Author: Kit Rocha
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Page Length: 266 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars
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.
Ashwin is a new story in in a spin-off from the Beyond series! The Gideon’s Riders series takes place a month after the epilogue in Beyond Surrender. While, yes, this series is something new readers can pick up with, I don’t think I would recommend doing so. I would highly recommend reading the Beyond series first to get the full scope of Ashwin and Kora’s relationship. There’s a lot of moments where their interactions are mentioned from the Beyond series, and I think readers will just be missing out on the build-up to this book without having read the other series first.