Gideon (Steph’s Review)

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Title: Gideon (Order of the Black Knights #1)
Author: Ashe Barker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 5, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal/Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.50 stars out of 5

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.

So right from the start of this book, I wanted to beat Gideon to death with a chicken! Seriously, he is so callous, I was fuming. To make matters worse, this was just the Prologue. In the beginning, I really had no idea what was going on with this story. Then finally, a few pieces of the puzzle are given to me and things start to make more sense. I have to say that the way the author went with the story was surprising and awesome! With that said, I am not going to say too much about the story since I really do not want to spoil it for others. If you message me, I promise I will answer your questions 🙂

Really though, this is a great story. If you love reading stories that involve mystery, suspense and a bit of the paranormal, then this book is for you! The author does a great job keeping the reader entertained and on the edge of their seat. Given the history between Gideon and Michael, and their rough start, you can still see a bit of the attraction they have for one another. Not to mention, as time goes on how they both gravitate towards one another. Seriously, there are some really hot moments between the both of them.

IMO the book leaves both Gideon and Michael with a HFN. It left me with questions that need really still need to be answered, which I assume will be in the next book in the series.

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Galley copy of Gideon (Order of the Black Knights #1) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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