This week's review is a day late (oops!)- I have a good excuse though! I took yesterday to finish up my camp NaNoWriMo draft and didn't want to type anymore when I finally had time to type my review.
Anyway, today I'm reviewing "Beyond Jealousy" book #4 in the "Beyond" dystopian romance series by Kit Rocha. I have reviews here on the blog over the last two novellas released in this series and I mention my thoughts about the first three full-length books in various wrap-ups on my Youtube channel which are still available to watch.
Before I get into my review, here's the book's description from Goodreads:
She’s been looking for the perfect man. She found two.
When Rachel Riley sacrificed a life in Eden to protect
the O’Kanes, she earned her place in the powerful Sector Four gang. But
the former crime princess is tired of being everyone’s sweet little
sister . It’s time for her to get wild, to embrace her fantasies as only
an O’Kane can—with a delicious exiled soldier and the gang’s wickedly
sinful tattoo artist.
Lorenzo Cruz is a warrior, taught by his commanding
officers in Eden that involvement equals distraction. Emotion is a
liability, and desire a sin. In Sector Four, he finds decadence,
shameless sex—and his own dark urges. No battle strategy prepared him
for how Rachel makes his heart race…or the way his rival for her
affections sets his blood on fire.
...and a sinner.
Ace Santana has a dirty reputation and a mind to match,
especially where his new lovers are concerned. He’s eager to help Cruz
embrace his dominant side, and to explore the lines between pleasure
and pain with Rachel. But corrupting them quickly becomes an obsession, a
need he can’t deny—and a love he never imagined.
Three hearts on
the line means a hundred ways their ménage a trois could go wrong.
After all, even O’Kanes do forever two-by-two. One of them could be the
missing piece that makes them all whole…or a temporary diversion
destined for a broken heart
Okay, so this love triangle has been building since the first book when it was still just Ace and Rachel, but it was easily the most difficult to write well. It's a very complicated poly-amorous relationship that could easily have been all sex and no substance. I think the ladies behind the Kit Rocha name did a really good job of writing a story that would make their fans happy...for the most part.
I didn't buy Ace and Cruz's feelings towards each other the way Rachel was interpreting them. It never felt like they had feelings for each other that weren't platonic. In fact, I felt like they loved each other like brothers, and because of that, their was a definite competitive feel I got that *spoiler* disappeared towards the end so their story could wrap up the way people would want it to. I mean, their competing with each other has been beaten into readers' brains since Cruz showed up, I felt like the ending was too neat considering that.
Ace is a character I've been looking forward to reading about for a while, but I didn't sympathize with him so much. I felt he needed to suck it up, every other paragraph was him saying he would mess everything up so why not do something on purpose, or how he was the platform for Cruz and Rachel to develop their relationship...
The book definitely leaves off on a cliffhanger that will have fans of the series dying to read the next book, which is set to be out soon, but as of now has no official release date.
I definitely think if you've enjoyed the series so far, you should check it out, but it's my least favorite of the stories I've read in this universe so far.