Review: Ashwin by Kit Rocha

Reviewed by Jen

I was a little concerned when I realized that this book was a spinoff of Kit Rocha’s Beyond series. I’ve read from this duo’s alter ego, Moira Rogers, before, but I have not read the books featuring the famous O’Kanes, so I figured I might be lost here. I am happy to report that this is a great place to step into this world. I had absolutely no problem acclimating to it and I was never lost, nor did I feel like I was the odd man out of an inside joke. So if the same fear has you on the fence about this book, don’t worry about it. Let yourself jump in. You’ll be glad you did.

Ashwin is my favorite kind of hero. He is strong and powerful physically, but he is emotionally stunted. Think: the Psy heroes in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling books. He was a genetically engineered a soldier, never allowed to feel. He and the heroine, Cora, have met before. She was the doctor at the base where he served. There was a connection between them back then, but his growing feelings for her overwhelmed him and he feared he could be a threat to her safety. He turned himself in for reconditioning, a painful process to try to burn the feelings out. It didn’t quite work.

Cora is now an adopted sister to Gideon Rios, the leader of sector one. Ashwin does not know this when he is assigned to infiltrate Gideon’s team of enforcers. But he quickly realizes that he will have to choose between his mission and protecting the life that Cora has built among Gideon’s people.

I loved Ashwin. His intentions are always so pure when it comes to Cora. He puts himself on the line. He puts his mission on the line. He doesn’t care about any vows he’s made or responsibilities he should have when any of that is put against protecting Cora. She is always number one. The only thing in his heart. The heart he doesn’t think he has. And it’s so delicious and satisfying as he begins to understand and accept that he does care. That he is a man. And that she really is everything.

I liked Cora OK. She saw a spark of humanity in Ash when when no one else ever did. She tried to reach out. She tried to love him. And I got all the feels.

As always with these authors, the sex is smoking hot. The writing is just fantastic. I was all in. I did not want it to end.

There so much rich ground for future books to mine. I can’t wait for Deacon and Ana’s story or Zeke’s.

All I can say is, go read this book. Go buy it now. You’ll be glad you did. Whether you were a fan of the Beyond books or if this is your first trip to the rodeo. Really good stuff.

Rating: A

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Kit Rocha
Release Date: March 7, 2017

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