Title: Being Emerald
Brave, beautiful, and not easily controlled—even within a dictatorship—Laila Lewis has finally attained the prestige of an Emerald designation. Now only one thing is keeping her from her life’s goal of retrieving the Declaration of Independence and other priceless artifacts from the wild unknown of the Onyx Zone: the six weeks of training necessary to ensure her survival outside the city walls. But she won’t be going it alone.
After a year as a designated Emerald, rugged, sensual ex-cop Rock Rodgers is finally prepared to leave New Atlanta for good. Six weeks of training is the only thing standing between him and his next mission: to disappear into the freedom of the Onyx Zone where the long-armed rule of the Gov can’t reach him. But when the chemistry between him and Laila reaches a boiling point, with captivity just one false move away, will he have to escape on his own—or risk everything for a woman more tempting than freedom.
CONTENT WARNING: Contains explicit sexual language and content, and elements of BDSM that may be objectionable to some readers.
Author: Sylvia Ryan
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Being Amber, Friday Afternoon, Being Sapphire
Series: New Atlanta #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Being Amber, Being Sapphire
Published by Kensington Source: Author
Published: March 31st 2015
Genres: Apocalypse, Erotic Sci Fi Romance
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Rock finally gets his story in Being Emerald. This one has been a long time coming and I downed it in one sitting. I fell in love with this touch sexy guy back in Being Amber. When he got ‘promoted’ to Emerald it damn near killed me especially after he had loss Emily! Rock isn’t the only Amber raised now living the life of a Emerald. Laila is, too only she’s been there longer and has to shut down her Amber thoughts and emotions. He’s got six weeks to train her survival outside the city walls and then he can finally do what he wants to do – escape to the Onyx Zone.
I really enjoyed Rock and Laila’s story. Their meeting, the struggles they go through, the love that builds between them was most satisfying. There’s a lot of chemistry that goes on between these two, and they have a lot in common both having been raised Amber. The sex between them was pretty hot although I have a teeny gripe to make. Rock is always talking about how real strict and over the top Dom he can be. I think I’ve grown too jaded from all the BDSM books I have read because while there were some juicy BDSM scenes, I didn’t find him as extreme as he kept claiming to be. There also wasn’t quite the emotional punch the first two books had but what it lacked in that department was more than made up for with adventure and intrigue.
If you’re like me and actually enjoy secondaries characters you may be a tad disappointed. Unlike in the previous book, there is minimal information provided regarding previous characters and only an appearance of one, Journey. Well, actually there is one more – Morgan. Yes we still need the bad guy to make his appearance. There are secrets revealed about his shenanigans that, if you didn’t hate him before, you certainly will now. I seem to remember seeing somewhere that this was to be the last book in the series. I’m really hoping not because with those previously mentioned shenanigans really need to be addressed.
Sylvia Ryan’s New Atlanta series was my very first taste in the dystopia genre and it has been an outstanding one. This truly has been a remarkable series for me and I use it as my bases to judge any other dystopian stories I read. As for Being Emerald, it can be read as a stand-alone however, there is a lot of build up and explanations in the previous books that is lacking in this book. Without that background knowledge it can be very confusing to understand the color rating of the haves and the have nots so I highly suggest starting from the beginning and working your way forward. As a added bonus, if you need just a wee bit more HEA for each book, on Ms. Ryan’s website you can find she has provided a epilogue for her books. Jordan’s was bitter sweet but Jac and Xander’s, dang that one almost killed me. At the time of posting this review Rock and Laila’s had not been posted yet. Operative word – YET! I’ll be stalking her website to find out what happens.