Author: Kit Rocha
Release date: 9/16/12
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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.
When Jasper McCray lays eyes on Noelle Cunningham for the very first time he knows that she needs to be protected. It doesn't seem like she belongs in Sector Four, which is outside the walls of Eden. The rich and privileged live in Eden and Noelle finds herself outside it's walls after being exiled by her father. Jasper manages to convince the leader of his gang, Dallas, to take Noelle in and make her one of their own. The gang is well known for making some of the finest alcohol and have become a family of sorts. The gang also likes to party together and Noelle gets a front row seat as a spectator at one of the parties. At first she can't believe what she is seeing because of the level of sexual freedom that the participants are enjoying. They don't have a problem sharing and enjoying one another and Noelle soon becomes intrigued in wanting to join in, especially if Jasper is a part of it. Being sexually adventurous was something that didn't happen in Eden and it is something that Noelle has always wanted. She soon finds herself fitting in with the gang and decides to finally let loose and live free. The attraction between Noelle and Jasper is undeniable which leads to some scorching, well written scenes from the author.
Jasper's character is patient and understanding when it comes to helping Noelle adjust to this new world. He doesn't want to rush her to do something that she doesn't want to do and gives her the space to make her own decisions regarding her future and whether she wants to share it with him. There were times where Noelle wanted Jasper to be a little more alpha, but I think he did the right thing and it didn't take long for Noelle to realize that as well. She's been sheltered for most of her life and he allows her to set the pace of their sexual relationship based on her natural curiosity involving sex. This leads to lots of sexually explicit scenes as Noelle finally gets to experience the things that she's dreamed of. If you enjoy reading extremely hot scenes, then you're going to love this book. I'm a fan and I have to say there have been a few books that have made me stop and fan my face while reading it. Beyond Shame was one of them. *wink*
I'm giving Beyond Shame a rating of:
What I loved most about Beyond Shame is the characters. Each one of them add their own individual excitement to the story and truly showed why this group of people have bonded together. I'm so excited about this series and cannot wait to learn more about each of them. They are open and honest with their feelings and intentions and I found that to be refreshing. I was so excited to find out more about the books to follow that I immediately went to the author's website to see what information I could find. Beyond Shame was extremely entertaining and the authors did a great job with setting the foundation of this series with this first book.