Friday, March 17, 2017

[Release Boost + Giveaway] Beast by Mary Catherine Gebhard



Title: Beast: A Hate Story, The Beginning
Hate Story Duet #1
Author: Mary Catherine Gebhard
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Dark Romance
Release Date: March 14, 2017



Book Blurb


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.

Beast is the first book in the Hate Story duet. About what it means to fall in love with the person who has absolutely destroyed you, it contains disturbing and graphic situations that may be a trigger for some.






Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited





My Review
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3 Stars from Tiffany!

Not the Kind of Beast I was Looking For...

I'm going to call this a heavy romance as compared to a dark romance. While there are elements of dark, it was pretty tame. Lots more talk than action when it's all said and done, making this Beast a little less intimidating than I am use to reading about.

Beast. An unfitting name for the guy he is now. Maybe in his heyday he was a force to be reckoned with, but now, he's at war with himself. Second guessing every move he makes in business, as well as with the girl he acquired to pay off a debt. 

"...I had this helpless feeling that I'd just jumped into the deep end with an anchor tied to my neck, but drowning was a mercy I would not get to experience."

Eh, you'll be fine with this guy. Sure he'll talk all tough at first, but after that he will be scared to death of you and the "feelings" you bring out of him. Frankie was brave enough to offer herself to save a life and actually ends up in a better place than she was. Taken care of better than any time in the past she could remember. Other than the head games with Beast, the girl has it made.

There is tons of backstory and character building that takes away from Frankie and Beast. I didn't care about the families, who was dying, who was going to be in charge next. I cared about Frankie and Beast, which we didn't get enough of. They had a weird, stilted relationship that she was in charge of from the get go. This guy was a puppy dog, not a Beast.

It was page after page of back and forth, mind changing, almost having sex then he storms off. Beast was like a teenage boy, not the leader of a mafia family looking to take over the whole operation. The story was unbelieveable as Beast lets his life turn upside down for a chick he just met. Family first and all of that in the mob meant nothing to this Beast.

The book was well written and chock full of details, however not the details I wanted. There was too much family drama and not enough Beast and Frankie drama for me as I found myself skimming to the end. Speaking of, the book is a cliffhanger which actually shouldn't have surprised me for the direction it started taking.



Author Bio

Mary Catherine Gebhard bites off more than she can chew. She's lived in Salt Lake City, Utah her entire life, but occasionally goes on vacation from reality. Don't worry, she sends postcards.



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