A woman with no future…
Live fast, die young–anything else is a fantasy for Six. She’s endured the worst the sectors had to throw at her, but falling in with Dallas O’Kane’s Sector Four gang lands her in a whole new world of danger. They’re completely open about everything, including their sexuality–but she hasn’t survived this long by making herself vulnerable. Especially not to men as dominant as Brendan Donnelly.
A man without a past…
Bren is a killer, trained in Eden and thrown to the sectors. His one outlet is pain, in the cage and in the bedroom, and emotion is a luxury he can’t afford–until he meets Six. Protecting her soothes him, but it isn’t enough. Her hunger for touch sparks a journey of erotic discovery where anything goes–voyeurism, flogging, rough sex. He has only one rule: he won’t share her.
In Bren’s arms, Six is finally free to let go. But his obsession with the man who made him a monster could destroy the fragile connection they’ve forged, and cost him the one thing that makes him feel human–her love.
I had the first two books to this series on my kindle but hadn’t had time to read them. As I started this book for the review, I found I was severely confused and lost in this book. So I made a mad rush to read the first two books so I would understand Six and Bren. The reason I am telling you this, is don’t attempt Beyond Pain, till you have read Beyond Shame and Beyond Control. Once you have those read, this one will not only make sense but you will enjoy the whole series.
Six is a girl who is damaged to the point that I had moments I wondered if she would ever be able to feel and love again. The torment she saw in the other sectors would be enough to drive normal people mad, but she is a strong lady. Trying to figure out what she wants in this new sector and being part of O’Kane’s clan, she is also struggling with her feelings for Bren. Trust is a key element she is going to need to learn if she is going to find the life she wants. She is offered help yet she has such a wall around her, she looks at all offers as a way for the other person to see her as vulnerable, which makes them threatening instead of helpful.
Bren, also a damaged soul, is a fighter. He is determined to clear the sectors of unwanted abuse and gangs, but he has a tender side for Six. You can see in his actions he wants to heal her, but as he was told earlier in the book, you can’t fix those who don’t want to be fixed. He wants Six to believe she deserves love and control over her body, he also wants her to know she is loved and respected. Bren finally earns enough trust with Six to explore her desires and wants and to be a source of strength for her. Trust me, this could seriously be considered one of his top three victories in life because she doesn’t make it easy.
Six agrees to go back with Bren to the sector that caused a lot of her trauma. She finds some of the people she knew and she helps Bren do the job he was assigned to do. I loved how Bren was so protective of Six in every part of this journey. It was good for Six to go back and face some of the demons she was running from, but there is a lot of action that goes on in this job.
The author was able to give us intense drama, suspense, and a whole lot of hot sex. I am usually not a fan of Dystopia books, but this one had my heart racing the whole time. Sometimes it was from the drama, the action and sometimes it was the sex. The author has written a series that will introduce this type of genre to a whole audience that was afraid to take the risk and will win them over. She has created a world that we can actually visualize in our minds while reading and soon you find that this just all seems normal. That is amazing writing as far as I am concerned. The characters are so developed you find you have invested a part of your heart into each of them and you care about what happens. It makes the wait for the next book in the series harder to deal with, but the thrill from the series makes the waiting worth while. Each book just gets better and better.