It contains graphic scenes of sex and violence.
Falsely accused, Wynne is determined to clear her name. However, a trip to petition the Steward at Brighthelme turns disastrous when the Beasts, fearsome warriors from the frozen north, raze the city. When Wynne is carried away, she’s determined to regain her freedom but Rune, her captor, has other ideas.
Beast is set in Prydain, an imaginary place that combines Anglo-Saxon England with Medieval England, the Teutonic Kingdom and the Viking Age. This story contains kidnapping, rape, dubious consent and graphic violence, however, it is a love story rather than a dark romance. It is a standalone novel; no cliff-hangers.
Beast is great. I love this genre of book. Wynne finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. She has had a hard life and doesn’t conform to societies requirements. She is trying to clear her name to get her inheritance back when she gets caught in the middle of a battle between the Citizens and the Beasts. Luckily for Wynne, she falls into the hands of Rune, the leader of the Beasts. Despite all of the debauchery taking p,ace around her, Wynne is spared due to her protection by Rune. Wynne and several other girls are taken captive and she learns a lot about the Beasts while traveling with them back to their home. Becoming Runes property may be better than going home.
I couldn’t put this book down. I needed to see how the dynamic between Wynne and Rune would play out. Beast is a bit on the dark side. It is violent, both physically and sexually, gory, and fantastical. I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of fantasy, medieval, and real elements in this book. I definitely recommend Beast to anyone that likes dark, erotic fantasy.
Reviewed by Shannon
He stuck the knife in the ground and stripped off his leathers. The tunic came off, revealing a long, lean, muscled torso, covered in tattoos. Snakes ran up and down his arms, his pecs and his shoulders. A skull blazed on his chest.
Then he was pushing apart my legs, settling between my thighs, leaning over me. He smelled of smoke, leather and musk. It was terrifying, like being at the mercy of an animal.
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