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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Beyond Eden by Kele Moon

Beyond Eden by Kele Moon
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (242 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, Fisting, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: Best Book
Review by: Peppermint

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 her true love Paul for the siren call of New York City. Ten years later, with her life in shambles, she returns. 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 give in to 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.

This story was so deliciously deviant it had me giggling like a school girl. This story will definitely leave you wiggling in your seat. You may even discover a few new things about yourself - I know I did.

Danny, Paul, and Eve are all committed - almost to a fault. They will do anything to make others around them happy. Danny was committed to getting the two loves of his life. Eve was committed to the relationship with both Danny and Paul, and Paul was committed to making his controlling father happy which did not include a relationship with Danny or his pain fetish. Watching all of this unravel was truly an amazing experience which left me feeling privileged as a reader to be able to experience such an arousing story.

Paul’s internal conflicts within this story really touched me on many levels. He had spent his entire childhood under the thumb of is control freak father. That turned him into a fetish whore who needed to experience pain and humiliation in order to function. It was a side of himself he could not share with anyone especially since Danny was his punisher. If anything was worse than being a fetish whore in his family's eyes it was being a gay fetish whore. So Paul had to make the ultimate sacrifice to please his father leaving everything he loved and thrived on for a life of boring vanilla ice cream. Sometimes the Garden of Eden isn’t as divine from the inside as it is on the out.

Although I do not know much about the BDSM world outside of a fictional story, I cannot help but feel as if this was not far from the reality of the world. With that said, this is not a story for the faint of heart. Paul has a pain fetish that I have never seen so elaborately captured within a story. As Danny describes, Paul would let a domme beat him to death while smiling in pleasure. The lines between pain and pleasure are definitely blurred, so if you cannot handle that, turn around now. I can say this story gave me a greater appreciation for BDSM.

It has been a long time since a story has touched me to the core the way this one did. At moments I was just so happy that I could not help but walk around with a smile on my face. At other times I was so upset I wanted to yell at not only the author but the characters for making me cry and feeling like my heart was being ripped out along with Paul, Danny and Eve’s. Even when crying, like Paul, I could not wait for more delightful punishment. I can say the emotional attachment I developed while reading will keep me thinking about the cast of this story for a long time.


Tibby Armstrong said...

Thank you for describing so precisely how I feel about this story. I felt the joy and pain of "Beyond Eden" all over again while reading your review. It is, truly, the best BDSM-themed erotic romance I've ever read.

Kele Moon said...

Thank you so much!! I'm walking on cloud nine today! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that you enjoyed the book!!