Beyond Shame (Beyond, Book 1)

Beyond Shame (Beyond, Book 1)

Beyond Shame (Beyond, Book 1)

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 han

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  1. CaroleDee
    29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    5 stars, September 28, 2012
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    This review is from: Beyond Shame (Beyond, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
    There’s nothing I love better than a dirty, sexy read with a plot, and Beyond Shame hit the nail on the head.

    Sheltered debutant-like Noelle has only lived her life within the glistening walls of Eden, when she breaks the rules too many times she gets the boot and ends up in grimy ‘real’ world left after solar flares took out most of the world’s technology. After a near rape she’s rescued by Jasper, her knight in shining denim.

    Jasper has lived outside the walls his entire life. Steadily working his way from forced laborer to respected enforcer for the biggest gang leader in Sector 4. When the doe eyed Noelle passes out in his path he feels drawn to help the naive girl.

    With a gang war on the rise and a potential threat from Eden, the O’Kane gang struggle to hold together their empire. In the meantime, Jasper (with the help of some friends) lead Noelle through the world of sin that life outside the walls of Eden has to offer.

    Usually at this point in my review I would describe the relationship between the hero and heroine, BUT there’s a twist in Beyond Shame, Noelle not only has a romantic relationship with Jasper (that is completely off the sexual charts) she also partakes in acts with a slew of other O’Kane gang members, including Lex (a female sexual switch that shows Noelle the ropes of living the life of a gang member). Typically, in a story filled with orgy-like scenes I would expect the relationship between the central characters to seem forced, or unromantic. BUT when I took into account Noelle’s submissive need to please Jasper by doing his bidding (even if that meant involving herself in sexual situations with others) it made complete sense. (Not to mention, it was completely HOT!)

    The writing style was fantastic. The writing team of Kit Rocha did a fantastic job describing situations that could have been confusing. When you have multiple partners in a story things can get dicey, but they pulled it off flawlessly. Not once did I find myself wondering HOW a particular erotic scene was playing out. (Which has happened to me before in polyamorous books.) The characters were so well written I felt attached to each one, even the minor ones. Not to mention, the plot outside of Noelle’s sexual realization was just as much fun to read as the erotic stuff.

    If you’re shy when it comes to sexual themes you may not be prepared for the absolute carnal situations Noelle gets herself into. Beyond Shame includes bondage, impact play, sex toys, and multiple partners (M/F/M, F/F, M/F/F/M etc…)

    If you’re an experienced BDSM/erotic romance reader you should love this book. If you’re new to the genre it might take your breath away a few times, but I highly suggest giving it a try. There’s nothing wrong with pushing your limits! You may just like what you find 😉

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  2. Letitia "Romantic Book Affairs"
    53 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Sinfully sexy combined with dark and edgy., September 16, 2012
    This review is from: Beyond Shame (Beyond, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)

    Rating: A … Heat: Sizzling

    Warning: This story has the usual m/f as well as f/f, m/f/m, and m/f/f/m… or is it m/f/m/f… not sure, but no m/m in the ménages. There is also exhibitionism, bondage and elements of D/s but it has an organic feel that matches the world and setting.

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    Yes. This book… Hell yes. Beyond Shame is sinfully sexy combined with dark and edgy. A combination that thrills your senses and keeps you squirming in your seat. And it is so incredibly delectable you can’t help but devour it quickly–which makes a reread practically a requirement. That way, the next time you read it… you can take it nice and slow…

    Ahem. Sorry, my mind drifted back to this scene that included a particularly creative use for strands of pearls… *fans myself* And, now we’re moving on…

    Beyond Shame takes place in a dystopian world–a world that has been ravaged by solar flares and is now broken up into the idyllic city of Eden and the gang-riddled sectors that surround it. I don’t generally gravitate toward dystopian settings unless there is a unique twist or a convincing reason for why the world has gone to hell in a hand basket. Beyond Shame meets both of those requirements. While it did take some time to get a firm hold on it all, once I did, I was hooked. It is such a complex and intricate society, written with such forethought and detail, that it easily became a real place in my mind. And it really was the perfect backdrop for this extensive cast of unique and colorful and… lustful characters.

    The first character we meet, Noelle Cunningham, makes quite the entrance. Thrown out of Eden, she is alone and at the complete mercy of everyone else. Luckily, one of the first people she stumbles into is Jasper McCray. Not willing to leave her to the wolves, Jasper brings her back to his gang, the O’Kane gang, and essentially gives her a fighting chance at survival. Which won’t be easy as Noelle is terribly naïve and clueless when it comes to this new world, with its unfamiliar rules, that she’s been thrust into.

    And, with Jasper’s possessive stares and gentle yet firm touches, it’s no wonder Noelle immediately feels safe with him. Which, in turn, brings out a very protective side in Jasper. As the bleeding heart of the O’Kane gang, he endures more than his fair share of ribbing for taking Noelle in but he simply takes it all in stride. Probably because, even though he tries to fight it, there is something between him and Noelle that flares up immediately. He can’t help but be drawn to her.

    Also undeniably drawn to Noelle is Lex. Lex is feisty and sexual and pretty much everything Noelle wishes she could be. Lex quickly becomes Noelle’s best friend, always there for her, helping Noelle get her footing and figure things out. More than friends, Lex and Noelle become confidantes and… playmates. I loved the way these two women grew to care for each other.

    Really, I loved the way all of the women in the gang care for each other and aren’t catty in any way. Every single one is willing to help and offer Noelle advice. It’s nice to have female characters who are truly there for each other–no backstabbing or b-tch fights.

    And the men in the gang–holy f’ing alpha hotness. Muscular and covered in tattoos, constantly working out their issues in cage matches… It really doesn’t get any hotter than that. The O’Kane gang is like an all-you-can-eat buffet of yummy alpha goodness. You can’t help but want to eat them up! Seriously. You’ll want to have a little nibble on Dallas, maybe get your lick on with Ace… Definitely use your teeth with Bren, he’d probably like that. And, of course, gorge yourself on Jasper. Miz Rocha has done a fine job creating such a wicked and sexy cast.

    The character development in this book was spot on as well. I love how Noelle goes from feeling helpless and useless to empowered and able to truly own herself. And Jasper is right there with her, encouraging her and trying to give her the distance he thinks she needs to discover who she is outside of Eden. It made for this sort of teasing, fast then slow then fast again, kind of pacing in their relationship. And a little teasing is never a bad thing.

    Beyond Shame satisfies a craving like the most delicious of desserts. A sweet treat that’s decadent and rich and offers all of the pleasure with none of the guilt (or calories). Miz Rocha isn’t afraid to give us what we really, really want either: the nitty-gritty, down and dirty, details. And I thank her for that–profusely!

    *On a side note… I feel I must implore–beg and plead, if necessary–for Miz Rocha to give us the marking scene! Noelle, Jasper, and Ace… Wow, it’d be blazing hot to read! Please give it to us!

    Favorite Quote:
    She kept shuddering even after he stilled, whimpering every time an aftershock shivered through her…

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  3. S. Collins
    28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Deliciously Dirty… 😉, September 18, 2012
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    S. Collins
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    This review is from: Beyond Shame (Beyond, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
    I must bow down to the Mistresses… 😉

    Ok the people on Twitter (you know who you are) that said this book was deliciously dirty didn’t even come close to how truly naughty this book is. I mean decadence can’t cover it.. you feel like a bit of a voyeur but man oh man can it give you some ideas.

    I felt for poor Noelle when she ends up kicked out of Eden to make her way in the Sectors. She is quickly seen as prey and ends up getting juiced by someone that wanted to take advantage. Luckily for her she lands in the arms of a very sexy, dangerous man. She’s innocent, naive and believes that the thoughts and feelings she’s been having are shameful. You may think this makes her weak but as you get to know her and watch her grow … she’s strong and such a lovely character. Sure she likes to submit… sure she likes to play with both men and women but… she’s no weak plaything…

    Jasper.. *fans self*… man oh man can he get your motor running. He’s growly… possessive… sweet… lost…. and man oh man can he come up with some interesting things to say and try out. I loved watching him in both his dealings with Noelle and the rest of the world we were immersed in. I loved his ability to both want to keep her but knows that what he needs to do is let her come out of her shell by not completely stifling her. He does some typical male bs but hey I can forgive a lot.

    Now… my comments would not be complete without mentioning the next pair that we will hopefully see… and man oh man this will be an amazing book when the Mistresses give it to us..

    Dallas and Lex… dude these two are scorching in this book but man oh man… Their book should be absolutely positively scorching.. They burn up the pages in this one and dear GAWD will they be hot …

    I’m looking incredibly forward to more from this dystopian world and have to say they can send them to me any time they wish… I mean I’ll buy them anyway but….

    Thanks to NetGalley.com and Kit Rocha for letting me get my greedy hands on it in exchange for my honest review.

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