Review: Beyond Solitude by Kit Rocha

beyond solitudeReviewed by Carrie

Note: Though this novella is meant as a stand alone, I feel that a new reader will be missing a great deal of information about the dystopian world it is set in.  The story takes place at the same time as Beyond Jealousy. However, those who have read at least one of the Beyond books can read the story at any time.

Derek Ford is the man behind the scenes for the O’Kane gang.  His job is to travel around making deals to get the supplies needed for the O’Kane booze.  Ford loves the solitude his job brings and Dallas has always given him a little more leeway to get deals done.  All of that comes to a stop when Ford peels out and crashes his bike in a more rural part of Sector Four. 

Instead of calling for help, he walks twenty miles back to the compound on a broken leg.  Ford is relegated to the office while his leg heals and he is not a happy man, to say the least.

Enter Mia.  Mia is a recent defector from Sector Two’s Orchid House.  Lex, being a former Orchid, offers Mia an opportunity in the form of a job as Ford’s assistant.  Ford, being the grumpy old man he is, balks at someone else in “his domain,” especially some silly woman.  However, Orchid House didn’t train stupid women.  As Mia shows her skills at modernizing the O’Kane supply chain, Ford begins to see Mia not just as another pretty face.

Of course, the path of love is never easy for the O’Kane gang.  Ford wants to bring Mia under his wing and protect her.  Mia wants to be able to finally stand on her own two feet.  I felt Ford and Mia were similar to Dallas and Lex but on a much more sweet and tender level.  That is not to say that their love scenes were anything but h.o.t. – this is a Kit Rocha book!

I loved getting a peek at the world beyond Sector Four’s walls.  I hope that Rocha continues to expand and write about the common folk in their world.  As always, it was great to see the O’Kanes all up in each other’s business.  This novella was a nice warm break from the sometimes grittier main story.  Brace yourselves for Trix & Finn’s story next. I have a feeling it’s going to be a doozy.

Grade: B+

*ARC provided by Kit Rocha

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Beyond Solitude
by Kit Rocha
Release Date: May 1, 2014

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