Gideon (Natosh’s Review)

Title: Gideon (Order of the Black Knights #1)
Author: Ashe Barker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 5, 2016
Genre(s): Gay erotic romance, suspense, paranormal, revenge
Page Count: 199 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 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.

This is a book that if I had to describe what it was about into a few words would be: A book that is about revenge that transcends time.

Lately I have been reading quite a few books by authors that I have never read any of their work and this book would be one of them. As with some of the other authors, I have found another author that I will be following and reading more of their work in Ashe Barker. Ashe’s work on this book blew me away. I am thoroughly impressed. This book was such an incredibly exciting read from the first to the finish.

Gideon was not my favorite person when I first started reading this book. The impression of him that I got was that he was self centered and cared for no one. He was unfeeling and cold. Then when he had his first flashback to Moriel and how Gideon came to make the pact with him that he made, I understood then.

Gideon is the person he is due to circumstances that are not in his control. Each lifetime that he lives he does not recall the pact that was made with Moriel and how what he believed the first time that he met Moriel that he was a savior for him, when really it was a curse. The only way to break the curse is to pardon his enemy. But that does not happen and each lifetime he comes and has the same enemy to fight but in a different setting and different lifetime. That enemy is Michel (Michael in a different lifetime).

Things in the current lifetime are bad between them before they ever even meet because Gideon stole the love of Michael’s life and college, Christopher. While Chris and Gideon are together an accident happens and Chris ends up dying and Michael believes that Gideon is responsible for it.

Years after Chris dies, Michael gets the opportunity to lie his way into Gideon’s life by becoming his driver and trying to find the information he needs to prove that Gideon is a killer. Or at least that is the plan. But like most best laid plans, that is not how it turns out. Instead of getting revenge both of these men start to fall for each other against the better instincts but their is a killer on the lose and people that is close Gideon keeps dying. It is a race to find out who the killer is before the killer gets one of them instead.

This story is so full of suspense. I just loved it. Ashe was able to draw my attention in for the moment I started reading this book and I could not put it down. I was captivated through out the whole read and I cannot wait until next book in the series comes out. I am definitely a fan now!!!!

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


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.