“Don’t bother. It’s locked. There’s no way out of here. Even if you did get out, we’re surrounded by the forest. Please, don’t run, Belle. Don’t make me set the dogs free.”
The drug on my lips linger, and the memory of my freedom slips further away while he drones. I thought I was free, hitchhiking along the Midnight Mountain Range, running from those I loved, and their betrayal. Now I’m trapped in a nightmare. One filled with betrayal, lust and a beast. That’s his story, about a beast that’s waiting for me. I try not to listen and plan my escape. But the savage howls from somewhere underneath this room makes me whimper in fear. Through the grimy windows, endless pine trees are all I can see.
“He’s going to fall in love with you, I just know he will,” Mark says. The beast below isn’t the only one in this house. I’ve fought to survive before and I’ll fight again. Maybe this time, I’ll win.
Worldbuilding: This story took place in a decrepit old mansion, in the middle of a forest.
Characters: The main characters of this story were Mark, Anna, and the Beast. Anna only wants to survive the night and her captors, the Beast is more than meets the eye, and Mark is not who he seems. These characters could have been more developed if this novella ended up being a novel instead. I would have liked to see where a full length novel could have taken this story.
Plot: This ended up being a pretty convoluted story for only being about 89 pages. As Anna’s storyline is going on about how she is now trapped in this dungeon with the beast a subsequent storyline is going on about what had happened in the past and why things are the way they are now. It was like a ghost story in addition to a fairy tell retelling story.
Writing: This novella was told in first person point of view of Anna. It would’ve been so freaking cool if the Beast’s perspective was included as well. My main issue with the story was that I didn’t think all my questions were answered in the end. I really like having all the information laid out for me instead of me inferring what really happened or what would happen next.
Curb Appeal: The cover is pretty cool and really sums up the story. I love that both the hero and heroine are present in the cover. The blurb is what piqued my interest made me think that this story was going to be completely different than what it was.
Ultimately: This was a lot different than I was expecting it to be. I was really expecting less of a story line and just more sex scenes than anything else. But it turned out to be way more in depth then I originally thought. If you are in the mood for an intense and quick fairy tell retelling that has a couple of sex scenes thrown in then come check out Beast!
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