Series: The Beyond Series #5
Genre: Dystopian Erotic Romance
Length: 276 pages
Publisher: Kit Rocha (August 10, 2014)
She’s fought like hell to leave the past behind.
Trix changed her name and her life when she got clean four years ago. Now, she has a new family and a job she loves—tending bar and dancing at the Broken Circle. As an O’Kane, she’s happy, untouchable. Until a nightmare from her old life tears her away from her home and drags her back to Hell—also known as Sector Five.
He’s still living—and dying—in it.
Losing Trix was the kick in the head Finn needed to get sober, but working as an enforcer for a man he hates is slowly crushing his soul. The only thing that keeps him going is his determination to destroy Sector Five from the inside. Then Trix comes back into his life—alive, in danger—and nothing else matters.
Getting her home could be a suicide mission. The only thing deadlier is the old spark that flares to life between them. Soon, Finn and Trix are battling the one addiction neither of them ever managed to kick—each other. And it could cost them everything.
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Other Books in Series:
Beyond Addiction is a dystopian erotic romance novel, set in a post-apocalyptic world filled with drugs, danger, and drama. It is part of a series of books set in the same world. You may want to read the other books before beginning this one, as there are several hints at back story that would be lost on someone who hasn’t read the previous books.
This book focuses on Trix and Finn, two drug-addicted residents of Sector Five who lose themselves in each other until Trix dies when Finn is unable to save her. He gets clean and vows to take down Five’s leader if it’s the last thing he does – an end result he wouldn’t mind in the least. He doesn’t know that Trix is still alive, having escaped to Sector Four to get clean and build herself a new life.
Circumstances throw the two back together and this time Finn vows to save her – even from himself. He ends up following her to Four and there the two try to create a life together from the ashes of their previous situation.
I enjoyed some aspects of this story, although other parts really bugged me. I felt the authors did an amazing job of writing the desperate type of Love Finn has for Trix who has essentially returned from the dead. I thought that the way in which they had to start over in their relationship, which is free of drugs for the first time ever to be very realistic and thorough. I also thought the reaction of Trix’s new family to Finn’s appearance to be believable as well. I also liked that Finn and Trix’s relationship shifts in the new sector to a dynamic that puts her in the alpha position instead of him. That was unique.
There were a few places the book fell down for me. First, the writing style is choppy – there are an abundance of sentence fragments and vague comments that make it difficult to understand what the characters are thinking/saying. For example: “Maybe O’Kane’s good at pulling off miracles, after all.” “No, just more lies,” Trix countered. “The biggest one Mac ever told.” The shift from talking about one character to another is choppy and confusing. Much of the book is written in this way.
Another problem I had was with the “erotic” part of this book’s genre. There was one polyamory scene about half way through, and a few mentions so M/M, M/F/M situations (the characters who have their own stories in the series), but the majority is straight sex between the two main characters. And honestly, much of the sex wasn’t even that kinky. It’s fine – not every book must be filled with licentious behavior and kink to qualify as erotic, but for me, the sex wasn’t that impressive. There’s also this push/pull of control between the two characters that wasn’t explained well and left me confused.
It was everything she’d wanted all along, raw and messy and real, and she reveled in it, even knowing it would hurt more later.
Review for other books in series:
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