somewhere.
If you’re looking for a post-apocalyptic romance story, this is a great start to a new series. You could start early and go along for the ride with us. If you haven’t read the Beyond series, you will be fine. If you did read the Beyond series, you will get to see some of the characters you love here and there.
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