Review: Beyond Ruin by Kit Rocha

Adrian Maddox fled his royal life—and tragic past—in Sector One, choosing instead to join up with the O’Kanes. For years, he’s lived by one rule: love fast, love hard, and always be willing to walk away. He’s managed to guard his heart, keep it whole and untouched—until now.

They couldn’t be more different—Dylan, the brilliant, burned-out doctor from Eden who drowns his pain with drugs and self-destruction. Scarlet, the sensuous, sexy rocker from Three, a woman unafraid to embrace the world. And Jade, the whore turned spy from Sector Two, who battled addiction and came out stronger than anyone he’s ever met.

Separately, they make Mad long to open his heart, to tumble head-first into a sea of possibilities and wild love. Together, they make him burn, inside and out, with lust and unbearable, unimaginable pleasure.

Then one fateful moment shakes their world to its foundations—and leaves the sectors on the verge of all-out war with Eden. It’s the biggest fight the O’Kanes have ever faced, and Mad and his lovers are at the dead center of it. They could end up with everything they never knew they wanted—or lose it all. Including their lives.

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My Review
“Alright, you crazy motherfuckers." Dallas broke into a wide, feral grin. "Let's tear down the walls of heaven and let a little sin in.”

So, I'm not a huge highlighter when I read. Every now and then I find a book that I just connect with the way the author writes. But every time I read a Kit Rocha book I highlight like a motherfucker. In Beyond Ruin I had 32 separate highlights. THIRTY-TWO. I'm pretty sure it's the most I've ever highlighted, and I'm pretty sure this is my favorite book in this series to date.

In Beyond Ruin we get the story of Mad, Dylan, Scarlett and Jade. We've gotten hints in previous books that these four were going to come together—and boy did they ever. 

“The four of them had managed to come together, and they fit now, jagged edge against jagged edge. But it felt like one wrong move could break them apart again, and this time their pieces might not fit together the same way anymore. Or at all.”

This story was so complex. We get 4 backstories. 4 sets of baggage. 4 people trying to figure out their relationship in the midst of Sector War. 
We get our hero Mad—the prince who left Sector 1, and we finally find out why he turned left. We get Dylan—the emotionally scarred doctor from Eden who is constantly taking pills to help him forget. We have Scarlett—the street-rat turned singer from Sector 3 who feels so much and wears her heart on her sleeve. And we get Jade—the rose from Sector 2 who overcame so much and wants people to finally realize not every time she bends will she break. Each person has their own role, no one is just that spare part that can be left behind. Watching these 4 navigate through the ups and downs of their relationship was amazing and heartbreaking all in one. And damn you Scarlett for making me cry. Twice.

“It was a whole language, one only the four of them could ever comprehend, their new native tongue. The thing that would hold them together in tough times and bring them back when they'd fought with one another. It would shelter them, give them strength, show the world what they meant to each other.

While the relationship was most definitely what drew me to this book, I was so surprised that even though I loved it—I loved the plot even more! So much happened in the Sectors vs. Eden. Ashwin calls in his favor (eek) We got to see a lot more of 1 and 2 which was awesome.

“Lex stared at the polished surface of the table. "Not to freak anyone out," she said faintly, "but did we just sit here and plot a fucking revolution?”

We're coming to the end of this amazing series (but thankfully we will be getting another series in this world—hello Sector 1!), and shit is going down. Sector leaders die. New ones take their place. War is declared. Who will come out on top? 

"And grief was dangerous, because people fought hard and smart to protect the living.
People got themselves—and everyone around them—killed trying to avenge the dead.”

 Kit Rocha has released 3 short stories called Beyond Happily Ever After. I would also recommend reading Blank Canvas before Beyond Ruin because you get a little surprise from Rachel/Cruz/Ace. You can read it here.

*I was provided an ARC of this book by the authors in exchange for an honest review

About the Authors
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, and was honored with a 2013 RT Reviewer’s Choice award. Find out more at, or sign up to be notified of their next release at

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