Hawk and Jeni are sweet and hot, mixed with a bit of desperation. Beyond Ecstasy is the closest to a traditional romance in this series, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of the hot, sexy times we’ve come to expect from Kit Rocha. ~ Java Girl, Guilty Pleasures
The next-to-last book in the bestselling BEYOND series…
The O’Kanes have a reputation for working hard and playing harder—except for Hawk. He joined the gang with one goal: to ensure his family’s survival through the impending war with Eden. It’s been years since he had the luxury of wanting anything for himself. Now, he wants Jeni. From the first moment he saw her, he’s been obsessed with making her his. Not for a night—forever.
Jeni’s been lusting after the former smuggler for months, but he keeps shutting her down. She’s almost given up on getting him in her bed when he offers her the last thing she ever expected—a collar. Accepting it means belonging to him, body and soul. It’s a reckless gamble, but Jeni can’t resist the chance to slip under Hawk’s armor.
The only thing more shocking than the dark, dangerous pleasure they discover is how right it feels. But falling in love is even more reckless when forever is far from guaranteed. Because they aren’t just at war, they’re out of time—and every breath could be their last.
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Hawk has stayed quietly in the background of the O’Kane’s world, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from him. But now that I’ve come to know him, he’s shot straight to the top of my list of favorite O’Kanes. He’s somewhat old-fashioned and sweet, but still crazy hot! He grew up in the farms of Sector 6, and is most comfortable planting, growing, building, and repairing things–qualities that appeal to me. He’s a protector, and traditional, family and commitment are important to him. Beyond Ecstasy is the closest to a traditional romance in this series, and somewhat tame compared to the rest of the Beyond series. Don’t worry, ‘tame’ is a relative term–there’s still plenty of the hot, sexy times we’ve come to expect from Kit Rocha. Hawk has a dark, dominant side that he hasn’t fully accepted due to persistent worries leftover from his childhood experiences, and he and Jeni fit perfectly together. BDSM doesn’t often appeal to me, I don’t seek it out in my choice of books, I’ll read it in a favorite series or when written by a favorite author, but there was something about the way it was handled in Beyond Ecstasy that I found interesting. I can’t put my finger on it, but something in Kit Rocha’s words made me look at this type of relationship with a new set of eyes. I found Jeni smart, strong, and capable of far more than I expected. From the glimpses of Jeni we’ve seen in the past, I would never have guessed at her hidden depths. The new facets to her character felt authentic, not forced or convenient to the plot, but simply, a side of her we hadn’t seen before.
Even though Hawk has hung back, watching Jeni for months, their relationship moves quickly due to the impending war with Eden. The tension and uncertainty affects everyone in Sector 4, Jeni and Hawk are no exception. Kit Rocha really painted a picture of a group of people barely holding on, yet trying to carry on with a semblance of normalcy while waiting for Eden’s next move. I was anxiously awaiting the war, but in the end, I found it a bit anti-climactic. After Eden’s initial attack, it disappeared into the background, which felt off to me, a bit like a rush to tie up loose ends. This book does a great job of setting up the series finale in the next book, as well as the new spin-off series. As always, I’m anxiously and impatiently waiting to see what happens next.
Note: Beyond Ecstasy is not a standalone. This is a series that needs to be read from the very beginning, and in order.