Aug 24, 2013

ARC review: Beyond Pain (Beyond #3) by Kit Rocha

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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.



"You don't want to won my body. You want me to give it to you, every damn time."
"Every time."
"Because it belongs to me. It's mine."
"Yours. Give it to me."

If I ever wanted to scream in awesomeness after finishing a book, now is the time.
The third book in the amazing Beyond series by the writer duo Kit Rocha is the best one so far! I never imagined that they would get any better after Beyond Control. The alpha pair, Dallas and Lex, were the stuff of the legends in this otherwise original dystopian erotic series.

I love many things about these books, but the fact that every book, every couple is so different from one another is what won me over. A lot of series focus just on a few issues, but Beyond deals with all things from sensual discovery with Noelle and Jasper, the intensity and the battle of wills with Dallas and Lex to Bren and Six and learning to trust and giving yourself as a whole person to your partner.

We met the main characters in the previous books - Bren, the ex-Eden trained killer with a penchant for pain, and Six, the abused and rescued woman from the destroyed Sector Three. I admit that they didn't struck me as an interesting pair before. I wanted the fire and wild clash of Dallas and Lex, but these two turned out to be a couple that fascinated me with their connection and growth throughout the story.

"She was safe. Every second he denied himself to focus on her branded that truth more deeply into her flesh."

"She'd marked his skin. Only fair, since he'd marked her world."

"This must be what it felt like to want someone."

We all know that Six was abused by Wilson Trent and that she got her revenge, but the one thing more important to her still wasn't there - her pride. Before, I thought Six is a weak and fragile little thing, like most abused woman, but I was surprised to see her will and desire to show the world that she's strong and not someone to pity. She just needed someone to put her trust in, to be her anchor, to help her but let her independently try to grow into someone she wants to be.

And Bren was the right man. He kind of claimed her as soon as he met her. Bren is the protector type, the possessive guardian. He was very careful with Six, very slow in showing her the different way of life in the O'Kane gang. They might be brutal, but they take care of their own. He allowed her to build the trust toward him. I loved that about him. Even when Six took the steps to get closer to him, he was still patient and understanding. The best thing with him is that he didn't limit her, even if he had to fight his possessiveness her let her fight her own battles. And what a bad-ass Six turned out to be!

"She'd kicked ass in the cage. She'd beaten down her past, reclaimed her pride, proven to all the people who'd seen her shamed that she wasn't a victim anymore.
If she wanted to have sex in a warehouse while a filthy threesome played out in front of her, she fucking well would."

When Bren and Six get together, there is this quiet intensity around them. It's enchanting and passionate. Bren, as a strongly possessive guy, didn't share, and so didn't Six, but that didn't stop them from playing the sensual games of voyeurism, D&S, hard, rough sex and flogging too with some extra help.
And there was always a kind of understanding connection between them. I have no words to express the complete beauty of it!

"This had to be the way the O'Kane women felt when they were on their knees, smug and drunk on the power of watching big tough men pretend they were issuing orders instead of begging."

"He wanted it again, the feeling that she would gladly put her body in his hands because she knew it's be all right. This time, it wasn't about sex. It was about her faith in him, her confidence that he wouldn't let anything bad happen to her."

Besides the sexual parts, there were some moments of sweet communication that made me smile...

"You're my favorite of all the people who've ever kidnapped me."
It was sweet, in a sad, twisted sort of way – which pretty much described both of them perfectly. "You're absolutely my favorite person I've ever kidnapped."

They also worked together on the Sector Three which now Dallas controls. Six's knowledge of the sector and the important people and information comes in handy here. I like the fact that the author invests time and pages in world-building and the work of politics of the sectors. And they also put in POVs from several other characters that get us prepared for future books by slowly showing us who they are. We also get some Lex and Dallas time which is awesome!

Dallas: „Why do you think being a better man matters so damn much? The sex, that's good, but it's not the prize. Trust is the prize, and the fight's not about winning it or keeping it. It's about deserving it, and that's a fight a man's got to have with himself. Every fucking day.

But I warn you, there is some angst here! The delicious kind. Bren is not perfect - the past is always haunting us and mistakes are made. But that just makes the ending that much more perfect and exciting.

All in all, Beyond Pain is officially one of my favorite reads of the year! I hope the authors continue to amaze us with their talent for writing complex characters and creating the interesting world of the O'Kanes.

"Fucking. It doesn't start when you get naked, not the way I do it."

Until next time,

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