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Ivan by Kit Rocha
Narrator: Tatiana Sokolov
Series: Gideon's Riders #3
Published by Tantor Audio on December 25, 2018
Genres: Dystopia, Erotica, Science Fiction
Length: 10 hours, 53 minutes
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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 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.
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 definitely need to read in order here. The pace is bogged down at the beginning with a bunch of religious aspects. There is also the attraction between Ivan and Maricela and all kinds of *stupid* reasons they can’t act on it.
As much as the books in this series start out with characters who cling to past issues or try to hold to strict rules in a changing world, everything works out in the end. Character growth is always a good story. Maricela starts out seeming like a spoiled, sheltered princess. But like the tales of the prince and the pauper where they change places, being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when you are the baby of the family.
I loved how they really cared about each other and paid attention to each other’s needs. They were also willing to fight, so hard, for the other to be happy, even if it meant their own unhappiness. Yeah, I was crying. Another somehow unexpected and great book has captured my heart and mind.
Tatiana Sokolov continues as the narrator, which I am enjoying. I did listen at 1.25x narration, rather than 1.5x speed I’ve managed recently. She somehow manages to capture all the characters and make me believe them. I like her male voices, as well as the female ones.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Audiobook Challenge
- 2018 New Release Challenge
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