So, I picked up Beyond Shame as a freebie on Amazon (which I think still is by the way), and while it did take me a little while to read that was more so due to personal reasons rather than book being slow. In fact, it moves quite fast, and in a good way. This is the first book of the series, and it focuses on Nicole and Jasper—or Jas. Jasper is kind of like Dallas’s right hand man and second in command of the group. Nicole is literally thrown into this area of Sector Four from the City (Eden). With the way is set up, it really gave me a similar feeling to Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series—which I liked. There wasn’t that much in world building per se. However, I think that was more because this was, at the end of the day, still a Romance, and so, a lot of the focus was on Nicole and Jasper’s relationship. While I don’t want to say that it was perfect, because, like I said, it does move fast, they have a relatively good relationship. For once I was able to find a portrayal of a BDSM/”Bad Boy” Romance where the male character is redeemable and isn’t grating on my nerves. Huzzah!! There was great push and pull from them, both and emotionally and even sexually.
Jasper is a great character. He isn’t over possessive or going on a “You are mine” type of thing in an over the top kind of way. He really is about pleasing Nicole and helping her kind of figure out what she likes, doesn’t like, etc. I liked that about him. Again, he didn’t make me want to slam my head against the wall. That makes me really, really happy.
Nicole kind of came into her own too. I do like the fact that she is fresh faced and new to everything outside of the city. I do like the fact that she came into it without having to completely sacrifice her personality or who she was as a person. She wasn’t out to necessarily be like the other woman in the group but find out she was while still being apart of the group—if that makes sense.
The sex scenes were hot. Hahah. They were hot, well-written, and well done. Loved it.
I don’t really have anything bad to say about this book. I will say when you step back and realize that it does kind of take place over a couple of weeks, it does seem like Jasper and Nicole moved fast (at least imo) but I think that was apart of their personalities at the same time and what were they about.
Rating: 5 starts out of 5