- Title: Beyond Shame
- Author: Kit Rocha
- Series: Beyond #1
- Genre: Erotica
- Format: e-book
- Source: Own copy
- Reviewed by: Erica, Guest Reviewer
- Rating: 5 out of 5
Description: 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 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 feet.
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 submission.
Review: Wow. This book is erotica at its filthiest best.
Noelle Cunningham has been cast out of Eden, a city which restricts society so rigidly that even touching each other is prohibited for reasons other than necessity. Outside the walls of Eden lie the Sectors – sections of gangland territory where anything goes, and the only rules are the ones imposed by whoever is the leader of that sector.
The book itself never really touches on what happened exactly to make the world as it is. There is more information on this in the description above than there is in the book itself, and the only real references are the ones made to ‘pre-Flare technology’ or somesuch. It doesn’t really matter though; all the reader needs to know is that within Eden nothing is allowed and fornication is a crime, whereas outside nothing is taboo. And I do mean nothing.
When Noelle is cast out she stumbles into Sector Four, ruled by the O’Kanes, and literally into the arms of Jasper. Her attraction to him is instant, and this begins a slow venture into the world of lust, violence and uninhibited sex for Noelle.
If you like your erotica as straightforward sex, this isn’t the book for you. It features exhibitionism, BDSM, oral sex (lots of it), threesomes and foursomes, but it’s brilliantly written and draws you in. The characters are vivid, and while Noelle’s constant dilemma about whether she’s a bad girl for wanting sex is a little exasperating sometimes, it makes sense for her to be like that if you consider her background. All the other members of the O’Kane gang have their own distinct quirks, and it gave the book a depth and extra dimension that lifts it far above mediocre. I’m already looking forward to the next instalments in this series.