About the Book:
Once upon a time, I thought love was a fairytale.I thought selling myself to a mafia boss was noble. So what if they called him the Beast? I grew up in rags, and he would lift me to riches. All I had to do was give him my soul.He was punishing. Insatiable. Captivating. Nothing like I expected him to be. Each day my reality blurred, leaving me wondering if I was slave or princess.
The longer I stayed, the more I lost myself to him. Even after every cruelty the Beast visited upon me, I longed for his touch. Even after every savage word he spoke, I begged for his lips. I thought the worst thing he could take was my body. I was too naïve to guard my heart.
Once upon a time, I thought love was a fairytale.
Now I know better than to speak of happily ever afters.
Beast is the first book in the Hate Story duet. About what it means to fall in love with the person who has absolutely destroyed you, it contains disturbing and graphic situations that may be a trigger for some.
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I’m going to try not to gush over this book, but basically I’m going to gush. I’m also going to admit I’ve read this book twice, mhmm, I have. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, after I first read it. From the first pages I was pulled into this story and I devoured it, I had to know what was going to happen next, and why Beast was this way? and what was going to happen to Frankie? Was she going to survive? As the story unravels, my emotions were all over the place, it’s intense, angsty, twisted, dark, and often I found myself questioning my own sanity. It’s a Twisted tale of Beauty and The Beast.
I wanna talk about Beast first, he and Frankie are amazing characters in their own ways but I love Beast. But not in that swoony OMG he’s going to be your next book boyfriend way. I mean sure he could be, maybe. But I might be the only one who does like him, I always have soft spots for the dark and twisted Heroes who’s hearts are just buried a little extra deep and guarded. He does some pretty awful things though, but I’m intrigued because there are a few times where he isn’t some crazy lunatic, and those tiny glimpses have me hooked. Could Frankie break him because of that? He’s your perfect Villain, he does as he pleases and it doesn’t matter who he hurts while doing it, he’s feared by everyone and he likes that.
Frankie is strong, she’s courageous, and a bit feisty. In the midst of such a total cluster of madness, she stands tall and strong not once whining about her circumstances. She somewhat embraces it which that helps mold her into a more fierce version of herself. I think this is only the start of what’s to come from her. I have my ideas of what the future for her might hold and to me, with the way this book ended I think that she’s going to amazes us even more in the books to come.
I am left speechless, this book isn’t a hearts and flowers kind of read, it’s a very very dark and ugly story. But I loved each moment, Mary Catherine was able to evoke so much emotion from me. Emotions that with these types of reads very few authors have ever been able to make me feel like I did with this book. It’s not romance, this isn’t a love story, but if that were the case it’d be something entirely different than what it is. I think that this series is going to be amazing, it’ll push boundaries, and to me this is Mary Catherine’s greatest series yet.
I’d like to thank Mary Catherine Gebhard for the gift of an ARC for my honest review, I can’t wait to see what you have planned for us next!