Sylvia Ryan: Being Emerald New Atlanta #3



Being Emerald is the third book in the New Atlanta series and while you can read it as a stand alone in order to really nderstand Rock s character what he s been through and why he is the man he s become I highly recommend reading the other two first Oh how I ve eagerly anticipated Rock s story He s deliciously dominant and the teasers that we got of his kink in the first two books had me salivating for In Being Emerald he s assigned to protect Laila another Amber turned Emerald and their need for each other is instantaneous Unfortunately while what we did get was hot and well written Rock s bent towards the Ds lifestyle wasn t explored as much as I would ve liked He warned and he threatened but only delivered a couple of times The rebellion storyline and the suspense was well done though and I find myself anxious to see if they ll be successful My only complaint was that I felt the story wrapped Mortal Sin up a little tooickly I realize that there will be a next in the series and it definitely did it s job in hooking me for it but this still needs an epilogue to give proper closure to Rock and Laila s story In the end I really enjoyed Being Emerald Ms Ryan showed true talent with this one weaving in humor sadness love fear passion and of course my favorite hot sexy scenes with a little kink I ve just been told this has an epilogue and the author has kindly provided me with the link This was an ARC copy given by the author for a honest review3 starsThis was a good story and addition to the New Atlanta series I liked Laila and the story was interesting and kept me engaged Rock wasn t my type of hero thoughLaila was born in the Amber district When testing age came she was found to have a high intellect and was changed to a Sapphire designation and then her work moved her How to Win an Argument... Even When You Lose up to Emerald Unfortunately this meant that she had to leave her mother and all her friends back in Amber and was treated like crap by the people in the other districts because of where she was born Rock is from book 1 He was a cop in the Amber district and was in love but a murderous woman sent by the Gov killed his woman as part of a larger killing spree The Gov covered itp moving Rock to the Emerald district due to his heroic actions in their cover story not that he wanted to be a part of any of it they just didn t give him a choice Now Rock is working with the resistance but planning to leave New Atlanta for good very soonRock is assigned as the personal security for Laila when they leave for the capital DC to try to recover some of the national treasures like the Constitution and such They have a while before they re supposed to leave and Rock has decided to train Laila in everything she needs to make it through the trip in one piece When Laila meets Rock she s been away from the Amber district for 5 years In Amber people are very open and touchy and Laila has been missing that closeness and comfort for years When she realizes that Rock is also from Amber she reaches out to him and they bond over their loneliness and their situation Rock is attracted to Laila from the start but holds himself away because he made a promise to himself that there would be no one else after he failed to protect a woman he cared about once He doesn t want to be in that spot to lose someone close to him again Laila is attracted to Rock and believes that he s a good man so she wants whatever he ll give herThe main problem in the story for me at least was Rock and his cold and hot behavior towards Laila He pretty much started training her both in their regular training hours and during their personal time but in very different ways In the off hours he trained her like a BDSM submissive but without discussing what he s doing with her before hand He would give her commands and then punish her for not automatically falling in to place Laila is a intelligent and strong woman and yet he seemed to think that he didn t ever need to discuss anything with her and would just punish her and make her feel bad when she disappointed him view spoilerAnd I have to admit that it really bothered me that Rock sed sex as a weapon against Laila Their first time of real intercourse wasn t anything sweet or memorable at least not in a good way it was him punishing her with a hard emotionless fuck Not the way I d want that to go and the fact that Rock thought it was a good punishment made me not like him very much hide spoiler An action packed sexy read Ex cop Rock is desperate to escape New Atlanta but first he must train Laila survive on the outside I admit I haven t read the others in the series but I enjoyed this one so much I will I had no issues keeping p with the story so it can be read as a standalone The story held me captivated throughout and the chemistry between Rock and Laila is hot and the sex steamy Great Read RELEASED MARCH 31stMarch check out the book trailer story was a 45 star read for me I contemplated whether to round Aquinass Way to God up or down but it was a no brainer to roundp The onetwo issues I had were minor Well one not so minor see below and the other was a name Bijoux en origami uirk So nothing that should detract from the rating of a brilliant story I had a moment during a shower sex sceneit pushed one of my limits made my eyes bug out whatever you like to call itI went so far as the message the author to see if maybe she had gone insane She replied something along the lines of I m literally laughing out loud right now I bet you ll never. 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 wildnknown of the Onyx Zone the six weeks of training necessary to.

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Forget itNever has a truer word been spoken and I m still not sure if that s a good or bad thing At the end of the day this story was near on perfection for me it kept me engaged and made me feel I Loved the characters the plot the suspense the world building and the sexy time was smoking hot cough cough for the most part I had been waiting for Rock s story since reading Being Amber It was a long time coming but well worth the wait Thank you for keeping me entertained Sylvia You Rock pun intended lol While I think this can be read as a standalone readers would definitely benefit from reading Being Amber and Being Sapphire first That said Sylvia did a great job at providing enough backstory that this can be read as a standalone story IMO ARC provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley Buddy Read with my Sassy SashaBeing Emerald5 OZ stars This is a special one for me The author and netgalley gifted me a copy and I am just on cloud 9 Th I was provided a copy of an ARC by the author for my honest review Probably closer to 3 12 stars Overall this was another good addition to the series and moves the main story line toppling the current governmental structure forward a bit And while I was happy for Rock to find someone after having lost Emily in the first one and I was happy that Laila was able to be Amber with Rock Ambers are much touchy feely than any of the other groups and Laila had been Emerald for four years after having been Amber their love seemed to happen without too much of a spark Or maybe it s that Rock was so reserved that it made it hard for me to The Hokku or Epigram Versus of Basho understand why Laila was so completely in love with him and it didn t feel sincere when he said he reciprocated his feelings I m not sure what Finally the book focusing on Rock arrives Rock Rodgers is the sexy dominant ripped from the Amber zone and granted the privilege to live in the Emerald zone Except Rock can do without this punishing assignment The real reason for him assigned to the Emerald zone is complicated dependingpon two different perspectives I ve liked Rock since he first showed p in this series My hope is that this book would really showcase his dominant skills I m mixed because whilst I really like Rock in this story it just isn t enough Ds for me He possesses many of the traits I enjoy in a dominant including his leanings towards being a Daddy dom Sadly his Ds skills is not fully showcased in this story For me the kinky elements of BDSM are a bit less in intensity and freuency in this book versus the previous ones Although I must admit the kink in this one is a bit on the edgier side than others warning to those who are suicked by women s monthly cycle The BDSM elements did add to this story so I m glad it is incorporated so smoothly with how Rock trains the person he needs to protectThe new character to meet Rock s need to dominant is Laila Lewis She too is a transplant to Emerald zone Her dream come true turns out to be a hollow one as indigenous Emerald citizens do not accepts her as one of their own Undeterred Laila focuses on her career and she s determined to find the founding fathers documents This brings her straight to Rock for training to survive in the Onyx zone The chemistry between these two is good and hot I like how their erotic power exchange works I must admit Rock felt like a tease at times What I enjoy about this book is how Ms Ryan shows a dystopian world where the classes of society are so segregated The difference is not just with physical attributes but with how they interact with each other There is something to be said for being outcasts because it allows people the freedom to behave as they wish For those raised in the Amber zone it means healthy sexual expression and physical contact for comfort For Rock and Laila to be thrown together it s like relieving the value on a pressure cooker Both are bottled p so tightly as they are watched by the Orwellian government The lack of human contact is slowly killing them from inside out When Rock and Laila start fighting it s amazing that there are not sparks Rock and Laila s relationship growth is fun to watch as Rock physically trains her in self defense The frustrations Laila experiences at his tough love training methods are amusing and endearing Seriously forcing her to change the tire that is almost bigger than her makes me laugh It is these little nuances which makes Ms Ryan s stories come alive for me This is why she s on my list of authors to always read The big reveals in this story are as expected since Ms Ryan laid out little crumbs for readers to follow and figure out The reality of the heinous acts perpetrated by the crazy General is well done Every little piece of this story leads p to a satisfying climax The sexual tension and the nderground rebellion suspense is well balanced and keeps a reader on the edge So this is a surprise when the ending arrives too swift I feel like there should be and yet the story wraps p ickly before I m done blinking I am hooked and yearn for the next book in this series This 35 star speculative fiction is recommended to kinky readers who enjoy alpha males and stubborn females provided by NetGalley ARC provided by authorI really enjoyed this book I think it is my favorite of the series so far and I can t wait to read the next installment In this book we get Rocks story I do believe that you need to read the others in the series and wish I had taken the time to review. Ensure her survival outside the city walls But she won’t be going it aloneAfter 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 ru.

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Them prior to reading With that being said the author did a great job of reminding the reader of the past events and this is a complete story within the series so it is not a cliffhanger but a continuation Rock is an amazing dominating alpha male who immediately has a connection with the woman that he is charged with protecting They have to go on a mission outside of the safe Emerald zone to retrieve some important historical documents Along the way there is danger mystery and smoking hot sexand maybe even a shower scene that will have you sayingsurely what did I just readoh my This is my favorite kind of book where there is a great story to go along with the great erotica 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 The Beast on the Brink uite the emotional punch the first two books had but what it lacked in that department was than madep 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 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 Lasers 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 buildp and explanations in the previous books that is lacking in this book Without that background knowledge it can be very confusing to Tethered to the World (A Phantom Touched 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 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 happensI received this book from the JeepDiva for the express purposes of an honest review The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensatedStars 4 Flames 3 I have been wondering about Rock since Being Amber when he lost the love of his life and then was sent to live in the Emerald Zone we had glimpses of him in Being Sapphire but now we get to see Rock in all of his gloryand there is a lot of it Rock is being assigned to escort Laila Lewis as she makes a journey to Washington DC to retrieve historical artifacts It has been two years since Rock s life was turnedpside down and he hasn t felt the need for any intimacy or even a casual touch that was Bad Luck, Trouble, Death, and Vampire Sex until he meets Laila and things start to change for him as well as for her Laila was raised an Amber and missed the touching and intimate contact you were freely given in the Amber Zone once she finds out that Rock had been an Amber as well she can t resist reaching out and touching him This story has a lot of twists and turns and you don t know what is going to happen next at one point I was literately on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen I loved that it wasn t predictable and I loved the fact that I can see a future book being writtenI hope I m rightRock is into BDSM and Laila hasn t been exposed to that before so it was great seeing that she was open to exploring it with him There was one scene that I wasn t particularly fond of but Inderstood what it was being done and the emotions of both parties involved were thoroughly expressed That being said it did not take away from this book at all I loved itYou can read the epilogue at Ryanbooksnet I waited ntil after I read this book to go and read all the epilogues and I am glad that I did because they contained some spoilers for the earlier booksI would like to Thank Sylvia Ryan for supplying me an advanced copy of this book to read and review for he. Le 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 tempting than freedomCONTENT WARNING Contains explicit sexual language and content and elements of BDSM that may be objectionable to some readers.

Sylvia lives the life of an ordinary wife mother and professional existing in Midwest Suburbia USA She reads voraciously and loves to lose herself and fall head over heels for the alpha males in the novels she reads When she gets the chance to shed the prim and proper persona of average wife and mother her secret identity Sylvia Ryan emerges This alter ego strives to write original ideas i