The first novel gives most of the setting of the world and the "rules" while the next in the series has more of a developing plot. It's no ingenious plot mind you, but a plot nevertheless. I really enjoyed the first one, mostly because it was so different from anything I've ever read. It's strange writing it, but you'll get what I mean if you read it, the sex scenes actually has a significant to the story. It's more than body merging it somehow explains the world and the interactions between people through it. The boundaries of the world they live outside of, the no-boundaries of where they choose to live.
While the guys are all alpha to the bone, I really enjoyed that the woman were also free spirited and strong. knowing what they want and how to get it, not ashamed to use their sexuality knowing that it's theirs to offer if they chose and not for others to take.
It's a different world from ours in this sense. How many times did you encounter in a casual sex scenario a guy that thought firstly of a woman's pleasure before his own? It's mostly each one trying to achieve their own release not about the other person's. In Beyond it's somehow different maybe because there is so much more meaning to the concept of "together", the society is less, well, egocentric / capitalistic which naturally makes a change in the way you perceive the other.
So thinking about the 3 paragraphs I've just written maybe you can see why sex has more to offer to the story than the act itself.
Recommended for the open minded. Though I should say that I sometimes find myself conflicted about the series, it started out with a really unique vibe I enjoyed but I feel like the character personality and development can be lacking in some of the novels (mainly the first ones). Also plot-wise sometimes it's a bit predictable. With the special world and characters these two women built, I expect more of them yet they don't always deliver.
1. Beyond Shame [Nuel & Jasper] (published 16 September 2012) ★ ★ ★ ★
2. Beyond Control [Lex & Dallas] (published 19 March 2013) ★ ★ ½
2.5. Beyond Denial [Ace & Jared] (published 22 March 2013) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
3. Beyond Pain [Six & Bren] (published 26 August 2013) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
3.5. Beyond Temptation [Emma & Noah] (published 10 February 2014) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
4. Beyond Jealousy [Rachel & Ace & Cruz] (published 16 March 2014) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
4.5. Beyond Solitude [Mia & Derek] (published 1 May 2014) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5. Beyond Addiction [Trix & Finn] (published 11 August 2014) ★ ★ ★ ½
5.5. Beyond Possession [Zan & Tatiana Stone] (published 10 November 2014) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
6. Beyond Innocence [Jared & Lili Fleming] (published 20 May 2015)
7. Beyond Ruin [Mad & Scarlet & Jade & Doc] (to be published later 2015)
8. Beyond Surrender [Nessa & ???] (to be published 2016)