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(Gideon’s Riders #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  791 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Book #2 in explosive new series from bestselling author Kit Rocha...

Ana has trained most of her life to achieve one goal: to prove that anything men can do, she can do better. Now she’s Sector One’s first female Rider, and being the best is the only way to ensure she won’t be its last. Distractions aren’t allowed--especially not her painful attraction to the reserved but d
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 268 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Kit Rocha
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****An advance reading copy of Deacon by Kit Rocha was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

EDIT (05/09/2017): Change of rating.

Writing this review is a bit hard for me. I kept thinking and overthinking every single sentence. I loved the Beyond series very much; I was constantly re-reading the series and getting the copy of Deacon I just realised that since finishing Ashwin, I didn't go back to re-read a single scene from it. Realising this I was a bit sceptical; well, I w
Marta Cox
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
Ok so the ideology of Sector One is completely different to Sector Four but I can't deny the passion and focus these Riders have when it comes to protecting their people. For more than twenty years Deacon has hidden his past, staying in control and aloof. In many ways he isn't truly living just getting through but there's someone who challenges all that and the cracks in Deacons armour are getting wider . So it's no surprise that when push comes to shove Deacon really doesn't see his own value o ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, futuristic
God, what a mind numbing, boring book. Quite difficult to love the MCs, the romance was totally missing, and Gideon gives me the creeps. I faintly despise his holiness. And well all his family and their holiness too. :)
The plot was barely there, and I honestly wanted to DNF it most of the time.
Kudos to the wonder couple though. They can move from the raunchy Sector 4 to the holy sector 1 without a glitch.

Unfortunately this series does not seem to be the right one for me.


So, this is the second series set in a future dystopia after the world was rocked by The Flare. Much like The Hunger Games one sector had all the technology and power and the other satellite sectors scraped an existence. The previous series focused on Dallas O'Kane's sector four - a sector built on bootleg booze characterised by hedonism and sexual liberation.

This series is focused on sector one, led by Gideon Rios. Sector one is a contrast to Dallas' sector four, sector one is deeply re
Maria Dimitrova
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, romance-smut
When I first discovered the sectors I quickly fell in love with this world even if I wouldn't want to live there, after all I'm well aware that I won't survive even a day in Sector Four. So it was nice when Sector One was introduced and I saw a place that doesn't require insane survival skills for its ordinary citizens.

Ashwin was one of my most anticipated books of 2017 and now I feel a bit ashamed that I forgot about this series following that release. Thanks to Anne - Books of My Heart and po
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 "Follow Instructions or Your Heart" Stars!

Deacon features an action-filled plot with a touch of suspense and a love story with a touch of a forbidden love theme. For those of you who are familiar with Kit Rocha's predecessor series, The Beyond Series, this is a spin-off series that takes place chronologically after the war is over and is primarily focused on Section 1. All that said it is not necessary to have read the Beyond Series to be able to enjoy this series. If you haven't though, I wou
Anna Banana
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poc-heroines
3.5 stars

I really wanted to love this one but once again, I just couldn't connect with the romance. It felt sooo rushed and I couldn't understand where their emotions were coming from. One minute Deacon barely notices her and then the next, suddenly after one encounter he's really into her? I think the reason I'm having a hard time connecting fully with the romance is that these books are significantly shorter than their other series and of novels in general (this is only about 260 pages) so i
Originally posted at SmexyBooks-

Grade: C+

Favorite Quote: Being worshipped was a double-edged sword.

Deacon is one of the few original Riders left and their leader. A self-contained aloof man with a secret bloody past that comes back to haunt him when he is called to a murder scene. Forced to reveal all his secrets, he begins to see that his inability to accept and move beyond his past has inadvertently caused a rift between him and the Riders. Only Ana, th
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Deacon is one of the few remaining original members of the Riders and he's also their trusted leader but he's been keeping a huge secret about his background and that past is now about to come back and bite him. Ever since becoming the leader Deacon has held himself at a distance from the others, partly because it hurts him to send them into battle knowing that they may never make it home but partly because he worries about what they'll think if they discover his secrets. When it becomes clear t ...more
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Gideon Rios, the religion and culture of Sector One, and the Riders have fascinated me from the minute I met them in the Beyond series. I am loving this spin-off series and the up-close, in-depth look we are getting of the Riders, Gideon, and his family. Deacon is the second book in the Gideon’s Riders series, but this is the book where we finally begin to know the individual Riders. With each book we get a few more pieces of the Gideon puzzle. As much as I’m loving them, it’s making me that muc
***5 “Stern But Bangable” Stars***

Well, hello Riders. It’s lovely to FINALLY meet you all.

I know we met them in Ashwin, but let’s be perfectly honest here. That book really was ALL about Ashwin and rightfully so, because I adored the complex yet simple man, but we only got a whisper of who the Riders were, but here we got an unadulterated, blow your eardrums to smithereens access into their world and some pretty decent insight into what makes this group tick. That coupled with Deacon and Ana
Jen Davis
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying the books in this series so far. Gideons Riders is a spinoff from Kit Rocha’s Beyond series. I did not read those books, but the spinoff will give you no trouble if you are a new reader.

If the name didn’t give it away, this is Deacon’s book. He is the leader of the Riders, tough as nails, but no one really knows him. Turns out, he is a former assassin who was once hired to kill Gideon, the man they all serve with unwavering loyalty. Unfortunately, his old band of killers is
Aly is so frigging bored
1st read: 28-29 August 2017

2nd read:25-27 September 2020
Buddy read with Karin
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

4.5 stars

We are back in the world of Sector One and Gideon’s Riders. The Riders are a group of soldiers who are an extension of Gideon’s will. They look at themselves as having one foot in the grave, because they are willing to die for Gideon and Sector One.

Deacon has a bad history before he came to Sector One and became a Rider. He is now the leader of the Riders. Gideon knows is past, but the other Riders do not. Wh
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.

Deacon is the second 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.   This one has a bit more of the religious aspect with Sector One and I'm no
Confession time:
I inhaled the Beyond series and when the spin-off was announced I was beside myself with giddyness when ASHWIN released. But ASHWIN did not blow me away like the Beyond books. Different Sector, different vibes and Ashwin and Kora were characters whose backstories made them hard for me to click with. It didn’t make for passionate and emotional inensity like the characters in the Beyond series. Also the worldbuilding had a different vibe so in short it was not the amazing read I wa
Dana ~ The Dirty Smut'atter
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2017
I fell in love with The Riders when we first came across them in The Beyond Series, but after reading this book that level of emotion is even stronger. I had a feeling that Ana was going to blow my socks off -> being a female + rider, but I wasn't prepared for it to be honest. That said I really should have been with the way she was able to connect to Ashwin in the first book. They are both outsiders in Gideon's world and look at things for a different set of eyes. I knew Deacon was going to be ...more
Maria Rose
Deacon by Kit Rocha is the second book in the Gideon’s Riders series, a spinoff of the erotic dystopian Beyond series. You don’t need to have read the Beyond series to read this one as it is standalone and doesn’t give away much of the story arc of the world first established by the authors. You just have to know that there’s been a war, it’s over, and the Sectors that surround the main city of Eden are rebuilding.

Gideon’s Riders is specifically centered on Sector One and will profile several of
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Building upon the world and characters from the first book (and original series), Deacon brings us more details about the lives of Gideon’s Riders and life in Sector One. Most of the story is shared between Deacon, the leader of the Riders, and Ana, the first female Rider. Both live with incredible self-discipline, flamed by their internal need to prove themselves worthy of the title of Rider. For Deacon, he’s making up for the mistakes of his youth and life before becoming a rider, whereas Ana ...more
I was very much looking for ward to Ana and Deacon as a couple because 1) they are so pretty and 2) they shot of some nice anticipatory sparks in the previous book.

While I was happy in the end with their romance, I wasn't happy with the beginnings of it. It felt, i dunno .... rushed? A little perfunctory? it felt like... get them involved so they can have their big conflict about duty versus feelings when the big showdown happens. But frankly I don't think the foundation was set hard enough for
D.B. Reynolds
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 enthusiastic stars -- A complicated romance combined with some great action sequences, that leaves us with a thoughtful and satisfying resolution. Oh, yeah, and it's sexy as hell! Plus, we get to see a lot more of the other Riders and learn about them as individuals whose stories I want to read. Loved it!
Apr 18, 2018 marked it as 08-lost-interest
Sector 4 has been my all time favourite. O'Kanes for life, nuff said really. Although I loved Ashwin's book I just can't seem to get on board with sector 1. This is just my personal preference. Shout out to all of you who love this series.
4 1/2 STARS!

Kit Rocha can do no wrong in my book, tbh. I love this world, and Deacon did not disappoint, bringing the action and plot, the heat, and the snarky characters.

Jen's review for it will go up on TBQ's Book Palace Monday and I'll be talking about it during this Saturday's Whatcha Reading podcast/post.

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Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Deacon has seen it all, killed it all, and is completely comfortable in his tattoo-covered, blood-drenched skin. It's just what the men—and one woman—under his command think of him that pulls him up short. Ana spends all her time hiding her flaws and struggles from the world, pretending to be the perfect female warrior to which all other girls and women can aspire. She wants the world, and especially her commander, to think the best of her. But what these two really need is the love and acceptan ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am completely captivated by this series. Deacon has had that mysterious vibe to him so I couldn't wait to peel back the layers. Of course this wouldn’t be a Kit Rocha book if we didn’t get yet another strong woman to pull our brooding hero into the light.

This book is just as much about Deacon finally facing his violent past as it is Ana, who is trying to live up to her father's legacy as a Rider. She is also carrying the expectations of being the first woman in Gideon’s Rider.

What starts off
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Review originally posted at

I have been a fan of Kit Rocha every since I stumbled upon Beyond Shame back in 2013 (I really wish I could remember how I found this writing team and this series). The Beyond series followed a gang of liquor makers who liked to party in their post-apocalyptic world. The O’Kanes of the Beyond series takes place in Sector Four. After several great books with a new couple for each story and a great overall story arc, the Kit Rocha writing duo have
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**ARC provided for an honest review**

"Stern but bangable" this line appears early on in the book and i'm still cackling over it.

Before i get into Ana/Deacon let me just say Reyes captured my heart. Sarcastic, flirty, oh so queer. Can’t help but fall for that guy. And he uttered that fave line above, one that I need on a button pin ASAP. Such an accurate depiction of Deacon. Even Ana had that mantra running through her head.

Alright soooo! KitRocha once again wowed me with their amazingly, well fl
Kim C.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This may have been titled "Deacon", but it was just as much Ana's story as well. Oh how I loved Ana. She was a badass and I want to be like her when I grow up! :)

This story was beautifully written. Two strong-willed people who have dedicated their lives to being a Rider, finding love with one another when they shouldn't -- not only is it against the rules, it's not smart in their line of work. The sparks that flew off them was obvious from the beginning.

Deacon, the original Rider, has secrets th
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
***4.5 out of 5 stars***

Deacon is the second book in the Gideon's Riders series from Kit Rocha. The Gideon's Riders books take place in Sector One following the war with Eden and the sectors and the atmosphere is very different from the Sector Four books. The Riders are the protectors of Sector One, and especially Gideon's family.

I found myself pulled into Deacon every bit as much as I was into the first book, Ashwin. I loved learning more about Deacon's past as I read, and found myself slowly f
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Loved both Deacon and Ana and their romance was wonderful. I have some issues with the society/religious aspect of the story. Will have to think more about it before writing full review

Full review, also posted on Ellie Reads All the Books

This is the second book in the spinoff of the Beyond series which I haven't read but I did read Ashwin (Gideon's Riders #1) and quite enjoyed it.

Deacon continues where Ashwin left off timewise and gives the reader more details about the life and people
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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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