Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Beyond Shame Review

Book Review March 12th

Beyond Shame

by: Kit Rocha

★★★ 4 Stars

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.

 *ARC Provided by NetGalley for an honest Review*

Beyond Shame is beyond anything you’ve ever read before, trust me. If you want your sex scenes hot and steamy then look no further cause Beyond Shame is the best I’ve read yet. It was such a GREAT story and made all those other dystopian worlds weep with envy.

Imagine a world where sexuality is not frowned upon. There is no cause for concern over pregnancy or STD’s. Sex is an easily accepted act and everyone does it with whomever they want. The world Noelle finds herself is freeing, empowering and enlightening. It allows her to become the person she was meant to be and challenge all her boundaries sexual and otherwise. 
When we first meet Noelle she’s not your average weeping violet nor is she weak. She stands up for herself and with the help of the O’Kane game she discovers who she is. 

I was an immediate fan of Jasper’s the first time we meet him. He is so cultured to this new world he lives in; being a badass is his only nature.
What I Liked

Every single character was great. They are all so unique and amazing especially Lex, Dallas, Ace and Rachel. Can’t wait to read more about each one of them. 

Noelle’s freedom and decisions. She’s not too hasty on deciding what she wants. She mulls things over (often with Lex’s help) she is able to come to a conclusion that fits her best. And her willingness to please is almost too much, she may seem like a shy wallflower in the beginning but she flows right into her role and she works every moment. 

The O’Kane gang and clubhouse. At first everyone having sex all over was daunting. I felt like Noelle and slowly accepted this as their way of life. It was freeing to see people enjoying themselves without all the societal stigmas holding them back. And everyone seems to truly care about one another. The dynamics of the gang and how they operate is truly inspiring. If only people would be less stuck up about the realities of life in our society now (of course only if there was no STDS and babies popping out constantly).
The power the women hold.

How Noelle learned to let go of the shame.  Nothing she was doing or anybody else for that matter, was wrong and no one else had the right to judge. She finally was able to grow into an empowering woman who could take charge of her own sexuality and didn’t even need a man to do it. 

Noelle’s take-charge act with Lex on stage. It was a big F##K you to Jasper and she rocked it.
The tattoos and how they symbolize the unity and protection of the gang. (And they’re hot!!)

All the dirty, raunchy, nasty sex. It was all great. Most of the more daring stuff seems to happen in the middle of the book but I’m not complaining. It was great to see how open everyone was. Even with the same sex. That one scene with Lex, Dallas, Noelle and Jasper will forever be marked in my memory.
I love knowing there is so much more to come with the series….

What I Didn’t Like

Jasper asking Noelle to go because he thought it would be best. I love these controlling guys as much as the next girl but sometimes they make decisions without consulting them and it’s no wonder when it comes back to bite them in the ass. 

Noelle’s family. Obviously. 

How sex was viewed as dirty within the city walls of Eden. People need to lighten up and enjoy themselves. The O’Kane gang sure knows how. 

Dallas and Lex. They need to get over themselves and admit their feelings. We all know they are meant to be and just delaying the inevitable. 

I absolutely loved Beyond Shame. It was different and better than all the BDSM and erotica out there. The story with it’s dystopian setting worked really well and made me secretly wish I could join the gang. This book was like an empowering female story and though the end leaves some unanswered questions, book two (Beyond Control) is available on March 16th. So no big wait there. Although there will be two more books after that, one release set for the fall and the last in the beginning of 2014. There is no cliff-hanger so it’s ends well, though, you won’t want it to, trust me.

If you like a dirty book. There can’t be anything better than Beyond Shame. It’s like the Sons (from Sons of Anarchy) have gone naughty and every member is a Mr. Grey in their own right. YUMMMM!!!


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