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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Beyond Solitude by Kit Rocha

Beyond Solitude is an erotic romance and part of the Beyond Series by authors Kit Rocha. The story takes place in a dystopian future years after an event called the Flare. This
novella is book 4.5 in the series, and although I started with this book and followed it with minimal confusion, there are still characters and situations that are best understood by reading the series from the beginning (Beyond Shame - Beyond, Book #1). In this series, people live in different sectors. Each sector is different from the next. In Beyond Solitude, the main characters are Mia and Ford. Mia is from Sector 2. In Sector 2, girls are sold to "houses" that train them in different ways to pleasure men. The women are then purchased according to the wants of the buyer. In Sector 2 people live a fairly comfortable life, unlike Sector 4 which is rough and relatively poor. Sector 4 is run by a gang called the O'Kanes, which is led by Dallas O'Kane. If you are a part of the O'Kanes you are feared and respected. If you are not, then it seems like pretty much anything goes. Ford is an O'Kane in Sector 4.

In Beyond Solitude Mia has walked away from Sector 2. I guess you could say she fled to Sector 4 away from the controlling and humiliating life that she's known. She gets a job working for the O'Kanes and is set to work as an assistant to Ford. When we meet Ford, he's a surly, ill-tempered man with a limp from a slow-healing motorcycle injury. Despite his poor temperament, Mia is determined to make her way. In addition, she's attracted to Ford and he is attracted to her. The problem is, Mia wants to experience independence and being her own woman for the first time. She doesn't want to belong to anyone or have her ability to care for herself taken away. On the other hand Ford feels the need to protect Mia when he knows she needs it. In addition, Ford is dealing with insecurities due to his injury and the fact that it hinders him enough so that he's stuck working behind a desk.

This was a good book with a fair amount of steam. If you're familiar with the other books in the series, you'll probably find the erotic nature of this to be quite tame in comparison. For people who are unfamiliar with the series, be forewarned, although it's tame when compared to others in the series, things still get pretty heated up between Mia and Ford. Overall I liked the story. I was happy that Mia was introduced  as she adds diversity t the series. Although I would have liked for it to be a tad longer, it was entertaining. Unfortunately, nothing really stood out about it. It wasn't exceptional as I think it could have been, but it was a worthwhile read that didn't waste my time or leave me frustrated once done.  The characters were likable, and I respected Mia's desire to be free and her own woman. I'm giving Beyond Solitude a 3 out of 5 rating.

*I received this copy of Beyond Solitude from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest and fair review.*

Rating: 3 out of 5
Pages: 144
Published: April 30, 2014

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