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Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Summary: 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:Beyond Shame is a quick read with an interesting dystopian setting and intriguing characters. It was a naughty book with an actual substantial plot behind it which was refreshing. The world building was really well-done and the plot moved along quickly. The best part was the characters each one was given time to develop and let the reader get to know them a little more. The rest of the books in the series will focus on various female characters introduced in Beyond Shame and I am interested to learn more about Lex, Rachel, and Six.
The sexy scenes in the book are HOT and in another book some of them might seem a bit scandalous but the author does a great job of creating a world where sexual fantasies are accepted, if not encouraged and the gang is very open and accepting, it’s an interesting dynamic to see (read). As for the two main characters themselves, Noelle and Jasper, I liked them. I enjoyed seeing Noelle’s journey from timid and trying to fight what she wanted to an empowered woman who demands what she wants. Jasper was the typical romance hero, rippling muscles, dark side, etc. however, he was not one dimensional his dedication to the gang and his care for Noelle’s journey made him more then just a sexy hero.
I think the best part about this book was that the author did not sacrifice character development or world building in order to focus on sex. Instead she weaves all of that together into one satisfying package (pun possibly intended!).
Rating: 4/5 DIAMONDS
Reviewed by: Jennifer
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