- Title: Beyond Jealousy
- Author: Kit Rocha
- Genre: Erotica
- Why: Because I’ve been waiting months for this book to come out.
- Rating: 5 Stars
Description: She’s been looking for the perfect man. She found two.
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.
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.
Review: I love it when you spend ages waiting for something and then it doesn’t disappoint when you get it. I have so far adored the Beyond series, but this book was my most anticipated one since it’s all about Ace, my favourite character in this series. He’s just that perfect mix of cocky, snarky and vulnerable that hits all my buttons.
But I don’t love this book just because of him. Up until now this series has pretty much been romance but with lots and lots of awesome sex thrown in. So you have two people who have the hots for each other but have obstacles to overcome, and all of it is played out against the dystopian background of the O’Kanes of Sector Four, one of the areas around (supposed) paradise city Eden, in a world where civilisation has partly broken down after a massive solar flare destroyed lots of stuff (sorry, it’s all a bit vague, but it’s not really important anyway).
This book bucks that romance trend in that we have a threesome: Ace, Rachel and Cruz. Cruz was introduced in the previous book, Beyond Pain, as a special agent from Eden who has now defected to the O’Kanes. Until he showed up the book always looked like it would be about just Rachel, who comes from Eden but had to leave to save her family, and Ace, who was born in Sector Four and spent most of his pre-O’Kane time as a prostitute (gigolo?) to the wealthy, bored wives of Eden. He is credited with having destroyed dozens of marriages, and everyone knows he is scum, including Ace.
The brilliance of this book is that this is not just two men in love with the same woman, and a woman who can’t choose. That would just be a love triangle without a resolution, and whilst the lack of resolution would be unusual, nothing else would be. No, this triangle is a proper one, where each person is in love with the other two, and the sex doesn’t try to pretend that the two men have nothing to do with each other and just happen to be in the same bed with a woman in the middle. It’s refreshing, it’s awesome, and it’s brilliant to see how both Ace and Cruz are worried for each other and get themselves into trouble for it.
I also found the background plot of trying to find out who is bootlegging O’Kane liquor one of the more engaging ones in this series, and my only gripe is that now that my favourite character has his resolution, the next book will be a bit of a let-down. Then again, this is Kit Rocha, so I’ll probably be pleasantly surprised instead.