Book Review – Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

by Maryse on October 6, 2012 · 21 comments

in Bad Boys & Rock Stars

Beyond Shame
<—- Last Saturday, I read a book. This one. *blink blink* whoooooooooooooo that was steamy.

It was….. soooooooooo very very steamy. No. Not steamy, that’s too tame of a word. This is EROTICA at it’s most erotic. HOT!!!! And I must have had quite the smirk on my face while reading it, because my husband pointed out my perpetual smile. Asked me if it was a good book. Heh. Yeah. You could say that. *silly smirk* I think I mumbled something along the lines of… “now this is “mommy porn“”. LOL! Hey! Those were the first words out of my mouth, and I knew he’d “get” what I meant by that. :P After all, I always told him how I thought “Fifty Shades” was more of a love story then what the news media was trying to portray it as.

This however… oh yes. It is what it is. And it’s so very fun! But… come to think of it, I think I should come up with a better “catch phrase” to describe this one. I dunno that I want my mommy reading this. I don’t know that I want my mommy knowing I read this. Tee hee!!!

Yep, I blushed through the whole book. During one of the opening *ahem* scenes (in a tattoo parlor)… I was intrigued but somewhat uncomfortable. I felt a little… eeeeeeeeep!!! I squinched my nose a bit at some of the… stuff… the guys said. I think that’s when I noted “D-I-R-T-Y”. ;) I started glancing around. Tugging on my t-shirt. My eyes bugging wide. Not like I haven’t read *that* kind of thing before (and to that intensity), but I’ll admit I was a bit slow to warm up at first. Or so I thought (but the tugging at the neck of my t-shirt would seem to indicate otherwise). I know, right?? With that kind of hot, who needs to warm up?!

But going into this, I was expecting more of a contemporary romance/forbidden love story kind of thing. Good girl from right side of town (depends on how you look at it) meets bad boy gang member from wrong side. Oh yes… it is that, too, but, I wasn’t expecting that kind of “erotic attack”. Intense, all In your face like that.

And  I dunno if maybe I just got used to the idea, or the “scenes” got that much better, but by the end, I ummmm. Yes. I warmed up to it.  *blush*

Tiffany: Maryse..Read Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha tonite..All I can Say is….WOW….Thats it…Just WOW….Can Not Wait until the next one…Holy …Goodness…Blushing…WoW!!!

Maryse’s Book Blog: Haha!! I know! I read it a week or so ago and my first note in the book was “woooooo this is D-I-R-T-Y”. LOL. I’ll review it today. Good stuff!

Angie: Loved it!  Filthy love, but love nonetheless ;)

Takisha: … I seen this post…read the synopsis…read the sample…and I was sold! 31% in…and my oh my..thanks for the suggestion!!! … this Beyond Shame…this dirty lil book is giving me what I need

Maryse’s Book Blog: OH YES. Yes. *nods* Yes. hehe – I blushed furiously and um. It’s good. Really good. hahahahaha

So what’s it about? *waggles eyebrows*. Okay no not just that. There’s actually a very interesting story behind the heat. This is a “dystopian erotic romance” and has quite an interesting hrmmm… sort of bdsm-style “Master” twist. Tattoos are predominant in this society. They mark gang affiliations, and “claimed” mates with tattooed collars. Talk about permanent claiming!

In our future world after a solar explosion, society has rebuilt itself in a few different ways. There is the, sort of “religious society”. Wealthy, upper class, but that live by strict rules. Extreme government control. All the comforts of living, and peace, but so very restricted. No drinking, no fornication… you get the idea. They can’t even have children without government permission first, and this is fixed right off the bat with a special form of birth control.

Then there are the gangs on the outskirts that have no government laws, or regulations. The laws are imposed by the gang leaders and rival gangs each protect their territories.

And that is where sweet innocent Noelle comes in. Wild child at heart, she is sick of her suffocating and stodgy upbringing, and keeps getting into “trouble” (drinking, and caught with a boy). She is exiled and let loose into gang territory. And literally falls into the arms one of that gang’s right hand man.

Tattoos – on his wrists and arms, the kind they taught about in school and whispered about at church socials. The sector gangs, the rough criminals who controlled the slums and waged war on virtue and life.

She’d been cast into Hell, and he was a demon.

What a world she discovers. And better yet, she discovers HERSELF.

I will say, as hot as this book was, the story as a whole comes together well and eventually takes over. Sure, the steam is a large focus throughout, but slows down somewhat and allows the characters to “live”, learn and grow.

“It’s whatever you make of it, honey. Whatever you want, it’s all up to you.”

What a terrifying thought. “The last time things were up to me, I got arrested.”

“Then I guess it’s all looking up from here, huh?”

“I hadn’t thought of it that way.” But maybe it was time she started.

I liked it. And when I caught myself thinking about it hours later, and wishing book #2 was out so I could get back into “their” world, I realized… I really liked it.

4 stars!

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Lise October 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Yes, this one was good. Another book with a similar feel is Flesh by Kylie Scott. I read it after Beyond Shame. It is a post-apocalyptic erotica book, very good and is only 99 cents!

Takisha Bodley October 6, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I am 60% in..chapter fourteen and I am enjoying it…i am in search of a HEA

Heidi October 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Okay, another book to add to my TBR list… but I’m not saying ANYTHING on FB about it…don’t want my mommy making any more innocent comments under any of your posts LOL!!!

Alicia October 6, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Finished Flesh by Kylie Scott as mentioned aboved also and SOOOOO loved the tables turned from a male centered erotica to a woman worshipped, and worshipped well *squeee* >ahem<. A little bit like The Reluctant Dom without the cloud of sickness and BDSM. I just DL'd this one and am thoroughly looking forward to it :) .

Takisha Bodley October 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Finished…goood read

Mom October 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM

But I’m sure deep down you didn’t enjoy it… Right? Hm… Right Sweetpea? You read this book just to see what all the fuss was about… Right?…. I thought so! Ok…. But just between you and I, while no one is watching… You do remember that my birthday is coming soon… And you know how much I like to read… So maybe I should read that book, just to make sure that it has not tainted your purity… Just for study purposes… Obviously! ;-) ))

Maryse October 6, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Haha mom! Okay, if you insist…. ;)

Maggie October 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Okay, I just HAD to get it after a review like that! ;)

Lindsey October 7, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Omg! I’m half way through, and it’s an anarchical post apocalyptic slutfest. I love it. Thanks for another great reccomendation.

Maggie October 9, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I loved it! Definitely a slutfest, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks again for the recommendation, Maryse! :)

Maryse October 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM

*giggle* My pleasure, Maggie! Anytime! LOL! :P

Rachel S. October 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Wow. Just finished this today after your recommendation. Lindsey and Maggie said it all as “slutfest” is the only word to describe it!!! LOL. I need something sweet and easy after that one! *Whew* I may be sweating for DAYS.

Andrea October 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Wow, you were so right. HOT and intense. Can’t wait for book 2.

JessicaM October 17, 2012 at 7:26 AM

So glad you posted this when you did! I was on the lookout for a new series….my love for BDB is gone :( I just bought Lover Avenged but I think it will be my last. So tired of the many POVs especially in Phury’s book. Anyway, where was i? I’m at 36 percent of Beyond Shame and so in love with this series already!!!

Anne Marie October 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I just finished this book and wow! I’m speechless. I mean, yeah that was pretty hot. Lol. It definitely had me blushing. Another great read. Thanks Maryse! Can’t wait for book 2 to come out! ;)

Maryse October 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Me too, Anne. It actually got into the romance part pretty nicely in the second half. I was happy!

Maggie October 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I’m really enjoying these super steamy reads. I think maybe I’m getting a little too desensitized because I’m not even blushing while reading them anymore. (I’d like to insert a blushing emoticon here about not blushing!) I have to watch out when I see your FB posts, Maryse, because I want to chat all about the books there with you guys but don’t really want family & friends seeing what I’m reading either.

The really interesting thing to me is that if I saw a TV show or movie that went as far as these books do, I’d turn them right off (and would probably be disgusted) but I love reading them. Go figure!

Maryse October 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Wait until I tell you what I’m currently reading. I’d say not as overtly “erotic” as this one, BUT WOW!!! STEEEEEAAAAMY! And SO SO SO good, I DID dream about the “main hero” in this one (yes there are two – to give you an idea of what is to come by way of steamy), and I swoon for him. He is just TOOOO sweet and funny and goofy and I dunno. I’m really feeling the emotion, even though I know the kind of “steamy” that’s probably coming (I’m only at 50%).

Maggie October 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Woot! I can’t wait to hear about it! :)

Nikki Eddy February 6, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I think I just found my next read. Maryse, what book were you referring to here, which I’m sure is done by now ;)

Takisha February 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Does anyone know when the 2nd book comes out ?

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