The Beast made me feel like I had come home, everything was as it should be and even better than I had remembered. ~ Kimber, Guilty Pleasures
Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…
For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…
And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…
Review copy provided for an honest review
My faith has been restored! After the last book in the series broke my heart, I was apprehensive yet finger-crossed begging that the series and author who holds my number one spot for Paranormal Romance would not do that to me again. Well, I am happy and downright giddy to report The Beast did not disappoint, but not only that, the beauty of this story totally BLEW ME AWAY. From the first sentence to the very last word I was consumed and compelled to know what was to come. Maybe you know what I’m talking about. When you want to know what happens but you’re dying inside because it’s going to end and you don’t want it to be over? You’re telling yourself to stop the gobble-gobble, slow it down, calm your tits, but you don’t listen to that kind of cray-cray talk and you end up on the dreaded path to The End. Epic stories like this don’t come along very often yet when they do they’re too hard to savor. I did however have to put it down a few times because I couldn’t stop the leakage from my eyes. This book snatched me up, shoulder threw me and took off running for one hella emotional journey. NOTHING BAD so do not worry. It just takes on a relatable subject that hits a little close to home. Most of my tears were happy tears though because it was so daum sweet. JR Ward took what I considered to be a likeable, fun character and turned him into THE perfect male. I am now TEAM RHAGE, baby. All the way!
Rhage and Mary’s HEA goes back to book 2. They are like this perfect couple, right? Why mess with it? But, that’s actually one of the things that I enjoy about this series. J.R. Ward keeps it real. No, vampires are not real, but having ups and downs as a couple is. Just because you’ve devoted the rest of your life to loving someone doesn’t mean the rest of your lives are unicorns and rainbows. Nope, things happen that cause a disconnect, and that couple you know love each other to the moon and back need to find a way to work it out and end up back on the same page. The conflict and resolve were written perfectly. My heart could not have taken it if things had been drawn out. The Warden took pity on us and for that I say Thank You. Their make-up sex or reconnection sex was the hottest I’ve ever read by JRW. There’s plenty of it too. Since their initial book, we haven’t gotten a lot of them as a couple over the years, only bits and pieces here and there. By the end of this story, I felt like I knew them better than I did before. They’re amazing. I’m so glad she wrote them another full story.
As with other books in the series, there are multiple story lines happening at once. The Lessers are back, Layla, Assail, Xcor, Throe, the Scribe Virgin, and a new character is introduced. There were a number of OH SH*T!!! moments. I’m pretty sure at some point I “NO WAY-ed” out loud. There’s action, LOTS of super-hot sexy times, plot twists, as well as quality Brother time. I also fell a little more in love with Lassiter.
The Beast made me feel like I had come home, everything was as it should be and even better than I had remembered. It met the criteria for what I want in a romance, heart and panty-melting goodness. It was magnificent and one of the most beautiful stories I’ve read in a really long time. Well done, well done indeed.