I received this book for free from the Author . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ivan by Kit Rocha
Published by Kit Rocha on March 28, 2018
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Book #3 in Gideon's Riders
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.
The ANGST is strong with this book. You have a man who thinks that he’s not worthy and a woman who is so devoted to making sure she does everything right by her family that she’s shut herself off to being truly happy. Yeah it was a slow build but it was so worth the wait because when they finally acknowledge what they want… BOOM!!!!
Maricela was an interesting character as we only have seen her as the sheltered Princess who is definitely loved by her family but her actions when her brother was attacked made one see her in a different light. She’s now being guarded by a man who shouldn’t make her want him but there is something that draws her to him just the same. She knows she’s destined to be married off to one of the major families in Sector 1 (or maybe more than one) but she yearns to be seen as her own self vs a Rios. I liked her knowledge that it wasn’t what she wanted but she didn’t wallow in pity but did what she could to make a difference to the people in Sector 1. I appreciated that she did let herself mope a bit but that it didn’t rule her. She still tried to put on the show in a way that didn’t call attention to how unfair things were but that she knew there were so many worse things that could be happening. I enjoyed how and who she was with Ivan even as they fought to keep their attraction secret and under control. She tried so hard but also made others look at things differently when she finally spoke up about what she wanted and needed. I loved her strength in this even as she hurt.
Ivan was heartbreaking. I am so happy we got to see what drove him before he finally allowed his need to claim Maricela come out. We got to see a man finally find someone who accepted who he was and didn’t judge him for it. He also got to get some much needed peace with himself and his history. I loved how growly he was but also how fiercely he wanted Maricela to have a chance to be free even if it wasn’t what others thought she needed. He fought so fiercely to get her moments where she wasn’t putting the false face on and truly live. He really was an amazing character to see open up to living life and I quite enjoyed it. He broke my heart a few times but I understood why even as I was cursing the moments. He reads the situations so well that you’d think he reads minds but it is what makes him such a valuable member of the Riders. I didn’t like seeing what people put him thru for something he couldn’t prevent but this event shaped so much of his life and why he thinks he’s not worthy of happiness that seeing it finally resolved made me smile. This is a man who is dirty as hell in so many ways but with a huge heart that finally gets to be treated the way it deserves to be.
Now… I CANNOT WAIT for more stories because yeah… there is so much that will hit you in the feels in this story that isn’t wrapped around the main pair…. I really really really am ready for Gideon’s book but yeah I want more from Sector 1 and I can be patient…. *peeks* is there a hint yet of when Gideon’s book is coming *sighs* must be good… must not whine… must be good…