Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ivan by Kit Rocha Release Blitz

As the sheltered princess of Sector One, Maricela’s life is defined by duty: to her people and to her family. Her wealth and influence have allowed her to build a better world, but they come with a price---the responsibility to secure political stability with a practical marriage. Maricela cherishes the idea of marrying for love, but there’s not much romance in the endless line of suitors interested only in prestige and power.

And her handsome, brooding new bodyguard isn’t helping the situation.

Ivan is the perfect, deadly warrior, a man trained from childhood to be the ultimate protector to the Rios family. His focus on keeping her safe is intense--and a little intoxicating. When the threat of danger cracks his icy control, Maricela realizes she’s not the only one fighting against temptation.

Ivan knows that the blood on his hands makes him unworthy of the pure-hearted princess. But from the first kiss, their forbidden affair feels inevitable. He can give her a glimpse of life outside her gilded cage and a lover who wants the woman instead of the crown. The only thing he can never do is promise her forever.

Because spurning her noble suitors to marry her bodyguard wouldn’t just be a scandal. It could set off a political firestorm that would tear Sector One apart.

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

~ 3.75 Stars ~

I love this world that Kit Rocha has created, I'm a Broken Circle [Sector Four] junkie. I can NEVER get enough of life in the sectors: the struggles, the relationships, the politics – all of it's amazing!

On that note, lets discuss book three in the Gideon's Riders series.

Maricela Rios is the princess of Sector One, she's the youngest sibling in the Rios ("ruling") family. She's tired of being treated as a child but being considered royalty doesn't leave much opportunity for freedom. I was excited to read her story – I wanted to learn more about the family, and her place in it.

Ivan is the Rider assigned to protecting the princess, her full-time bodyguard. He takes his responsibilities very seriously and has good reason for it. Trying to make up for the mistakes of his family, he's in a tough position.

As I said above, I love this world and the romantic relationships that are built in it. The connection between Ivan and Maricela has been slowly building, with mentions in previous books. Unfortunately, I didn't feel the burning chemistry between them.

Ivan seemed rather one dimensional and I don't know if that's how he was intended or if it's just me. I did enjoy the glimpse into Sector One's family, and the struggles that accompany the elevated station of any Rios. I was hoping for more interactions between Maricela and her big brother, Gideon.

Overall, this was another good book in this Gideon's Riders series – it's just not my favorite.

Book three in the Riders spin-off series. Each Rider will have their story and I imagine we'll maybe end with Gideon? I sure hope so! Ivan is assigned to be Maricela Rios' bodyguard. She's the princess of Sector One and everyone wants to align their family to the Rios. Maricela is being pursued heavily by all the up and coming suitors but she's in love with just one man – Ivan.

Ivan is a Rider. Riders do not let themselves feel, think of the future other than protecting the prophet, least of all, fall in love. Things are changing in the sectors, but Ivan is trying to clean his name and his family's legacy. Letting his urges out on the princess of Sector One will not go over well.

There's a lot of sector politicking in this book. Pages of bartering and hierarchy plays to align with the prestigious with the Rios. I found it a little dry at times. We're warned the story is a slow burn of forbidden love but it's more of a smolder. I have to say that Ivan can turn up the heat on that fire when he's in the throes of passion, but otherwise I found him and Maricela slightly lacking. I'm not sure if he was set up well enough for me to care about him. I liked Maricela being able to have fun a bit and see the world with Ivan. Still, even for an installment I didn't love, Ivan was a good read.

Also Available in the Gideon’s Riders Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Ashwin post.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Deacon Release Blitz.

Kit Rocha is the pseudonym for co-writing team Donna Herren and Bree Bridges. After penning dozens of paranormal novels, novellas and stories as Moira Rogers, they branched out into gritty, sexy dystopian romance.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Ivan (Gideon’s Riders #3) by Kit Rocha to read and review for this tour.

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