Title: Beyond Control
Author: Kit Rocha
Series: Beyond, book 2
Genre: Erotica, Dystopian
Publisher: Moira Rogers
Source: Review copy from publisher
“She refuses to be owned.
Alexa Parrino escaped a life of servitude and survived danger on the streets to become one of the most trusted, influential people in Sector Four, where the O’Kanes rule with a hedonistic but iron fist. Lex has been at the top for years, and there’s almost nothing she wouldn’t do for the gang…and for its leader. Lie, steal, kill—but she bows to no one, not even Dallas O’Kane.
He’ll settle for nothing less.
Dallas fought long and hard to carve a slice of order out of the chaos of the sectors. Dangers both large and small threaten his people, but it’s nothing he can’t handle. His liquor business is flourishing, and new opportunities fuel his ambition. Lex could help him expand his empire, something he wants almost as much as he wants her. And no one says no to the king of Sector Four.
Falling into bed is easy, but their sexual games are anything but casual. Attraction quickly turns to obsession, and their careful dance of heady dominance and sweet submission uncovers a need so deep, so strong, it could crush them both.”
Beyond Control is the second book in the Beyond series by Kit Rocha.
When I met Lex in Beyond Shame (first book) I knew she was a very special woman, her strength and desire to help others was perfectly balanced with her strong personality and her “kickassness”. I saw that and more in Beyond Control, where we also learned about her background and what made her the way she is. In this installment she not only shows us her strong side but also her vulnerable one.
Lex has been the unofficial Queen of Sector Four, but now that Dallas is tired of playing games with her he wants he to become the official Queen. The only problem is she will have to trust him completely to become his queen, something that thanks to her past is very difficult for her.
Dallas, King of Sector Four is used to get whatever he wants, whenever he wants, the only person this rule doesn’t seem to apply is Lex. Dallas wants to make Lex his, but while thinking he’s protecting her he makes many mistakes in the process. Mistakes that could cost them everything they have fought for.
Dallas and Lex have been in love for a long time, they both know it, but thanks to their pasts they are afraid of acknowledging their feelings for fear of being vulnerable. The road ahead of them is not an easy one; it’s a difficult journey of acceptance in which they have to realize they are stronger together than apart. They will not only have to deal with their inner turmoil but also with all the politics and intrigues the other Sectors bring to their door.
In Beyond Control the secondary characters play a big role and made the story richer. Together they all made a big and complex family in which they protect what is theirs with their lives.
We see Noelle and Jasper (Beyond Shame) and how they are doing in their new life. We also see more of Ace, Mad, Bren, Cruz, Six and Rachel. Kit Rocha also plants the seeds for next book, Beyond Pain, that will be Bren and Six’s story.
The world building is stronger in this book; we see more of the other sectors and their corresponding leaders; we also see how each sector is so different from one another but in a way they complement each other. Each sector produces something different than the others making them at the same time indispensable as a whole because each one of them have what they other lacks or needs. This creates a tension heavy in intrigues and dirty politics between the power hungry leaders.
One of the things I liked about Beyond Control is that despite having Lots of sex the sex scenes were not page fillers, for the contrary, each and every one of them brought something to the development of the story, whether a one on one or a group scene, there was always a stronger feeling to it than just meaningless sex.
Beyond Control is not your usual erotica book, it’s not only set on a dystopian world but it also has a strong plot and endearing characters. The sex scenes are Hot, Sizzling Hot. When I said hot is HOT. I recommend you to have a fan handy while reading it and a cold shower ready, you going to need it after finishing this book.
My only complain about this book is that we learned about Lex’s past and the actions that made her the woman she is nowadays, sadly we didn’t get the same with Dallas. I would have liked to learn about his past and what he had to do to become the King of Sector Four.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in the series
Beyond Pain (Fall 2013)
Beyond Jealousy (TBA)
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