Ivan (Gideon’s Riders #3)

This is the third book in the Gideon’s Riders series. Ivan deals with a rider who is the bodyguard for Gideon’s sister, Maricela.

The main conflict here is that Ivan’s uncles tried to assassinate Gideon, and Maricela is basically a princess who may need to marry to cement relationships in the post-apocalyptic world of the sectors that Kit Rocha has created both with this and the O’Kanes series.

Gideon’s Riders books are like the perfect summer beach read. They have tons of angst, snarky banter, broken hot guys, and women who are not at all passive. There’s also a hint of dominance to the sexual relationship. And the world of sectors and politics they live in is quite well developed (although I”m at a point where I need the O’Kane, Rios, and Montero family trees in the back for reference because I seriously can’t keep everyone straight. Everyone has a potential love interest and sometimes they blur together).

However…as much as this series hit my sweet spots in the first (Ashwin), I’m feeling my attention wonder with this book. I’m not sure if it was just a problem with feeling overwhelmed with a huge cast and the mostly political (not action) focus of Ivan or if I’m just getting a wee bit tired of this particular spin on post-apocalyptic paranormal romance. But since I loved Ashwin and Deacon so much it’s possible it was just this particular couple that wasn’t to my taste. I’ll definitely give the next one a spin.