Beyond Pain (Beyond #3)
August 26, 2013 / $4.99 digital / $16 print
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.
The writing team known as Kit Rocha has outdone themselves with Beyond Pain. The third book in the duo’s dystopian erotic romance series goes for emotionally charged sex scenes in lieu of the multiple partners scenarios from previous books and managed to create something even steamier.
Yes, Beyond Pain is everything this series has promised us and more. It’d dirty. It’s dark. It’s complicated. It’s romantic in a rough, real way. So much so that you’ll finish and find yourself wanting to flip back to the first page and do it all over again.
When we first met Six she’d been kidnapped from the leader of Sector Three and the O’Kanes needed information from her. Bren was able to get it by building trust, not throwing fists. Since then she’s been safe within Sector Four. She’s works at the bar and does her damnedest to adjust to a life where she’s in control of her own body and people care about her for more than what they can get from her.
That’s her journey in Beyond Pain. We could unofficially dub the book Six Learns to Trust. It’s more than that, though. It’s learning to accept help, to open up, to let someone care for you. Bren does a remarkable job of understanding Six. He wants to help her, and is great at keeping his distance. He’s not going to make moves or push things until he knows she is actually ready and not just saying it because she thinks it is expected. You will swoon for him. Repeatedly.
At first the reader sees Bren as the rock of the story. He’s protective and possessive of Six in the most utterly sexy way. He has no interest in sharing her with anyone. At all. He’s fine with her fighting people, but when it comes to the wild sex the O’Kanes are known for, he wants to be the only one touching her. And she’s just fine with that. However, Six and Bren both have a voyeuristic streak. So expect to see others in ménage settings putting on shows for our main couple. It’s the best of both worlds: no sharing, but multiple scenes at once.
Another twist I absolutely adored was the way dominance/submission is handled here. It’s about trust, and that goes to the core of this story. Bren likes pain, but he also needs to be dominant. There’s a beautiful scene—that includes everyone’s favorite tattoo artist Ace—that illustrates how Bren can take pain but still be the one very clearly in control. It’s filthy and gorgeous and worthy of bookmarking.
Despite all this, Six is really the one with all the strength in Beyond Pain. Bren needs to learn to be cared for. As Six opens up and finds her own strength, it becomes clear she’s the only one who can make Bren understand he’s worthy of love. No easy thing. Like all the O’Kane women, Six doesn’t need Bren to be capable but she does need him to feel whole. As he does her.
Their journey is beautiful and heartwarming and ‘can someone please turn on a fan’ hot. Best book in this series yet. If you haven’t taken ink yet, by the time you finish Beyond Pain you’ll be ready to say, O’Kane for Life.
While Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club, she won’t turn down a sexy werewolf, demon or faerie. Her appreciation of Alexander Skarsgard is well documented. Bother her on Twitter — @ChelseaVBC — she likes it.