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“I should have told you. I guess I…wanted you to know. I wanted you to know what I needed, but maybe you couldn’t understand that what I needed was you.”
“Do you need me?”
“I can survive without you, but it’s only that. Surviving. I want to live.”
Whips, chains, sex and dames. This futuristic post-apocalyptic novel by Kit Rocha starts and ends with the sex. Beyond Shame is a fictional story set in a time after a world shattering event and is the first book in the Beyond series. This is a book that should only be read by mature readers. The contents are not for the faint of heart or the young. This book will make your face turn 50 shades of pink if you are not prepared for what is to come.
For the setting think Hunger Games mixed with Escape from New York. Noelle and Jasper are the main characters in this novel, Noelle being the damsel in distress and Jasper being the brute. Jasper belongs to the O’Kane gang and sweeps the helpless yet intrigued Noelle off her feet. Sex and Violence ensues within Noelle’s coming of age story.
This is the first “Romance” novel that I have read. As a male I think (just guessing here) that Beyond Shame misses the mark somewhat. From what I have been told this is on the fringe of “Romance” because of how descriptive and in depth the sexual encounters are. After reading the book twice I can say I was never shocked, but many, many people will be. If the goal of this book is to open eyes to different kinds of experiences, I would say it is right on target. My only issue with the book comes from being a Combat Veteran and knowing that some of the violent parts are just a bit too easily brushed over.
The City of Eden and it’s beautiful gates. Do what you are told and you stay within. Break the rules and be cast out. Noelle was just a little too inquisitive for her own good and finds herself on the outside of the gates. The Sectors are dangerous; a girl from the city could find herself in trouble fast. Gangs rule, in Sector four the O’Kane gang is the law. Jasper is the first lieutenant in the O’Kane gang and just stumbled upon a stumbling Noelle who is lost in a sea of confusion after being thrown out of the only thing she has ever known and drugged from a sandwich she bartered for. After being taken in by the O’Kane gang, Noelle struggles trying to fit into her new world, it is more dangerous, more intriguing and more arousing, than anything she could have ever dreamed.
All in all I was really liked this book. I can say that at more than one time while reading I could have used a cold shower. The book moves along quickly and keeps your interest with a smooth writing style. Again this book is not for the faint at heart or the prude but if you want to lay back with a drink and indulge your vulgar dirty self, this is the book.
4 stars and pair it with O’Kane Whiskey. Cheers!
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