Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha (Beyond #1)
Released: September 16, 2012
Reviewed by Mandi
I’ve been a fan of Moira Rogers’s books for some time now. I primarily read their paranormal romance series. When I heard they were going to start writing some erotic (non-pnr) books under a pen name, I figured why not give it a try. And wow – I was pretty blown away by their first book writing as Kit Rocha. Set in a dystopian world, this book is filled with large, unforgettable characters, explicit sex and a believable happy ever after.
In this world, people live in sectors, each one having their own culture and set of rules. Actually, my one complaint about this book is that I wish I had a better grasp on the actual world and its rules. Noelle is from a very wealthy sector called Eden, where she has been raised to be the perfect hostess and the perfect girl for her councilman father. But Noelle has some rebellion in her. She wants to experience life, drink and have sex, something never heard of in Eden. Because of her antics, she gets banished and ends up walking the streets into Sector Four, known as The Broken Circle, gossiped to be “the heart of sin.” On some type of drug, she falls into the hands of Jasper, part of the notorious O’Kane gang. The O’Kane’s rule Sector Four. Made up from a bunch of outcasts and led by Dallas, they make their money from liquor and take shit from no one. It’s actually pretty hard to become part of their gang, but Jasper has a bleeding heart, and takes the ailing Noelle back to the main house.
While Dallas is the fierce head honcho, his off and on love interest Lex, rules the women, and takes an immediate liking to Noelle. She recognizes a girl who is lost. A girl who from the outside is pure innocence but on the inside has passion. The O’Kane’s are not only known for their liquor distribution - they are fierce fighters and just as fierce lovers. Huge sex parties where sexual play is the name of the game occur often. Dominant, submissives, multiple partners – anything and everything you could ever think of goes on behind the walls of this house. And Noelle could not be more curious.
I love this book for many reasons. First of all, let’s talk about the men. Oh my god the men in this book. All alpha, huge and muscled, tattoos and leather. All very sexual and dominant. They are cocky, sarcastic, and would fall to their knees for their women, and I couldn’t get enough of them. Besides the hot sex which we will get to in a minute, these men not only fight to keep their people safe, but they fight for each other. I love a book with awesome brotherly camaraderie, and man do we get it here. Dallas is a hard ass, but there are a few scenes where he takes a quieter tone, and builds up the confidence of his men. And I think it is so well done.
You can’t be in love with the men if they don’t have suitable women to keep them on their toes. While Noelle is young and naive (at first) the other O’Kane women are sassy, strong and fierce. Lex leads the group, with her dominant attitude. She gives Dallas hell, and I loved every second of it. For those that have read The Siren by Tiffany Reisz, she reminds me a bit of Nora (although let me stress The Siren has much more dark and intense BDSM scenes than this book). Very independent, and in this world where the woman gets a tattoo around her neck once she decides to be claimed by a male, Lex is making Dallas work really hard for it. I believe their book is next.
Noelle is coming to terms with her very unhappy childhood to a place that by all accounts should scare her, but she soaks it all in. She has an immediate liking to Jasper, who slowly shows her what her life can be like. I really enjoyed how their relationship unfolds. He doesn’t rush her, or bully her into being someone she isn’t. Sex in this Sector is part of who they are. Noelle comes from a Sector where sex is controlled and taboo. She learns the scary demeanor of the alpha men on the outside, lead to some pretty sweet guys on the inside. Their eventual HEA is well done.
Okay, so let me end with the sex. Because this is a very explicit erotic book. While there is a definite HEA with Jasper and Noelle, they do explore their sexuality with others. There is sex with multiple partners, Lex and Noelle even share some intimate moments together. It all flows with the world so well though. The strongest point of the book is how well balanced everything is. We get introduced to several characters, and yet I never felt they took focus off Noelle and Jasper. If anything, they made their story even better. The sex that is shared, the family that Noelle finally accepts, is done so great. Like I said, I wish I had just a little better grasp on the actual world outside the O’Kane buildings. And also let me say this book isn’t just sex scene after sex scene. There is danger present now that Noelle has left her Sector and Dallas is a big player, which means he has a lot of enemies. The action and suspense are well done here too. While there is a HEA ending, this very much feels like a world that has just started. I look forward to future books as I’m sure the world will continue to build and expand.
This isn’t only one of the best erotic books I’ve read in a long time, but a really great overall book. I really can’t wait to get another book in this series and get back to reading about the O’Kane’s. I hope you give this one a try.
Giveaway: Today, Kit Rocha is giving away an E-book and an O’Kane coffee mug! I have one and feel super badass when I drink coffee in the morning.
To enter, just leave a comment. I’ll pick one winner for the book and one winner for the mug, so please note which one you want in the comments. Open through October 6 to all.