**Read the book everyone’s talking about with this re-released, extended version of Beyond Eden—The original, darkly sexual love story that’ll leave you questioning everything you know about good and evil**
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 desires more than anything—his best friends, lovers Paul and Eve. Determined to claim what was never supposed to be his, Danny waits like a snake in the grass, poised for the right moment to offer them a temptation too delicious to resist.
Artist Eve Everton made the painful decision to leave her true love Paul for the siren call of New York City. Now 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.
Paul Mattling is 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.
Have you ever read a re-released book and wondered how you missed reading the book the first time it was released? That’s where I’m at right now. Questioning how in the world I missed reading Beyond Eden before now. I have absolutely no idea because it’s previous publisher was one whose books I used to read all the time. I have been reading BDSM books for several years now and have read several of Kele Moon’s books. So I’m really unsure of how I failed to read this book before now. But, as they say, better late than never and perhaps it’s for the best because I not only managed to snag both Beyond Eden and Finding Eden for a serious steal of a deal, I’m reading them right before Claiming Eden is set to release. After finishing Beyond Eden, that thought gives me full-body shivers because Eden is proving to be a delicious place to be.
Moon pulled me into the book immediately with the teenage lovers’ parting. Paul and Evie’s final night together was so emotional that I was weepy eyed for two characters I had just met. It didn’t matter to me that they were barely more than children. I could feel the depth of their love and knew it was more than high school infatuation and my heart broke for them. Fast forward ten years to the present and it’s easy to see why Eve would be a bit mortified when running into Paul’s best friend, who was her other best friend way back when, especially when she feels as though her life is in shambles. Dinner with Danny turns out to be exactly what Eve needed because not only does it give her a reason to escape her mother’s judgmental personality (what a witch!), but she gets to spend the evening with someone she truly enjoys spending time with. Seeing the two of them so comfortable in one another’s presence, it’s not hard to accept them as a couple once Eve learns that Paul is engaged to be married. What was surprising for me, was seeing the control that Danny exerted over Paul. Flipping heck that was hot. Equally as hot were the scenes between Danny and Eve. But those scenes had nothing on what happened when Paul’s secrets were revealed and Evie joined them in their games. Oh my goodness! Two bisexual men and a woman – my favorite combination and Moon’s scenes would have left me wondering if my naughty fantasies had leaked out on paper somewhere had she not written these books before I discovered my love of the genre. Yet all the hormone-laden scenes did not prepare me for the blow that would befall the trio as Paul’s wedding date got closer and closer, leaving them no choice but to separate. And even that was not enough of a rug for Moon to pull out from under me, but at least the next rug gave me hope instead of heartbreak as Paul’s emotional pain became too much for him to bear, leaving him no choice but to fight for his happiness – quite literally.
I’ve never really gone for the submissive male storyline, but apparently that does not apply when the man is submissive to another man. Especially when we’re talking about Paul submitting to Danny. I am still not sure who was hotter – Paul the submissive, Paul the masochist, Danny the dom, or Danny the sadist? Sadomasochism has always been one of those BDSM areas that I have to judge on a book by book basis. As someone whose degree is in psychology, I understand the mindset behind it on each person’s part. But because sadomasochism is often confused with abusive situations in romances, I tread cautiously when reading it. This is because I find it disturbing when it’s an abusive situation that’s wrongly presented as S/M, but when it’s treated properly, an S/M relationship can be quite beautiful to witness in a book. This is the case with Beyond Eden. While I am not fully convinced that Danny is a sadist, I do know that his love of Paul compels him to act as one, not only because the pain is what Paul needs, but also because Danny understands how dangerous it could be if Paul sought relief with someone else. This became abundantly clear to the reader at the same time as Evie came to fully understand what Danny had been saying about Paul’s seductiveness. I was engrossed in Beyond Eden and cannot wait to start Finding Eden next because as intense as it was to watch Danny and Paul together, I really want to see how they got there.