Title: Beyond Eden
Author: Kele Moon
Publication Date: September 8, 2010
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
After reading a few tamer novels (and being let down by a few recent ones) I went on a search for something hot. I wanted dirty, sexy, erotica and found Beyond Eden. The summary was intriguing enough to get my interest and the rating for the book was high so that upped my expectations. Was I sadly fooled. Ugh!
Let me just start with a confession. I never finished this book. And that’s a first for me. I tried, really I did. But there’s something wrong if I’m bored by erotica and find myself yawning through the sex and skipping parts to get to the end - an end I never did get to. I think I got half way. That was the best I could do.
The nicknames pissed me off from the start. If I had to read another word of Danny Boy or Paul Guy or Eve Girl I was going to fucking scream or throw up. Oh my God. You’re supposed to be characters in your late twenties. Grow the fuck up!
There was no depth to the characters. All they did was go to the gym or work, yet you never actually saw them in action, except when it came to sex. That was the only action you saw and it was mediocre at best. Actually I think mediocre might be too good of a word for this crap.
The only thing that I found remotely surprising was it was because of Paul that Danny was sucked into the BDSM lifestyle and not the other way around. If you read it, which I’m not recommending you do, you’d see what I mean.
The only reason Beyond Eden is even getting half a star is because Moon managed to surprise me with that little bit of info.
Where are all the toe curling, lip biting, moaning out loud erotic books hiding?! Someone please tell me!