Review: Ashwin (Gideon’s Riders #1) by Kit Rocha

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Author: Kit Rocha
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 266 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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SUMMARY

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.

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Review: Beyond Surrender (Beyond #9) by Kit Rocha

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Author: Kit Rocha
Publication Date: December 13, 2016
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 279 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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SUMMARY

She’s the heart of O’Kane liquor.

He’s the brains of the revolution.

They’re facing a war that could end their world. Again.

On December 13th, the Beyond series comes to its climactic conclusion with Nessa and Ryder’s story–and the final battle between the sectors and Eden.

This battle couldn’t be fought clean and easy, boldly facing their enemy on level ground. It would be rough and it would be dirty. It was the only way to win.

It’s inevitable that if you binge a series, that the last book has a lot to live up to. There are an entire cast of characters to tie-in together, the finale has to be grand, and there’s still a new couple getting introduced. The crux of reading a series in the romance genre, is that the main love interests are supposed to live. That’s still a little odd to me after reading so many books where the main characters die in YA novels, but I love this about the romance genre. The thing is though…everyone else who didn’t get their own book or short story? They’re fair game. And there’s a lot of death in this one. This also contains one of the most heart wrenching deaths of this entire series. I don’t think I’ll ever be okay after reading this? I just sobbed to the end of the book. Even one of the chapter heading made me cry.  Continue reading

Review: Beyond Ecstasy (Beyond #8) by Kit Rocha

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Author: Kit Rocha
Publication Date: May 23, 2016
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 269 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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SUMMARY

The O’Kanes have a reputation for working hard and playing harder—except for Hawk. He joined the gang with one goal: to ensure his family’s survival through the impending war with Eden. It’s been years since he had the luxury of wanting anything for himself. Now, he wants Jeni. From the first moment he saw her, he’s been obsessed with making her his. Not for a night—forever.

Jeni’s been lusting after the former smuggler for months, but he keeps shutting her down. She’s almost given up on getting him in her bed when he offers her the last thing she ever expected—a collar. Accepting it means belonging to him, body and soul. It’s a reckless gamble, but Jeni can’t resist the chance to slip under Hawk’s armor.

The only thing more shocking than the dark, dangerous pleasure they discover is how right it feels. But falling in love is even more reckless when forever is far from guaranteed. Because they aren’t just at war, they’re out of time—and every breath could be their last.

I don’t know, you guys. I just wasn’t feeling this relationship. Out of all the stories so far, this one didn’t have as much lead-up to the couple and we only saw Jeni and Hawk a number of times before this book. Jeni more than Hawk, definitely. I didn’t really connect with Jeni and Hawk, but the only reason I felt like I should rate this book four stars instead of three is because the overarching plot has reached a boiling point and, ultimately, is what made me love the O’Kanes and this book.

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Review: Beyond Ruin (Beyond #7) by Kit Rocha

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Author: Kit Rocha
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 323 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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SUMMARY

Adrian Maddox fled his royal life—and tragic past—in Sector One, choosing instead to join up with the O’Kanes. For years, he’s lived by one rule: love fast, love hard, and always be willing to walk away. He’s managed to guard his heart, keep it whole and untouched—until now.

They couldn’t be more different—Dylan, the brilliant, burned-out doctor from Eden who drowns his pain with drugs and self-destruction. Scarlet, the sensuous, sexy rocker from Three, a woman unafraid to embrace the world. And Jade, the whore turned spy from Sector Two, who battled addiction and came out stronger than anyone he’s ever met.

Separately, they make Mad long to open his heart, to tumble head-first into a sea of possibilities and wild love. Together, they make him burn, inside and out, with lust and unbearable, unimaginable pleasure.

Then one fateful moment shakes their world to its foundations—and leaves the sectors on the verge of all-out war with Eden. It’s the biggest fight the O’Kanes have ever faced, and Mad and his lovers are at the dead center of it. They could end up with everything they never knew they wanted—or lose it all. Including their lives.

This book is different. Beyond Ruin is the book where everything changes. Remember the innocent days of fun, sexytimes with the O’Kane gang and their biggest worry was what a councilman would do when they found out they’ve taken in his daughter? I kind of miss those days. The series has been building up to this moment. The day Eden and the sectors reach a breaking point and something had to give. The lines between sectors are becoming blurred and the O’Kane gang has a lot of responsibility ahead of them as impending war looms over them.

The relationship in this book focuses on Mad, Dylan, Scarlet, and Jade. The four of them just lovingly fit together, but it’s a journey to get to that place where they’re actually together mentally as well as physically.

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Reviews: Beyond Denial, Closed Doors, and Blank Canvas (Beyond #2.5, #6.5, and #6.6) by Kit Rocha

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Author: Kit Rocha
Format: E-Book
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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SUMMARY

Caution: these stories are not meant to stand alone. The Beyond Happily Ever After stories are vignettes and outtakes showing the O’Kanes in their daily lives, in between the adventures and often after their happy endings. These stories were written exclusively for readers and fans of the series, and will probably not make very much sense to anyone not familiar with the characters. 

This is going to be a mini review post for all three vignettes set in the Beyond series.

Title: Beyond Happily Ever After: Beyond Denial (Beyond #2.5)
Publication Date: March 22, 2013
Page Length: 15 pages

I loved this one a lot. Beyond Denial is set shortly after Lex and Dallas’ book, Beyond Control. This is way early days in the Beyond series when Ace is still trying to figure out his relationship with Rachel and Cruz and this is a moment between Ace and Jared, with an appearance by Rachel.

Title: Beyond Happily Ever After: Closed Doors (Beyond #6.5)
Publication Date: September 20, 2015
Page Length: 20 pages

Dallas is under pressure from all the Sector discord, and this sexy story is everything for fans of the series who misses Noelle, Jas, Lex, and Dallas. There are some cute moments and some really hot, steamy moments all packed into one vignette.

Title: Beyond Happily Ever After: Blank Canvas (Beyond #6.6)
Publication Date: January 21, 2016
Page Length: 24 pages

This one was intense. There was a lot happening, and even has some story is packed into this. Will it be relevant in the books to come? I guess I’ll find out. This is a return to the Ace, Cruz, and Rachel menage pairing and it’s just really sweet when Ace finds out where Cruz has brought them for their little getaway from the Compound. Should go without saying, but this one story was hot.

Review: Beyond Innocence (Beyond #6) by Kit Rocha

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Author: Kit Rocha
Publication Date: May 20, 2015
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 265 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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SUMMARY

For years, Jared has existed on the fringes of both Eden society and Dallas O’Kane’s Sector Four gang. He travels between these worlds, protected by his money and power–money he earned selling his body, and power that comes from knowing secrets. He’s untouchable—until he starts a new life gathering intelligence for the O’Kanes.

Lili Fleming walked out of Sector Five with a gun, the bloodstained clothes on her back, and an icy determination to survive. She finds herself in a world where people live hard and love harder, and nothing’s more terrifying than how much the O’Kanes wake her up, make her feel—especially Jared.

Emotion is a risk he can’t afford, and a complication she doesn’t need. But neither can resist the lust simmering between them, and the sparks that could either melt the ice around both their hearts…or get them killed. Because the only thing more dangerous than loving an O’Kane is loving a spy.

I’m kind of conflicted about this one. Maybe I had just really high hopes for this story? I wanted the angst and the backstory, and…it just wasn’t really there. I’ve been looking forward to Lili and Jared’s story for awhile and I liked them, but I almost feel like their story got swallowed up by the Sector issues.

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Review: Beyond Possession (Beyond #5.5) by Kit Rocha

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Author: Kit Rocha
Publication Date: November 10, 2014
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 145 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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SUMMARY

Tatiana Stone has worked hard to establish herself as one of Sector Four’s most skilled crafters. All she wants is peace–but the sins of her father haunt her. He ruled the sector as a petty tyrant before the O’Kane takeover, and plenty of people harbor bitter memories of his cruelty. Especially now that Tatiana’s beloved baby sister has fallen in with a man who wants to start a revolution.

Zan failed his boss once, and it won’t happen again. So when Dallas O’Kane asks him to defuse the rebellion brewing in the sector, he’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done–including seduce Tatiana. It’s the perfect opportunity to get closer to the pretty crafter and complete his mission. But what he discovers is a fiery, passionate woman–and an affair that could destroy them both.

Zan’s been on the mend since the end of Beyond Jealousy and the start of Beyond Addiction. He’s healing from some terrible wounds and, while no one really expects him to be pulling bodyguard duties, he has his eyes set on one shopkeeper in the Sector Four markets. Tatiana Stone sells fragrances, soaps, and the like. She tries to keep a low profile, but her very name is drawing the wrong sort of attention.

Tatiana’s father was the leader Dallas O’Kane had to overthrow in Four before becoming its king. Her father was a tyrant, with deaths and bodies piling up, while the residents lived in fear of their safety. That was year ago, but there are some still loyal to the Stone name, or at the man they thought he was, as long as the leader of their sector wasn’t Dallas O’Kane. The people of the sector are getting restless, and with war looming in the distance, they don’t want to deal with Dallas and what he and the gang might bring upon them in the sector. All Tatiana has is her shop and her sister. Her sister is naive for someone who grew up outside of Eden’s walls. But Tatiana has spent her life caring for her younger sister and protecting her from the harsh world in the sectors. Now that the man wanted to stage a revolt against Dallas and has taken her sister, all Tatiana really has is her shop.

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