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The first book in the follow-up to Kit Rocha's bestselling BEYOND series.
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.
Welcome to Sector One!
The Beyond series has always been my guilty pleasure. I sniveled like a child when it came to an end but I had faith in Kit Rocha to open a new world for me with intriguing people, take me on a new journey and I definitely was not disappointed.
First up is Ashwin and Kora's story.
Ashwin is a very complex solider who lives his life without emotion. Kora's love of medicine and healing people is the cornerstone of who she is and all she knows. Hints of Ashwin’s obsession with Kora has been dropped in prior books and always peaked my curiosity. With Kora hiding in Sector One, it was only a matter of time before Ashwin would find her.
When they finally come together, Ashwin and Kora's story is the perfect blend of self discovery and a heartwarming chance at first love. The passion they share is smoking hot and all consuming. Breaking down their walls as they both navigate through their feelings for each other and how to adjust to life in Sector One, it is obvious they have finally found peace and acceptance.
I really enjoyed the pace of this book. The groundwork has been set for what feels like a more emotional series. Sector One is a whole different world. Gideon leads with faith and the willingness to believe and love for each other. I'm truly fascinated with Gideon now. I want to peel back the layers and discover what's underneath.
More information is given about Gideon's Riders and their devotion to him and the community. Getting to see snippets of each one has my curiosity in overdrive!
This book kept me completely engrossed from start to finish. Sector One came to life and left me wanting more.
Fantastic start to a new series!!!
What a fantastic way to start a new series!!!! With Ashwin and Kora's story!!!
When Ashwin Malhorta shows up in Sector One, the last person he expects to find is Dr. Kora Bellamy, until he really thinks about it. What better place for Kora to end up after the fall of Eden than the one sector where the leaders are truly devoted to the health and welfare of their people. But how will the presence of the one person he will do absolutely anything for affect his mission? Will being near Kora cause Ashwin to destabilize once again? And does it really matter, because surely Gideon is too smart not to see right through the plan the Base put together?
I was so excited to FINALLY get Kora and Ashwin's story!!!! And it was every bit as good as I knew it would be!!!
Gideon’s Riders Begins
I have read all of Kit Rocha’s Beyond Series and loved them so I was excited to read her new one. While Beyond focused on Sector Four and Dallas and his crew Ashwin is our introduction to Sector One and Gideon’s Riders. While Dallas and Gideon may be different leaders the same intrigue follows us. Our story follows Dr. Kora Bellamy who we first met in Beyond Jealousy. She is a doctor who is not only sweet but the best at what she does; and Ashwin a Makhai Soldier we first met in Beyond Innocence, who has been trained to have zero emotion and to be successful to a fault in all tasks assigned to him. We are in the aftermath of the war between Eden and the Sectors. Before Kora defected to Sector One she was Ashwin’s doctor in the top secret Makhai project. Ashwin has been tasked with infiltrating Gideon’s Riders but he didn’t expect to find the only person that is able to break his vaunted control and emotions.
Will Ashwin complete his goal for his superiors or will he let his feeling for Kora win?
Will Ashwin collect on his favor from Cruz?
I am looking forward to more from the people in Sector One. I see many more good reads in my future!!!