Beyond Shame: Beyond, Book One

Beyond Shame: Beyond, Book One

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by Kit Rocha

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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"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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"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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Beyond Shame: Beyond, Book One 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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.
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!
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!
hollyann-s More than 1 year ago
Maybe somewhere I missed that this was good if you enjoy lesbian/bi sex scenes - which I admit, I very much don't. All the scenes with LEX ruined it for me. Also - Noelle passing out after orgasms really got on my nerves. I liked the world concept but it wasn't really about this new world. This story could have existed easily without it, just because it was really about what I consider lesbian sex, since it seemed to be more about her and Lex than her and Jasper - which, sorry - but grosses me out. Just was not for me. I wish I had realized it was really more for people who enjoy the lesbian thing - because I wouldn't have wasted my time reading half the book. I only read that far because I kept hoping she would go away, when I realized that was never going to happen, that was the end for me. Just soooooo sick of Lex. I think lesbian/bis would probably love this book if they're just looking for the sex scene, but if you're not into that - don't waste your time.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
First impression: I was a little reluctant about reading this simply because I'm not a fan of dystopians, but my BFF told me I must read this, so...I did! The story: Noelle has been exiled by her father and leader of Eden. She's been a naughty girl, so she's left to find her own way. She ends up in Sector Four, where she meets Jasper, who is the right hand guy of the leader of Sector Four, Dallas. She also meets Lex, who offers her a place to stay and teaches Noelle how to survive. Noelle can't keep her eyes off Jasper and is determined to figure out a way to make him her guy. She wants his mark, bad. Every fantasy Noelle has had, she sees in Sector Four and she wants to live them out with Jasper...and Lex...and Dallas.  There is a lot of world building in this book, but all I can truly remember is the sex. was filthy in the best way. It's been a while since I've read a true erotic novel and lets just say I was pleased. Very pleased. I even found myself interested in the world they live in, which is interesting considering I don't like post-apocalyptic novels. I think what made it  work for me was getting involved in the characters lives.  The characters: I love Jasper and Noelle. I really do. They were hot together, but I also liked the way they took care of each other. Noelle was sweet and eager to learn the ways of Sector Four. Jasper was just the right kind of Alpha that gets my pulse going a bit faster. Then there is Lex and Dallas. OMG...I LOVE them. Dallas is a total badass and so is Lex. They way they banter, tease and work together is a total turn-on in every way. I'm currently reading the second book and all I can say is WOWZA! They are hot! HOT.  I'm also anxious to get to know more about Ace, Rachel, Cruz, Bren and Six. This whole crew is going to be a lot of fun. Know what I'm sayin'? The sex: If you're looking for a book to really get the engine running...this is the book for you! Every possible sexual scenario you can imagine occurs in this book. Orgies are the norm in Sector Four. I admit that orgies are sometimes gross to me, but I have to say that it totally worked in this book. I think my favorites scenes are between Lex, Dallas, Noelle and Jasper. It was great because it wasn't just about sex. They care about each other. I really loved seeing just Jasper and Noelle together too. They have great chemistry.  Overall: Beyond Shame took me by surprise. I needed a sexy read and I certainly got more than I ever imagined! I immediately bought the second book in the series and I can tell you that the second book is even hotter. If you are a fan of filthy erotica...check this one out! Note: f/f, m/f/m/f sex scenes Quotes: ~&quot;I don't know anything about love. But I've never felt...&quot; She trailed off and lifted her head. &quot;I've never felt. Not until you.&quot;-Pg 330 ~&quot;If love is trust and need and always feeling better when I'm with you...I love you.&quot;-Pg 331
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will say it again and again this book HOT HOT HOT !!!! I love all the sexy relationships going on between the characters especially Lex's fascination with Noelle. The chemistry between the characters is what really got to me and made really like this book.
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Michela_Walters More than 1 year ago
Just wanted a little more. 3 1/2 stars A while ago, this book was all the talk around my feed and the reviews were mixed. Being an inquiring mind, I had to see what all the fuss was about. The story is set in a dystopian society where the city of Eden is a prim and proper place. Trapped within its walls you are safe from the wild west like atmosphere in the sectors, but sex, promiscuity, and basically anything considered vulgar is against the law. When the daughter of a councilman rebels one too many times, she&rsquo;s sentenced to what is considered the worst punishment of all, eviction from the safety of the city walls. Noelle is thrown into the streets outside the city and finds trouble immediately. Her savior swoops in by the name of Jasper. The story twists around the wild, anything goes lifestyle in the sectors. Noelle is quickly initiated into the crazy, sexual ways found in Sector four. The story has its moments. It was a very sexy, dirty and hot book, but while the story was interesting, if not always completely believable (a naive young girl involved in a threesome within a day of being evicted from the city? Seems unlikely.) it was not executed as well as it could have been. I&rsquo;d never read an erotic story set in a dystopian society and I really wished the author had perhaps done a better job of describing and rounding out her new world. It just felt like sex thrown in among a story, but I didn&rsquo;t really get enough of either. The writing was quite good, I just wanted more, and I think Kit Rocha really could have delivered it. Hopefully if there are subsequent books, she&rsquo;ll round out the story a bit better. Overall an admirable job by Rocha, I just wanted a bit more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago