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(Gideon’s Riders #3)

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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 ...more
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Published March 28th 2018
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Maria Each book has a love story which can be read as a stand alone. However there are over-arching plots that is easier to follow and understand if you've …moreEach book has a love story which can be read as a stand alone. However there are over-arching plots that is easier to follow and understand if you've read the previous books. Gideon's Riders is a spin-off (basically) of the Beyond series, and reading those books can only help with the politics and world building of the new series. I can highly recommend at least reading the two previous books from Gideon's Riders, if not the entire Beyond series too - they are worth it!(less)

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***An advance reading copy of Ivan by Kit Rocha was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

“I would like to point out, just for the record, that at least I wasn’t a big enough asshole to say that.”

I'm really conflicted with this one and not really sure how to rate it. Let's start from beginning maybe I'll know at the end of the review how to rate this one.

EDIT: (I did not really realised that but I was a bit struggling with the families here since there are so many people. G
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I love books that remind me why I fell in love with reading in the first place; and as I’ve been saying reading has been tough for quite a while. IVAN just made me recall what I usually look for in a story.

I’m a huge fan of bingeing series, I love that as a new installment comes along the readers get to see a different layer and a perspective from the plot and characters. IVAN is the third book in Gideon’s Riders. I think it’s the strongest story so far. The first two books, Ashwin and Deacon,
Maria Rose
4.5 * for this visit to Sector One! I really loved seeing Ivan and Maricela together ( the slow burn sexual tension is killer) and as always, the extra POV chapters are really insightful ( and give story hints on what will come)! There are some exciting action scenes as well as more of the politics and secrets of the Rios family and other noble families of Sector One. The equal empowerment of women in these stories is fabulous and gives me hope. My minor quibble is that I need a character flow c ...more
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Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

Kit Rocha released Ivan with very little notice, so finding an ARC in my inbox was a lovely surprise! I love Gideon Rios, and can’t wait for his story. Until then, I am more than happy to read about his Riders. I am fascinated by these men who have sworn an oath to Gideon to protect him, his family, and the residents of Sector One, willing to both kill and die in his service. As much as I love Gideon, I’ve never been more than lukewarm toward his baby sister, Maricela. Maybe because she
***5 Stars***

I seriously love this world.
I do.
It’s not complicated in any way, it just feels so real to me, like it’s an actual place I’d want to visit and play in, and I love being able to spend a few hours hanging out with the characters ~ no matter which series they come from ~ and learning new things about it and boy do some new things come to light in Ivan!

But first...Ivan and Maricela.

It was hard not to love these two, separately and together. They both struggle with the expectations
Marta Cox
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
Well the all too holy Rios family led by Gideon are about to get pulled into a very sticky situation that could well lead to a political coup. Gideon and his Riders are being targeted and the youngest Rios is just a pawn in the game. Maricela knows only too well that those who seek to marry her do so just to get closer to the power of the Prophet. Her life is duty and servitude although she never shies away from it but surely someone could love her and she’s got her eye on just the right man.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5-bodyguard-princess-romance stars!

I loved this book so much, it's my favourite in the series so far.

This is very much a typical bodyguard-princess romance and it's beautifully and very engagingly done. I loved the complexity of the main characters and all the pining and their long and stubborn resistance to giving in into their feelings.

Unlike the previous book where I felt there was strong emphasis on the cult/religious apsect of the secovite in Sector One, here the focus was more of the
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I love this world!
Everything about it!
I thought this book was just a little bit wordy, however, I was still sucked into Sector One regardless. I like seeing the dynamics in play from all of the leaders/family. Maricela got to blossom into a woman right in front of her siblings eyes while Ivan got to experience emotion. For me it almost had a Romeo & Juliet quality to it.
I'm so excited to see the next book, the next paring, and the downfall of Gideon's bachelorhood.
If you like post-apocalyptic
4 1/2 Stars!

A sector princess + her I-don't-deserve-anything-let-alone-you bodyguard = FEELS. And so much chemistry. So. Much. Heat.

Plus the usual great world building, the continuation of some plots and the set up for future ones, and great interactions with the other characters, especially the Riders. :D

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Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars.

This is my favorite go to series. Well to be fair, this is my favorite current series that follows my favorite go-to series. The Beyond series brought us to Sector 1 and the Riders Series and we can all be grateful. Sadly, although this is a spin off series, part of the fun of these books is getting to touch base and catch up with the players from the Beyond series but alas, there really wasn't anything satisfying in this book in that regard. I get that it's a series of it's own but w
Jen Davis
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It has to be a difficult balance for authors who have created a sweeping world and a massive cast of characters. On one hand, you have the flock of longtime fans who've been with you since the beginning. The ones who remember every romance, every rivalry, every child. Then on the other hand, you have newer readers who just want to enjoy the story you're telling today. I try very hard not jump into a series in progress and I thought I was safe entering this world with Ashwin.

I was wrong.

Don't get
Maricela Rios is a post-apocalyptic princess, sister of Gideon, the current leader of Sector One, and Isabela, the current leader of the Sector One religion, and granddaughter of the Prophet. Hers is a life of privilege and wealth, yet it comes at a price. After the attempt on Gideon's life Maricela is forced to have a bodyguard with her 24/7 up close and personal and her every movement is dissected. Even worse, everyone treats her as it she is made of glass with no will of her own. Maricela kno ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
One of the best books in the series!
Overall I give this 3.5 stars

This was a hard book to rate. I felt completely different about the first half compared to the second half. As explained in a short note before the book….this was a “burn slow and long” romance. Which is a departure from the author’s usual style, no biggie. I don’t read this author for the sex scenes, it’s the stories and world building I love. What I wasn’t expecting was the slow build up of the entire storyline. I’ll be honest. It took me longer than usual to read
Dana ~ The Dirty Smut'atter
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, alphas, 2018
4.5 Stars|5.0 Heat Level

I really wanted to be able to give this one all 5 stars, but I will admit that the beginning was a bit slow for what I have come to expect from Kit Rocha Kit Rocha . That said we get a ton of background details regarding several of the supporting cast of characters [Royal Family Ladies and fellow Riders]. I will say that once things heat up they stay at the heat level we have all come desire!!

The book picks up after the attempted assassination of Gideon and Ivan had been asked
N.G.Peltier N.G.Peltier
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been waiting for this book since i finished Deacon's book!! Honestly this series gets better and better with each book, and we got bodyguard/princess trope with IVAN and yessssss!!!

Ivan has a serious case of the feels for Princess Maricela and the feelings are reciprocated but Ivan is a good soldier and won't act on them...well, initially ;)

The dynamics of the royal families made my head spin, not gonna lie, (there's so much to keep track of!) but it was so intriguing to read about them, as
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Gideon’s Riders series with Ivan and Maricela’s story. I have been waiting for their story and couldn’t wait to hide away and dive back into Sector One.

Things are intense for the Rios family and Maricela is expected to be everything to everyone. Her life isn’t really her own. She’s always been sheltered and lives in an invisible cage.

Ivan is one of Gideon’s Riders whose dark family legacy haunts him. His devotion to Gideon, the Rios Family and the other Riders are
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, erotica
I looooved these two together! I'm a sucker for the protector/princess trope. I also just loved the genuine, true, lovely female friendships present in this.
Definitely read (or re-read) Deacon right before you read Ivan. The events in Deacon have a direct impact in this book, and I'd read it long enough ago that some details were fuzzy. Also, I recommend having a cast of characters handy, since there are a LOT of names tossed around and it's easy to confuse the various important families and who married into which and how everyone is related.

To be honest, I wasn't as excited for Ivan and Marciela's story as I was for Ana's. The princess and the body
FV Angela
It’s so good y’all. Desperate longing, we want to/but we shouldn’t, dirtysexyhotashell bodyguard/princess goodness.

Review originally posted at

Ivan is the third book in Kit Rocha’s Beyond spin-off series, Gideon’s Riders, and it features, you guessed it, Ivan. But this is just as much Maricela’s book as Ivan’s. Maybe more so. Maricela is the bright, beautiful, kind, loving youngest Rios sibling and a princess in Sector One. Ivan is her bodyguard and after
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at

4.5 stars

I was very excited to start the next book in the Gideon’s Riders series. I really love my time in the Sectors. In Sector One, Gideon Rios is not only the leader of the sector, but he is also the religious leader. All the people in the sector treat Gideon is divine. He is infallible in the people’s eyes. His grandfather is a prophet. The Riders are his soldiers. They protect the Rios family and the people of Sector One. They basically swear their
As a princess of Sector One, Maricela has been sheltered and protected her entire life. Now it's her job to find a suitable husband from the nobility, one who will be able to help her ensure continued stability for the sector. Her sister is determined to help her make the right match but Maricela knows the men she is being introduced to are only interested in the prestige of her close family relationship with the Prophet and she dreams of marrying for love instead.

Ivan is one of Gideon's Riders,
4.5 stars

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

I continue to enjoy my audio revisit of the Gideon’s Riders series as we watch Ivan and Maricela come together. Ivan is another of one of Gideon’s Riders, kinda like Gideon’s personal guard/special ops team. Ivan isn’t just any rider, he is one that Gideon help save. Ivan’s father died when Ivan was still young, so he was left with just his mother. His uncles turned traitor and tried to kill off the Rios fami
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Politics is still the driving force in the Sectors. The Rios family is no exception to the corruption that is rampant in their sector. Gideon is feeling the repercussions of attacks against his Riders. Questions are swirling about who could be at the bottom of the attacks. Getting to the bottom of things rests completely on the shoulders of Gideon and the Riders.

As the youngest Rios, Maricela knows the pressures of living within the power struggles surrounding her family. Constant pressure from
Anne - Books of My Heart
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Ivan is the third book in the   Gideon's Riders series . It is a science fiction erotica, with a new couple in each book.  I think it helps to read them in order as the world building and character building continues throughout the series.

The story begins with some of the issues continuing from the book Deacon. You de
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Big, broody, and stoic. Ivan's got it going on. He also has a past no one would envy and a raging case of admiration (to put it one way) for the princess of Sector One. Meanwhile, Maricela quietly chafes under the added protections Gideon has ordered while feeling guilty that she, the pampered princess, is complaining about anything at all.

Which brings me around to one of the things I REALLY liked about these two. While they're from very different worlds, they both feel guilty for things they sh
To say I've been anticipating Ivan is quite an understatement, since I've been madly in love with the entire world and set-up of Gideon's Riders since I first picked up Ashwin.

Maricela and Ivan had my heart from the opening pages and I love how loyal they both are to the core, with Maricela being the Rios princess who cares deeply about her people and Ivan being rock solid committed to his duty as a Rider. It makes their romance that much sweeter, knowing that they can't help but be drawn to eac
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Ivan is the third book in the Gideon’s Riders series, and the romance between main characters Ivan and Maricela has been brewing since the first story. Theirs is a star-crossed romance of sorts: she’s a royal princess with obligations to her family and people while he’s one of the Riders, a commoner with a tainted past. With Ivan assigned to be Maricela’s personal bodyguard, the pair grow incredibly close, and the sparks that flared before this assignment grow and ignite. It’s a taboo relationsh ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads*

~3.75 Stars~
I love this world that Kit Rocha has created, I'm a Broken Circle [Sector 4] 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 3 in the Gideon's Riders series.

Maricela Rios is the princess of Sector 1, she's the youngest sibling in the Rios ("ruling") family. She's tired of being treated as a child, but being considered r
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wrrt, 2018
I received a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads

Book 3 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 1 and everyone wants to align their family to the Rios'. Maricela is being pursued heavily by all the up & coming suitors but she's in love with just one man. Ivan.

Ivan is a Rider. Riders do not let themselves feel, think of
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Once upon a time, two best friends decided to write paranormal romance. And while that was awesome, they also sometimes wanted to write insanely dirty stuff that wasn’t paranormal at all. This is that stuff.

Kit Rocha is the dystopian-erotic-romance writing alter-ego of writing duo Moira Rogers.

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