Beyond Shame (Beyond Series #1)

Beyond Shame (Beyond Series #1)

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by Kit Rocha
     
 

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Book One in the bestselling, award-winning BEYOND series.

A dangerous world of sex, lust and violence...

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

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Book One in the bestselling, award-winning BEYOND series.

A dangerous world of sex, lust and violence...

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 a world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.

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From the Publisher
"This won't just make my list for one of the best erotic books I've read this year, but it's also one of my favorite overall romance books of 2012." —Smexybooks

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ISBN-13:
9781479327577
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/16/2012
Series:
Kit Rocha's Beyond Series, #1
Pages:
354
Sales rank:
390,215
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)

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From the Publisher
"This won't just make my list for one of the best erotic books I've read this year, but it's also one of my favorite overall romance books of 2012." —-Smexybooks

Meet the Author

Kit Rocha is actually two people--Bree & Donna, best friends who are living the dream. They get paid to work in their pajamas, talk on the phone, and write down all the stories they used to make up in their heads.

Beyond Shame is their first dystopian erotic romance. They also write paranormal romance as Moira Rogers.

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Beyond Shame 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 94 reviews.
chibilee02 More than 1 year ago
This book was a pleasant surprise. It is much more than erotica. It is a very well thought out, nicely written story about a young woman both trying to adjust to a new life and trying to figure out who she really is.  The details put into creating the futuristic dystopian world that the characters live in illustrate the time and work put into the story. It doesn't serve just as a setting for the story, but it aids in explaining the mindset of all the characters. Furthermore, it provides a reference point for how difficult it is for Noelle to adapt to not just her new environment, but adjusting to a different way of thinking regarding herself. Throughout the story, you read how she adjusts from living in a world where socializing is regulated through communicating through computers/technology and things such as sex and alcohol are forbidden, to a world where sex and alcohol flow freely without shame. Yes there is sex (and very well written, hot sex scenes), but this story is basically a sort of coming of age story. It's Noelle's story of growing up which includes exploring her sexuality and not being ashamed of it. When you read how her life is back in Eden, you come to understand why she has difficult times letting herself be open to the freedom that she has living in the Sector. You come to care for her and hope that she can find the strength to embrace the opportunity she has to live life as she should.  Don't let the summary fool you. This is a great story with strong, likeable characters. I was very moved with Noelle's story. It gave this book it's heart and made it more than just an erotica book. I was very pleasantly surprise and I have no shame in saying that I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of sex. Lots of sex. Lots of kinky sex. I didn't even finish the book - just not my cup of tea.
CDKeith More than 1 year ago
This book was very hot and dirty and I loved it. I find that dark twist of life books pull me in. Noelle has been thrown out of Eden. Now she must survive in the slums. She has spent her entire life controlled and made to feel shameful. This is a dystopian world and her curiosity for alcohol and sex has gotten thrown out of the city for the privileged. She ends up in Sector Four, taken in by the O'Kane gang. She is in complete lust for Jasper, the gang leader's second in charge. Lex is Dallas' woman and the woman in charge who has decided the she also wants Noelle to be her baby girl.  Life here encourages sex and exploration, the exact things she was made to feel shameful for in Eden. Now Noelle has to if she is truly into submission, bondage and group sex or is she just desiring these behaviors because they are shameful. In Sector Four the women have the power to say no and trust goes both ways. As soon as things get rough though Jasper bails thinking Noelle would be safer back in Eden. This breaks her heart and trust. She wanted nothing more than to be collared by him and wear his ink around her neck. Now she has to learn how to live on her own, even if she continues to long for Jasper.  This book was great and the characters are rough and bad. I can't wait to read Lex's story because she is in complete control and her and Dallas may kill each other before they find a middle in their relationship.  Thank you to Kit Rocha and NetGalley for allowing me to read.
ETA_soon More than 1 year ago
A hot, sexy read with a little dystopia BEYOND SHAME is a definite recommend! Don't be scared off by mentions of BDSM because there's only a tease of it and it's not the sole focus of the story. Only familiar with the Last Call series by Kit Rocha's other persona (Moira Rogers), I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I admit that the blurb made my inner smut sit up and growl. Sure, there was an orgy, a few F/F action, a ménage à quatre, exhibitionism/voyeurism, and a little slap and tickle. But in the end, BEYOND SHAME ended up being a rather sweet, sexy/hot story involving some memorable characters. Set in a dystopian world struggling to survive in the aftermath of solar storms, the story starts when Noelle is cast out of Eden--literally--for possession/consumption of alcohol and fornication. Expelled with nothing but the clothes on her back, Noelle is the proverbial innocent lamb thrown to the wolves prowling the debauched and depraved Sector slums. Luckily, she's saved by Jasper, a member of the O'Kane gang which controls Sector Four. I actually gave a mental "thumbs up" to the author for foregoing instant sex in favor of building up the sexual tension from their instant attraction. Raised and trained to be a proper wife (organize/manage a household and host elaborate dinner parties), Noelle plaintively says at one point, "I don't know what I want. I don't know anything." Through Noelle's experiences and interactions with various members of the O'Kane "family", as well as the multiple POVs, we realize that they all have a heart of gold underneath their rough and tough exteriors. And each member helps Noelle in some way to get her bearings, gain a little self-esteem, and carve her own niche within the gang. But most of all, Noelle learns to overcome her ingrained shame and embrace her sexual desires within the accepting openness found in Sector Four. I initially thought that this book was a 5-star shoo-in. But when I started to write my review, the left side of my brain (aka "Party Pooper") suddenly popped up like a petulant child and reminded me of notes and questions taken subconsciously. (E.g., Noelle was sexually curious, but I had difficulties separating that from her more basic condition of being touch-starved due to Eden's tenet that "raising healthy, moral children" necessitated minimizing a child's dependence on tactile affection, even in the form of toys or stuffed animals, as well as the social taboo forbidding unnecessary physical contact.) Because this review is based on an ARC, some of the plot weaknesses I noticed may have been addressed prior to actual publication (ARC had 239pgs while Kindle has 354pgs). Technical assessment based on the ARC may have ultimately lowered the final rating, but I still thoroughly enjoyed BEYOND SHAME and plan to read the next book in this series. Is it 2013 yet? Disclosure: ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of the author, without any obligation to review.
Hesperia_Loves_Books More than 1 year ago
I was hooked on the first page of Beyond Shame and could not put it down until I was done. Kit Rocha created such a rich, dark, gritty & passion filled world with this book and series and I want more! Typically with first of series books, there is a lot of world building and character introduction as there should be. However, for me, that can become very tedious & monotonous. So many details are thrown at you that it can, sometimes, be hard to absorb. That is NOT the case with this book. There are just enough introductions about the world the O’Kane’s live in and the people that comprise it, to grab your interest and keep you wanting more. The characters are divine and totally kick-***, just the way I like. Although I tend to stay away from the Dystopian genre, this book was really well written and did a superb job of explaining the world in which they live and how it came to be. We first meet Noelle Cunningham as she is being kicked out of Eden – an idyllic city surrounded by gang-ridden sectors and communes – for fornication, which is illegal. She is scared, alone & confused. She literally falls into the arms of Jasper McCray after she has been drugged. Afraid to leave her alone, he takes her back to the O’Kane compound where she quickly realizes how different life in the sectors can be. Can she embrace it? Will she want to? As long as she has Jasper by her side, she believes she is capable of anything – even acceptance for her secret desires. Before I even got to the halfway point of Beyond Shame, I knew I had to have more. The cast of characters screamed for more page time. My only issue with the book was that some story lines were introduced, but not finished. I am beyond excited to realize that we get 3 more books in the series. I now know they were left open-ended to tie into future books. I am hoping & praying to the book gods that the next book is Lex & Dallas. Then to top of my Christmas list, I want one for Ace, Rachel, Bren, Six, Maddox, Nessa & a novella that gives us Flash & Amira’s story. What can I say, the men in the gang are tattooed bootlegging cage fighting alpha males and, the women are are just as tattooed and full of enough attitude that will kick your *** six ways to Sunday – I can’t get enough!
bonsai888 More than 1 year ago
about 610 pages. the story was well written and kept you entertained. read the second book and can't wait for the next (?). it was a good balance of romance and erotica--hot read but not hard core.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hang on to the edge of your seat,... your in for a wild ride! Highly recommend. Very well written. The authors paint a very vivid picture. First book I've read like this and was NOT disappointed. Immediately purchased the next and am drooling for the third to come out. O'Kane for life!
NaughtyBookSnitch More than 1 year ago
I want MORE!  Tattoos, gangs and BDSM oh my! Im giving this book the one handed read salute! Not only is this book super hot but its got a really good story to back it up. I absolutely LOVE this book. I love sacrificing virgins and Noelle is the perfect naughty virgin. She pretty much knows what she wants but it too ashamed to ask for it. Jasper is the holy grail (for me) of holy hunkness with his sexy beard, tattoos and commanding but chivalrous presence.  I had a very hard time putting this book down. If you like sexy badasses with tattoos, BDSM, ménage, F/F with a hot virgin, then this is it for you! 
TheShawnaSurvey More than 1 year ago
After so much buzz surrounding Beyond Shame, I knew I needed to read it. This is the first of of four installments. Just a caution if you're not a true smut fan than this title may not be for you. It has m/f,  f/f,  f/m/f, m/f/f/m,  m/f/m and believe me it was plenty smutty.. At times I had to look over my shoulders to make sure no one was reading with me (shy smile). So if that is not your thing than you may want to pass this up. Beyond Shame takes place in a post apocalyptic type world -- Originally I thought the setting would ruin the story for me but, since the authors were able to paint a more than awesome picture I was drawn in further to the story. The first character we get to meet is Noelle Cunningham,  she wakes up alone after being drugged and thrown out of the City of Eden (her home) for being less less than the model citizen . Thankfully, she tumbles into is Jasper McCray, second in command to the O'Kanes. Immediately he takes a fondness to her. Not willing to leave her abandoned in the streets, Jasper takes her in, introducing her to his gang family. We're also introduced to Lex , I fell in love with her instantly, she's fierce, sexy, &amp; refuses to take any s#!t. She also takes on a major role in Noelle's survival and helps shed some of her layers of innocence. I view her as the first lady of the gang. Not only is she's Noelle's closes ally, but she is there for the other women as well. I think this is probably the only title I've read where there was not any drama among the women. <b>Refreshing!</b> All the men of the O'Kane gang are lip biting sexy. Muscles with tattoos all over. Cage fighting. Again sexy! I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters, they were well development and likable. I was in awe how Noelle transforms from being shy, naive, helpless and to be confident and secure in her desires . The relationship between Noelle and Jasper is so enticing. The give and take, the angst and intimacy is almost overwhelming. This is the first title of a<i> Ms. Rocha's Beyond</i> series, which I have to say is a wonderful start to a beautiful thing.  Review also posted at: TheShawnaSurvey
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Interesting Concept... Just Wasn't For Me... Beyond Shame is the first book in the Beyond series and is an Erotic Romance/Science Fiction written by Kit Rocha. The Review: 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 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. NOTE: I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review by Kit Rocha through NetGalley. As always, a big thank you to the author for allowing me to participate.
MorgsK More than 1 year ago
Wow. Words cannot describe how I feel about this book. It was everything I expected and some. I've only read a few books in this genre but I'm slowly but surely beginning to love it. It wasn't just about sex either, like the summary sort of implies. It has an actual story line to it, with actual characters and an actual plot. It's true! I was so hooked on this book that it was hard to put it down; I think hubby even got upset some nights because the book was getting all my attention! And for anyone who thought E.L. James was risqu&eacute;...Fifty Shades ain't got nothin' on this book! The intimate scenes were detailed but not nasty. The difference between this book and other books in the erotica genre out there is that this one had a theme of dystopia also. It had a sort of Hunger Games feel to it in the way that each &quot;sector&quot; or &quot;district&quot; had its own industry such as farming, production, etc.  The characters were really easy to connect with, and the men in this story were just plain hot. Smokin' hot. Man, this was such a great book. I would totally read it again in a heartbeat. Oh and to make things 100x better, Kit Rocha (Moira Rogers) is coming out with two more books in the series! YAY! Check out her page from the link above, where you can even request some goodies to go along with your obsession for the book. :)
DavinciKittie More than 1 year ago
Sexy but not &quot;wicked&quot; or overly &quot;naughty&quot; - I wanted more! I picked up this book on the recommendation of a book blog I follow then, after reading the reviews, was REALLY excited to get started on it.  My overall impression is that it's a good, sexy romance book, but it's not nearly as naughty as many of the comments had me expecting.   Maybe we just need to define &quot;naughty&quot;.  Or &quot;wicked&quot;.  Or &quot;delicious&quot;.  Is it all of those things?  Depends on your perspective.  If you're a fan of Joey W. Hill, particularly her over-the-top  Vampire Queen series, then no, you probably won't think this story is all that naughty.  Sexy and a great read?  Oh yeah, but nothing nearly so wicked as what our favorite human servants get up to at every council party.  Now if you normally read traditional romance that has little kink or partner switching and sharing, you'll probably find this to be pretty eye-opening, in a very delicious sort of way.  The sex, even when shared with other people than the main couple, is still always about the hero and heroine, so I classify this more as romance than erotica.  It's just sexy, kinky romance with an edge.  It has sort of a soft feel to it, considering some of the things that happen.  In other, more visceral stories, we might get to watch our hero slowly beat a man to death with brass knuckles, but Beyond Shameless gives us just enough of the violence that we love our heroes for it without feeling eviscerated by the imagery.  In a room full of people freely having public sex, an encounter between our main characters feels almost private.  Where other stories might give more graphic detail about what exactly is going on in that mass of bodies on the floor, Beyond Shameless just glosses over it and gives a sense of the atmosphere.  Personally, I wanted more details, but Joey Hill is also more my end of the spectrum.  ;-) The heroine is also a little whiny and the hero overly reluctant.  I got pretty frustrated with them by the end, but I recognized why the authors took the story the way they did and respect that.  I also felt a little let down that one particular scene (the marking) at the end wasn't included.  Hopefully this will be available as either a free excerpt on the authors' site or in another book, because the scene was definitely set!   On the whole I enjoyed this book and am already jonzing for the next one. I love the idea of a gang, complete with their inherent violence and questionable morals, as &quot;the good guys&quot; and the leader of the gang has some serious charisma.  I love the &quot;ink&quot; cuffs that all of them wear and how the tattoos really mean something, for life.  Definitely recommended if a little kink and steamy is your style!
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! This is the one and only word that comes to mind when reflecting on this title. I have read some very promiscuous books, but this would definitely have to be by far the worst that I have experienced. Now I I don't want anyone to misunderstand what I mean when I say the &quot;worst&quot;. This is purely referring to its dark and dirty sexual nature. I can no longer count the number of times that this story made me blush. It will defintely take readers for a ride down educational lane. Although, I so captivated by this storyline that I trudged through very inch craving more. Seeing as how the story jumped immidately into the heart I am not entirely sure if this story was intended to be futuristic or an alternate reality, but it was not hindering to the overall experience of the plot line. It reminds ome of an adult novel similar to Divergent by Veronica Roth. The various sectors based on different values and qualities was intriguing. This was a memorable experience that will leave the author on my radar. ~BookWhisperer Reviewer JO~
AnnaNanner More than 1 year ago
The book&rsquo;s title, Beyond Shame, perfectly expresses the story&rsquo;s theme. Noelle (and, perhaps the reader) is asked to release her inhibitions and embrace a sexual lifestyle many regard as taboo. The story offers fundamentally opposing societies: Eden&rsquo;s theocratic rule compared to hedonistic Sector Four. Ironically, gang-controlled Sector Four wears the white hat in this novel. My guess is the bootlegging O&rsquo;Kane gang will continue to be the good guys throughout this series. The heroine, Noelle, annoyed me at the beginning of the story. Her blushes and inexperience grated. My worst fear was this book would be another virginal heroine meets the big, bad, kinky BDSM wolf. It is and it isn&rsquo;t. Noelle is a product of upbringing. Her character reminded me of the women I hear about on the news, who are beaten or stoned for wearing mini-skirts at secret parties where males and females illegally intermingle. There is enough world-building for me develop a frame of reference. Sector four is another story. It requires imagination and suspension of belief, which is handily created in this sexy post-apocalyptic world. The characters are consistent with their world. The plot is fast-paced and sensually riveting. The cage fighting is erotic, and I don&rsquo;t even enjoy sports like boxing, wrestling, or kickboxing! I want the character, Bren, to choose me, Me, ME when he steps out of the cage! Beyond Shame never pushed my comfort zone boundaries, which I do have. I was completely absorbed and wanted to see how Noelle would adjust and how Kit Rocha would keep me interested. This post-apocalyptic erotic stimulates. It challenges and entertains. Kit Rocha tackles taboo situations and human sexuality on an alternate Earth. My emotional rating for this is 4.5 stars, but it truly deserves 4 stars. The characters were not greatly elaborated upon. I existed in their &lsquo;here and now.&rsquo; What lies beyond the sectors? What of the women used like breeders in the farming commune? Will Eden experience civil unrest? What of other rival gang leaders? I want to know! I need more Sector Four! My Kinky Verdict: Recommended Read
booksrapassion More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! It's hot, gritty, memorable characters and great dystopian world building! Can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous 5 months ago
If you want erotica and little else from your story, this story is a good bet. Unfortunately, the world building, plot and characters were interesting in concept but flat in execution. The story is set in a world with a razor-sharp divide between a privileged wealthy class and everyone else. The female half of the romance is a throwaway out of the privileged world who has been so thoroughly sheltered/stunted by life on the inside that she almost seems like a child rather than an adult. I spent quite a bit of my time with this story wondering if I should be insulted by this weak characterization of the female half of the romance, or if I should assume she is a child and be offended in an entirely different way, or if I should turn my brain entirely off and move on with reading it. On the other side of the relationship is a biker/tough guy archetype who doesn't have a bike and, to be frank, I'm not sure he really has anything that defines him other than a silverback mentality. He is the brooding, disadvantaged character who picked himself up by his bootstraps and made himself into the second-in-line badass in a line of badass clones. I feel like the plot and the characters are all fairly cheap clichés that could be interesting characters with compelling relationships and growth. I finished it, but I felt a little cheated at the end.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I love dystopian and wowza at all the hot sex! I'll be reading more from this series for sure.
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You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this book. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
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Amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect blend of erotica, romance, and plot. Loved it. Can't wait to read the series.
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