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Beyond Solitude (Beyond, Novella #4.5) by [Rocha, Kit]
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Mia risked everything to walk away from a gilded cage in Sector Two, but grasping at freedom was only her first trial. With no protection in the sectors, every day is a struggle to stay alive. Her best hope now is a job working for the most dangerous gang in Sector Four--the O'Kanes.

When a motorcycle accident leaves Derek Ford riding a desk at the O'Kane compound, the last thing he needs is a sexy new assistant upending his office and his life. Especially someone like Mia, who greets his growls and commands with smiles and a fierce independence.

The friction between them generates an undeniable heat, and Mia's stubborn refusal to let life beat her down stirs Ford's darkest protective instincts. He has the power to take care of her, protect her not only from discomfort but from threats of her past...but first he'd have to claim her.

**Note: Beyond Solitude appeared first in the ALPHAS AFTER DARK anthology. It is set at the same time as BEYOND JEALOUSY but can stand apart from the main series.**

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  • Publisher: Kit Rocha (30 April 2014)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Beta Hero in the Beyond Books? I'll Try Anything Once. 12 August 2014
By Clio Reads - Published on
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As I've said before, Kit Rocha's Beyond series is my kind of catnip. By all rational accounts, I shouldn't like these books nearly as much as I do: I'm not a fan of dystopias, motorcycle gangs, liquor smuggling, cage fighting, or patriarchy -- all of which feature prominently in the Beyond series plot. However, while these books are set in a violent, patriarchal dystopia, they explore feminist themes like consent, gender politics, and power dynamics in relationships and in other settings. Oh, yeah, and they're also wicked sexy.

The novella Beyond Solitude focuses on Mia and Derek, and it's a change of pace from the prior books in the series because Derek is more of a beta hero than the other O'Kane men. Sure, he's got O'Kane ink and he rides a motorcycle, but Derek eschews the cage fighting and street fighting that O'Kane men seem to favor. He's not an enforcer or a military-trained assassin like Jas or Bren or Cruz (prior Beyond alpha-heroes); instead, Derek supports the clan by working behind the scenes, putting his skills as an economist/accountant to work maximizing profits from various O'Kane business ventures. He's a loner and a misanthrope, his disposition not improved by the fact that he lives with significant physical pain, a result of slow-healing injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash.

Mia, like the O'Kane matriarch Lex, is a refugee from Sector Two, where they train women as companions (read "prostitutes") for wealthy and influential men. Mia has been raised from childhood to see life as a balance sheet and herself as a commodity to be bought, sold, and traded like property. She's escaped from her Patron and longs for freedom in Sector Four, but old habits die hard, and she can't stop thinking of every gift and every gesture from Derek as debts that she'll eventually be called to repay, whether willing or no.

I liked this story a lot, though the abbreviated novella form made the couple's speedy courtship feel a little insta-lovey, and the conclusion also felt hasty... again, probably because this is a novella and not a full-length novel. If you've already read the Beyond books, don't miss this one, because it's a nice change of pace from the alpha-hero/submissive female dynamic of most of the previous books, plus it gives some great insight into series-wide world-building (like how the O'Kane clan's finances work, and the politics of Sector Two), but if you're just dipping your toe into the series, don't start here: I'm not sure this novella would stand alone without the complex background already established in the previous four novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's no such thing as a 'bad' O'Kane book 27 July 2014
By Iza M - Published on
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This, unfortunately, is a novella in the Beyond series by the two fab ladies that are Kit Rocha. It’s also just a small story of the big picture, where the focus is on the two main characters of this novella, not the others.

We return to Sector Four – thank God – where we immediately meet Derek Ford, who’s originally from Sector Eight. We’ve read about his accident in Beyond Jealousy but we truly get to know him from the first chapter. He’s in the Broken Circle, watching ‘the blonde girl’s’ show – Rachel – and of course that his body reacts to the absolute hedonism that’s taking place on stage.

“Shows at the Broken Circle weren’t just skin on display, bored dancers humping a pole and counting down the hours until closing. They were real, in-your-face revelries of lust.”

Our Ford is a little bit more mature than the other characters so far and well, he’s surly and moody and not real friendly. I noticed how he doesn’t really care to learn the girls’ names, even though he’s a part of the O’Kane bunch, having the tattoos to prove it.

But here’s where Mia comes into the picture and totally rocks his world.

The scene where they met for the very first time? *fanning self* Whoa!

“If I start stroking my d**k right in front of you, you’re damn sure gonna be paying attention. Not just watching – riveted.”

“He’d stood there unashamedly erect, his belt undone, that top button popped open like a challenge.”

So, he’s surly, moody, grumpy but certainly not shy. At. All. He just thinks he has a bone to pick with life, in general and likes keeping people away.

“Oh, he was enchanting. Grumpy and rude and beautiful and so, so fun to look at.”

But Mia changes everything for him. She’s there to work for him. She’s there to stay. In Sector Four and working on becoming an O’Kane.

Because then she’s free. You see, Mia, just like Lex and Jade, was a whore. Well, she was raised and educated as one but she never got to actually become one. Let’s just say she had a nasty bastard as a patron who did nothing else but belittle her.

But she’s strong for running away and starting from scratch. And up until people find out she works for the O’Kanes, tattoos or not, the conditions she’s living in aren’t favorable.

“Her heart and soul weren’t for sale anymore. Neither was her body.”

So, all in all, the story is all about little Mia becoming independent and finding out what freedom tastes like, while grumpy Ford actually softens and falls for a girl he learns the name of.

There was a scene with a little bit of O’Kane debauchery – a teaser, really – and Fight Night but the scenes with Ford and Mia? Yes, please. Ford is dirty in the most delicious way *waggling brows*

“I can jerk myself off,” he said casually. Lazily. “Or you could show me what else you can do with your tongue.”

Ford is definitely one of my fave O’Kanes. Right next to Adrian ‘Maddox’ Rios. I was sad that there was no scene with him but there was Ford, so he cheered me up. Plus, he’s swoon-worthy.

“It’s important to you. That makes it important to me.”

Five hedonistic stars!

*** I was given a copy of this kick-a** book by the authors in exchange of an honest review ***
4.0 out of 5 stars Ford & Mia 24 January 2015
By Julie H - Published on
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MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS - My favorite part about Sector Four is the equality. OK so maybe my favorite part would be the orgies! :) And Ford & his motorcycle, yummy! Mia is new to the sector, she is used to the luxury of sector 2 but was owned there - she is absolutely drunk on the freedom of being associated with Dallas & Lex O'Kane. Even though she doesn't wear his tattoos yet she is still under his protection thanks to Lex. Lex hires Mia as Ford's assistant & he is still being broody & cranky over his broken leg, walks with a limp still. He tries hard to take all of the wind out of Mia's sails - "sometimes what's broken stays broken." Mia's positive attitude & brilliant mind soon win Ford over - he calls her buttercup & introduces her to Kane's famous whiskey. Even though Mia had a patron for years she remains a virgin, and now she finds herself with so many choices of what to do with her body. She can be submissive - if she wants to be. She can be the aggressor - if she wants to be. She can take whatever Ford chooses to give her, or not if she says no. Ford is constantly giving her things, making her life sweeter, healing her soul on the back of his motorcycle. During one of the fight nights Ford & Mia are drawn together, no hiding, no performing, she is all in it with him. He asks, "Do you care if people watch?" She answers, "What other people, I only see you." But Ford isn't the sharing type so they go somewhere private, dang! But Ford helps her forget her training, what is easy, and she demands to feel every inch of him & loves every second of it! But Ford makes a huge mistake in his quest to keep Mia safe - he takes away all of her new freedom by appearing to buy her, not to mention he is already technically her boss. Love, love, love Dallas & Lex, the king & queen who always know how to rectify a bad situation & teach their people about the freedom of sector four. Dallas tells Ford that he realizes Ford had great intentions but that doesn't matter when he's stepping all over Mia's pride. Dallas understands the importance of female power & equality in his sector & he strives to make things right. Can I please live there?? LOL
5.0 out of 5 stars This novella was a perfect answer. Mia runs from Sector 2 after she ... 14 October 2014
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Derek Ford shows up briefly in a previous book when it is mentioned that he was in a motorcycle accident and walked back miles on a broken leg. Ever since I read that blurb, I was fascinated about what would happen to him after he got his new assistant from Sector 2.

This novella was a perfect answer. Mia runs from Sector 2 after she learns that Jade was able to escape with Lex's help. Jade finds work for Mia in Derek Ford's office and she is immediately taken by the handsome, although grumpy, man.

Derek's an O'Kane through and through, but he likes to live on the edges of the O'Kane world. Not interested in the wild parties, he shows his loyalty to Dallas by getting his job done. After his accident, he is working painfully through recovery. Used to being on his own, he is at first annoyed that he is given an assistant but is smart enough to recognize how much Mia can help.

I really loved Ford. He's grumpiness was very endearing, especially when he would quietly show how much he cared through his actions rather than through words, smiles, or flirtations. Mia immediately is able to see through his exterior and I like the way their relationship developed.

This was a great side story because it's not something that would have fit within the confines of the rest of the books, but it was really great to see a different part of Sector 3. I really thought it added a lot to the world building to see how Mia is treated as an outsider vs. how she is treated as part of the O'Kane gang. It shows that there's still a lot of work to be done in Sector 3 to bring peace, and Dallas O'Kane and his gang are the ones to do it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all O'Kane fans!!!! 2 June 2014
By Tracy ~ Book Loving Pixies - Published on
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I have to admit that I am an O'Kane junkie.... I LOVELOVELOVE the Beyond series and I was thrilled when the girls announced they were writing a novella featuring Ford and Mia.

I'm intrigued by the whole post-flare world that the books are set in and reading more about what goes on outwith the O'Kane compound and Sector4 was right up my street!!!

Ford is a bit older and he's kinda rough round the edges. We met him briefly in Beyond Jealousy but knew next to nothing about him! He's gruff, grouchy, and has mostly closed himself off from the people around him....

Mia has fallen on tough times after escaping Sector 2 and she's living is one of the worst parts of the Sector with very little to her name but she's a fighter and has survived without having her spirit broken.
She's a caring, lovely but tough wee thing who speaks her mind and isn't put off by Ford, regardless of how he comes across when she first meets him.

They have a mutual attraction from the get-go and I loved reading about the development of their relationship (and being an O'Kane bloke, Ford managed to royally mess things up - even though he had the best of intentions!!). It's was fab learning a little more about the other sectors and of course, we had the appearance of some of our S4 favourites......

As ever, the dialogue between the characters is fantastic, the sex and smokin & I'm in lust.... this time with Ford!!!

BEYOND SOLITUDE is a great addition to the series and a MUST READ for all O'Kane/Kit Rocha fans!!!!

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