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.
Genre - Erotic/Romance/Science Fiction
Beyond Shame is the first book in the Beyond series and is an Erotic Romance/Science Fiction written by Kit Rocha. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review by Kit Rocha through NetGalley.
When I read the blurb for Beyond Shame, I was excited to add it to my reading list and even more excited when I got it as a R2R through NetGalley but now having read it, I have to say I’m very disappointed in this book.
The idea of an erotic dystopia where the people are trying to survive a post-Flare attack and living in different parts of the city with different values, most notably a corrupt city called Eden surrounded by sectors that are teaming with life of various types, was appealing to me but there was very little world or character building in it at all. We hardly see any way of life in the sectors other than characters sexually interacting, there’s no showing of Eden at all and there is almost no story. What you have is a book filled with the sexual exploration of Noelle Cunningham as she attempts to find herself in a new way of life after having been exiled from the sexually repressed city of Eden.
There is no real character development from any of the leads. The women all seem to be running around like horny teens and Noelle’s constant stream of thought was about nothing but how she could get sex. The men of the sectors seemed to be written as alphas but they all cowed to their pleasure seeking. I love my smut. I love a good erotic novel but the sex in this book just didn’t do it for me and I think it was because Noelle just seemed so desperate.
As for the story itself, there’s a promise of a truly great story and sever conflict between the sectors as well as the city of Eden but it never quite gets fulfilled. There are a few exciting moments with a bomb and some bullets flying but nothing ever really happens. I was bored through most of the book.
The Wrap Up:
This book definitely wasn’t for me and I probably won’t be looking into the second book in the series.