Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: Moderate Kink
Series: Beyond #5
Reviewed by Anne
229 ebook pages
For starters, you really have to read this series in order. You officially start with Beyond Shame, book #1, but if you want a smaller taste, you can read Beyond Solitude, which is #4.5, but stands alone really, really well. And I think you should read this series, because it’s dark and gritty and really, really good. Oh, and it’s really, really hot, too.
Trix has long been a background character in the O’Kane gang. She’s a bartender and a dancer at their bar. At the end of book #4, Beyond Jealously, Trix gets kidnapped and taken to Sector 5, and we learn that’s where she escaped from her life as a prostitute addicted to drugs.
Finn is an enforcer for Mac, the evil overlord of Sector 5. He actually lives just to undermine Mac, and has since Mac facilitated the overdose of Finn’s favorite girl, Tracy. He doesn’t care much about living or dying, but he knows Mac is horrible and he’s working on a one man mission to ruin his rule over Sector 5.
That all changes when Finn is called into Mac’s office and sees the newly kidnapped Trix. Trix is Tracy. She never really died, she escaped to Sector 4 and changed her name. Seeing Trix/Tracy spurs Finn to action like nothing else has, and Trix and Finn end up on the run. They’ve got a twisted history, since their prior relationship took place when Trix was hooked on drugs and Finn was her supplier – giving her the drugs in exchange for sex. They both had deeper feelings, but the addiction between them blurred everything.
So the question is never really whether Trix and Finn love each other, but it’s how can they work through their history and issues together. This is complicated somewhat by Trix now being a member of the O’Kanes. That means Finn will have to find his way to a place in the gang.
The relationship between Trix and Finn was a strong point for me. I really enjoyed watching them find their way to each other with nothing between them. The sex scenes are scorching hot, as expected in this series.
Also as expected in this series there’s a menage scene. That was a bit of a let down for me in this book. It seemed a bit out of place and it didn’t quite work for me. I was also surprised at how easily Finn was accepted as an O’Kane, especially given his history of working for Mac Fleming. Those were the only two week points in the book for me.
Besides Trix and Finn, I really enjoyed checking in with everyone else in the O’Kane gang. So awesome seeing Dallas and Lex truly sharing power. I’m also getting curious-er and curious-er about Doc (whose name is Dylan!). And what’s up with him and Maddox? I want to go back and re-read the entire series, taking notes this time. I thought Maddox was paired up with someone. And then there’s Lili from Sector 5. That’s one messed up lady, so you know she’s going to end up in Sector 4, hopefully getting some control over her life. She’s right up Lex’s alley.
So, if you’re reading the series, who is your favorite character? I’m a huge Noah/Emma fan, but Maddox is probably the one I’m most curious about right now!