Title: Beyond Shame (Beyond, #1)
Author: Kit Rocha
Genre: Dystopia Erotic Romance (BDSM elements)
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
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
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
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 ;)
*You can read the first three chapters of Beyond Shame here