Beast: A Hate Story, The Beginning by Mary Catherine Gebhard

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Title: Beast: A Hate Story, The Beginning
Author: Mary Catherine Gebhard
Release Date: March 14, 2017
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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.

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.


This is a very dark book at times, and yet you also see some sweet moments.  Mary really messes with your head with this first part of this duet.  Frankie (Only my friends are allowed to call me that!) is one tough chick.  Of course she was a virgin when she offered herself to Beast so he would leave her father alone.  Beast is called that for a reason, and reading even through his eyes he can be super scary.  But you can also see the care he has for Frankie even when he knows he shouldn’t.

This book does a great job of setting things up for the next book.  I have so many questions and I can’t wait to get the answers to them.  I was on the edge of my seat throughout this book always wondering what would happen next.



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