Alexa Parrino escaped a life of servitude and survived danger on the streets to become one of the most trusted, influential people in Sector Four, where the O'Kanes rule with a hedonistic but iron fist. Lex has been at the top for years, and there's almost nothing she wouldn't do for the gang...and for its leader. Lie, steal, kill - but she bows to no one, not even Dallas O'Kane. Dallas fought long and hard to carve a slice of order out of the chaos of the sectors. Dangers both large and small threaten his people, but it's nothing he can't handle. His liquor business is flourishing and new opportunities fuel his ambition. Lex could help him expand his empire, something he wants almost as much as he wants her. And no one says no to the king of Sector Four. Falling into bed is easy, but their sexual games are anything but casual. Attraction quickly turns to obsession, and their careful dance of heady dominance and sweet submission uncovers a need so deep, so strong, it could crush them both.
©2013 Kit Rocha (P)2014 Tantor
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I totally enjoyed this book. Not as much as book 1, but boy is there a whole lot of smex...
This is romance and erotica, but with a developing plot... The events continue right where book 1 left off, but this time it's Dallas and Lex!
We get to see Lex interacting with the people from her old sector (sector 2), and watch as Dalls takes over literally 3 sectors by the end...
The smex is soooooo long... and drawn out in place... I perferred the story better in place and smex in others.
Well worth the credit or sale... Not a buy though because it pretty expensive.
Narration was great!
"gritty, dirty, fun"
I've read this book several times now. the beyond series is a go to for me.
"One of the best Dystopian series out there!"
I love the entire Beyond series. Sex, violence, and tatts ... how can you go wrong?
"Love Dallas and Lex!"
I love that Lex is a strong, independent woman who has fought for that independence. She's a leader in Sector Four who is respected by the men and the women. Lex definitely pushes Dallas to make a move instead of circling around their obvious attraction. Dallas hides his intelligence at times, and he can be very possessive.
I loved when Lex's new tattoo was revealed and the chain of events that tattoo ignites. And it was about time, too!
Lucy Malone brings emotion to the characters. I really enjoyed how Lucy Malone moderated her voice for each of the different characters.
Lust, obsession, violence. and power...the King has met his match.
I love this series! I would highly recommend reading or listening to any of the books and novellas in the Beyond series.
"Pretty good addition to the series :)"
This was a pretty good story. I liked Lex and Dallas and their story was good, actually better than I expected considering how they got along in book #1, Beyond Shame.
Lex was born in Sector 2 and sold by her parents to the "Orchid House". This place is where pretty young girls are sold and turned in to the equivalent of high class prostitutes. Lex wasn't willing to be one so she ran away and lived on the streets for years. She happened to get caught trying to steal from Dallas and got taken under him protection. Lex eventually convinced Dallas to include women in the gang and became a member.
Dallas didn't start out in a good life and has had to struggle for everything he's gotten. He claimed his sector and built his gang up through hard work and smarts, although he tries to convince his enemies that he's a brainless barbarian. Dallas has wanted Lex for years but he won't have sex (actual intercourse) with her because of his rules. Dallas won't have sex with a woman unless she's collared by him because Dallas won't share his women. He doesn't want to collar Lex because he's worried that if things don't work out between them it would cause issues within the gang.
When the story begins, Dallas has made a comment to Lex that pissed her off big time and she decides to do something in response that she knows will goad Dallas big time. I wonder what she was planning to goad him in to because what she does prompts Dallas to collar her as his. Lex doesn't really fight it but yet she makes sure Dallas knows she won't let him in easily. They come to a tentative peace together and start trying to figure out how to deal with each other in a relationship. Dallas is all for having Lex by his side. She's always been sort of the female leader (if unofficially) of the gang and now that they're together he likes the idea of her being a partner that will help with gang business and stand at his side. Lex is willing to take up the part and is happy when Dallas seems willing to give her some power as she'd been afraid that he'd just want to own her without giving her anything more.
Soon after Lex and Dallas start their relationship, a meeting is called in sector 2 for all the sector leaders. In book #1, the leader of sector 3 had attacked Dallas and company and got killed for his troubles and now the sector is out of control and the trouble could soon leak out to the other sectors. Dallas asks Lex to go along with him for the meeting to show a united front. This brings some interesting situations since the leader of sector 2 is also the owner of Orchid house and the woman Lex had fled years before. There is intrigue, backstabbing, alliances, threats and even an assassination attempt during the summit between the leaders. Dallas and Lex come out of it with mixed feelings but some good opportunities available to them. Unfortunately, some people try playing some games and those games cause a rift between Lex and Dallas. To be honest, I don't think that Dallas was trying to be mean or even act badly, I think he just said the wrong thing at the wrong time and Lex took it badly. There's some bad times as things are strained between Lex and Dallas and look to be heading south. Thankfully, they manage to save their relationship before all is lost and end the story starting their HEA together.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked both Lex and Dallas. They're both rather hard characters but they both have good hearts and you can see that...I'm just glad they were able to work things out. Overall the story was a nice romance with lots of sex and a good action plot that kept things interesting outside of the romance and sex. I'm sure I'll probably read more of the series in the future. I'd recommend this story. :)
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