Before they were the King and Queen…
Six years before the Beyond series started, an ambitious bootlegger named Dallas O’Kane caught a very pretty thief named Lex with her hand in his safe.
The rest is very sexy history.
In Beyond Forever, follow Dallas and Lex through the turning points in their relationship, from the night he caught her trying to rob him, through his rise to successful bootlegger, to legend, to Sector Leader–with Lex always there, willing to give him the push he needs.
Beyond Forever is a prequel novella that jumps through time to tell the story of the biggest moments in the formation of the O’Kanes and their King and Queen. It will be far more enjoyable if you’ve already read Beyond Control, and contains spoilers for the entire Beyond series.
For the most part, I’m not a reader who likes to read prequels; I’m not sure if it’s because I already have a pretty clear vision of who the characters are in the present, so going backwards seems like it damages my perspective in some way or if it’s because of the fact that prequels are usually a lot shorter than the characters’ main story line, so I don’t feel like I’ve gained a new understanding of what made them who they are. Regardless of my lack of interest in prequels, though, I knew I needed to give Dallas and Lex’s back story a chance because the King and Queen of the sectors didn’t become that way overnight and with the circumstances of who they were and how they met alluded to in the original O’Kanes’ series, acquiring more of those moments that made Dallas and Lex who they are to each other as well as who they are to those they reign over was pivotal in understanding just how strong their bond is and how much Dallas craved power, success, and money, stopping at nothing to achieve those things no matter who he had to trample to do so.
Ever since Dallas O’Kane arrived on the scene, he has been a force to be reckoned with, slowly growing his empire due to his street smarts, his manipulative tactics, and his pure grit and determination. And, while he could have chosen to rule alone, the moment he caught a certain vixen attempting to steal from him, he knew he not only wanted Lex by his side but he needed her fearlessness, her commanding presence and her sexuality because they complemented one another in every facet, which meant that he wouldn’t have to worry about Lex not having his back because she wanted the exact same things that he did.
Lex has never been a seen but not heard kind of girl. She has a ton of opinions and she isn’t afraid to share them regardless of the turmoil those ideas may create. She’s the perfect woman to help Dallas construct his kingdom according to his vision, because even when they have opposing views, she never betrays Dallas’ end game, and in the environment in which they live, that kind of loyalty will carry them through anything, and that holds true throughout the entire series, which proves just how fucking fantastic Dallas and Lex are in ruling with both iron fists and sexual pleasures.
I loved this insight into the people Dallas and Lex were before the O’Kanes gang was formed, and while many of their characteristics are the same, what makes them dynamic individuals is that they never settled…they always pushed each other and their followers because they were fully aware of the shitstorm they were in for and they planned accordingly even back when they first met.
Dallas and Lex are the King & Queen of Sector Four for a reason and Beyond Forever illustrates just how perfect they are for one another and for the roles they take in the rebellion against Eden because these two never say die, even when they’re closer than they think to doing so.
4.5 Poison Apples
About the Author
Kit Rocha is the pseudonym for co-writing team Donna Herren and Bree Bridges. After penning dozens of paranormal novels, novellas and stories as Moira Rogers, they branched out into gritty, sexy dystopian romance.
The series has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, has been nominated for best erotic romance in the RT Reviewer’s Choice award four times, and won in 2013.