Title: Beyond Shame
Author: Kit Rocha
Series: Beyond, book 1
Genre: Dystopian, Erotica
Publisher: Moira Rogers
Source: Review copy from publisher
“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 the new series Beyond by Kit Rocha aka Moira Rogers.
All her life Noelle knew she wasn’t like the other people in Eden, she wanted more than what the society restrictions permitted and for trying to get it she was banished from the city; it didn’t matter that her father was one of the most important councilmen rulers of Eden, no even he protected her for breaking the rules; with nothing but what she was wearing she was thrown outside the protective walls of Eden into Sector Four, where the merciless O’Kane Gang rules the streets of a sector famous for its sinful ways.
Merely hours later she finds herself drugged and trying to escape the man who drugged her, luckily she is rescued by Jasper McCray, second in command to the O’Kane gang. He takes her to the O’Kane compound where she is introduced to another gang member, Lex. Lex takes an immediate liking to Noelle and offers to help her. Jasper and Lex talk to Dallas, the gang leader, about Noelle and request his permission to offer her the gang’s protection. Dallas knows Jasper and Lex are very interested in Noelle and despite having some apprehension about offering sanctuary to a councilman’s daughter he can’t say no to Lex, the woman that turns his world around.
Noelle finds herself in a new world where everything she thought taboo is allowed and encouraged. She is not alone anymore, in the O’Kane gang she has a new family, one that should come first before anything else.
In Japer’s arms she finds the contentment she always longed for; but first she needs to find whom she really is and what she really likes, before being able to give herself completely to him.
Even though Noelle is a likeable character I had some problems with her. I think her first reaction to a world of sex, alcohol and excesses was too good to be true. She grew up in a world where all that was illicit and frown upon. I know she wanted to try new things all her life but I would have liked if she would have had some problems at the beginning, but no, she was like, ok, an orgy! Here I come…. Literally. Also her shameful feelings were somehow not believable. She got better towards the end and I liked her better when she found her backbone.
Jasper is a super alpha, with a hard exterior and a soft core; he is a protector at heart and a very caring man. He does what he does to survived and to protect those he cares about. He wants Noelle but does the right thing giving her space and time to decide for herself what she really wants.
The secondary characters are what made this book a very special read, they are all strong and multidimensional. It’s impossible not to like them and want to learn more about them. From Dallas the gang leader and Lex the woman that steals his peace of mind to Ace the man-whore who loves secretly the nicest girl in the gang, Rachel. Bran can be left behind, a man who finds pleasure in pain but possess a protective side and a caring heart. And finally Maddox the mysterious man they all like.
Beyond Shame is a very character driven book about self-discovery in a dystopian world. And here is where I have one of my complains: I would have liked to see more about the world. It was just barely laid and in general it didn’t feel too dystopian to me. I would have liked to know how the sectors came to be and more about the way of life in them.
The storyline is well done and kept me glue to the pages; naïve girl meets bad boy in a new and different world, comes to terms with it and makes a happy life in her new found independence.
There was a conflict relating Noelle’s father that I thought it was too easily resolved. On the beginning it was picture like something with no feasible solution and suddenly after a short encounter everything was resolved.
The hot scenes were “many” and steamy hot. There was one involving a tattoo, a tattoo chair, restrains and… that one left me wanting to get a tattoo so much I’m looking at ideas. The other scenes were great too but I felt there were too many, I know this is an erotic book, but there were some sex scenes I ended up skimming over.
The next book of the series is Beyond Control; I’m hoping it’ll be Lex and Dallas’ book. I’m really looking forward to read it.
If you like your books with very alpha males, kickass women and very hot-steamy sex Beyond Shame is for you.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in the series
Beyond Control (2013)
Beyond Pain (2013)
Beyond Jealousy (2014)
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