Beyond Jealousy by Kit Rocha

It’s HEEERRREEEEEE!!!!!

Yeah, I was a bit (SO VERY) excited to get an advanced copy of the book from the authors. This pair, I tell ya… if one lived in their mind, it’d be like a self-imposed life sentence filled with sex. Lol

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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.

A saint… 

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.

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How long have we been waiting for Ace and Rachel to get their shit together? Huh? How long? And then we got sprung with Cruz added to the mix of this little love triangle. And let’s be honest, yeah? We can’t really complain. I mean, it’s Cruz. I absolutely loooooove Cruz. That’s not to say I don’t looooove Ace. I do. A lot.

Let’s start from the beginning-ish…

Ace and Rachel have been dancing around each other pretty much since the beginning of the series. The O’Kane gang are all unique, each in their own way. They each have their sob story, though it’s never a sob story. It’s always a hard, sometimes tragic experience that made them the wonderful hardasses they are now.

I’m not getting into the plot. It’s not complicated, and we all know what’s been going on turf-wise with the O’Kanes and the liquor issues they’re having with their enemies.  I’m going to focus on Rachel, Ace and Cruz.

Rachel is angelic, no surprise there as Ace’s nickname for her is angel, she’s tiny and seems delicate, she’s sensitive and she’s freaking fierce. Loyal to a fault, she was given her father’s crime to atone and has been cast outside of Eden, to fend for herself in the sectors. That’s how she got to be an O’Kane. So yes, while Dallas O’Kane (couldn’t NOT mention him. UNF. My favorite) never does anything without a solid reason, taking Rachel, an Eden politician’s daughter in, is not one he’s regretting.

Rachel has also been in love with Ace since pretty much the day she arrived in Sector Four. And I’m pretty sure Ace has felt the exact same way about her all along. However, Ace has never felt he deserves to feel the way he does, or get what he really really really wants.

And that’s Rachel.

Ace is traumatized by his past to the point where his self-esteem is shot to pieces. And we wouldn’t know that unless we got to his book. Previously he’s been the masterful, extremely talented tattoo artist, very protective of his work, his friends and his angel. Avoiding spoilers, I’m not telling you what his deal is. Just read it, you know you will, anyway.

In comes Cruz. Well, not quite. We’ve already met him in Beyond Pain. Remember him fighting in the cage? And not losing? And being all gorgeous he made Rachel fall for him a little bit. Or maybe a lot. I think in my review I also mentioned I don’t know who I want Rachel to end up with. Well… I WIN. She got both. Lol

All three of them grow throughout this story. Not so much their characters grows, but emotionally they all reach a certain light-bulb moment that makes them realize what’s important and how to align their priorities in their life with everything that’s going on.

Of course, there were bumps along the way. I personally don’t want a story where everything smells of roses and freshly clean baby butts. That’s boring. There were emo moments and some (ok, more than some) panty-liner-needs-changing moments. And there was action and a nice setup for the next title in the series (is it April yet? I need this novella like oxygen, pronto! okay?) and the general plot line just gets more and more interesting and thick with clues, and back to the trio, they are amazing together, in all situations. Sexual mostly. So yes, this book is all encompassing: fantastic plot, fantastic sexual situations, incredible writing and amazing characters. Yup, I’m pretty much saying: get it and read it.

You can tell this review follows no rules, I’m pretty much all over the place, but that’s what happens when you take two incredibly hot O’Kanes and put them in bed (and other, um… places) with a pretty blond. This polyamorous  relationship is steamy, fun, insanely emotional, sexy and wonderfully written. I’m telling you all right now. If the future looks like what Donna and Bree (they are Kit Rocha if you didn’t know) are writing, I WANT TO LIVE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.

My rating: 5

Again, I want to thank Donna and Bree for the advanced copy of the book. 

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