I (along with many other fans of the Kit Rocha "Beyond" series) was able to download an eArc of this book in March, in anticipation for the "Alphas After Dark" anthology release. This was a nice treat for those of use who aren't familiar with the other authors in the story bundle who wanted to read the newest installment in the dystopian romance series without having to worry about potentially not liking all the other stories. (For those of you who have read my "Marked" anthology review, you know that was my biggest problem with that book.)
Anyway...since the novella will be released on its own, both in print and digitally, I thought I should go ahead and get my review for it down before even more time passes since I finished it.
As always, here's the Goodreads description:
When a motorcycle
accident leaves Derek Ford riding a desk at the O’Kane compound, the
last thing he needs is a sexy new assistant upending his office and his
life. But Mia isn’t scared of her domineering boss. The friction between
them generates an undeniable heat—but Mia will not be kept, and Ford
will do anything to protect what’s his
As always, the story follows the familiar formula for the Beyond world: two strong (in their own ways), stubborn, damaged characters who find their way into each others lives and proceed to weed their way into the center of their co-star's mind.
You'd think after reading four other stories, that would get boring...but it doesn't!
Admittedly, some elements get tiring
Mia and Ford, just like Emma/Noah, Bren/Six, Lex/Dallas, Noelle/Jasper, have that moment towards the end of the story where he does something...trying to be the masculine protector for a damsel in distress he doesn't have, which causes a rift in the relationship for a while...in the novellas that while is shorter, but it's still there. I know why the writers continue to include it- having that sort of conflict allows the female leads to show how strong they are without their male counterparts. It gives the story a balance with the dominate male elements of the plots. That doesn't mean I don't wish something else would happen to trigger the main plot point of the story sometimes.
Really though, that's my only flaw. I think if you're a fan of the series, you'll enjoy the story, and it will definitely help to kill some time in the Beyond universe before the next book comes out.