This is book 5.5 in the O’Kane world and I’ve been reading them since the beginning. You can read this one without reading the rest and be fine with the story but you would lose SO MUCH backstory and color in this world that I wouldn’t recommend it. This is a gritty dystopian world unlike most others that I read and the O’Kane world has a darkly erotic edge to it.
Beyond Possession takes place not much time after the previous book and it’s a relief to see that Zan is doing well since he was shot in that one. Zan’s the hero and one of the main focuses along with Tatiana, who is not a name we’ve seen much previously. Tatiana is the daughter of the previous ruler of Sector 4 who was majorly corrupt, which puts her on edge with the others who live in the sector. She worries others will only see her as the daughter of the corrupt leader and not the business owner and skilled craftperson that she is.
Zan has had feelings for Tatiana for a while now so when Dallas – the current leader of Sector 4 – asks him to get closer to her for political reasons he has no issues with this. She is extremely hesitant and doesn’t know what to do with him or his interest in her.
“What do you need?”
A thousand things, but nothing as much or as hard as this. “Someone who gets me. Who doesn’t want me to be anything or anyone else. What do I want?” He drew her closer. “I want it to be you.”
“I want it to be me, too.”
I’m a big fan on this series because it’s so different from pretty much every other series I read. The world is very gritty and dark and I find their different sectors fascinating. The novellas are a favorite of mine because they fill in the small details in between the big, important details. The back story of the individual people in the sector in the smaller novellas is a nice way to showcase couples. Zan and Tatiana were sweet in the typical O’Kane fashion – with a sharp edge.