Erotica, Romance, Dystopian
Ebook $4.99 (SELFPUBLISHED)
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.
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The series that should have a cold shower required warning... (4 stars)
No sense summarizing this one for you because if you're reading this review you're probably a fan of the series already. You pretty much know what (and whom) is coming. Yep. I went there.
From the beginning of the series I've been dying to know more about Bren. When Six came into the picture I immediately felt a sort of kinship with her that I hadn't felt with any of the O'Kane girls. I wanted her to prove herself and become a part of the gang. If you relate to outsiders who've had to fend for themselves in bad situations you'll appreciate her back story. Alas, I found Bren's was a bit anticlimactic.
As much as I had looked forward to Bren and Six's story it just wasn't quite what I'd expected. We all love how graphic (and creative!) these books are but with Six's issues I liked that their erotic scenes were more private and less group oriented. Then there was the final scene and I was admittedly disappointed. I won't spoil anything and maybe I just missed some kind of special meaning to it but I just wasn't happy with where that went. I was also expecting there to be more to Bren's need for pain.
I know I sound really negative and this is probably a case of expecting one thing and getting another, or just having expectations too large to meet. lol Keeping that in mind I did enjoy it, just wasn't as in love with it as I'd hoped. What did really ruin a bit of it was Ace. That man is a scene stealing, is-there-anything-he-isn't-into pain in my fiction. As my other favorite O'Kane he has a way of slipping in there and distracting everyone, if you've been dying for a tease of his story... holy crap you are going to be writhing after one of his chapters. Trust me and be ready for a cold shower afterwards.
While I didn't quite love BEYOND PAIN, it was a nice change of pace from the heavily group oriented eroticism with Jas/Noelle and Dallas/Lex. There's a plot beyond the coupling that's good and plenty of scenes with other characters to even it out. If you've loved the series so far move this bad boy up your TBR list.
Notes: ARC received via author.
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