01 October 2010

Review: An unexpected present at an unexpected time -> Kele Moon - Beyond Eden

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Series: None
Line: Taboo
Book Length: Super Plus Novel
Book Type: eBook
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
ISBN: 9781419929052
Our Cover Price: $7.99
Book Origin: e-copy provided by Saritza Hernández, ePub Agent

Cover Summary:
Three lifelong friends find themselves tangled in a web of love, pain and dangerous secrets in this erotic Garden of Eden tale.

Tall, dark and handsome Danny Carlow has always gotten whatever he wants except for the two he wants more than anything—his best friends, lovers Paul and Eve. Determined, he waits like a snake in the grass, poised for the right moment to offer them a temptation too delicious to resist.

Artist Eve Everton makes the painful decision to leave behind her true love Paul for the Siren’s call of New York City. Ten years later with her life in shambles, she returns home. When Paul’s waiting arms aren’t available, Eve falls for Danny’s charm and finds herself a willing accomplice in the dangerous games Danny plays.

Former college football star, Paul Mattling is now a successful attorney with a bright future ahead of him. But behind those brilliant blue eyes are secret desires for a taste of the forbidden. Will he play it safe or will he give into Danny and Eve and bite the apple?

Reader Advisory: Not for the faint of heart, the pain in this story is vivid and real, the emotions even more so. Haunting and poignant, Beyond Eden presents a darker side of BDSM. You might gasp. You might cry. You might find yourself reading it again and again.

My Review: BEYOND EDEN begins with a bittersweet moment between Paul and Eve as teenagers. Eve goes to New York to study art and Paul stays behind. Through circumstances Eve comes back to Tampa ten years later and meets Danny, her and Paul’s best friend since they were young. From him she hears that Paul is going to get married in six months yet hidden desires, reigniting feelings and their friendship steers Eve, Danny and Paul on to a new path. 

It doesn’t happen often that a novel takes me by surprise but Kele Moon with her debut dark erotica romance BEYOND EDEN has managed to do so. In the midst of my paranormal romance reading spree I thought to give myself a breather with a change of genre and was completely awestruck by the intrinsically explored Ménage I found. It features tropes like voyeurism, BDSM & D/s (without safe words) and challenges certain morals that are thought provoking. Kele Moon voices this dark erotica with an evocative writing style which allowed a variety of emotions to thrive and touch my heart with every twist and turn. BEYOND EDEN is a condensed story of three characters, nothing more and nothing less, yet I was completely engrossed with the erotic and romantic development from start to finish!

Let me introduce you to these three incredible characters I got to meet. Eve Everton is an artist; she is flamboyant, chaotic and zealous. She really struck a chord with me in her creativity being so entwined with her personality and passion. She is open-minded enough to deal with the fetishes of herself and her two men yet also has a few fears to give it a realistic edge.

Danny. He is one tough nut to crack. I liked him, I loved him, he irked me, he angered me, and he got a rise out of me, pure and simple. He is the Dominant with a dark sensual magnetism and his self-confidence and actions did not always make him likable. Still, his character development was so incredible done as step by step the layers were peeled of him to reveal his true self. What I found was a man who loved so deeply, so completely, he shot a ‘love me’ arrow straight through my heart.

The last one to complete this threesome is Paul. Paul was like a double-edged sword of pain and pleasure. His situation of being engaged to Trisha and to want to meet the expectations of his father brings a bittersweet and daring element to this story. It wasn’t as simple as black and white or right or wrong, it is a situation that explores the grey areas and it made me reach for tissues various times in the story. He is a fantastic man; caring, charming, sensual but he also has a dark side. This dark side, this need for punishment and pain is catered by Danny and really delves in to their psyche and relationship dynamic. Paul was never weak or weird and all the characteristics of him made him a fascinating man to unravel and get to understand.

There is no real cast of secondary characters save Paul’s fiancée, Trisha and in the end I got to meet Circe, a Domme. There are no secondary storylines, instead all of the two hundred and sixty-three pages are devoted to the romance, eroticism and relationship growing between Eve, Danny and Paul. This created room for the author to carefully and gradually bare the souls of her characters and I could only read with bated breath. Next to the attraction, the fiery and abundant sex-play and the romantic feelings there is also room for anger, angst and jealousy. This is by no means an erotic romance where the playful, lighter side of BDSM is portrayed. Instead BEYOND EDEN encompasses all the sides of love, the strengths and the weaknesses, the good and the bad, the joy and the pain and blends it in to story that kept me mesmerized from page to page.

Mid-story there is an emotion-laden and elaborate erotic scene that was very insightful and allowed Danny, Paul and Eve to connect with each other on multiple levels. The beauty and sexuality Kele Moon captures in her sex scenes would get me all hot and bothered one moment to alternate the next with an unexpected emotional rush. The stark reality of the things impossible gave the growing love between the threesome a sharp edge and at a few times made me wonder what kept Paul from changing his mind. There is so much warring inside each character but with Paul I really wanted to shout; “See what you have, isn’t that worth it all!!?” Of course he had to come to terms in his own time and while the ending wasn’t a surprise it didn’t diminish the profound emotional impact for one second.

The debut by Kele Moon; BEYOND EDEN, is a stunning, poised, intensely sensual story that nourished all I desire from a dark-erotic romance. This author made herself known in the erotica genre with an outstanding debut that any seasoned reader of the genre will be satisfied by!

4.5 stars

“Can I watch you kiss him, Master?” Eve whispered, looking up at Danny imploring, hoping he could see the wild, rampant desire in her eyes, her absolute desperation to be able to witness perfect art as it happened. “Would you let me do that?”
“I might,” Danny said slowly, his eyes running over Eve as she kneeled there on the floor at his feet. “Do you want to watch us fuck? Does that sound exciting to you?”
Eve sucked in a sharp breath as a lightning bolt of unadulterated desire struck her a thousand times stronger than it had when she was being tied down. Pleasure shimmered over her skin, making her waver where she stood and she thought she might actually climax right there at the thought of seeing them together. The contradictions turned her on as much as the similarities, slave and Master, dark and blond hair, olive and golden skin, dark, devil eyes staring into blue, angelic ones. A devil enslaving an angel with both love and pain and all of it mixed together with hard, smooth muscles coming together in perfect, beautiful lines of art and magnificence. Danny and Paul had bodies made for nudes and Eve loved to photograph nudes, she loved to paint them more. She felt like she had just fallen into her own personal artistic paradise.
“Yes,” Eve said in a soft voice that was hypnotized with lust as she stared ahead unseeing, lost in her own world of art and fantasy.

Kele Moon will be in my Realm coming monday (October 4th 2010) with a hot and fun filled guestblog and giveaway. Be sure to come back!

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  1. Hm that is waaay to master and slave for me.

  2. Thank you so much! This was an amazing review! I can't tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to write it and post it! I've re-read it three times! An awesome way to start the weekend for sure!

    Thank you again!


  3. What a wonderful review, Kele, congratulations. Will look forward to chatting with you on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

  4. I'm intrigued...I think I would enjoy this. (even though I don't care for the cover - that apple is too close to her "lady bits")

    Nice review!

  5. Great review Leontine!!!

    Patt.. maybe that was the point of where the apple is.... to be biten!!

    you have piqued my interest my honey!!!

    I hope you have a great weekend! Hugs and kisses honey!!!

  6. Wow, hot cover! And the surprise you said is very tempting. I always look for twists in stories.

    My Darcy Mutates…

  7. Oh nice review Leontine! I think I need to read this one. The cover is yummy.

  8. @Blodeuedd - I know this is too much for some but Kele does such a great job with emotional/character/
    erotic development *sigh*

    @Kele - I can't wait to read the prequel, I love more Paul and Danny time!!!

    @Estelle - Thanks ;)

    @Patti - The cover candy is always a perk but its the content that truly matter to us book-addict, right? *wink*

    @Cecile - You really might enjoy this hon!

    @Enid Wilson - Twists are a sure thing in Beyond Eden ;)

    @Fiction Vixen - I love it when stories challenge me as a reader but as I said, BE has such fabulous multi-layered character development I loved it from the first chapter!

  9. Great review.Sounds like an interesting read.I'll have to add this to my TBR list.

  10. Thank you for your review. I'm on the fence - I don't know if I could handle the emotional impact of this one, but the cover is absolutely beautiful! I look forward to reading Kele's guest post!

  11. This book sounds just like something I would enjoy! I love the emotional rush accompanying the sexy scenes! And that quote is not only hot but also shows beautiful writing. I'm heading over to EC right now! :)
    Fabulous review, hon!

  12. I love the emotional rush part but I'm not sure I would like the amount of BDSM. Not sure if it would let me still feel comfortable.

  13. Hmmm...I haven't read a good BDSM novel in a long time, too long in fact and I'm lovin' how you've reviewed this one. Sounds like its balanced with the right amount of emotional angst and erotic sex. Me like.

    Thanks for the great review and recommendation!


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