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review 2016-12-17 16:45
Not my particular poison
Beyond Shame - Kit Rocha

Picked this up because I saw it on a list of completed romance series -- you know, don't get stuck hanging for a year because Moning can't help but end everything on a cliffhanger -- and the list included a couple series...es that I liked. (Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan and The Guardians by Meljean Brook, specifically.) This is sold as post-apocalyptic, set in a post-solar storm America. There's a religiously oppressive city with all the money and power, and a ring of sectors beyond with various governments or lack thereof. So far so good. 

 

I kind of can't believe I'm saying this, because I like sex writing as much the next sex-positive feminist, but there was way too much pointless sex for my tastes. I want to be clear I'm not saying "I'm not a prude, but", a phrase that is an exact indicator that the speaker is a massive fucking prude. None of the sex depicted was beyond my comfort level or anything. I mean, sure why not have a ruthless gang of bootleggers have a company orgy every Wednesday; seems legit. But I didn't feel like much of it was in the service of, like, plot or character development, so it ended up often feeling mechanical. 

 

There was a sort of trajectory, sexually speaking, for the leading lady. She is ejected from the confines of her shitty, repressive city life for being sexually precocious, and then learns a little something about menage, BDSM, and blowjobs, and maybe, just maybe, something about herself. This trajectory was undercut a little by having her jump immediately into public sex and blowjobs after maybe sixteen seconds of thinking, oh no, my repressive upbringing, I couldn't possibly. So, it's not so much a trajectory as a backstory we are only told about, and a present course of complete sexual openness. That's not a story; that's a situation. 

 

One of the reasons I like PNR is that it so very often deals credibly with body trauma, people moving from grief and brokenness to wholeness. Because there was no real emotional trajectory for anyone (and I do not credit hero dude struggling with these completely new feelings of tenderness and possessiveness, what are these things I'm feeling?) nothing that happened, no matter how theoretically sexy, had much juice to it. It was stuff that was happening. Except for the tattooing sequence; that was hot, rarrr. 

 

I guess what I'm saying is that I want this book to buy me dinner before we skip to the fucking. I didn't realize I was that old fashioned.

 

Anyway, if you like kinda light BDSM and lots of group sex, you could find a lot worse. Nobody is slut-shaming or becoming a massive alphole. I mean, even when the main pair get together, they still fuck around with other people instead of reverting immediately to middle class American monogamy. So that's good! But I'd prefer a little more apocalypse in my post-apocalit. Alas. 

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review 2015-05-22 10:37
"Beyond Shame" by Kit Rocha -- A Review
Beyond Shame - Kit Rocha

So, I picked up Beyond Shame as a freebie on Amazon (which I think still is by the way), and while it did take me a little while to read that was more so due to personal reasons rather than book being slow. In fact, it moves quite fast, and in a good way. This is the first book of the series, and it focuses on Nicole and Jasper—or Jas. Jasper is kind of like Dallas’s right hand man and second in command of the group. Nicole is literally thrown into this area of Sector Four from the City (Eden). With the way is set up, it really gave me a similar feeling to Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series—which I liked. There wasn’t that much in world building per se. However, I think that was more because this was, at the end of the day, still a Romance, and so, a lot of the focus was on Nicole and Jasper’s relationship. While I don’t want to say that it was perfect, because, like I said, it does move fast, they have a relatively good relationship. For once I was able to find a portrayal of a BDSM/”Bad Boy” Romance where the male character is redeemable and isn’t grating on my nerves. Huzzah!! There was great push and pull from them, both and emotionally and even sexually.

Jasper is a great character. He isn’t over possessive or going on a “You are mine” type of thing in an over the top kind of way. He really is about pleasing Nicole and helping her kind of figure out what she likes, doesn’t like, etc. I liked that about him. Again, he didn’t make me want to slam my head against the wall. That makes me really, really happy.

Nicole kind of came into her own too. I do like the fact that she is fresh faced and new to everything outside of the city. I do like the fact that she came into it without having to completely sacrifice her personality or who she was as a person. She wasn’t out to necessarily be like the other woman in the group but find out she was while still being apart of the group—if that makes sense.

The sex scenes were hot. Hahah. They were hot, well-written, and well done. Loved it.

I don’t really have anything bad to say about this book. I will say when you step back and realize that it does kind of take place over a couple of weeks, it does seem like Jasper and Nicole moved fast (at least imo) but  I think that was apart of their personalities at the same time and what were they about.

 

Rating: 5 starts out of 5

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review 2014-10-21 15:48
FREEBIE! Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha
Beyond Shame - Kit Rocha

This book is FREE @ Amazon (at least for today 10/21/14). Grab it if it interests you. 

 

An erotic dystopian novel? You have my attention. The world, ravaged by “solar flares”, has split off into “Eden” where the wealthy live in luxury and thrive beneath puritan rulers as long as they follow the rules. If they dare break them, they are cast out and forced to make their own way in one of the less desirable “sectors”. The sectors are ruled by gangs who live on the wild side; boozing it up, cage fighting for fun and screwing each other with no inhibitions.. Their lives are very different from the sheltered, stifling rules of Eden.

Noelle has just been booted out of Eden for being a naughty girl and wanting to indulge in some sex and drinkies. Despite the fact that her dad is one of the biggest big wigs in Eden, she’s shunned and spit out and now has to find a new life. She’s very lucky that she happens upon Jasper and Lex who take her in and immediately make her a part of their gang which is ruled by Lex’s lover Dallas. Noelle soon learns there is little luxury and no free rides in Sector 4. You strip, suck dick or wait tables. She ends up doing all three and pretty much loving the freedom and sexuality she’s finally allowed to experience without guilt and shame.

I liked this book and will definitely read the next one but unlike a lot of people I didn't love it. I wanted to love it. I tried to love it. I honestly don’t know why I couldn't love it. It was violent and sensual and the characters were decently drawn but for some reason I just didn't find it Amazing, you know? It was only Pretty Good and I kept putting it down to do other stuff or play Dragonvale.

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review 2014-09-17 00:00
Beyond Shame
Beyond Shame - Kit Rocha 3.75
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text 2014-09-03 23:16
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
Beyond Shame - Kit Rocha

I'm bowled over by the quality of the writing. I've read popular, non-erotic fiction that isn't half as good at this. I really like how the world building is woven into the narrative. Very smooth and tantalizing enough to make me want to keep reading.

 

It just past the Bechdel test and is subverting this genre to the point that I'm already kinda falling in love with this book and no one's even fucked yet. What is this book? *flails*

 

I'm floored by how much agency Noelle has in every aspect of her life. Also LOVE how loving and supportive other women are with her. Lex and Rachel are interesting and really fleshed out already. Yeah the dudes are hot and all, but holy shit these women are awesome!

PS I have to thank this book for the explicit dream starring Charlie Hunnam that I had last night. Though in my head Jasper looks more like Opie than Jax.

 

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