Ivan is the third book in Kit Rocha’s Beyond spin-off series, Gideon’s Riders, and it features, you guessed it, Ivan. But this is just as much Maricela’s book as Ivan’s. Maybe more so. Maricela is the bright, beautiful, kind, loving youngest Rios sibling and a princess in Sector One. Ivan is her bodyguard and after the events in the previous installment, Deacon, Gideon (the leader of Sector One) isn’t taking any chances with his family and orders Ivan to stick close to her at all times. And Ivan will do anything for his princess.
I went into this with a lot of anticipation because:
- I love anything Kit Rocha.
- I have a weakness for bodyguards falling in love, especially with princesses.
- There promised to be desperate longing and secret touches, and most likely lots and lots of dirty, deep, shhhh so no one can here you sexy times.
I was not disappointed. Ivan and Maricela were all of those things and more.
What I love the most about this series, and its predecessor Beyond, is that it’s sex positive and love focused. The heroines are strong and fabulous and kick ass. They are protective and loving. They are business owners and leaders and dancers and mothers and artists and well… amazing. They fall in love and their families are all made up differently, but there is always a deep love and commitment within them. Their heroes are tough and at times brooding and protective, but loving. This series is diverse and beautiful because of it. I love that there is acceptance in all forms and the feeling that family members will walk into hell for each other. I love the thought of pulling down walls and building a new way of life. I love that even the religious leaders in Sector One see the need to start change slowly, and knowing that love and happiness are important. Every book is different, but the world is the same and I love just being in the Sectors where anything is possible.
I’m really not going to dive to deeply into Ivan’s plot and all the many threads and hints at future pairings, mainly because I’m determined to avoid spoilers. Although, I think I finally figured out who Gideon is going to end up with and if I’m right OMG. So I’m just going to say that Maricela and Ivan are gorgeous together and here are just a few of my favorite quotes to prove it.
“Maricela.” Her name came out on a hoarse groan. “You have to stop touching me, or I’ll start touching you.”
Her stomach clenched again, this time in anticipation. “You should. Because I think we’re already lovers–in every way but one.” She tilted her head back, entranced by the sheer hunger on his face. “Am I wrong?”
Do it Maricela, get your man.
He turned his head just enough for his lips to brush her ear. “I’ve been imagining this,” he whispered roughly. “How you’ll sound when you come. Show me.”
One of his hands skimmed up her spine to where the plunging back of her dress revealed her skin. His rough fingertips glided in a slow circle as he pulled her even closer. “I can take a night off from acting like your bodyguard,” he murmured, one thigh slipping between hers. “But I’ll always be protective. I’ll always be thinking about punching anyone who gets too close.”
Of course you will Ivan.
“Tell me,” he groaned, sinking his hand into her hair to drag her head back. He forced her to stare up into his eyes, and the longing there was endless, so vast it threatened to swallow everything else. “Tell me.”
Only one thing mattered right now. Only one truth existed. “I love you.”
His thumb shifted, brushing corner of her mouth. “My princess.”
I really loved this installment. Ivan and Maricela were everything I thought they’d be. Final Grade-A