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Beyond Eden (Eden #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  3,567 ratings  ·  424 reviews
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 the ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published March 9th 2011 by Ellora's Cave (first published September 8th 2010)
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Maybe one day. . .I do actually have a sequel started. . . And yes. . . There is a baby!

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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

I'll just start by saying that this was an emotionally powerful story from the first page to the last and had me seriously contemplating my beliefs about sex and what goes on behind closed doors. I found the boundaries of my comfort zone being nudged and prodded because the characters, Eve, Danny and Paul, have very definite sexual needs. Needs I don't quite understand, but wish I did. Far be it from me to say what’s right or wrong between consenting adults, in fiction or in real life, regardles
First things first: this is a DNF review. I read about halfway, so I think that's enough to justify a rating and review, especially considering my problems with the book.

Ten years ago, artist Eve Everton left Tampa and her boyfriend Paul Mattling behind to attend art school in New York. Dumped by her fiance, out of work and down on her luck, she's moved back in with her parents and trying to start over. While shopping in the local grocery store, she bumps into Danny Carlow, her and Paul's best f
Sammy Loves Books
Holy Smokes!!! I'm a Sucker for a Well Written Menage Love Affair!!! 4.5 Darkly Erotic BDSM Stars!!!

Danny Boy and Paul Guy

Danny Boy

The Background Story:

Danny, Paul and Eve all grew up together and were very close. Paul and Eve fell in love at a young age but drifted apart when she moved to New York to attend art school and pursue a career. Paul's father was a class A control freak, so Paul felt compelled to stay behind and follow his dad's wishes of becoming a Marine.

It's ten years later, and no one's l
I ♥ Bookie Nookie (
I want to start out by saying that I really loved this book. It wasn't your typical smut-tacular read. Now, don't get me wrong, it was packed full of deliciously hot, dirty hot and scary hot smut.

It was really tough for me to categorize this's hard to explain the tone. The relationship between Evie-girl, Danny-boy and Paul-guy was not just a menage--no, it was way more complicated than that. I really hate giving away key plot details in a review, so it makes it more difficult. All I w
Apr 30, 2013 Lili rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lili by: Rosanna
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This is the story of Evie Girl, Paul Guy, and Danny Boy. Evie and Paul were high school sweethearts. They broke up when Evie went away to college and Paul stayed behind because of his need or fear to always please his father. Fast forward 10 yrs later. Evie has moved back home with her life in shambles. It is here that we meet and learn that all long Danny Boy had been in love with Evie too but stepped aside so his best friend Paul could date her. He decides that this time he will have her. It'
I received an ARC of this story from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I didn’t enjoy this story at all. The characters seem more like stale stereotypes, the all powerful master, the perfect “slave”, and the eccentric artist; I never got a feeling for them as living breathing people. The domination, and the pain seem to be more Paul’s way of dealing with his father issues rather than something he truly desires; It’s too much of a magical cure all for me. Why get therapy when someone can
~Lei ~  Reading Is An Adventure ~
Wow! I read this upon a rec of a GR friend and I'm really glad she did. Confession - this is my first BDSM (I don't think Sleeping Beauty qualifies does it, and definitely more than light spanking?), but not my first menage. This will be a reread so that I can really absorb everything. This was Eve's story, the guys already knew who they were (although Paul didn't want to accept it), but she was floundering. She had to be led down the path to find her true calling and nature. Every event in this ...more
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

“Can you find beauty in darkness, Eve?" Danny asked.

She nodded. "Yes."

"Then look for it," he said softly.”

This is a book of based around love and its many shapes and forms.

Definitely not for the faint hearted, Beyond Eden is a full on emotional journey into the world of BDSM. It is also a wonderfully dark love story.
That is what I took from this book, the things you do for those you love.
The lifelong loving friendship between Da
The words wow, wonderful, and beautiful pretty much describes my feelings after finishing Beyond Eden by Kele Moon. This is definitely one book that you don't want to miss out on, I can guarantee you that. When I first started reading this book, I came unprepared because not only was I not expecting the tears... but also the heart-breaking and heart-wrenching emotions that these three people have for one another. This is truly a wonderful masterpiece that I'll never likely forget. Any book that ...more
“Bite the apple Evie, it’ll blow your mind.”

Um Wow. So this was not what I was expecting and I couldn’t be happier. For some reason I put off reading this book for ages (I think it’s because the cover is just not good) which is unfortunate because Beyond Eden turned out to be one of the better kinky books (BDSM) I’ve ever read. Even now, a week later as I plug along trying to get my review done the characters, story (yes there is one) magic of true love and web of emotions linger. There were jus

Well, so much for all the 5 star reviews I have been reading about this one.... didn't really do it for me. In the beginning I thought maybe the BDSM element would be a bit much for me but it did not bother me really. There was one scene that was a bit offputting..... I honestly cannot understand how someone can gain pleasure from pain but that is just me. In the beginning I though Danny would be the most annoying character, all cocky and masterful but in the end it was Paul that bugged the bej
What an amazing, intensely emotional story! I loved every minute of it!!!! This is exactly my favorite kind of book, one that is beautifully emotional and pushes the boundaries a bit. There are a lot of reviews out there that give the synopsis of the story so I am going to skip that part, I just had to put out there how much these 3 people grabbed my heart and won't let go, even now that I'm finished I find myself thinking about them.... This is definitely not you typical fluffy menage with a li ...more
1.5 stars.

Nothing in this book worked for me. Not the plot, not the characters (or their nicknames,) not the lukewarm chemistry between them, and not the quasi D/s relationship they shared.

The sex was ok, but it wasn't anything earth-shattering, either. There were also a few fragments, glimpses of a good menage story there, but nothing really memorable.

I had to make myself keep reading and that should speak for itself.

★★Sara Lizzy★★
I'll start by saying that I've wanted to read this book for awhile, but didn't do it because, while I love books like this, I don't want to read a book where one of the 3 people involved ends up with a broken heart at the end....thankfully that did not happen in this book and I wish I had read it sooner! This book has steamy m/m, m/f, m/f/m and m/m/f sex scenes. The chemistry between Danny, Paul and Eve was explosive!

Paul, Danny and Eve have been friends since kindergarden. Paul and Eve
Elizabeth (Liz)
Wonderful story!! So good! Aside from the ridiculous way the characters address one another;) If the story hadn't been so d@mn good, that would have killed the whole thing for me. But, the story *was* that good! Highly recommended if you're not put off by BDSM. I hope Kele Moon has written, or is writing, more stories!!

**Revised to 5 stars 7/19/11. I continue to think about this story and the characters, and that tells me it deserves 5 stars. I felt so much emotion in this story while reading it
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
I enjoyed this book greatly! Many of my book group friends won't be surprised as this style of BDSM is right up my alley. I do agree with several of the others who indicated Ms. Moon needs to work on her writing technique. There were many times I became lost because I didn't know who was saying what. I had to back track and re-read those. It was enough times that I actually noted which is not a good sign since I'm the least picky about technical writing and grammar when it comes to my pleasure b ...more
I had come to this book b'c I was reading about the craze of that piece of pooh fanfic re-write, '50 Shades' which has shockingly taken the world by storm.

The newspaper article was ragging on it for being shit but most of all, not even really being BDSM. That article lead me to a USA list of book alternatives, this book being on the list & praised for having "so much depth".

They ended the article by saying that for the Gold Star in writing this genre, Joey W. Hill is unparalleled b'c her wr
rating clarification : 2.5 stars

They were the bests of friends, Paul, Evie and Danny.
Paul and Evie were childhood sweethearts, they were each other first everything. Then she went to NY and Paul didn't followed her.

Now this story is set 10 years later, when Evie returns to her hometown when the city knocked her down. And who she reencounters? Danny, who still his Paul's best friend and roommate.
And everything sparks and nothing will ever be the same again.

(spoilers and rantings wer
Good, but not great. A bit brutal for my taste. I had a hard time getting past the stupid pet names that they had for each other. That was okay for high school, childish 10 years later. I felt for Danny and his situation, but the way he talked to Paul and Evie was a little over the top. I get that it's part of "playing", but at times he was just nasty. However, I did adore him and felt that his lashing out was due to his anguish over Paul's impending marriage. Oh Paul. My goodness what a trouble ...more
So, I'm going to go against the grain. I've really loved some of this author's other books. In fact, they've all gotten 3.5 or higher, but this was made of pure bad. And my enjoyment and rating has nothing to do with a female being in this book or it being a m/m/f book. This book did not work for me on all levels.

The plot was awful, the incessant nicknames made me want to punch innocent things, the sex scenes were a pile of blah or ridiculousness, and the characters might be the most hated chara
BEYOND EDEN begins with a bittersweet moment between Paul and Eve as teenagers. Eve goes to New York to study art and Paul stays behind. Through circumstances Eve comes back to Tampa ten years later and meets Danny, her and Paul’s best friend since they were young. From him she hears that Paul is going to get married in six months yet hidden desires, reigniting feelings and their friendship steers Eve, Danny and Paul on to a new path.

It doesn’t happen often that a novel takes me by surprise but
I'm really not sure about my feelings for this books. On one hand it's heart-wrenching (which is always a good thing), on the other hand there were some stuff that I didn't like. Anyway.

Danny, Paul and Eve are three friends that life tore apart. They were always pretty close. Paul and Eve even dated in high school. Unfortunately, when the time came to go to college, Paul was unwilling to stand up to his father, so he went to Penn State, and Eve left for the shining lights of New York.

Ten years l
Mandi Schreiner
Eve and Paul were in love when they were 18 years old but then Eve left Tampa and went to NYC for college. Ten years later, after losing touch with Paul, Eve is home from New York after losing her job as an artist and just having all around bad luck. By chance she runs into Danny, at the grocery store. Danny is Paul’s best friend and a former classmate of Eve’s. They are both shocked to see each other. Danny had strong feelings for Eve in school, but stayed out of the way knowing her and Paul we ...more
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
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4.5 Kisses
Wow! What a phenomenal book! This is one of those books that is really hard to review because if you give away too much of the plotline, you take something away from the reader.

Beyond Eden is the story of three childhood friends finding one another again. Eve, now 28 comes back home to Tampa after a 10 year stint in New York. She runs into Danny, her childhood friend, whom she adores and who has always been in love with her. He invites her to dinn
“Beyond Eden” was absolutely beautiful! The relationship between Danny, Paul, and Eve is riveting and the emotion is raw and genuine. I LOVED all three characters. The story made me laugh. It made me bawl. And it left me breathless. It was an emotional, steamy, and erotic love story that will have you hooked from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book!
~ 4.5 Stars

4.5 stars!!!

This book is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Also, this book taught me what voyeurism is. Huh.
Feb 05, 2012 Leigh rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leigh by: Heather S.
OMG!! This was just AMAZING!!! I loved it more than I ever thought I would! For a book challenge, I chose this book from a list of my VBFF's top 10 favorite reads for 2011, and I am sooooo glad I did!! Thank you, Big N, for taking the leap last year, and highly recommending it to me! :)

While I am not completely new to BDSM, most of what I have read involves just the B/D/S. Until Beyond Eden, I had not read any Slave/Master themed books, so I was a bit nervous heading into this, especially as I a
May 21, 2011 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephanie by: Holly
This book was truly amazing. It is so emotional and dark at times I had to put it aside, and that is not a bad thing. I only have one complaint, the ending...I was a little disappointed. There is this incredible buildup and this gut retching emotional scene that had me sobbing in the bathroom so that my husband wouldn’t think I was nuts and then (so that I don’t give it away I will be vague) something that should of had me cheering happens. I just kind of went, huh...Okay this is nice that I get ...more
A.J. Llewellyn
Wow...this was a fascinating read.
Let me start by saying Moon is a huge talent. Huge. I wasn't wild about the guys at first but they won me over.
I felt strongly for Eve which is why I am still absorbing this menages story.
I must admit I was a little thrown by the opening of a hot sex scene and promises from Paul to call Eve who is about to leave for college.
We cut to five years later and her life is in shreds. She's back home, severely depressed...and he never called. She runs into his friend Da
OK it was more than 3 stars but i couldn't rate it 4 stars.It was strong in many levels and...hmmm..let's say educational... but at times a love scene could last more than 3 or four pages and that would put me off.Not the love scene itself,but the repetition of phrases and felt like there was much trying.

I am revising the review b/c now that i am re-reading it,i like it better.I think it is one of these books that you need to read a couple of times so for it to full sink in y
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