The Beast Within

Rated 3.80/5 based on 5 reviews
Karina's world is turned upside down when she meets the sexy and mysterious Xavier. Something powerful and sensual is unlocked from inside.

With Xavier's help, Karina discovers she is a Tuatha De Danann, but his insistence on making her believe troubles Karina.

Can she be saved before it is too late? More
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Words: 24,760
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476444512
About Melissa Crowe

I am from the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. In 2009 I started writing and now have a multitude of stories in various stages of completion. My love for paranormal started from a young age and I like to find interesting new creatures to create stories about. I have decided I no longer want to end up in the publishing companies slush pile and have decided to self publish.

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Review by: Lisa Vazquezanzua on Sep. 26, 2012 :
WOW! This book really surprised me, but in a good way. The story drew me in from the very beginning and had me hanging on until the end. Very well written, characters are very well developed. Amazing storyline! The detailing in the story made me feel like I was there with them! And the ending??‼! OMG‼ What a twist and I was NOT expecting that! I do not want to spoil it for you all. So go out, get this book, and read it‼ It is so worth it‼ I would definitely recommend this book to anyone‼ I know they will enjoy reading this book as much as I have!

Note: This book was given to me from the author (through in exchange for my honest review. There was no monetary compensation for my review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Christina Condy on Sep. 22, 2012 : (no rating)
I have a very mixed feeling in regards to this book. I don't mind short stories as a rule, but this one left me saying okay that's it? I'll try to explain without giving away the book.

Karina is a young woman who has been living with her boyfriend Ian for years. Its begun to stale and he says he wants to take a break. Enter Xavier the bad boy and Karina suddenly finds herself in a world she hasn't a clue about. The action in the book starts fairly quickly and the story moves along fairly well.

It was about a 30 minute read for me so that shows how long/short it is. But I just felt that the Author could have done so much more with the story. It felt more like an outline of what the story is going to be. You don't get a good feel for any of the characters, which isn't unusual in a short story, but in this case I think that it could have been a BETTER short story if she had spent a little bit of time on character creation. Some of the scenes felt forced and didn't seem to have a good flow.

The end of the book comes abruptly and leaves you saying okay what just happened and why did it end there? It seemed to me to be unfinished.

I will say that it was a quick read and a decent story if you're looking for something quick and easy to read.

Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cristina Reiser on Sep. 10, 2012 :
The story had potential, but just didn't do it for me. The dialogue was extremely awkward and the story didn't flow very "realistically". It seemed as if the main character (Karina) just accepted everything that was going on around her a little too much. Didn't really get shocked by anything. It was difficult to take in as the reader.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mallory Heart Reviews on Sep. 05, 2012 :
Review of The Beast Within by Melissa Crowe

An intriguing paranormal with a nicely original twist-very unexpected-“The Beast Within” will maintain reader’s attention throughout. Two hot men-a lovely young woman desired by both-spooky secrets and hinted denouements-and a good balance of sensuality, romance, suspense, and yes, even danger, this novel will keep the reader edgy in a good way.
Karina has been happy with accountant Ian for about five years, when he suddenly suggests she move out, that the two need time away from each other. While she’s working that one over in her mind, the very sizzling Xavier appears and tries of course to pick her up. On his second appearance, he calls her by her middle name, “Tuatha,” and in doing so sends Karina spiraling on a quest for family history, identifying whom and what she really wants at this point in her life-and into situations fraught with potentially fatal danger.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: gaele hi on Aug. 25, 2012 :
I received a pdf copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and all conclusions are my responsibility.

I’ll start by saying this is a short, novella-sized story, only 55 pages, yet there is much packed into those pages. Karina is a psych nurse, rather shy and retiring, who recently ended a relationship with Ian, and is trying to find her new normal. Enter Xavier, a handsome and charming man who sets her life on tilt, encouraging her to question her heritage when he explains her middle name, Tuatha, to her. Cue the overt paranormal flavor of the story, and let the battle for Karina’s heart and life begin.

I enjoyed this story, although the length did not allow for great development of any of the characters. It really feels like a good introduction to Karina, a prequel to her story and discovery of her relevance in the paranormal world as a Tuatha de Danann. That isn’t meant to discount this story, for it does stand alone as a complete work; there is a clear beginning, middle and end.

The writing flowed and was well paced, while there were a few minor spelling/word choice errors that I found, they did not distract overtly from the pacing or the reading. The plot twisted and moved quickly enough to throw up a few surprises, with a particularly satisfying ending. I do want to see more of Karina and her discoveries of her new talents, and hope the author is working to that end.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Toni Hemion on Aug. 21, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this short story! I loved the characters and was able to connect to them right away! Oh the story was just great,just when you think things are going one way, it takes a curve and leads you in another direction! WOW was not expecting that ending! The only bad thing I have to say about this story is that it was too short! lol.. So nothing bad about the book at all! I would have loved to have read more about each of the characters and how they came about and what was to follow..all in all it was a great read, perfect for when you need just a little something to feel a evening! I would recommend this book to everyone! I am looking forward to reading more from Melissa Crowe!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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