REVIEW: Beast by Mary Catherine Gebhard

Beast: A Hate Story, The Beginning

Title: Beast: A Hate Story, The Beginning
Mary Catherine Gebhard
PublicationDate: March 14, 2017 

Genre: Dark Romance

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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.


review-lips copy

It took me a bit to get into this one. There was a lot of narrative to wade through and some parts I found rereading to understand what was happening. I did like the premise of the book. Mafia monster and a young woman willing to sacrifice her freedom for the debt of her father. Yes please!

Here’s where it went a little sideways for me. While I did like Frankie, she’s a bada**, I found Anteros (Beast) to be a little over the top cruel. Don’t fret, Frankie being Frankie didn’t take it lying down. I love her strength and she just keeps getting stronger throughout the book. The push and pull of these two was a real living, breathing thing. This book was a good read and you better bet you’re a** I’m one-clicking book two, but it tended to drag in a few places.

my final say – I am excited to move on to book two and while I know that this couple will not have the traditional happily-ever-after, I know this author will give them the perfect HEA for them.


Amazon US Goodreads

Do you like dark mafia reads? Check this out!

A brand new dark mafia romance from USA Today Bestselling Author, Dani René.


Victor Cordero is the devil.
Cruel. Sadistic. Heartless.

Sofía Montero is an angel.
Beautiful. Sweet. Intoxicating.

My father stole from him, but papá was stupid.
He got caught, and now I’m in trouble.

She’s my payment. My plaything.
Too innocent for my games, but it doesn’t stop me.

The man I’ve hated all my life has come for me.
His threats are meant to break me, but I’m stronger than I look.

She spits her hate at me, but she revels in our game.
Her strength makes me want to see her break.

I’m merely a plaything for the devil himself.
Owned by the most dangerous man in Colombia.

I promised to release her once she’s paid her dues.
But you should never make a deal with the devil.

I will make him feel.
And when that day comes, he’ll break for me.


Amazon USAMAZON UKGoodreads

Vote for The Devil’s Plaything on March’s Most Anticipated Reads:

Review: Blackwood by Celia Aaron

review-lips copy

Holy twisted goodness! What did I just read!

OMG! I don’t know how to form the words I need to describe how very much I loved this book. I HIGHLY suggest you read/listen to it.

Jeezus! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. What a mystery! Just when I thought I had it all figured out, there were more turns. And don’t even get me started on the HOT AF sex! That was twisted in itself and I loved it!

It is also on Audible and the narration is phenomenal and had me completely enthralled! I’m off to binge on more of Celia Aaron’s books.

synopsis-lips copy

I dig. It’s what I do. I’ll literally use a shovel to answer a question. Some answers, though, have been buried too deep for too long. But I’ll find those, too. And I know where to dig—the Blackwood Estate on the edge of the Mississippi Delta. Garrett Blackwood is the only thing standing between me and the truth. A broken man—one with desires that dance in the darkest part of my soul—he’s either my savior or my enemy. I’ll dig until I find all his secrets. Then I’ll run so he never finds mine. The only problem? He likes it when I run.

Author’s Note: This is a standalone mystery/suspense romance with violence and explicit/intense sex. If you need a trigger warning, then this isn’t the book for you.

buy-links-lips copy