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Release Day Review: Gideon by Ashe Barker

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Release Day Review: Gideon by Ashe Barker

Book Info

Book Series
Order of The Black Knights #1
About the Author
Until 2010, Ashe was a director of a regeneration company before deciding there had to be more to life and leaving to pursue a lifetime goal of self-employment.

Ashe has been an avid reader of women’s fiction for many years—erotic, historical, contemporary, fantasy, romance—you name it. Now, at last in control of her own time and working from her home in rural West Yorkshire, she has been able to realise her dream of writing erotic romance herself.

She draws on settings and anecdotes from her previous and current experience to lend colour, detail and realism to her plots and characters, but her stories of love, challenge, resilience and compassion are the conjurings of her own imagination. She loves to craft strong, enigmatic men and bright, sassy women to give them a hard time—in every sense of the word.

When she’s not writing, Ashe’s time is divided between her role as resident taxi driver for her teenage daughter, and caring for a menagerie of dogs, rabbits, tortoises and a grumpy cockatiel.
Publication Date
October 05, 2016
199 pages
Filed on personal Goodreads/BookLikes shelves: 
2016 Divine Magazine
2016 4 star reads

Gideon Maybury enjoys a life of wealth and privilege, not to mention the advantages his position offers him in his career as a merchant banker and his less public life as a high-class, skilled, and very well-paid assassin for Her Majesty’s government. When his brother dies unexpectedly, he becomes the Duke of Westmoreland.

Michael Mathison has hated Gideon since they were at university together. He’s convinced Gideon had a hand in the death of Michael’s college lover, Christopher, and that he had something to do with the death of his own brother. So he gets a job as Gideon’s driver, enabling him to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the elder Maybury sibling. At first his suspicions seem to be confirmed, but clues emerge that suggest all is not as it appears at Maybury Hall.

As the mystery deepens, so does the attraction between the two implacable enemies, as does the feeling that they have met before—under dark and terrible circumstances. Each has reasons not to trust the other, but neither is averse to a bit of kinky play. Gideon and Michael end up owing each other their lives, and it results in consequences neither could have imagined.

Editor reviews

1 reviews

different, but really good!
(Updated: October 05, 2016)
Michael hates Gideon. When they were at university together, Gideon took Michael's lover, Christopher, and caused his death. Landing a job as Gideon's driver is a way to get close and get his revenge. But Gideon is more than he appears, has less to do with Christopher's death that first thought, and even less to do with the death of his own brother. There are other forces at work here, and Gideon and Michael are not just fighting each other, they are fighting a long history.

As the title of this review says: different! And different, for me anyway, is always good. 

Told from both Michael and Gideon's point of view, we get it all. We get that first meeting between these two men so long ago, and that feeling Gideon gets when around Michael. We get how Gideon first fell into the cycle of live, meet, kill, die, and repeat. And we get how much these men really want to be with each other.

It tagged as Order of The Black Knights, book 1. Now, maybe I missed it, maybe the aforementioned cycle Gideon is in is the order, but I didn't see anything about it in the book! Nothing is mentioned, you aren't told about the Knights or the Order. And this is why it gets... 4 star

ARC provided by Dreampsinner Press in exchange for an honest review.

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