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I held off on reading Ashwin because I didn’t want to leave this amazing world (you know, while waiting for the next release) but after two shitty books in a row, I had to break open the emergency Rocha Book. So damn glad I did, as Ashwin was everything I had hoped it would be, everything I’ve come to expect and love from Rocha.
Ashwin fits in my new favorite Hero Type (think Nalini Singh’s Psy/Arrow heroes): cold, deadly, scary to everyone around them – but utterly devoted and caring and loving to his woman. Plus the whole awkward how-do-I-act-like-regular-humans-I-don’t-understand-all-this scenes and jokes, which I also adore.
And, much like Singh’s heroes, Ashwin is ALLLLLL about putting 200% of his Very Intense Concentration into pleasing Kora. And I am 1000000% here for their smoking hot chemistry. (Again, no surprise, as this is Rocha, and I’d expect nothing less!) I’m not sure what I loved more: him giving her four orgasms in one scene before they even have intercourse or the tub scene or the cabin-standing-up scene or . . . Hell, I love them all. So. So. Sooooo. Much.
*swoons* Give me a minute. Or twenty.
But their relationship development isn’t just about the sex, and I loved all of that, too. Who wouldn’t fall for a hero who can turn washing clay off her hands into an erotic experience? Or a hero who spends years filling a safehouse with things that she’ll love? Oh, Ashwin. (happy sigh)
Besides the romance, sex, and feels (oh yes, there are Definitely Feels involved as this big, dangerous Super Soldier finally breaks down, opens up, and admits that he doesn’t know what he’s doing but he has All The Feelings for her), I loved the story here. I loved seeing this world again, post-war, loved seeing peeks at a few old friends (Rachel/Ace/Cruz and the babies! ❤), loved seeing how Rocha is setting up for future plots and characters. And the brotherhood dynamics here with the Riders were great! I’m not sure who stole my heart more: Zeke and his jokes and seemingly carefree attitude, Deacon and his So Serious attitude (and also Ana! I need their book today *whines*), quiet Ivan . . . Really, I just love them all and how they mess with one another but also have each other’s backs 100% -- yes, even Ashwin. #BromanceFeels
If I have one complaint – and note it wasn’t enough to take down my 5 star rating because everything else just made me that damn happy -- it’s the fact that Ashwin keeps the secret of Kora’s birth/past until 80%+ in the book. I’ve never been a fan of keeping the secret, no matter the reason, until so late in a relationship (and book). But, like I said, I’m still not really MAD at this because I loved everything about this book otherwise. Admittedly, I have a huge soft spot for this world Rocha has created, and their writing, so I’m not always as critical/unbiased as I should be with my ratings, but IDGAF. There are some authors/books that you just love unconditionally and they can do no wrong. This is one of those for me and I won’t ever apologize for it.
Ashwin kicks off the new series with a bang (and plenty of flames 😉) and I cannot wait to see what Rocha brings us next. You could read this one without having read the Beyond series, but since I will never NOT recommend the Beyond series to everyone I come across, I’ll still recommend you read those books first, to get a feel for this world, what happened before the final battle, and who some of the other characters are that are mentioned in this one. You’ll thank me later, trust me. 😊 (Note: Beyond series MUST be read in order, especially for the later books!)
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