Monday, 17 July 2017

`*•.¸)`*• BEAUTIFUL BEAST by Aubrey Irons .¸.•*(¸.•*

My Review - 5 out of 5 stars

Where do I start with this review? I've just spent a good chunk of my Sunday reading this and not wanting to put it down until I finished. It's dark, emotional, full of angst, conflict and sorrow and yet throughout it has touches of light that pull you through and keep you reading.

The more I read, the more I found out about Bastian and the more I loved him - even though I shouldn't. I love me a broken and twisted hero and Aubrey Irons delivered one of the best in the Beautiful Beast that is Sebastian Crowe. Asshole, manipulative, man whore, arrogant, entitled all describe him and yet you can tell that there is something else trapped inside that lost and frightened little boy.

Ana is one cool heroine with real strength of character and the ability to verbally cut Bastian down to size, even if inside she was anything but cool. She's always despised Bastian and his privileged ways, or has she? Of course there is more to the story, their story than that. And what a story it is. It had me gripped from the start, sometimes melting along with Ana, sometimes angry and riled up at what was happening and often wanting to show Bastian the love he was so desperately craving.

The book is written first person from both main characters POV, so you get an excellent understanding of, and feel for, both of them. The story hops back in time, and I preferred this as it allowed the story to unfold gradually and truths to be slowly revealed.

The book is quite a long one - it took over 5 hours to read, but I never once felt like skimming parts or that passages were unnecessary. Every part was captivating, even if it wasn't easy to read, and with a plot that had plenty of twists and turns. A few parts of the plot I could guess at, although the author did drop very large hints as to what would transpire, and I found this actually upped my engagement in the story - I knew what was going to happen but, like Christmas morning, I had to wait for it to arrive. And, of course, what resulted from this was NOT what I had expected at all.

The writing is excellent, the descriptions helped me picture the scene without being too long, the characters in the book were believable - although not always likeable - and the pace was perfect. This is one amazing second-chance, enemies-to-lovers, dark-but-yet-full-of-hope read and definitely the best story by Aubrey Irons so far.

Do I recommend this book? The answer is a resounding and most emphatic yes.

Title: Beautiful Beast

Author: Aubrey Irons

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 17, 2017



Here’s the first thing you should know: this is not a fairytale. Happily-ever-afters are fables, and Prince Charming is a sweet little lie. 

I know all this because he taught me.

Once upon a lifetime ago, the rich, arrogant, sinfully gorgeous, and tragically broken dark prince of the Hamptons was my tormentor. My darkness, my shameful attraction, my all-consuming, forbidden temptation.

I hate Sebastian Crown because nine years ago, for one night, I was stupid enough to think I loved him. And I’ve been paying for it ever since.

Except now, he needs me to help him save his empire.
…And he’s not taking no for answer.


She’s my nemesis. My addiction. My weakness.

My obsession.

I used to tell myself I hated Anastasia Bell - for being poor, for not worshipping the ground I walked on, for looking at me like she pitied me for being me.

When the rest of my world always told me yes, she was the ever-provoking no.

She thinks I’m a monster - a tragic, fucked-up, broken beast.
She doesn’t know the half of it.

Because she can’t begin to know the crimes of my past, or imagine the things I’ve done to her behind the scenes since she left this place.

Years ago, I thought breaking her would fix me.

I was wrong.

Now I’ve got her in my sights again, and this time, I won’t be letting her go. Even if it means we both go down in flames...

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Author Bio

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Aubrey Irons enjoys writing about bold, sassy, and intelligent women and the hot, cocky, and quite typically forbidden bad boys who love and lust for them. Gripping stories, guaranteed happy ever afters, and LOTS of heat.

In the real world, Aubrey is kept plenty entertained by her own favorite bad boy husband, their two adorable kiddos, and the world's most ill-behaved puppy.

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