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.
Author: Kit Rocha
Series: Gideon's Riders #1
Published by Self Source: Purchased for Self
Published: March 7th 2017
Genres: Dystopain, Romance
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The Beyond Series by Kit Rocha was one of those where I received a free book and had to immediately go out and buy the rest of the series. Though the books were more erotic than I generally read, I was so drawn into the O’Kane’s world that I couldn’t stop until I caught up on all that had been published. Then it became a waiting game until the next book came out. I was saddened when Beyond Surrender ended the series but glad to hear a new series would bring back many of our favorite characters from Sector One, and especially that Ashwin and Kora were reuniting outside of Eden.
I’ve loved these two from the beginning. Kora, the ultimate caring physician and Ashwin the engineered soldier who cares so much for her when he’s not supposed to be able to. It was practically torture watching these two in the previous books. It was heartbreaking that Ashwin couldn’t have a normal interaction with Kora but he’d do anything to protect her. Even when he kidnapped her he did it in a caring way (who knew that could be possible!).
In Ashwin, we watch as the stoic, supposedly unfeeling soldier learns truths about himself he’s been told are not possible and begins to learn to love Kora. Naturally, Kora is much better able to love Ashwin.
This book has everything you expect from the post flare world. While the rebellion is mostly over Eden is not completely defeated and internal strife still remains as the sectors try to build a post Eden Rule society. We see the alpha males and strong women, we’re used to. Of course, there’s a big secret that could spell the end of the couple’s budding relationship. The sex is tamer but Ashwin and Kora are hot together.
It might just be me, but I didn’t get the same tingles and tears from this book as earlier ones. I really wanted to see these two get together but it didn’t hit me with the same impact as Lex and Dallas or some of the others. It’s still a great book and I can recommend it without hesitation.