- File Size: 2381 KB
- Print Length: 346 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 197562873X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kit Rocha (August 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072PZKQDD
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Deacon (Gideon's Riders, Book #2) Kindle Edition
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Deacon has been the leader of the Riders for many years. He's been the one to help build them up into the feared force that they are and has led the Riders through good times and bad, and through the war with Eden, where 30 Riders were lost all at once, including Ana's father.
Ana's father trained her to be a Rider. It didn't matter that there had never been a female Rider, that's how he trained her. Being a Rider is all Ana ever wanted to do, and Deacon and Gideon gave her the chance. But, she feels like she has the weight of the sector on her shoulders because everyone is waiting for her to fail. That means that no matter how stern yet bangable Deacon is, she shouldn't even think about him that way. She doesn't want to give anyone the chance to say that the only reason she's a Rider is because she was banging Deacon.
But when Deacon's past comes up to bite the Riders, can Deacon and Ana continue to fight their attraction or are they going to act on it?
All of the books in this world are wonderful. No one is shamed for who they love or how many they love, especially in Sector 1. And there is a lot of love to go around. I love when Ana talks to Gideon and tells him how she feels and what she thinks needs to happen. Gideon, as always, is worried about his Riders, and wants them to be happy. He hates to see them lonely and miserable. Gideon is very thoughtful. I love finding out more history from Deacon. He's just been shown as the face of the Riders, stern and implacable, so seeing the human under that is nice. Can't wait for the rest of the series.
I received an ARC from the author. You received an honest and voluntary review from me.
Despite being a rather clumsy nerd myself, I could see myself in Ana as she is a perfectionist weighted down by her perception of what other people, especially her dead father, expect from her. She's deeply insecure in her own place in the world, regardless of how well she does her job, how well she fits in. For people like her nothing is ever good enough and they're driven by fear of rejection. And it's not necessary for this to be due to some internalized parental teachings (like with another character in this series). I would know cause while my parents never indicated that bringing anything other than an A from school is a bad thing it took me years to stop dreading their perceived disappointment. What helped was that eventually I grew bold enough to talk with them and their perplexed expressions are seared in my brain. Because all of it was just in my head and they never cared as much as I thought they did. I would like to say that from that moment on I never fell for that same trap but even years later I still make that same mistake. To the point that I drove myself into a depression instead of quitting a grad program that had become intensely toxic. I was so afraid of what other people will say and think that I closed myself into a narrow box that almost suffocated me.
Ana goes through something very similar and while I was reading I couldn't help but think how much this book could have helped me just a couple of years ago. Which only made me madder at myself for not picking it up when it was published. So now this series is firmly on my to-watch-out-for list. After all I might gleam some other life lesson well hidden in the rubble of the Sectors.
Twenty years earlier, Deacon Price became one of the Original Gideon's Riders. Now he is their leader and carries a dark secret. One that's aboutl to come out into the open and shake the foundation of the men and woman under his command. And it starts with a mysterious death in another sector where a calling card is left behind by the killer. Deacon recognizes the card for what it is, that he's being put on notice. A group of mercenary assassins is coming for him, but they want to torment him first.
Ana keeps throwing herself at the brick wall that is Deacon, her leader, but she's never been able to take the tank of a man down in their sparring matches. Her whole life has been spent in training for becoming a Rider and now that she is one, she has to be perfect. If she isn't, then no other woman will be selected, or so she believes. So she holds herself in check, only allowing her attraction to him to surface in her dreams. Then something shifts and suddenly she's setting aside all her personal rules for the chance of something more with him. That's until the Suicide Kings lay a trap for them, and she begins to understand what the real cost of loving and losing could be.