Ashwin (Gideon's Riders Series #1)
Kit Rocha / March 7, 2017 / $14.99 print, $4.99 digital
The start of a new series is a tricky thing. It’s not any easier when it’s the extension of a wildly popular, erotic romance series whose rabid super fans are ready and eager to consume every new volume. How do you satisfy the unique elements of a new series while, at the same time, remaining true to the loyal readers who have brought you this far? How do you attract new readers to a dystopian, post-apocalyptic series without losing those same dedicated fans?
Well, fear not. Ashwin kicks off the new Kit Rocha series, Gideon's Riders, and boy, howdy, does it not disappoint.
Ashwin’s core story is about the long germinating relationship between the deadly Makhai soldier, Lieutenant Ashwin Malhotra, and the extremely skilled Doctor Kora Bellamy.
Kora and Ashwin have been dancing around the fringes of the O’Kane stories since Beyond Temptation. Ashwin’s back story is brutal and murky. Designed since before birth to be the perfect, emotionless soldier, he has no toolbox by which to deal with emotions when and if they arise within him. He is wired to purge any and all emotion so that they don’t compromise either his mission or his loyalty. Makai soldiers are also at danger of fixating on a person, taking obsession to perilous extremes, that can end in death for both the soldier and the object of their obsession. Sometimes, these deaths are orchestrated by the military base commanders. Sometimes, they’re the tragic result of the relationship.