Beyond Innocence: Jared and Lili Fleming
For years, Jared has existed on the fringes of both Eden society and Dallas O'Kane's Sector Four gang. He travels between these worlds, protected by his money and power--money he earned selling his body, and power that comes from knowing secrets. He's untouchable—until he starts a new life gathering intelligence for the O'Kanes.
Lili Fleming walked out of Sector Five with a gun, the bloodstained clothes on her back, and an icy determination to survive. She finds herself in a world where people live hard and love harder, and nothing's more terrifying than how much the O'Kanes wake her up, make her feel—especially Jared.
Emotion is a risk he can't afford, and a complication she doesn't need. But neither can resist the lust simmering between them, and the sparks that could either melt the ice around both their hearts…or get them killed. Because the only thing more dangerous than loving an O'Kane is loving a spy.
I've loved everything Kit Rocha has written and this is no exception. Jared and Lily were perfect together. They aren't my favorite couple but they do have some shining moments. Lily popped out of her drug addiction pretty easily, no withdrawals or anything which wasn't very realistic but whatevs it wasn't a central plot to the story except for the very beginning. Lily might be a little wide eyed but she is no innocent. She's seen, lived and heard things that most people will never be exposed to. She came to Sector Four with blood on her hands and pockets full of drugs. After months in an unfeeling daze she meets Jared, finds a sense of comfort with him and begins to awaken. He forces her eyes wide open and makes her look, really look not only at the O'Kanes but deep into herself and she finds there has been a lot lurking inside that she's finally ready to face, with Jared's help.
Jared has been on the fringes of O'Kane society for most of the series. Jared and Ace have had a lifelong friendship and are sometimes lovers. Ace has been trying to get Jared to join the O'Kanes for years. But Ace doesn’t know everything. Jared is good at two things: Sex and collecting secrets usually at the same time. Money is easy, money he’s got.. Now secrets, that's a currency that will never lose value. When he takes Lily under his wing he’s not expecting to feel anything for her, as his emotions got shut down a long time ago, but in opening her eyes, he opens his own….
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