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Deacon by Kit Rocha
Narrator: Tatiana Sokolov
Series: Gideon's Riders #2
Published by Tantor Audio on November 20, 2018
Genres: Dystopia, Erotica, Science Fiction
Length: 7 hours, 53 minutes
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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 demanding leader whose stern, grumpy demeanor has already gotten into her head.
Deacon has spent the last twenty years trying to atone for his past, but the blood he spilled as a mercenary and assassin will never wash away entirely. If his Riders knew the extent of his sins, he’d lose their trust and respect. It’s easier to keep them all at arm’s length, especially Ana. But his newest recruit’s stubbornness is starting to crack his defenses.
And their sparring matches are driving him wild.
The passion sparking between them can’t be denied, but neither can the vengeance barreling toward Deacon. When his old squad comes back to punish him for his betrayal, Ana and the Riders are squarely in the line of fire. The only way to save his people may be to make the ultimate sacrifice.
But first, he has to convince Ana not to follow him straight into hell.
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 not sure I like it.
The couple here are Deacon and Ana. Deacon is Gideon’s second in command and has been with him about 20 years. He has a shadowy past, unknown to most people. I’m not all that into Deacon, but the story here is still good.
Ana has been about the Riders her whole life. Her father was a famous Rider. She is the first female Rider. As any female knows, one has to be better than male counterparts to even join the game. Ana is awesome. I like her so much. Of course, she has to be attracted to Deacon. *rolls eyes*
Anyway, some things in Deacon’s past come calling. The whole team of Riders ends up involved. It’s generally smart and exciting. We learn a bit more about the sectors overall, too. Ana makes mistakes but she owns up to them and really is a solid fighter and compassionate woman.
Tatiana Sokolov continues as the narrator, which is great. I did listen at 1.25x narration, which I’ve been using 1.5x speed. She handles a variety of voices well and I like her male voices. Her straight narration when she is not voicing dialogue is pleasing. Her performance certainly added to my enjoyment.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Audiobook Challenge
- 2018 New Release Challenge
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