Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: December 13,2016
Publisher: Self-Published by author Kit Rocha
Source: E-arc from author
Okay, so the Beyond books are an erotic/dystopian series that takes place over the course of 9 interlinking books. Beyond Surrender is the final book in this particular series, although there are a set of spin-off books coming up in the next year. Throughout the years, the stories have featured couples, a menage, a foursome, and the sexuality is fluid.. so if polyamorous relationships or bisexuality is not your thing, well… these may not be the books for you.
I will strongly emphasize that these books highlight solid female friendships and do not tolerate slut shaming in any form. I cannot praise these books enough for their encouragement of a female’s sexuality and her exploration. If you haven’t tried one, you can find the first book, Beyond Shame at various vendors for free either here or here… and there’s more. I just linked BN & Amazon because I’m a lazy cuss 🙂 Since I’m referencing earlier books, Beyond Pain is my favorite out of the entire set. (I reviewed that one, on a blog that no longer exists =\)
So there just no is jumping in without having read earlier books, sorry about that. There is a huge cast of characters, and you won’t possibly be able to follow along and understand the backstory without having read the stories before. I think their writing has become more streamlined and tighter since book 1, but that’s just my opinion as a long term reader and blogger. I also won’t be the spoiler-y jackass who tells you who specifically dies, but people do. These books revolve around war and revolution and no one gets off scot free. I think my biggest criticism involves the ramping up of the war part of these books and that takes the focus from the romance and characterizations of the people involved. It happens in previous books and I know I’ve mentioned it before, so it’s not a new thing. It has progressed the further along the series goes, so I actually think the earlier books are more romantic and don’t have so much ” other” (Other meaning war & strife etc) in them that the later books do.
That being said, Nessa and Ryder are in my top 3 of the couples here.. and while I’ve mostly been a fan of these books for the females, Ryder was my favorite character in this book. Taciturn and wily, he mostly keeps to himself.. but he also has a habit of looking out for others, whether they want it or not. He doesn’t give a damn about the Sector 4 leader Dallas, and I think that’s one of the most appealing things about him to our heroine. Practically raised in that sector, she’s protected and well, cosseted as much as she can be, with the way things are. The book switches viewpoints, which I can appreciate, but it also takes away from the story, by switching to various characters. Having been a longterm reader, I understand this, but it’s also slightly frustrating. It doesn’t help build the romance, and if you favor a particular character who hasn’t gotten a book yet, well, it’s just a peculiar form of torture. SORRY. It’s always interesting to see where certain characters will lead, and since there’s to be a spin-off, it’s certainly not good bye, and for that, I’m pretty grateful. I’m not looking to let go just yet. 🙂