All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond–beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman’s daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier.
The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal–men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four’s ruthless leader, and he’ll defend the O’Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.
Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they’re crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she’ll have to open herself to the gang, to a dangerous world of sex, lust and violence. A world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.
Beyond Shame is the first book in Kit Rocha’s Beyond series, and if you like erotic stories that push your boundaries, you might want to check this one out. If you enjoy tales of dystopian societies where there’s a very gray area between right and wrong, where the good guys are also the bad guys, then this may be the story for you. That said, if you like your erotic reads to be sizzling hot, but about more than just sex, and if you want a compelling story you can believe in with characters you can’t forget, then there’s no ‘might’ or ‘may be’ about it - you absolutely must read Beyond Shame.
Okay, so I don't even know where to start! From an erotic standpoint, this is one hell of a hot read that pushed the limits of my comfort zone, but did it... comfortably. By that I mean the people in the story are real, they have understandable issues, reasonable problems, believable concerns – they have feelings that make sense, and that made me care about them. All of them. Things that would normally bother me didn’t, because they weren't just people having sex, they cared about each other, were invested in one another. Things that have, in the past, seemed shallow and baffling made perfect sense, and this because of the amazing world Ms. Rocha has created.
And about this 'post-Flare' world – Think Sons of Anarchy without bikers. Think Thunderdome without Tina Turner and Hunger Games on ‘roids. Think an incredibly complex existence where only the smart and the deadly survive, and you’ve got The Sectors. From the start I was drawn in and held captive to this story by the incredible people of Sector Four, and even while wanting to know everything about them, I was afraid of what I’d learn, but had to know it all! I absolutely loved Jasper and Noelle, and I am intrigued by Dallas and Lex, Bren, Ace, Maddox, and the newcomer, Cruz... all of whom have the makings for amazing stories!
The bottom line: To say Beyond Shame is an engaging story is putting it mildly, as is saying I’m looking forward to reading more. I’m not just ‘looking forward’ to it, I’m desperate for it!
Sexual Content: This story contains elements of BDSM, ménage, m/f, f/f, m/f/m, m/f/f/m, voyeurism, exhibitionism, orgies and anal play. I think that’s it, but in case I’m forgetting something, just assume there was more but rest assured that the kink not represented in this story is sex with children, with animals, or incest.
My thanks to Kit Rocha and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this incredible story for review. Start to finish, it’s been a pleasure!