Saturday, February 8, 2014

MARKED by Kit Rocha, Vivian Arend & Lauren Dane

(Beyond #3.5)
by Kit Rocha, Vivian Arend, Lauren Dane
ARC review
Published: February 10, 2014

My rating: 5 of 5 ⭐️

"Beyond Temptation" by Kit Rocha

Four years ago, Noah Lennox thought he had bought his best friend's youngest sister' safety out of the dangerous sectors, right before his friend died. So he was stunned to find she was living with the feared O'Kane group in Sector Four. 

All grown up and a full fledged O'Kane woman, Emma was nothing like the picture of innocence he had envisioned. That didn't help the hard on he already had for her. Turns out Emma wants him just as bad, but Emma doesn't know all Noah has done to try and protect her.

The O'Kanes want his expertise, Emma wants his body and soul, is it enough for Noah to turn his back on revenge?


"Rocky Ride" by Vivian Arend

Only Mitch Thompson, free-riding tattooed biker, knows what kind of fire burns under the buttoned up RCMP uniform of Anna Coleman. For a while now, the two have carried on a scorching hot secret affair away from any public eyes. And although there isn't any sex more satisfying, Mitch wants more than just to be Anna's secret.

Hesitant at first to take their relationship public because of appearances, Anna quickly embraces the new status and lets loose as Mitch's girlfriend. Some critical eyes back at the station house are none to happy with this development and decide to put a halt to the new found bliss. But neither Anna nor Mitch are the type to go down without a fight....


"All That Remains" by Lauren Dane 

Four centuries after a plague left the population favouring men versus women, it was not at all uncommon to see triad or even quad relationships. But for Summer, who found a satisfying self-sufficient in the pastoral setting of Paradise, liberal as she was with with her body and her sexuality, she had never ventured outside of a conventional relationship. So when a new traveller in town who caught her eye, turned out to have a partner - one she already had a history with, old hurts and insecurities get in the way.

Hatch cannot believe the beautiful redhead his lover Charlie told him about turns out to be the woman he left four years ago but never stopped loving. Charlie is convinced meeting her was kismet and despite Summer's reluctance, neither man is willing to give up so easily. They are ready to set down some roots and Paradise is the perfect place to do it, Summer the perfect woman to do it with. They will simply have to convince her of it...


A fan-FREAKIN-tastic example of high impact short story writing!!! Not ONE aspect of quality writing was lost by any of these incredible authors. The stories are all as complete as most full length novels and in some cases more! 

Kit Rocha gives us the gritty and raw dystopian world of the sectors, where the most basic of cultures have survived. But even within the backdrop of violence and carnal indulgence,  Kit is able to outline intricate nuances in morality and distinction in values.

From Vivan Arend we see a small country town where every move you make is a public one. Her two seemingly unsuited main characters not only have to deal with the town's reaction to their match, but also work through their own pre-conceived ideas about the other. 

An almost serene post-plague pastoral setting is what Lauren Dane shows us. A future where life is simpler again, more careful and respectful. A non-judgemental and communal gathering of people recognizing their mutual need for survival.

We find in all three stories non-judgement and sexual freedom have an important place, we see fabulous story lines, rich character context and growth and the hottest, raunchiest and dirtiest sex. Ever.


✨Brilliant, raw, imaginative, irresistible!!✨

**ARC provided in return for an honest review.**  Barnes&Noble


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