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

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Beast: A Hate Story, The Beginning by Mary Catherine Gebhard ~ ReviewAlso by this author: Beauty: The End (Hate Story, #2)
Beast: A Hate Story, The Beginning by Mary Catherine Gebhard
ISBN: 0692853251
Series: Hate Story
on March 14th, 2017
Genres: Dark, Romance, Suspense, Mafia
Pages: 428
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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.

“How unfair that the man who obliterated me entirely is the only one to ever know me so completely.”




It’s not every day that a book shocks me like this one did. I have several thing that are like the holy grail when it comes to stories. It’s those things that I love when the are written into a story. They are: Beauty And The Beast themed story, Romeo & Juliet themed stories, mafia, dark romance, dark/broody/ass hole-ish male leads, romantic suspense. This book, this book that I didn’t know about till the other day when it popped up in my newsfeed…it HAD ALL OF THAT. I could have missed out on this amazing story that has consumed me for two days now.

“”My only love sprung from my only hate.” My breath hitched, my heartbeat stuttered, before I realized he was quoting the play.”

It’s full of suspense and so much stuff going on right in front of you. You know you’re trying to put together a puzzle that you don’t have all the pieces to. That ending scene. OMG! It gutted me and I broke for him, for her, for everything that was about to happen. I can’t wait till the next half is released and we get to see what happens next. Do NOT miss this book. I can’t recommend it enough and it’s going on my top books of the year for sure!


“You think I’m going to hurt you?” he asked. My breath hitched. “You have no idea what I’m risking to keep you safe.”


BTW…Just so you don’t miss it and I’m still lmao at this part… Beast and his wolves in his office:

“Little O said, “So I’ve started beating up the homeless. We’ve never gone this long without a hit and I’m pent the fuck up.”

“Where are you doing that,” Big O asked curiously. “I haven’t seen any homeless.”

“I don’t know if they’re homeless,” Little O confessed. “They could be hipsters.”

Big O nodded and, putting a finger to his lip, pointed it back at his brother. “Doing God’s work.”


About Mary Catherine Gebhard

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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