Release Date: June 14, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Love doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be true.
Isabella—Grady Williams is a national treasure, the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, America’s scarred superhero. With tattooed arms sculpted from carrying M-16s, this bad boy has girls begging from sea to shining sea to get a piece of his action.
When my father squanders away my college fund, I make a deal with this dirty-talking Devil Dog—I will pretend to be Grady’s girlfriend for the Marine Corps Ball, and my dad will write Grady’s war memoir.
Grady is fearless. Hell, this badass jumped on a grenade to save his fellow Marines! As much as I crave him, I refuse to allow myself to become addicted to a dangerous man who will detonate my heart.
Grady—Isabella Cuesta is an angel who can see beyond my mangled skin, a pawn used to repay her father’s debt, a woman who makes me feel like a man instead of a monster.
But I no longer believe in fairy tales.
She’s mine until our contract ends. I’ll take her hard and rough, listen to all her hopes and fears, lay down my life to protect her.
This beauty will never let herself love a dangerous man like me—a man who has killed, a man who runs towards gunfire, a man who never backs down from a fight.
But without her love, I’m not a man—I’ll remain forever a beast.
BEAST MUSIC PLAYLIST
Grenade by Bruno Mars
One by Metallica
I’m Not Giving You Up by Gloria Estefan
Tale as old as Time – by Beauty & the Beast Soundtrack
If You’re Reading This by Tim McGraw
One Hell of an Amen by Brantley Gilbert
Alana Albertson is a multi-award winning author, current President of Romance Writers of America’s Contemporary Romance Chapter and the former President of both Romance Writers of America’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance, new adult and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time playing with her sons, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes Homeland, Devious Maids, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.
Ahhhh, Beast. What am I going to do with you?!? I wanted to love you – truly I did. And there were moments when you had me and I was completely sucked into your heartbreaking story. But there was just something that kept me from feeling consumed by Grady and Isa.
Beast is obviously a modern take on the whole Beauty and the Beast fairy tale theme. Grady was injured in the war and is a national hero. Isa is a student with money issues and a retired dancing reality star. They both desperately wish that they could fade into the background and find some solace in their lives.
Anyway, they meet and bam!! Insta-lust. They definitely shared a whole lot of passion and desire for one another. Sweet Jesus – they’ll knock you into bed with all of their sexual chemistry. It’s intense and highly enjoyable.
However, even though they got me all hot and bothered, I just couldn’t connect with them emotionally – I feel like that was where the book’s storyline was lacking. It didn’t make it a bad read, just not my favorite.
I would still recommend checking Beast out – it just might not have been the book for me.