Adrian Maddox fled his royal life—and tragic past—in Sector One, choosing instead to join up with the O’Kanes. For years, he’s lived by one rule: love fast, love hard, and always be willing to walk away. He’s managed to guard his heart, keep it whole and untouched—until now.
They couldn’t be more different—Dylan, the brilliant, burned-out doctor from Eden who drowns his pain with drugs and self-destruction. Scarlet, the sensuous, sexy rocker from Three, a woman unafraid to embrace the world. And Jade, the whore turned spy from Sector Two, who battled addiction and came out stronger than anyone he’s ever met.
Separately, they make Mad long to open his heart, to tumble head-first into a sea of possibilities and wild love. Together, they make him burn, inside and out, with lust and unbearable, unimaginable pleasure.
Then one fateful moment shakes their world to its foundations—and leaves the sectors on the verge of all-out war with Eden. It’s the biggest fight the O’Kanes have ever faced, and Mad and his lovers are at the dead center of it. They could end up with everything they never knew they wanted—or lose it all. Including their lives.
Have you ever read a book and thought “Finally! This is what I’ve been waiting for!”? Well, it happened for me with Beyond Ruin and it had nothing to do with the foursome the book is about, though they were smokin’ hot. It has to do with the Sectors vs. Eden plotline finally getting the kick in the ass that I’ve been waiting for, and what a kick it was.
For many of us Beyond Ruin took FOREVER to get written, not only because of the promise of a committed foursome and finding out more about each of them, but because we all love falling down the rabbit hole into the world of Sector Four and hanging out with our favorite O’Kane’s. So, it is no surprise that I immediately jumped at the opportunity to get my greedy little hands on a ARC copy and I loved it!
I’ve always wondered why Mad aka Adrian Maddox walked away from Sector One. Hints have been sprinkled throughout the books about why, but finally finding out what happened to him was heartbreaking and explains why he tends to keep people at arm’s length while doing his best to protect them. Jade is one of those characters that I admire, but don’t necessarily love. She has a backbone of steel and determination in spades, but she drove me a little batshit as she overanalyzed certain things. Don’t get me wrong, I got why, she was raised to assess every person and situation she found herself in and figure out how to use it to her advantage, but there were times I wanted to shake her and tell her to stop. Dylan aka Doc (It took me a good portion of the book to remember they were the same person) was a delightful surprise. Who knew that what lay beneath his skin was such a dominant male? He also sees more than people give him credit for and Then there is Scarlett and lemme tell you, I adored her. She’s a cross between Lex and Six and yet entirely her own person. She’s blunt and to the point, pulling punches does not exist in her world, but it’s tempered by the fact that she isn’t mean about it. Scarlett has huge heart underneath that tough exterior and though she has a few hang ups, she doesn’t dwell on them.
Their road to their HEA is a bumpy one, but in true Kit Rocha/O’Kane style they work through their issues in some very smexy be ready to take a lot of cold showers ways as well as some pull at your heartstrings ways. I loved their interactions and how they fought for each other. My only issue is that I didn’t feel as if I had enough time with Dylan and Scarlett together. We get a lot of time with Mad and Jade paired up with the two in various ways, but I wanted more of the other two.
Throughout the series we’ve been shown bits and pieces of the conflict between Eden and the Sectors as well as the conflict between the Sectors themselves but all of that has been child’s play in comparison to what happens in Beyond Ruin. Eden finally makes a statement that the Sector leaders, well most of them, can’t ignore and now the talking is over, it’s about taking action. The twists and turns were well thought out and executed and there are a few things that I can’t wait to see how they all pan out. I loved catching up with the O’Kane’s and getting an inside look at Sector One, but the standout in this book was Ashwin. The Makhai is a scary mother fucker but that just makes him that much more intriguing.
The Bottom Line: *Cue The Final Countdown by Europe* Great addition to the series and I can’t wait to see what’s up next!
~ ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review ~
Once upon a time, two best friends decided to write paranormal romance. And while that was awesome, they also sometimes wanted to write insanely dirty stuff that wasn’t paranormal at all. This is that stuff.
Kit Rocha is the dystopian-erotic-romance writing alter-ego of writing duo Moira Rogers.