“Dangerous because they sparked too hot, and there were so many ways for two people to implode, much less four.” Mad, Doc, Jade, and Scarlet’s story was at times, exciting, tense, emotional, sweet, devastating, sad, and, for the most part, satisfying. ~ Java Girl, Guilty Pleasures
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.
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I’ve long been fascinated by both Doc and Mad, the drug-addicted doctor and the prince, and love the idea of these two together. I’ve wondered about the secrets, and hidden depths beneath Jade’s quiet, watchfulness. As much as I enjoyed delving into Doc and Mad’s pasts, their tragedies and pain, to finally understand what influenced their choices and lead them to Dallas O’Kane and sector four, it was Jade’s story that grabbed me. I have to admit I didn’t see it coming, but she really stood out for me. No spoilers here, but I was blown away by her intelligence, strength, determination, craftiness, and courage. She is so much more than I ever would have guessed, and I loved watching her come into her own. Scarlet has never really resonated with me for some reason, and I feel like she got shortchanged a bit here. We get bits and pieces of her story, but I didn’t feel that this character got the same attention as the other three. I’d love to see more of her and have high hopes for Scarlet to team up with Six in book #8.
I did discover that four people in a relationship is one too many for me. Too many arms, legs, hands, and other assorted body parts to keep track of. I found myself pulled out of the story, trying to suss out who was doing what to whom. Too many ‘his’ and ‘her’ to keep it all straight. I was terribly disappointed by this because Kit Rocha’s sex scenes are off the charts hot, but I couldn’t focus on the scene for trying to keep track of the details.
By far my favorite plot thread in Beyond Ruin is the impending revolution. It’s been building forever, but Beyond Innocence went along way toward putting players and spies in place, as well as exposing a loose brick or two in the fortress that is Eden. Beyond Ruin opens with a bang, and the excitement, tension, and danger of war permeates the entire book. I know the series is coming to an end soon, which saddens me, but I am chomping at the bit to see how it will all play out and who is left standing at the end.