Series: Hate Story Duet #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Dark Romance
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Rating: 5 stars
**Disclaimer** I received an ARC copy via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
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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Beast is the first and only book (so far) that I’ve read by Mary Catherine Gebhard and let me go ahead and tell ya’ll…I’m hooked. I couldn’t put this book down! It is so deeply enthralling that even after you’ve finished with it the bone deep ache that you felt throughout the entire novel will hit you again and again in waves and leave you breathless and wanting more. Gebhard didn’t just write a book….she created a world in which you feel everything the heroine feels, your stomach will be in knots and you’ll be left wondering what the hell just happened.
“I had this helpless feeling that I’d just jumped into the deep end with an anchor tied to my neck, but drowning was a mercy I would not get to experience.”
Frankie is a young woman who really hasn’t had the chance to live life. It’s just been her and her father for as long as she can remember and, if we’re being honest, her father wasn’t very fatherly. Needless to say Frankie grew up caring for herself and dreaming of far away places. Even though Frankie is naive she isn’t weak…far from it; her strength is captivating and readers connect with her instantly. When everyone around her expects her to break she does the opposite and perseveres through situation after situation that can only be described as hell. She’s bold and hopeful to the point of madness and I loved every single thing about her character. And the fact that she curses like a sailor just made her that much more lovable and real in my eyes.
“I’d gone from sleeping in a closet-turned bedroom in New Jersey like Harry freakin Potter, living with a father who legitimately though sparying air freshener on a pile of trash solved the problem, and what I assumed to be certain death, to this, a Tribeca penthouse with a psychopath. I had no comment.”
Beast lives up to his name in every way when it comes to his personality. He’s hard, immovable, hauntingly handsome, and when it comes to Frankie… he’s down right mercurial. He continuely made my head spin. One minute I’d think we’d get a glimpse into someone or something more than the Beast, but then the bottom would fall out and he’d straight up remind you who and what he was.There was so much push and pull between these two characters…Frankie with her strength and resolve and Beast with his uncompromising and down right scary personality. They clashed on a huge level at every turn. Beast has this way of making you hate and love him all at the same time. The only way I can describe Frankie and Beast’s “relationship” is that it was war. It was greusome and tragic, but underneath it you can see a passion and a fire burning for what these characters wanted out of each other. War isn’t pretty, but it shapes us and I truly believe these characters shaped one another.
“It was art the way he transformed my pain into lust.”
The overall story flowed really well and the plot was very complex. It left you wanting more and wondering what would happen next. There were similarites between this and the original Beauty and the Beast but Mary Catherine put a unique spin on it and made it her own. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment! This book does end in a cliffhanger, sort of, so beware! Your jaw will hit the floor and you’ll definitely be left wanting more!
***NOTE TO READERS*** The quotes above came from the advance reader’s digital copy. They are subject to change and may/may not be in the final published copy of the book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary Catherine Gebhard bites off more than she can chew. She’s lived in Salt Lake City, Utah her entire life, but occasionally goes on vacation from reality. Don’t worry, she sends postcards.
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