Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Release Day Review: Gideon by Ashe Barker #Review #Giveaway

Author: Ashe Barker
Book: Gideon
Series: Order of the Black Knights #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: October 5, 2016
Length: 199 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


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.

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Gideon, which is a modern story with a murder mystery and a twist on time. I can’t really explain too much about that but suffice it to say the Prologue sets up the life of Gideon and his murderous tendencies quite well.  I can tell you that Gideon, a wealthy businessman and aristocrat, is not a character who you will like very much, I mean he kills people and enjoys it, but there is a purpose behind his personality and behavior, even if he doesn’t know the true reason yet.

Michael, a doctor, hates Gideon with good reason. He truly believes that he murdered Michael’s college boyfriend, Christopher, and somehow got it ruled an accident...much like Gideon’s brother’s death just was. Michael needs revenge and what better way than to make sure Gideon doesn’t get away with it this time. So he becomes his driver, thinking Gideon will be none the wiser, but he soon finds out that Gideon is better than he originally thought.

Gideon finds himself attracted to Michael, his new driver, and while he has no problem having sex with someone he finds hot there is something about this man that makes him think he knows him from somewhere. As much as he knows that he needs to kill Michael, since he lied about his identity he just can’t do it. These two have a volatile relationship between the mistrust and the hot and steamy sex you aren’t quite sure how they feel because they don’t even know. This is a fast and rough; hardly any romantic love between these two, that may not be your cup of tea but the author does this true to who the characters are.

Someone wants Gideon dead and they’ve failed two times so far but now one by one people out at the Manor that Gideon inherited when his brother, the Duke, died have started dying off. And Gideon and Michael are trying to figure out why and who wants him dead in the meantime. The mystery of “the who” is not too hard to figure out but it is still a good story in the meantime. Although there was no slow build between the two mc’s the pacing and flow of the story was done very well with excellent character development. Great first book to a unique story!


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review! Love the guy on the cover, yum!