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- 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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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.
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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.
Yep, I'm a confirmed Gideon's Rider groupie. This second in the series, focusing on Ana, the only woman Rider, and Deacon, the god-like leader kept up all the delicious angst, meaningful relationship-building hot intimacy, and glimpses of compelling side characters whose stories I am impatient to read (happy go lucky Reyes? Cold and obsessed Ivan?)
On top of that, you have Ana coming to some really important realizations about herself. Like how being the only woman means her whole life she's had to be perfect. More than perfect, and how when little girls run up to her with stars in their eyes at the sight of her with the guys on their bikes that she is the person creating the space that allows that girl to follow her. So does she want to create a perfect prison? Or does she want to live?
Because if she wants to live, she and Deacon are going to have to figure out how to be together in the midst of being a Rider who at any moment may die in the service of Gideon and his family. Pretty deep emotional stuff. And there's also a revenge plot against Deacon by someone in his past which brings on the action in a satisfactory way near the end of the book. I do like a balance of action with juicy emotional bits. What Kit Rocha does really, really well is the naughty bits. They are NOT boring or trodding the same well-worn paths in ways men and women can relate to each other physically and emotionally. Kit Rocha writes the naughty bits that really get you down into the meaty depths of the characters' souls.
There is one place early on in the story where we jump from Ana to Gideon POV in time and place with no clue or external sign posting whatsoever that caused me to reread a couple times in confusion, and I wish someone would make a timeline plugging in all the O'Kane Books and the names of the hero/heroines alongside the Sector-Eden war so I could keep everything straight and put it in the back of the book. This book references "gideon's cousin" etc in a weighty way that makes me feel like i'm missing some enormous emotional consequence because I can't remember or don't know who that was. I read one of the O'Kane books, and it isn't to my particular taste as the Gideon's riders are, so I don't know the Sectors history as well as I would like. but that doesn't stop me from loving Gideon's Riders.
Apparently we get Ivan in the next book. Can't wait.
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