Book Review: Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha
Ebook provided by Netgalley
Published September 16th 2012 by Moira Rogers
Book Description (from Goodreads):
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.
My thoughts? Difficult to decide on that one. First of all, I have decided to read this book because of its cover. It just the simplest black, with a gorgeous female pose and very simple ornamentation. And the fact that Kit Rocha is the alter-ego of the duo Moira Roger (on my to-read list for a very long time now. Gah, gotta hurry up!) was just another push to request this book. This only leaves me to say that if you wanted to read some dystopian-erotic-romance, this book definitely will not disappoint. What it promises, it delivers.
I loved the world Kit Rocha decided to explore. It must have been actually fun to try to create a world that is nothing like we have encountered before. Eden, a place of all the high-ranking people with very high opinions of themselves contrasted with Sectors and gangs, and ink marking you somebody’s property that might as well save your life. That’s how the heroine of this book, Noelle, ends up from Eden to Hell. Everything so unlike anything she has ever learned, where there is no stopping before getting what you want (even if it meant participating in an orgy *wink*), but finding her way around the gang that nevertheless accepted her more than her own family in Eden ever did. That’s why I liked Noelle, I adored her charm, innocence, impartiality, and strength not to curl up and cry after being thrown away from family, which was never really a family, later rather seeing her dead than happy. This is one strong woman, thrown into a world of equally interesting characters of Dallas (the big boss, who hates his own real name), Lex (a guy? Nope, just a nickname for Alexa), Ace (the tattoo artist) and Rachel, Amira and Flash, Bren, Six (with her very small spotlight taking place in the book), Lorenzo Cruz (the unexpected help), Mad (or Maddox), and then there’s the GUY, Jas, the hero. But here I stop. No more into the plot.
I love Kit Rocha’s language and writing style, so fluent and easy to read, like one of those trivial romance novels women (myself included) love to read so much. Once you get past the sex scenes though, you find yourself more and more enraptured with this book and its characters, hoping and wanting them all to come out of the pages to tell the story. But we all know that’s just possible in the bulk of only one novel. Even if there seemed not to be enough personal life stories from each character, I loved that the authors provided the reader with a short scope from every character’s point. Kit Rocha is (technically it’s “is”, right, but since it's written by andauthor duo, should be “are”; maybe.) also proved to be quite triumphal while describing the gore of fighting and the description of the setting. I just know that the authors intrigued me with their characters that I want more.
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