Monday, March 17, 2014

The Beast Review!!!

Publication Date:  3/16/14

Dimitri Sokolov is a man scarred, physically and emotionally. From the rough streets of Moscow to the highest ranks in the Solntsevskaya Bratva, he has seen it all.

An attack four years ago left him disfigured and in seclusion, hiding from reactions to his appearance and in safety from those who failed to kill him the first time.

Comfortable in his penthouse, managing his billion dollar businesses, he's resigned himself to be alone, simply called The Beast among those who've dealt with him in the past.

Columbia Grey is a pseudo-activist trying to save her neighborhood from a developer intent on leveling it to build apartment towers. She goes along with a plan to confront the CEO of the company on his own turf, to force him to listen to her demands...all in a pathetic attempt to impress a man she barely likes.

Little does she know, she's taken herself into the mouth of the beast, a man familiar with death and destruction, sex and seduction, a man used to getting exactly what he wants and a man with nothing left to lose.

She's a beauty, but will that be enough to tame the beast and save her life?

*** Warning, this is a classified as a dark erotic novel. It deals with some pretty heavy themes. It may trigger those who have experience sexual abuse, rape, violence, basically a shitty childhood or life in general. I must be kind of messed in the head, because I thought it was a touching story full of amazing imagery and people with hearts that continue to beat and seek the beauty in the world in spite of life grinding them into nothingness. Apparently some early reviewers have found mainly the darker elements, so consider this your warning, for what it's worth. This is not a fairy tale, this is what happens when the music ends and life goes on after the credits roll. This is about simply existing until you find yourself and write your own happily ever after, no matter what form it takes.

This book is not for the faint of heart.  It is dark, for two separate souls to come together after what they went through in their lives, is nothing short of miraculous!

Columbia Grey comes from a family of dysfunction.  Her mother is absent and leaves her to an abusive step-father.  Her step-father is a horrible drunk who does unspeakable things to Columbia.  His abuse has led her to becoming a cutter just to survive the pain.  It's her way of dealing, and although heartbreaking, it does bring her a little control in a life that is very much out of hers.  The only shining beacon is her younger sister Eden, whom she loves and protects.  Eden is innocent and funny and just generally a great girl.  I kinda wished she was in the story more.

Dimitri Sokolov is a man with a tragic past as well.  Growing up as a street kid, he didn't have the best childhood either.  Abused by his father for no real reason, we as  he catches the eye of Sergei, a very powerful and dangerous man who runs the Bratva.  But although Dimitri doesn't actually betray Sergei, Sergei believes he does and sets out to kill him, leaving him almost dead and horribly disfigured.  Now Dimitri is in hiding and biding his time until he can have his revenge.

The feelings I had when reading this novel were extreme. I was angry for both Dimitri and Columbia,  given their pasts.  But I was also ran the gambit of emotions just in general.  I was afraid for Columbia on several occasions when she is with Dimitri, I will let you read the story to find out why.  I love this story and it's dark side.  I love that Dimitri thinks Columbia is perfect.  I love that there is no judgement from either of them regarding the other one that isn't positive.  They truly are perfect together.

The only downside I have to this book is the ending.  I felt like things were a bit rushed.  They went from intense about each other to split up to back together again very quickly.  I also have a love/hate relationship with the epilogue.  I love how it ended, but it felt anti-climatic to me.

This was a great way for me to be introduced to Jaden's work and I can't wait to read what's next!

I give this 4.75 lipsticks.  It was steamy as hell and almost perfect!


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