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Beyond Shame | [Kit Rocha]

Beyond Shame

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

©2012 Kit Rocha (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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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    Kimberly Tacoma, WA, United States 02-01-13
    Kimberly Tacoma, WA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Post-Apocolyptic Sexcapades"

    This is not bad, the sex scenes are hot, and there are a lot of them, it tasted a little like a very...very naughty Hunger Games. It did not really grab me and take hold like some stories do, but all in all it was ok. If you are looking for a naughty listen, you coulddo mch worse.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Radnor, OH, United States 11-05-13
    Melanie Radnor, OH, United States 11-05-13

    I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and/or listening to mostly paranormal and fantasy.

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    "I want more of this series on audio"

    I really enjoyed this book, both to read and listen. I just love Jasper. He is just such a great guy. He is the tough guy who is one of the enforcers for the O'Kanes. Dallas O'Kane is the leader of the O'Kanes and runs Sector Four. I love the idea of the full forearm tattoos of all the gang members. Noelle is very sweet. I love the dynamic between her and Jasper. She is also great with Lex. Lex is a great character. She is very tough and independent.

    The sex is hot, the characters are amazing. I really love this world. I read this in less than 24 hours. It is quite a page turner, I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie 10-05-13
    Valerie 10-05-13
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    "YES YES YES!!!"
    Would you listen to Beyond Shame again? Why?

    Would I listen to Beyond Shams again? YES YES Y ES and in fact I did...OMG this is HOT!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that this is really a story and not just sex. But man oh man were the sex scenes amazing.


    What about Lucy Malone’s performance did you like?

    Lucy Malone is amazing...She pulls you in..Each character is unique and you know it...She makes you feel everything with her story telling and allows the words to breathe...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Ashamed of nothing!!!


    Any additional comments?

    WHERE IS THE REST OF THIS SERIES...This is only the 1st book of the series and I am on pins and needs for the other 7 to get here!!! Come on AUDIBLE....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 01-27-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 01-27-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Ok... Yup!! My kinda of Erotica!!!"

    This is the kind of erotica I like. Great smexing with great story line throw in. I loved it. Yes this is erotica not romantic novel... Let me say this again... Erotica not romantic novel; however, that being said... this is sooo good that you forget that it's erotica because the story is great. It is set in a post apocalyptic time when the world is separated into the clean techno Eden and ruff and gruff gang style like sectors. The daughter of one of the Eden leaders get thrown out into the sectors for liking smex and ends up in one the toughest sector gangs. Like I said, yes there is great smex scene and plenty of them however, there is just enough and not enough to make sure there is a great story. I loved it.

    Narration was great too. Malone did a great job.

    A good credit for those romantic novel lovers and a good buy for those erotica lovers.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 11-10-14
    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 11-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the Usual"

    The world in which this story is set consists of Eden, a walled, government-run, community of "haves" who live in a very controlled and stepford-like community of rules that are very stifling and oppressive, particularly regarding behavior, and a more chaotic world outside the walls where various zones are controlled by gangs, and there is more of an, "If it feels good, do it" mentality. Violence, sex and feelings in general are discouraged in Eden, so when our heroine gets caught drinking and having sex, she is banished to the other side of the wall. She promptly gets roofied and stumbles into our hero who takes her to one of the women in his gang to keep her form ending up raped or worse.

    It started out a little rough, in that I think there should have been a little more build up to how Noelle was feeling about her life in Eden before she was thrust into the depths of life in the O'Kane gang, but it smoothed out, and I found myself really liking the characters a lot more as the story went on and more was learned about them. She and Jasper had an instant connection because he saved her, and they built on that and had a few trials to overcome, but they were realistic, and I didn't find myself wanting to slap either of them too much.

    The narrator was excellent. Her female voices and male voices were very good and varied enough to distinguish Lex from Noelle and Dallas from Jas. She performed the book rather than just narrated it, and I always appreciate that when it's done well. Overall, this was credit-worthy, although with Whispersync and Kindle, it's a bargain for cash.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-04-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-04-14 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Pretty good start to the series :)"

    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Noelle (I had some mixed feelings about Jasper) and the story was interesting if slightly frustrating at times. This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it well enough I'll probably try the next book in the series in the future.

    Noelle was born in Eden and was considered privileged but basically a prisoner. Noelle was the daughter of a powerful man and she was raised to marry a man like her father and be silent except when hosting his parties or adorning his arm. She was told what to think and do and when she stepped out of line her father had her cast out of Eden and into sector 4 with nothing but the cloths on her back.

    Jasper was raised outside of Eden and the sector on an illegal farm. He ended up moving on to join O'Kane gang within sector 4 and moved up to be the second in command to the gang’s leader, Dallas. Jasper is a tough guy with smarts but has a need for control. That control is threatened when a drugged girl pretty much falls in to him on the street.

    When she got to the sector, Noelle traded some earrings for some food but didn't have any money and didn't have much in the way of prospects. She is unknowingly drugged by someone wanting to take advantage of her and luckily ends up passing out at Jasper’s feet. Jasper is a decent guy and doesn't want to leave her to the wolves (metaphorically) so he takes her back to the gang with him (even though he gets a lot of heat from the others for being a softy). He takes Noelle to Alexa, who takes Noelle under her wing and manages to get Dallas to agree to give Noelle a trial period on admittance into the gang. Noelle is way out of her depth but has had naughty thoughts and such for a while (one of the reasons she got kicked out of Eden) so she’s quietly interested and isn't shocked by all the blatant sexuality around her. Jasper tries to help her out and there is an attraction between them. Noelle wants Jasper but is confused by his holding back from her when Jasper thinks it’s for the best not to overwhelm Noelle too quickly.

    Noelle gets settled in to her new life and makes some friends and experiences some sexual discovery with Alexa and Jasper and a few friends along the way. She is confused though because Jasper makes all sorts of moves in front of the gang that claims ownership over Noelle but he pulls back in private and basically makes her question if he really wants her or not because she's not familiar with the rules of this new world. Alexa tries to help her out but Alexa also has interest in Noelle herself and has unresolved issues with Dallas so she's not exactly the best person to go to for personal advice. There's some issues that threaten the gang that keep everyone on their toes and some drama ensues that has to do with Noelle's father. Jasper decides (once again) to do something for "Noelle's own good" and suffers from a huge bout of relationship dumbassedness, hurting Noelle big time with his actions and shattering her trust. To be honest, I wasn't too hot on Jasper's hot and cold act through most of the story but could deal with it but in this Jasper lost major points with me. Noelle recovers and shows her strength and Jasper realizes his mistake and then has to try to get her back. He does succeed in getting back in Noelle's good graces and they end the story starting their HEA.

    This was an enjoyable story. I liked Noelle and while she was soft in some ways but has an internal strength that made me like her. I liked Jasper but was disappointed with him after the way he treated Noelle. To be honest, he almost took this from a 4 star to a 3 star rating because of my disappointment with him. I liked his actions to get back with Noelle but even then they seemed minimal...like he did just what was needed to get her back and no more. My only other complaint is that there wasn't much world building...I know this is a dystopian world but have no clue how it got that way or any real background info on things outside of small snippets here and there. Still, I liked the story and the characters in the story and I'm glad I read it. I'll read book #2 in the future because I really have to see how things turn our for Dallas and Alexa. I'd recommend this story. :)

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  • A. Rowland
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    "Intriguing!"
    What did you like most about Beyond Shame?

    Beyond Shame......... What a read! It took some time to get into but once your in, your hooked. Fantastic detail from the author that leaves your imagination running wild! This was a fab read, full of passion and danger. After reading the latest of fifty shades/bared to you - this book opened my mind to different types of lust, passion and feelings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of Beyond Shame allows you to take a step outside of normality, the set up of districts and dealings is exciting and leaves you curious - for more! The innocence of characters, the experience of others and mixed with violence and reality - fantastic.


    Have you listened to any of Lucy Malone’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    It took me a while to get used to Lucy Malone, this may be as it was my first audible book and i was adapting to a new way of ''reading''. I found this altered my imagination to start. However, Lucy Malone communicates clearly and keeps you interested.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved this book! Despite not being able to relate to surroundings and circumstances like other reads this book is delightful. Noel, Lex and Jas cause a mix of feelings to begin as you grow to accept their lifestyle and needs - Highly recommended!


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Audible book and now Im hooked! It's so easy to put your headphones on and get lost in a world of imagination. Strongly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • amanda
    United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Should be on you reading list must be read"

    This book just captivates you from the start.



    It's full of sexy man and tatoos that I just want in my bed.



    This book came I to me dreams and some yummy dreams at that.



    The storey is about a young girl who is looking for more to life and it is how her new found friends introduce what she is thirsty for.



    How she falls in love with jasper and becomes part of the okaine family.



    I'm addictid to these book and just want to listen and read them all the time



    Book to is beyond control and is out to buy now too!



    So stop reading these reviews to help you decide and go and listen to them or read beyond shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book Loving Pixie
    Scotland
    4/7/13
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    "HOT, HOT, HOT and then some!!!"

    Man oh man..... This book was HOT, HOT, HOT..... What a guy Jas is, lucky Noelle!!

    Characters are fab - totally alpha males, strong sassy females and loads of action!!



    Noelle was a quiet girl who had been stifled living in Eden. Jas is a rough, tough hard living man who has seen a lot during his life in the sectors.

    We are introduced to the O'Kane gang and their 'King' Dallas. Although a gang, this group of people very much stick together and have each other's backs... They have a real family vibe and a healthy respect for each other.



    The gang are very sexual and are all very open and comfortable with the life they lead. Through the story there are some smokin' hot encounters!! Surprisingly, given the hard, down & dirty living they do, there is a moral code that all members of the gang buy into and no-one is forced to take part in anything they don't want to!!



    The story has action, passion, romance and some violence.

    There's cage fighting, tattoos a plenty and a journey of self discovery - it's great watching Noelle evolve from the sheltered Eden girl to a fully engage free-thinking O'Kane.....



    Looking forward to the reading Lex & Dallas's story, as well as the rest of the books in the series - have read the teaser 1st chapter to 'Beyond Control' and I'm betting this is gonna be another cracker of a book!!!

    I'm sure loads more cold showers will be required... ;D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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