Friday, September 1, 2017

Deacon by Kit Rocha [Review]

 Deacon by Kit Rocha
Deacon (Gideon's Riders #2) by Kit Rocha
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: August 7, 2017

Gideon's Riders
1. Ashwin
2. DeaconKindle
3. Ivan

Kit Rocha
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Ana has trained most of her life to achieve one goal: to prove that anything men can do, she can do better. Now she’s Sector One’s first female Rider, and being the best is the only way to ensure she won’t be its last. Distractions aren’t allowed--especially not her painful attraction to the reserved but demanding leader whose stern, grumpy demeanor has already gotten into her head.

Deacon has spent the last twenty years trying to atone for his past, but the blood he spilled as a mercenary and assassin will never wash away entirely. If his Riders knew the extent of his sins, he’d lose their trust and respect. It’s easier to keep them all at arm’s length, especially Ana. But his newest recruit’s stubbornness is starting to crack his defenses.

And their sparring matches are driving him wild.

The passion sparking between them can’t be denied, but neither can the vengeance barreling toward Deacon. When his old squad comes back to punish him for his betrayal, Ana and the Riders are squarely in the line of fire. The only way to save his people may be to make the ultimate sacrifice.

But first, he has to convince Ana not to follow him straight into hell.
Thoughts on Deacon: I'm going to admit that I'm pretty much as enamored of Sector One as I am of Sector Four. The Riders have bonds just as tight as the O'Kanes and they're willing to die to protect those in their care. They're focused and deadly and some of them have a preoccupation with donuts.

Yep, I'm all in!

Ana and Deacon are...complicated. Deacon, as the leader of the Riders, holds himself apart from the others without fully realizing it. This proves to be a wee bit problematic when certain aspects of his past are brought to light and his team is blindsided by them. Ana, on the other hand, has the weight of so many expectations on her shoulders that she's hyper-aware that any failure on her part will reflect badly on all those looking toward her. It's a bad time to start any sort of relationship on both counts, but THINGS HAPPEN.

Indeed, despite all those bumps in the road, they fall into one another. They fall and fall hard and the situation they're in puts them in a tough situation or two. Or three. Or more. Let's just say that the Riders don't hesitate to charge into danger when it's required and leave it at that.

While we were introduced to the Riders in Ashwin's book, this book gives us more insight into the various personalities that make up this deadly group. Plus, we get hints about the changes Gideon's trying to put into motion for his sector. There might be a plot or two uncovered, too.

There's a lot going on. It's fast-paced and complex and the world-building continues to be top notch. Gideon and Sector One might have a very different vibe than Sector Four had, but it's just as captivating. MORE, PLEASE!

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