Pub Date: August 19, 2013
Publisher: Self Published
FTC: Received for free via Twitter giveaway from @e_Bookpushers
I'm going to have to smack myself the next time I pick up a book mid-series. Really, really hard.
Although I enjoyed reading Beyond Pain, I felt—the entire time—that I had missed so much back story. It bugged the hell out of me. I understood the story just fine, but that sense of missing in-jokes and nuance drove me batty.
This is not the fault of the authors. This is my fault. I KNOW BETTER. Sigh.
Anyway, the 3rd in the Beyond series, Beyond Pain is a dystopian erotic story. This isn't the innocent, clean world we pretend we live in, but something darker and filled with gray. The world is divided into sectors, with some better than others. Life is hard for most. It's dangerous. And right and wrong are fluid concepts depending on the situation.
I'm not normally an erotic romance reader. I don't mind steamy scenes, but the sex:plot ratio often skews so heavily to the sex that I don't feel any connection the characters. That didn't happen here, despite the tons of sex, both with and without the main couple.
I liked it a lot. It's edgy. It's emotional. It's kinky. It's sexy. It's definitely different from the vast sea of racy erotic romance available right now.
My Grade: B
A woman with no future…
Live fast, die young–anything else is a fantasy for Six. She’s endured the worst the sectors had to throw at her, but falling in with Dallas O’Kane’s Sector Four gang lands her in a whole new world of danger. They’re completely open about everything, including their sexuality–but she hasn’t survived this long by making herself vulnerable. Especially not to men as dominant as Brendan Donnelly.
A man without a past…
Bren is a killer, trained in Eden and thrown to the sectors. His one outlet is pain, in the cage and in the bedroom, and emotion is a luxury he can’t afford–until he meets Six. Protecting her soothes him, but it isn’t enough. Her hunger for touch sparks a journey of erotic discovery where anything goes–voyeurism, flogging, rough sex. He has only one rule: he won’t share her.
In Bren’s arms, Six is finally free to let go. But his obsession with the man who made him a monster could destroy the fragile connection they’ve forged, and cost him the one thing that makes him feel human–her love.