Kit Rocha’s Beyond Innocence Release Day plus Giveaway!

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Kit Rocha’s Beyond series is a hot dystopian female empowerment series I love. This is the latest one and it was definitely up there with the rest of the books for me. The romance is hot, the overall story arc of the series was continued and my favorite part – the women embracing their sexuality and taking control of their lives – was at the forefront of this one.

Blurb:
For years, Jared has existed on the fringes of both Eden society and Dallas O’Kane’s Sector Four gang. He travels between these worlds, protected by his money and power–money he earned selling his body, and power that comes from knowing secrets. He’s untouchable—until he starts a new life gathering intelligence for the O’Kanes.

Lili Fleming walked out of Sector Five with a gun, the bloodstained clothes on her back, and an icy determination to survive. She finds herself in a world where people live hard and love harder, and nothing’s more terrifying than how much the O’Kanes wake her up, make her feel—especially Jared.

Emotion is a risk he can’t afford, and a complication she doesn’t need. But neither can resist the lust simmering between them, and the sparks that could either melt the ice around both their hearts…or get them killed. Because the only thing more dangerous than loving an O’Kane is loving a spy.

 

Excerpt

He didn’t say anything, just watched her for so long that the intensity would have terrified her if being the focus of his attention wasn’t thrilling in a different way. Finally, he sighed. “I don’t know what to do with you, Lili Fleming.”

Her heart lurched, and the words that spilled out were reckless—the most unguarded of her life. “What do you want to do with me?”

Again, the hesitation. “There are ways I could help you,” he admitted, rubbing his thumb over the bowl of his glass. “Ordinarily, I would have already offered. But somehow it seems complicated now.”

She watched his thumb make another slow sweep and couldn’t not imagine it smoothing over her skin. That was what he was talking about—he had to be. Touching her. Showing her the things her body wanted, even as her mind shrank away.

“That’s not why—” Her voice cracked, and she took a long sip of wine and wished it was whiskey. “I’m not asking you for that. I don’t know if I—if I could…” God, she couldn’t even say it, her tongue tangling around the mildest of euphemisms.

“I know you’re not asking.” He shrugged. “I guess that’s what makes it complicated.”

Because trades were simple. They never left you vulnerable. And he hadn’t really answered her question—he was so deft that she hadn’t noticed. “What do you want to do?” she repeated softly.

Jared held her riveted, so completely that she barely noticed when he moved. She couldn’t look away, even when he took the glass from her hand. Even when he laid his hands on her face, his fingers curled around her neck to hold her, and lowered his mouth to hers.

She’d imagined kissing. Mouths touching, lips brushing.

She’d imagined wrong, because Jared’s tongue was the first thing she felt, hot and shocking, as if he knew it would make her gasp. Because when she did, he went deeper, his tongue finding hers.

It was too much. Too fast, too intoxicating. Her entire body throbbed along with her racing pulse, and her knees felt unsteady. She clutched for the only steady thing she could find, grasping his upper arms to keep from melting through the floor.

Then his hands tightened, tilting her head back, urging her mouth open. His tongue swept over hers again, rough and rasping, and every tiny shiver of sensation built into an ache that settled between her legs. Not just an ache, a need, and she whimpered into his mouth.

Jared broke the kiss with a shudder and smoothed his thumb over her tingling lower lip. “See?” he whispered. “Complicated.”

She closed her eyes and tried to catch her breath. “Not sure that helped,” she said, an attempt to turn it into a joke. It had to be, or fear and longing would crash together and vaporize her. “I’m feeling all sorts of things now.”

“It doesn’t have to stop.” His hands trembled on her face. “But that’s your choice to make.”

An impossible choice—need or fear, pleasure or peace. And all of it shrouded in mystery, because she couldn’t reconcile the O’Kanes’ wild glee with her mother’s whispered warnings to lie still so it would be over faster.

“I don’t know.” She forced herself to look at him, to meet his patient, waiting eyes. “I don’t know anything. How can I make a choice when I don’t understand what you’re offering?”

“You’re right.” He smiled again and brushed her hair back from her forehead with a careful, gentle touch. “It’s not exactly fair, is it?”

She was still clinging to him. Slowly, shyly, she eased her grip until she was touching, instead. His arms were solid, muscle flexing as she rubbed her thumb against his sleeve and wondered if he felt the same spark of sensation. “When I was on the drugs, everything seemed so clear. I thought they were all pretending. I didn’t believe in pleasure.”

“And now?”

Now it would be like not believing in water while she was standing outside in the rain. This wasn’t some gentle mist, either. She was caught up in a storm, and she’d seen what heavy rain could do to the desert. The clay couldn’t absorb the water, and the riverbeds couldn’t contain it.

She wasn’t made for pleasure. Too much would sweep her away. “Now I’m scared.”

 

 

 

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Book Review: Beyond Possession by Kit Rocha

22910314 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.

3.5 stars

~Melinda

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Blog Tour & Review: Beyond Jealousy by Kit Rocha

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SUMMARY
When Rachel Riley sacrificed a life in Eden to protect the O’Kanes, she earned her place in the powerful Sector Four gang. But the former crime princess is tired of being everyone’s sweet little sister . It’s time for her to get wild, to embrace her fantasies as only an O’Kane can—with a delicious exiled soldier and the gang’s wickedly sinful tattoo artist.

A saint…

Lorenzo Cruz is a warrior, taught by his commanding officers in Eden that involvement equals distraction. Emotion is a liability, and desire a sin. In Sector Four, he finds decadence, shameless sex—and his own dark urges. No battle strategy prepared him for how Rachel makes his heart race…or the way his rival for her affections sets his blood on fire.

…and a sinner.

Ace Santana has a dirty reputation and a mind to match, especially where his new lovers are concerned. He’s eager to help Cruz embrace his dominant side, and to explore the lines between pleasure and pain with Rachel. But corrupting them quickly becomes an obsession, a need he can’t deny—and a love he never imagined.

Three hearts on the line means a hundred ways their ménage a trois could go wrong. After all, even O’Kanes do forever two-by-two. One of them could be the missing piece that makes them all whole…or a temporary diversion destined for a broken heart.

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The latest addition in Kit Rocha’s dark and steamy O’Kane series is a polyamorous one that fans of the books should recognize and probably have been either wondering about or chomping at the bit for – Rachel, Cruz and Ace. One of the things I love about this series is the strong threads of different characters going through each book. We’ve been seeing glimpses of Ace for quite a while so I love to see his story finally coming to the forefront.

I was hesitant on whether or not I’d enjoy this book as I haven’t read many polyamorous stories that I’ve enjoyed. Yet leave it to Kit Rocha to be the one to pull it off. The emotions the three characters goes through, the doubt and the questions are all things that the readers experience as they’re reading. They’re wondering how this relationship is going to work. I have to admit I was still wondering about the book and the relationship until the last 20% of the book and then I just wasn’t. I really enjoyed the love and friendship the O’Kanes show each other without question. That’s another thread that goes throughout all of the books – acceptance amongst family no matter what. Who doesn’t love that?

Overall, this was a very hot book that is definitely not for every reader and maybe not for the average romance reader but it certainly has a place in many reader’s hearts and bookshelves I think!

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars

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