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Gideon (Order of the Black Knights Book 1) by [Barker, Ashe]
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Book 1 of 6 in Order of the Black Knights (6 Book Series)

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About the Author

Ashe whiles away her time in the wilds of West Yorkshire in the north of England, writing smutty books and drinking Earl Grey tea. At the last count she had over thirty titles on general release, many featuring BDSM, always hot, with complex characters and compelling plots. Ashe writes M/M and M/f, contemporary and historical, with the occasional threesome thrown in. When not writing, Ashe enjoys messing around with digital photography, reading erotic stories, pole dancing (though not especially well), walking her dogs, and listening to Bon Jovi. Loud.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 199 pages
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  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (5 Oct. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LZ55592
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This isn't your average MM romance, and tbh, I struggled to see quite how it fit in with the Order of the Black Knights series, but that's no complaint, as this was a pretty great tale.

One guy, Michael, is after revenge and getting to the bottom of things, after losing a former lover to Gideon, and he plays his part and his machinations pretty well to insinuate himself into Gideon's life. As for Gideon? So not lead guy material in my book, and tbh, a bit of a psychopath and one I couldn't bring myself to like, even at the end of the tale, when he sort-of managed to redeem himself.

The tale is incredibly well-done, with combinations and permutations I hadn't seen coming - I'd encourage anyone to pick up this tale 'blind' and just had in there for the ride. Did I like the leads? Nope, not Gideon and Michael? Only a little. Did I think that the tale was well-done and kind of worthy of being played out on the small screen? Yes. Would I read more of this author, and did I believe in these guys and that they deserved each other? Yes, because the author's skill and storytelling made them right for each other. Not the stuff of fairy tales and roses, but a very good read.
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Michael hates Gideon. When they were at university together, Gideon took Michael's lover, Christopher, and caused his death. Landing a job as Gideon's driver is a way to get close and get his revenge. But Gideon is more than he appears, has less to do with Christopher's death that first thought, and even less to do with the death of his own brother. There are other forces at work here, and Gideon and Michael are not just fighting each other, they are fighting a long history.

As the title of this review says: different! And different, for me anyway, is always good.

Told from both Michael and Gideon's point of view, we get it all. We get that first meeting between these two men so long ago, and that feeling Gideon gets when around Michael. We get how Gideon first fell into the cycle of : live, meet, kill, die, and repeat. And we get how much these men really want to be with each other.

It tagged as Order of The Black Knights, book 1. Now, maybe I missed it, maybe the aforementioned cycle Gideon is in is the Order, but I didn't see anything about it in the book! Nothing is mentioned, you aren't told about the Knights, or the Order. And this is why it gets...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Enemies to lovers done well 7 Jan. 2017
By Andy - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this story. Enemies to lovers can be tricky to pull off and are often contrived and unbelievable. Ms Barker does well with 'Gideon'. The characters are well developed, and why not always likeable they are not meant to be. There are some loose ends with the plot (for example, how Gideon is recruited and a lack of information about the black knights) and I hope that future books in this series will address these. The book has no obvious grammar and spelling errors. An enjoyable read, highly recommended.

If you like enemies to lover plots, another good author is Anyta Sunday.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story potential, but has some inconsistencies and improbabilities which hurt my read. 5 Oct. 2016
By Daniel Mitton - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, this one was a little different than I thought it would be. Not in a totally bad way, but in a way that wasn’t in the blurb…like…at all! There were also some things that really didn’t work for me, which I’ll discuss below.

First off, when I started reading the book, the prologue threw me off completely. World War 1 and the trenches? A cruel sadistic murdering British officer? This didn’t seem like the story in the blurb. Who was this guy? All I knew was that I didn’t like him…at all! It turns out there is a background story on Gideon. He has been living and dying, over and over again, because of a deal he made with an evil being sometime back in the middle ages.

Kind of cool background, albeit bloody and unpleasant to read, but then it jumped to today and although the background kind of provided the reason for Gideon being such a psychopath, it didn’t help the story in my opinion. In the present day, we have Gideon’s latest reincarnation, this time as Gideon Maybury, who has just become the Duke of Westmoreland because his older brother unexpectedly died of something he should not have.

Gideon isn’t a nice person. We learn that at an early age, I believe it was 7, he attempted to kill his friend by closing the automatic pool cover while the other kid was swimming. He then proceeded to insects (I’m picturing the kid who pulled wings off flies), and then to small animals. Now he is a shadowy contract killer for the British government…taking care of those things around the world that need cleaning up.

We also hear about a man named Christopher, and Christopher’s college lover, Michael Mathison. Michael becomes the second MC in the story. Michael has been convinced that Gideon pushed Christopher off a balcony to his death years ago and got away with it. When he sees that Gideon’s brother has died unexpectedly, he believes that Gideon is behind it.

When circumstances dictate that Gideon get a driver, Michael goes undercover and applies for and gets the position. Now he can see what is really going on with Gideon Maybury. This was a huge didn’t work for me part of the story. I found it implausible. I’ll admit that it might be my post 9/11 American point of view, but to get the job Michael uses an assumed name, which of course doesn’t match his official documents. His references check out as impeccable although we never learn who those references are, or more importantly who buys into Michael’s theory enough to lie to provide them. Michael is a doctor…posing as a driver, with impeccable references. Then, shortly after Michael takes the job, he travels to Italy with Gideon. It doesn’t say anything about him buying his own ticket, so Gideon must have arranged the travel. So we have a ticket in the assumed name, and a passport in another. Here in the US they have to match identically, including middle name or initial if they are on your driver’s license or passport that you are using to travel with. I double checked with Dani to see if it was different in the UK and the rest of Europe, but learned it is the same. So the whole hidden identity thing fell apart for me.

Then there were inconsistencies. The biggest one that I noticed was that Gideon is at first described as a total top with a reference to the fact that he never bottoms, or very rarely. Then he cheerfully become versatile with Michael. Then we discover he has a drawer full of butt plugs??? Seriously? I don’t know many “total tops” who have a drawer full of butt plugs for their own use.

Overall, I would rate the story as Good/Average. While it read well enough, there were the discrepancies and items which didn’t work that threw me off. I believe those should have been caught during beta reading or during editing by the publisher. The whole supernatural, ancient evil thing caused me to not like the book as much as I might have. Not so much for that in itself…if the book had carried on with the supernatural part, I think I would have liked it a lot more. I also didn’t like that the MC is a psychopath who up to mid-way through the book is planning to kill Michael and dispose of his body…but then they jump in bed…everything is all better…they solve who the killer is…then live happily ever after.

There was a tie back to the prologue at the end, which seemed more like an after thought or “how do I wrap this up.” Overall, I would say I liked the story. It was a good read if you looked past the oddities I mentioned above. I’ll admit I figured out who the killer was before the big reveal, so that was slightly anti-climatic. I see there is a second book in the series, but it is by another author. I’m not sure at this point if I will be willing to invest time in that one or not, but that might be unfair to that second author, so I will see when it comes out.
4.0 out of 5 stars So glad I read this blurb-unread, so that the tale, the leads, the horrors impacted on me. A really well-done tale. 17 Mar. 2017
By Roroblu'sMum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This isn't your average MM romance, and tbh, I struggled to see quite how it fit in with the Order of the Black Knights series, but that's no complaint, as this was a pretty great tale.

One guy, Michael, is after revenge and getting to the bottom of things, after losing a former lover to Gideon, and he plays his part and his machinations pretty well to insinuate himself into Gideon's life. As for Gideon? So not lead guy material in my book, and tbh, a bit of a psychopath and one I couldn't bring myself to like, even at the end of the tale, when he sort-of managed to redeem himself.

The tale is incredibly well-done, with combinations and permutations I hadn't seen coming - I'd encourage anyone to pick up this tale 'blind' and just had in there for the ride. Did I like the leads? Nope, not Gideon and Michael? Only a little. Did I think that the tale was well-done and kind of worthy of being played out on the small screen? Yes. Would I read more of this author, and did I believe in these guys and that they deserved each other? Yes, because the author's skill and storytelling made them right for each other. Not the stuff of fairy tales and roses, but a very good read.
3.0 out of 5 stars He’s pretty evil. He basically sold his soul to the ... 17 Nov. 2016
By It's About The Book - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The beginning of this book has you really disliking the MC Gideon. He’s pretty evil. He basically sold his soul to the devil. Or whatever that guy is. Even after finishing the book I still don’t really know. To be fair it was that or die. Selling his soul has given him mortality but it’s also made him cruel and angry. He lives out each lifetime until he crosses paths with his soul mate of sorts. At that time there comes a crossroads. To redeem his soul he has to show mercy and resist his urges to kill him. Gideon always kills him. That is until we get to present day.

Michael knows Gideon is a bad guy. Their paths crossed once and it ended in an ex of Michael’s dead. Michael makes it his mission to expose Gideon after his brother the Duke is found dead. What he finds is that he’s irresistibly attracted to the man he’s despised all these years. Also that maybe he’s not as bad as he thought.

I was looking forward to this book. The blurb totally intrigued me. For me however the book fell flat. Gideon’s character is vile in the way only murders and animal torturers can be. He’s unrepentant for the things he’s done. Then his character does a 180 when he meets Michael. There’s insta lust which could have been hot considering Michael supposedly hates Gideon but it just felt wrong to me. There’s really no build up. It’s more wanna have sex? Yeah I guess. Hell Gideon says he never bottoms but does for Michael just because. He even wants him to stay the night. From there there’s lots of sex followed by them falling in love suddenly. You could make the case they’re soul mates but it still felt too convenient.

I also had other issues. Michael is hired as a driver but his driving record or license is never checked. Michael doesn’t want to break laws by getting fake documents but he’s fine with cutting the breaks of Gideon’s car and possibly killing him and others. Huh? There were so many moments I questioned like this. I usually try to roll with it but I can only do that so many times. The murder mystery was fairly obvious but kept my interest more than the love story. The assassin plot goes nowhere. The entire selling of his soul to some guy wasn’t ever explained either. It happens. He has some power over Gideon but it’s never really explained or fleshed out. It’s just part of the story but goes nowhere. I really wanted to like this book but I personally had too many problems with it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting murder mystery/ M/M romance thriller 27 Oct. 2016
By V. Rundell of V's Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This review was written for Joyfully Jay Reviews and can be accessed here: [...]

Gideon is a man destined to repeat his mistakes. He will be reborn once a century to kill those put in his path. What Gideon doesn’t know is that he is a Black Knight, sworn emissary of Moriel, and an assassin/antihero of the first order. Gideon can only break his contract with Moriel if he pardons his mortal enemy; in his case, it’s always the Golden Boy, a fair-skinned, fair-haired younger man that stokes Gideon’s lust, even as he disrupts Gideon’s plans.

Michael Mathison is a man bent on revenge. His beloved, Christopher, was wooed away a decade ago to move in with young Gideon Marbury. Three weeks later, Christopher, a man deathly afraid of heights, leapt to his death from a five-story balcony. Recently, Michael was struck by the news of Gideon’s elder brother, Richard, the Duke of Marbury, who died suddenly of an allergic reaction while inspecting his land. Michael knew Richard as a conscientious and careful man when they attended Eton together. Gideon stood to inherit a fortune in land if Richard was out of the way. Coincidence? Michael thinks not.

Michael’s so determined to catch Gideon out that he engineers a car wreck that ultimately costs Gideon his license. Still incensed, Michael applies to be a driver for the new Duke, and that’s when it gets real. Michael is stupefied by Gideon’s good looks and suave demeanor. No matter how deep he digs, he can’t seem to unearth any dirt on Gideon. As his driver, however, he soon realizes that Gideon is not the upstanding member of the peerage he projects. No, this sociopath is a studied killer, but why? And for whom?

We get Gideon’s point of view, so we know whom he’s contracting with, but Michael doesn’t get it, at first. Soon, however, Michael’s life is on the line—is it Gideon plotting against him? Or, someone else? Also, Gideon’s mad attracted to his sexy driver. Their shenanigans soon escalate into physical intimacy. For me, this came pretty soon. Michael’s spent the last decade hating Gideon, but he’s able to rage sex the man after a few days? I had a little trouble with that, considering the short time frame of this liaison. Further, the flirtation was really overt. I’d expect a man of Gideon’s station and questionable activities to be a bit more circumspect.

That said, the unraveling mystery of Christopher’s tragic death and Richard’s actual murder becomes the biggest part of the story. Gideon and Michael become unwilling allies in the search for justice, and that strengthens their bond. This I did like, especially as I could see Gideon shifting from a cold-blooded killer to man who acknowledged his frailties and asked for help, for affection. It was a touch convenient for me, but I did enjoy the shift. It’s hard to enjoy a despicable character, and that word truly defines Gideon, in this incarnation. His homicidal tendencies arise early in childhood, and his systematic studies in death are chilling to say the least.

Regardless, it seems this tenuous connection with Michael may be the salvation of Gideon’s soul from the grips of Moriel. There are definite moments where the supernatural creeps into the script, but only in quiet ways. We don’t see any apparitions or visitations in the contemporary setting, though we understand it happens once Gideon blows his opportunity, yet again.

For Michael and Gideon the mysteries surrounding the new crop of deaths in and around the Marbury estate are problematic, and tragic. Michael is a detail-oriented man, and he determines the culprit quickly. That doesn’t mean the resolution is easy, however. There’s lots of conflict, and a bit of loving. The mystery is interesting, and its solution is compelling. Expect bloodshed, more than one attempt to kill Gideon, some really intense sexytimes, and family ties that bind people far too close for comfort. I liked the story, even if the premise wasn’t quite as clear from the blurb. There’s a *bit* of magic here, but it’s unobtrusive. The book is a set up for other Black Knights books, so I’m expecting more stories, though it’s not clear if there’s overlapping characters. The way this one ended, I just can’t imagine it to be that way.
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