That's right, it's yet another "Beyond" Novella. While the review is going up now, I read an e-ARC of this book back in 2014, bringing my Kit Rocha grand total for the year to 5!
Anyway, like I said, this is a novella, meaning it isn't a necessary read to continue with the series and explores side characters. That being said, if you haven't read the first 5 official books of the series, and you want to, click out of this review because there will be spoilers. Also, this an adult series with mature content, so be aware of that before you get into the books.
Here's the book's Goodreads description:
Tatiana Stone has worked hard to establish herself as one of Sector Four's most skilled crafters. All she wants is peace--but the sins of her father haunt her. He ruled the sector as a petty tyrant before the O'Kane takeover, and plenty of people harbor bitter memories of his cruelty. Especially now that Tatiana's beloved baby sister has fallen in with a man who wants to start a revolution.
Zan failed his boss once, and it won't happen again. So when Dallas O'Kane asks him to defuse the rebellion brewing in the sector, he'll do whatever it takes to get the job done--including seduce Tatiana. It's the perfect opportunity to get closer to the pretty crafter and complete his mission. But what he discovers is a fiery, passionate woman--and an affair that could destroy them both.
So, by now it's obvious I like this series, and this novella was no different, but I do have a few notes.
The Tatiana-Gia past was never fully explained and because of that, it felt out of place and I didn't understand the need for it to be in the book other than to keep Gia relevant in the series (is her own novella coming up?).
Like the other books, all the characters are gritty and tough, and that makes it difficult at times to separate their voices so they all seem the same. If it weren't for their names/pronouns it might be almost impossible to figure out who says what in the story.
In describing Tatiana's personality, the authors seem to go back and forth between her being selfish and selfless, demanding and independent or weak and lonely. That's not to say a character can't have all those traits, but she's described in a way that makes you think she has to be either one or the other. That even goes back to the Gia history I already mentioned, what is elaborated seems to contradict itself at times.
Also the plot itself was a little convoluted and choppy at times, making me have reread passages so I could understand what was happening. Coming from someone who can't stand when that sort of chaotic shaky cam technique is used in films, it was a little annoying.
In the end, it was a good continuation to the series and a good way to kill some time before the next official book is released, but it wasn't the best installment.