**Re-Released prequel to Kele Moon’s darkly erotic novel Beyond Eden**
Handsome, angry and spoiled, Danny Carlow struggles to find his place in the world when his hatred for authority makes survival difficult. The only thing that keeps him from completely giving up and turning to a life of crime is his friendship with clean-cut Paul Mattling. More than his conscience and his best friend, Paul’s also the one Danny secretly pines for with every ounce of his being.
Paul is a natural over-achiever with a football scholarship and straight A’s to boast about. Yet Paul is haunted by an abusive childhood that’s left him more scarred than anyone realizes. Looking for an escape from his demons, Paul has his own deviant secrets, ones he doesn’t want anyone, especially Danny, to know about.
When dark desires are accidentally revealed Danny and Paul end up coming together in a clash of wild passion more tumultuous than either of them could have anticipated. Tasting the forbidden is sweet, but it turns the tables on their relationship, putting everything, even their lifelong friendship, in jeopardy.
Reader Advisory: This story visits the dark side of BDSM, where the only thing more intense than the scenes the characters participate in, is the love they have for one another. Please note there is a very brief F/F encounter.
Oh my stars, that was beyond hot. Even knowing that Finding Eden was a prequel of sorts to Beyond Eden, and even knowing how Paul and Danny were together, I still was not prepared for the level of sexuality these two men exude – separately and together.
Finding Eden begins shortly after the Prologue of Beyond Eden. It’s when Paul is trying to deal with Evie’s move to New York and Danny is trying to deal with the loss of his friend, while trying to hide his feelings for his best friend. At this point, Paul has no clue that Danny is bisexual because Danny has hidden it from him in fear that Paul will reject his friendship due to Paul’s tendency to regurgitate his father homophobic speech. But Danny soon learns that he is not the only one with secrets, but he cannot bring himself to believe the secret he’s been told about Paul. It is unfathomable that the golden boy could have a dark side, especially one as dark as the secret teller has revealed. So it’s not surprising that Danny initially shrugs off what he’s told. Until Paul’s behavior and secrecy force Danny to investigate the allegations and the truth leaves him reeling. Coming face-to-face with a deep-in-subspace Paul proved to be more than Danny could resist and I am so glad he didn’t. But their journey is only just beginning and it proves to be a bumpy ride as Paul’s need for pain and humiliation far exceed what Danny is capable of providing…or does it?
It was interesting to see just how seductive Paul could be and that it preceded his involvement with Danny. I suppose I assumed he learned to be sexy and seductive from Danny, but witnessing him use his wiles on Danny proved to be enlightening and sexy as heck. I wasn’t surprised by Danny’s sexy factor because it was commented on more than once in Beyond Eden that Danny was effortlessly sexual. What did surprise me about Danny was his OCD and how hard he struggled against fulfilling Paul’s masochistic needs in the beginning. It was quite the departure from the self-assured man I met in book one. But knowing that Danny’s next step in this journey will take him to Circe for training to become what he needs to be for Paul leaves me white-knuckling my Kindle as I wait for Claiming Eden to be delivered.