BEAST by Multi Award Winning Author Alana Albertson

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by Alana Albertson
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Military Romance


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Synopsis: Love doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be true.

Isabella—Grady Williams is a national treasure, the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, America’s scarred superhero. With tattooed arms sculpted from carrying M-16s, this bad boy has girls begging from sea to shining sea to get a piece of his action.

When my father squanders away my college fund, I make a deal with this dirty-talking Devil Dog—I will pretend to be Grady’s girlfriend for the Marine Corps Ball, and my dad will write Grady’s war memoir.

Grady is fearless. Hell, this badass jumped on a grenade to save his fellow Marines! As much as I crave him, I refuse to allow myself to become addicted to a dangerous man who will detonate my heart.

Grady—Isabella Cuesta is an angel who can see beyond my mangled skin, a pawn used to repay her father’s debt, a woman who makes me feel like a man instead of a monster.

But I no longer believe in fairy tales.

She’s mine until our contract ends. I’ll take her hard and rough, listen to all her hopes and fears, lay down my life to protect her.

This beauty will never let herself love a dangerous man like me—a man who has killed, a man who runs towards gunfire, a man who never backs down from a fight.

But without her love, I’m not a man—I’ll remain forever a beast.


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Grenade by Bruno Mars
One by Metallica
I’m Not Giving You Up by Gloria Estefan
Tale as old as Timeby Beauty & the Beast Soundtrack
One Hell of an Amen by Brantley Gilbert
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My Review

Beast is a hauntingly captivating and exquisitely passionate tale of a deeply powerful love that irrecoverably changed the direction of two very unique lives. This love was unbidden and yet overwhelmingly welcomed at the same time. It was desperately craved for and yet terrifying when it presented itself. Not knowing how to handle exactly what you need when you need is something that we all face at various times in our life. The key is to hold onto it no matter the cost. Even if such a gift from Fate arrives earlier then we would have planned, it is always on time. Never turn away what you can’t afford to lose.

Grady has lived through his worst nightmare. He can’t forget every second that forever changed his life. Even with the encouragement of those around him, he knows that his life has been forever altered, and that there is no going back. The face in the mirror isn’t the same man that he was. He’s something different now, and he had to figure out how this version fits into the world around him. Isa is hiding from a past that she would much rather forget. She isn’t the same girls that she was having been deeply scarred by circumstances beyond her control. All she wants is to live a small yet fulfilling life. When Fate throws her in the path of Grady, she has to make a decision. Will she accept all of herself including her past, or will she walk away from Grady and find herself forever broken and scarred?

Watching Isa and Grady’s journey was one laded with pain, hope, and a wickedly, determined love. There was no middle ground with these two. You were all in, or you were done. While these two met under very interesting circumstances, it didn’t detract from the beautiful revelation that was unraveling between them. They fought against the pull towards in each other, but in the end they realized it was the best thing that could have ever happened. I was utterly in awe by their strength and courage as individuals, and together they were completely unstoppable. They are truly the definition of a power couple. Nothing was impossible for these two.

Alana Albertson has created a wonderfully magnificent story that goes beyond just a simple love story. This is a story that shows the power of hope, the endless reach of love, and the unimaginable well of inner strength that resides within each of us. If this story teaches us anything it is that we can accomplish any task and scale any mountain that lies in our path as long as have the tender and sincere encouragement of another human being who knows our true potential. Whatever you do and wherever you go, never hesitate to touch the lives of those around you. Speak peace to troubled souls and be the water to those who are in dire need of a drink of hope.



Alana Albertson

Alana Albertson is a multi-award winning author, current President of Romance Writers of America’s Contemporary Romance Chapter and the former President of both Romance Writers of America’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance, new adult and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time playing with her sons, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes Homeland, Devious Maids, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

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