Beast (Beast #1) by Ella James
Publication Date: August 18th 2014
Genre: Adult Erotic Romance
Source: Free on Amazon
Read: November 24 to December 05, 2014
FROM HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY...
At twenty-one years old, third-generation movie star Cal Hammond was on top of the world. He had more money than God and more women than any man could need. But when a night of debauchery ends in tragedy, he forfeits a life of luxury for a ten-year prison sentence at La Rosa, California’s most violent prison.
TO BRUTAL BEAST.
Eight years later, a ruthless, cunning man runs La Rosa from the inside. He is known simply as Beast. All the wardens fear him. All the gangs obey him. He speaks to no one but his inner council. What he says is law.
ONLY SHE CAN SAVE HIM.
Annabelle Mitchell’s stepfather is the warden at La Rosa. He deals as dirty as his trustees, and after years of smooth relations with Beast and the gangs he runs, Holt lands on the powerful prisoner’s hit list. That very afternoon, Annabelle pays a surprise visit to La Rosa, hoping to use her new counseling license at a place she thinks she could make a difference. When Beast sees her, he releases the warden and grabs the nameless girl who played a starring role in the worst night of his life. The price for the warden’s error is not death. It’s his precious Belle.
Honestly I'm a little hesitant to read the other stories I downloaded for free from Ella James (that's saying something) after reading this one. I originally download the first book in her Hansel series- which sounded very twisted, intriguing, and a little fabulous- and while checking out what other reviewers had to say, they spoke a little about her previous works. So what do I do, well go check them out of course!
There I find a Red Riding Hood & Beauty and the Beast retelling- the first ones both free in their series- and I couldn't have been more excited to see how she rewritten the Beast because that's my all time favorite fairytale! The concept drew me in, it sounded like it was going to be intense and those 4 & 5 star reviews got me more excited! But in the end my dear friends, I honestly don't know what book those reviewers were reading. Sadly to say, this will not be a 4 or 5 star rating from me.
Like many of the lower ratings they comment on the writing being "choppy" and boy was it. Sentences would start and then end quickly, for example- "When I look behind me to navigate my way in, I feel kind of dizzy." Then the author goes in telling us things that could be making Annabelle dizzy but after the paragraph ended I felt like that sentence was just left hanging, like it wasn't tied up in a nice little bow. Or it just might me being picky? Who knows, but it bugged me.
Anyways, this writing style was very choppy and the author didn't really give you a lot of detail, just the basics. And honestly from the very first page I just didn't really care about these characters. All I knew was that Annabelle came up with this plan to loose her V card to her favorite celebrity and that was her and her friends mission this one evening that would eventually turn into a nightmare. She met him and they went off to have a steamy make out session because she just wasn't yet ready to loose it like she thought and I don't know, it seemed pretty unreal to me. This whole story seemed pretty unreal, especially the ending. The ending was more like, What The F*** just happened.
Overall, I felt like I didn't really connect to this story. It just didn't flow as well as I would have liked. The story felt cheesy and again, so unreal! And at the end she finally gets a piece of him. That was seriously weird, not really hot for me but Annabelle certainly enjoyed it even though she shouldn't have. It was all very weird and I wished the execution of the story was so much better, to say the least I am quite disappointed. From the summary I thought it was going to be a strong, intense story but the disconnection and the writing style made it not for me. And the only parts that were, were the accident and the ending. With the few details I got I was able to imagine it. But even those details were a little iffy.
It will make you shrill
Sweet Readings Everybody!