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Ivan, the third Gideon’s Riders book from Kit Rocha, is here and it is HOT! #BookReview

by March 27, 2018
Overview
Author

Kit Rocha

Title

Ivan

Series

Gideon's Riders

Book #

3

Genre(s)

Erotic dystopian romance, princess-bodyguard trope

Release Date

March 28, 2018

Heat Level

Explicit and hot, but not gratuitous

Oh, Ivan. I do so love a tortured hero. And the princess-bodyguard forbidden-love trope is one of my favorite. Like all the other books in this series and the Beyond series, every story carries little teasers and glimpses into the future of the larger story arc, and Ivan seeds some delightful new pairings.

He’d never rejoiced in taking a life, but he’d lived for those moments where the sharp pain of the needles clarified his own personal truth–there was no future for him but a good death, the best one he could wrench out of his undoubtedly short life.

Ivan and Maricela’s relationship has been simmering for a while, and their sexual tension is combustible. Ivan is a man of quick and deliberate action, and he brings a potent decisiveness to their scenes.

One of the things that keeps me coming back to this story universe, over and over, is how the landscape and history of the world is slowly, subtly, organically revealed through little moments. And there are some fantastic, bittersweet moments in Ivan.

With the sort of explosive, can’t-stop-reading ending that Kit Rocha does so well, Ivan does not disappoint! This story pulls back the curtain on royal life in sector one–the good, the bad, and the very ugly. Shit just got real. Again. I love this series!!

PS—Also, is it me, or does Ivan look a whole lot like Karl Urban on that cover?

This review copy was provided by the Author. No compensation was received for this review.

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Ivan, the third Gideon’s Riders book from Kit Rocha, is here and it is HOT! #BookReviewMy star rating: five-stars
Ivan by Kit Rocha
Series: Gideon's Riders #3
Published by Self-published or LLC on March 28th 2018
Genres: Erotic romance, Dystopian
Format: E-book
Source: Author
Add it to your To Read shelf: Goodreads

Also in this series: Deacon
Also by this author: Deacon

As the sheltered princess of Sector One, Maricela’s life is defined by duty: to her people and to her family. Her wealth and influence have allowed her to build a better world, but they come with a price---the responsibility to secure political stability with a practical marriage. Maricela cherishes the idea of marrying for love, but there’s not much romance in the endless line of suitors interested only in prestige and power.
And her handsome, brooding new bodyguard isn’t helping the situation.
Ivan is the perfect, deadly warrior, a man trained from childhood to be the ultimate protector to the Rios family. His focus on keeping her safe is intense--and a little intoxicating. When the threat of danger cracks his icy control, Maricela realizes she’s not the only one fighting against temptation.
Ivan knows that the blood on his hands makes him unworthy of the pure-hearted princess. But from the first kiss, their forbidden affair feels inevitable. He can give her a glimpse of life outside her gilded cage and a lover who wants the woman instead of the crown. The only thing he can never do is promise her forever.
Because spurning her noble suitors to marry her bodyguard wouldn’t just be a scandal. It could set off a political firestorm that would tear Sector One apart.

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Things I loved...

Such HEART and slow-burn heat! And, of course, Ivan is a badass.

Things I didn't...

Nuthin'. I got nuthin' here.

Review Score Details
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Writing style & finesse
9.3
Originality
9.3
Authenticity
9.3
World-building
9.3
Character development
9.3
Likeable/relatable characters
9.5
Plot tension
9.3
Flow & pacing
9.1
Heat &/or sexual tension
9.5
Technical style
9.3
Overall enjoyment
9.5
Final Thoughts

I didn't want it to end. Every new step into the world of Gideon's Riders pulls me in even deeper.

9.3
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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.

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Writing style & finesse
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Authenticity
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Character development
Likeable/relatable characters
Plot tension
Flow & pacing
Heat &/or sexual tension
Technical style
Overall enjoyment