Beyond Eden

Kele Moon
Beyond Eden
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Ellora's Cave
Release Date
September 2010
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

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 wants more than anything-his best friends, lovers Paul and Eve. Determined, he waits like a snake in the grass, poised for the right moment to offer them a temptation too delicious to resist.

Artist Eve Everton makes the painful decision to leave her true love Paul for the siren call of New York City. 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.

Former college football star Paul Mattling is now 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?

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Apr 03, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
303 people found the following review helpful
All I can say is WOW...prepare to be blown away.

Kele Moon has written one of the most emotional, intense, and erotic novels I've ever read. BEYOND EDEN was such a fantastic piece of writing that I know that it's one of those books I will be using as the standard to which I compare other BDSM and menage romances.

This story is based on the premise that what's normal may not be what's right for you. It stars the three main characters: Eve, Danny, and Paul. The three of them were best friends growing up, and then Paul decided that he wanted to be with Evie when they were just in seventh grade. Although Danny loved her too, he let Paul go out with her because Danny also loved Paul and wanted him to be happy as well. So Evie and Paul fall in love and are a couple (with Danny being their pal) until they graduate high school, and Evie wants to go to New York City. She leaves the two men behind and they eventually fall out of touch.

Fast forward ten years and now Evie has come back to their Florida hometown after her life goes bad in NYC. She sees Danny and Paul again and finds that Paul is engaged to be married. Devastated, she turns to Danny, and they begin a relationship and fall in love. However, she's unaware of the darker side of Paul and Danny's friendship and unwittingly becomes a player in their games. She soon finds out the truth, and she agrees to be a part of their games in order to fight to keep the two men she loves. And as hard as Paul tries to pull away from the dark erotic games he loves in order to do what his family expects of him, Eve and Danny pull out all the stops to keep him with them where he belongs.

This book is just simply amazing. The characters who are so complex, so much deeper than how they first appear, and very flawed are just outstanding. I could not tell you who was my favorite because I loved them all. The amount of pain and sacrifice that they each made in the name of love was so humbling that I really felt as though I was intruding a bit when I was reading.

The plot was twisted and emotional as well as being very dark. There were many things going on behind the scenes that we eventually uncover but from the beginning, it was obvious that there was more to the story when Eve and Danny first meet again for the first time in ten years.

Also, the sensuality in this book was smokin'. Even before they became a menage, Danny with Evie and Danny with Paul was very erotic and sexy when they were together. Their interactions were very different as Evie and Paul wanted two different things from Danny, but he gave each of his lovers what they needed, sometimes to his detriment.

There were times when it was VERY intense. This isn't light BDSM with just a bit of erotic play. Not only was it physically intense, but mentally, the games that were played made me cringe as much as the whipping did. I think if you are new to the BDSM genre, this may not be a good starter book for you, but for those of you who can deal with more intense scene, it would be right up your alley.

This book made me laugh, cry, cringe, yell, and everything in between. The intensity of emotion, the amazing depth of characters, and spellbinding eroticism made it an absolutely phenomenal read.
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Book Review by drm2115
Oct 09, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
264 people found the following review helpful
Eve Everton and Paul Mattling were high school sweethearts. BEYOND EDEN takes place 10 years after they are separated by her departure to New York to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. In this book, Eve is reunited with Paul and their childhood friend Danny Carlow, with whom they were inseparable since kindergarten.

Eve's return to Florida has her learning that Danny and Paul are now roommates; so after running into Danny, Eve is forced to see and spend time with Paul. To the outside world, Danny and Paul appear roommates and best friends, but they are secret lovers with a complex Master and slave relationship, one it turns out is for Paul's protection. Paul, who appears to be a boy scout, is really into pain. Danny owns his bisexuality; Paul does not.

Eve has returned still loving Paul but Paul is engaged to a proper girl, who has no idea of his lifestyle. Danny quickly makes it clear to Eve that he wants her and has always loved her. Danny slowly shows her parts of his world. I do not want to say much more as I do not want to ruin the plot for those who chose to purchase and read the story of three friends who re-connect.

I found the relationship between the three characters to be believable and their interactions with each other ever engaging and, sometimes, even comical. Ms Moon does a wonderful job showing how deeply each of the characters feel for each other; each has a unique and heartfelt relationship with the other.

As a warning to readers, there was one scene I did have some difficultly with; I guess we don't know our comfort level until we reach it. This book is dark. Paul's pain fetish is severe. Kele Moon did pull the scene off very well. She was able to rely on compassion and love through this very dark (and long) scene where the three characters interact, and the reader truly understands Paul.

I do have to say that the men's nicknames for each other made it hard for me to connect with them; calling each other Danny Boy and Paul Boy just did not drawn me further into a connection with them. Though on the other side, Evie Girl was cute.

The Epilogue was really well done. I even went back the next day and re-read it. It tied the story up nicely and laid out each character's place.
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Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Mar 16, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
241 people found the following review helpful
Let me say right up front that I loved this book. It was red hot. I'll make it clear....I like my books that way. But that's not all it's about. I gotta have a story to make me happy too. BEYOND EDEN did not let me down in that regard. It was an emotional story, and I enjoyed every page.

The story is about Danny , Paul , and Eve. They grew up together. Paul and Eve were first loves, but all three had a thing for each other. Paul and Eve went their separate ways after graduation, and somewhere down the road, the two guys hooked up. But their relationship as lovers is a secret because Paul still needs his father's approval. Theirs is also a BDSM relationship. Paul is about to marry his girlfriend, leaving Danny behind, when Eve explodes back into their lives.

Eve is at a crossroads in her life. Jilted by her fiancé and out of work , she comes back to her hometown. She meets up with Danny, and finds out that he and Paul live together. Paul makes it clear that he's engaged, and she's a little down about that. She never stopped loving him. But Danny makes it clear that he'd like to get something going with her. They've always had a thing for each other. Now that Paul's no longer standing in their way, why not go for it? At least that's what Eve thinks. Danny has other motives.

Okay, so there was a lot of stuff going on in this story. I'm not a big fan of BDSM storylines, but in this case, it worked for me. I feel that was because the writer didn't glorify the need. It wasn't pretty, it was raw and sometimes dangerous, as one scene was played out. Kele Moon made the often disturbing world totally believable for me. She made me believe that Danny was willing to do anything for Paul, even if it hurt him as much as it did his lover. She made me believe that Paul needed his family's acceptance, enough to throw away the thing that made him whole. And she made me believe that Eve was a nasty girl who was capable of loving both Danny and Paul. See, that's the thing I find hard to like about most ménage storylines, I have trouble believing they would work in the real world. Ms Moon made me buy what she was selling.

This story was about three lovers who liked a little kink in the bedroom, but they truly loved each other and always had. That's why they were such good friends. It made the story better that they felt each other's pain. Danny may have set some stuff up, but he was only trying to save Paul from himself. He and Eve tried their best to make him see that it was a mistake to turn his back on his own needs looking for something he'd never find. The writer did a great job of showing Danny and Eve's anguish at losing Paul to a straight life. Paul knew that his lovers were trying to seduce him into staying with them, and he knew why. His heart was breaking for them, and Ms Moon showed his pain as well. The intensity of the story is unequaled, and if I weren't already a Kele Moon fan, then this book sealed the deal.

I loved this book, and I'm sure to read it again and again. I already want to read it again, and I just finished it. If you're a fan of erotic romance, then you simply must give Kele Moon a try. If you are a fan of BDSM and ménage stories, then BEYOND EDEN is a must read.
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