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.
There is something so wonderfully filthy about the Beyond series. As I said when I reviewed the first story, Beyond Shame, twelve months ago, I don’t think I would ever have read anything like this. But I am so freaking glad that I did! If you are squeamish about the sexytimes and violence, this is probably not for you. I can only suggest that you try to put yourself out of your reading comfort zone, and have a crack at these.
These books in the Beyond series are so much more than just dirty and violent. They are beautifully written explorations of relationships – both friendship and sexual, they are stark and brutal in their portrayal of violence and despite the unreal environment in which they are set, entirely believable.
Beyond Pain is the third in the series. While it follows a more traditional romance path than the first two, it is still packed full of the explosive sexytimes that the others showed so well.
Bren, like Noelle in book 1, is an outcast from the perceived paradise of Eden. Formerly a soldier, Bren was exiled from the city to the sectors when he was forced to take the fall for a set-up he didn’t wish to take part in. He has become one of the O’Kane’s top warriors. However the resentment and hatred for the man who wronged him still seethes deep within him.
Six was dreadfully treated and abused horribly by the former leader of Sector Three, Wilson Trent. She came under the protection of the O’Kanes when Trent was killed (by her hand) and Dallas took control of Sector Three. Understandably, she finds it nigh on impossible to let people fully into her life and to integrate with the O’Kane clan. But this is not how she wants to live her life – fearful and insular.
Brought together to help take full control and clean up Sector Three, Bren and Six begin to come together in other ways – Bren helping Six to rediscover her confidence and become sexually powerful, and Six breaking the hard outer shell that Bren has constructed around himself.
These two are so well matched. Hot and sexy and emotional, the connection between Bren and Six just pulses with unrestrained energy. I loved that Bren never tried to make Six do or be something she was not comfortable with.
As with the other books, the world-building in Beyond Pain is exceptional. With the addition of Sector Three to the O’Kane dynasty, there are new people and new environs to introduce and the ladies of Kit Rocha have begun this process really well.
The strongest aspect of this book, and the series as a whole, are the characters. You get to see those who you’ve grown to love – Dallas, Lex, Rachel, Ace – and the sexytimes are just balls-to-the-wall full on hot. Just wait until you get to the bit where Rachel gets some fun at the hands (and mouths) of Dallas and Lex. Oh lordy! The pages are on fire at this point.
While these aren’t always the cheeriest books to read, they are so worth your time. I am eagerly anticipating the next in the series, where we get to explore more of the relationship between Rachel, Cruz and Ace.
Ladies, you’ve done it yet again.
My rating: 5 out of 5
Release Date: 26 August 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Kit Rocha in return for an honest review.