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The Beast Within (Guardians of the Dark #4)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  499 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Meet three men without boundaries, hell-bent on satisfying their deepest desires--and those of the women who drive them wild. . .
The Howling by Erin McCarthy
When Liv Lugaru's boyfriend Sebastian disappears, she finds comfort in his brother's arms. But Sebastian is much closer than Liv realizes. . .and he'll stop at nothing to protect her from the feral danger that comes
Paperback, 345 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Brava (first published September 1st 2010)
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Aug 23, 2010 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 11, 2010 Cecile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**This is a note that I only read and reviewed Ms. Jennifer Lyon's story.** The rest will come later...

Oh gosh, this is an amazing story. So amazing that I read it in one night... Yea, as in a few hours. I could not put down... I think my house could have been on fire and I would have not moved. This story rocks apples.

I mean you have Mira ~ a woman who is not afraid to stab a troll in the eyes with her keys, Gage ~ a wizard who's magic has kinda fried, some master wizard fighting to the death,
Though only one of the heroes is truly `beastly', The Beast Within offers three paranormal romance novellas from familiar authors Bianca D'Arc, Erin McCarthy and Jennifer Lyons. While I normally really like anthologies, this one was just okay.

A nightmare in which she dreams of a bride who is literally thrown to the wolves, causes a women who is engaged to the brother of the man who abandoned her and stole her money to reconsider her wedding plans. I really didn't like the dream sequences in Erin
Feb 05, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loosely themed anthology with the usual ups and downs. Action based plots.

"The Howling" BY Erin McCarthy I can't review as I didn't read it. I really dislike the Russian folktale that is the basis of the term "throwing someone to the wolves" and since it opens with that I moved on the next one. I'm sure the author wrote it beautifully - she always does - it just wasn't for me.

"Smoke On The Water" BY Bianca D'arc was a good read - zombies and spies oh my! Our hero is the surly but well trained ag
Mar 03, 2016 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Howling by Erin McCarthy
Definitely loved my adventure with these two characters Liv Lugaru & Boyfriend Sebastian...definitely reading more by this Author..

Smoke On The Water by Bianca D'Arc
Definitely love my experience with this lady's books will definitely be reading more...

Redeeming The Wizard by Jennifer Lyon
Had a blast with Gage Remington & Mina Tate definitely reading more...

3 Wonderful sexy books in 1 a definite 5 Star for me :)
Blodeuedd Finland

Oh read the blurbs.

My thoughts:

I am going to make this short, it is always so hard to talk about short stories.

The Howling

I liked this one, but then I do like werewolves. There was Liv and her new boyfriend, but he is not really gone. There is a bit of action, betrayal, and hot hot passion. It was a nice short werewolf story that delivered what it promised.

Smoke on the water

This one was my least fave of the three. I can't say why, perhaps it was the zombies, I just can't think of sex when t
Lynda Tatad
Dec 18, 2011 Lynda Tatad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With anthologies, it's sometimes hit and miss if you'll enjoy all the stories or not. With The Beast Within, I loved all 3 of these stories! They are all different, except that it takes a woman to tame the "beast within the man" in each . Erin McCarthy took a break from her Vegas Vampire series with the werewolf tale "The Howling", which deals with a young woman named Liv who is having nightmares about wolves. The man she thought she loved has disappeared and ran off with her money, according to ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As reviewed on Read Our Lips:

Three shortstories, all with something more than man inside.
Erin McCarthys The Howling, Liv was played for a fool, deserted and skinned of all her money by the man she loved. His brother steps up and saves the day, comforts her and in return she finds herself accepting a marriage proposal. But something just doesnt feel right. Werewolves and smutty fluff, a great read.
Bianca D'arcs Smoke on the Water, Donna, a civilian immune to the zombie disease, teams up with the
The Howling – Erin McCarthy (3 stars)

Synopsis - Liv Lugaru has been plagued by intense, recurring nightmares about wolves in recent months. Perhaps they are just a manifestation of her reservations about marrying the brother of the man who broke her heart, Sebastian. While she thinks that Sebastian stole all her money and abandoned her, the truth is that his brother tried to kill Sebastian in a power play to rule their werewolf pack. Liv is an unwitting part of that scheme, and now her former lo
Nov 21, 2015 Jean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I don't like it when they hace several short stories under one book.
Its harder to rate the stories.

I rated the "Smoke On The Water" BY Bianca D'arc = 2 Stars it was boring and short.
I rated "Redeeming The Wizard" BY Jennifer Lyon = 3 stars, it was too short but it was interesting.

I did not read the third story, thus making it hard to rate each story fairly.
Jan 10, 2011 E. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, erotica
The Howling by Erin McCarthy: Brother Scarborough steps in when Liv Lugaru's boyfriend Sebastian apparently abandons her and steals her money. Little does she know she is a pawn in a werewolf power struggle that might not stop at murder. Nice depth to story with flashbacks to Liv's ancestress.

Smoke on the Water by Bianca D'Arc: Zombies trying to take over the world, naturally immune or immunized fighters trying to prevent it. Ok storyline, not a big zombie fan, probably better if more background
Mimi Arcala
Since I only liked 1/3rd of the book, I gave it 2 stars. I only liked the werewolf story. I couldn't wait to finish the book to say I actually finished a book, so I could move on to something else. Sorry, I wish I had more to say.
For an anthology, this one stands up pretty well given that we're given novellas as opposed to true short stories. In my opinion, all three of these novellas are fun, quick reads. My one gripe might be that the word "beast" in the book's title typically implies that the heroes are shifters, but that is only the case in Erin McCarthy's werewolf tale "The Howling". My favorite is Bianca D'Arc's zombie-filled "Smoke on the Water"--although being familiar with that series could make me a bit biased. ...more
Fire Raven
Jan 22, 2016 Fire Raven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent short story book! I'm not a big fan of short stories and while these 3 did feel a little rushed they still delivered a complete story with full characters.
ms bookjunkie
I bought this anthology for the Erin McCarthy story, which I thought was okay. It's paranormal and I've only read her straight contemporaries, so it was a bit of an adjustment to read about werewolves in her voice. I'll be happy to read more…

I've never been attracted to the idea of zombie hunter stories (because things that go bump in the night totally creep me out!) but I really liked the Bianca D'Ark story and am hoping to come across more.

Jennifer Lyon's wizard story was also a positive exper
Mar 16, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't read the second story, but read the first and third and enjoyed them!
Tracy's Place
McCarthy story - 2 stars

D'Arc story - DNF

Lyon story - 3 stars
Jul 29, 2014 Erika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Trite, dull and in need of an editor. Did not finish.
Patricia Wilcoxen
Aug 21, 2011 Patricia Wilcoxen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book with 3 different stories ended up being a crap shot for me. I normally really like Erin McCarthy, but her story was just meh.... the weakest of the 3, and easily forgettable. Bianca D'Arc's story was a great one to continue her series that I just discovered a little while ago. I loved the chemistry between the couple even when they were fighting zombies. Jennifer Lyon's story was a little hokey, you totally knew what was going to happen but it was still a fun read.
The four stars is for Erin McCarthy's "The Howling" and Jennifer Lyon's "Redeeming the Wizard". I really enjoyed those two stories.

However, "Smoke on the Water" by Bianca D'Arc stalled me out, I give it two stars. I almost didn't finish the book when I lost interest somewhere in the middle of that one. The villain in the story was a cliched "mad scientist" crossed with "woman wronged" and overall it read like a not funny parody of the zombie genre.
Three stories. Only one about "beasts." The first two stories, by Erin McCarthy and Bianca D'arc, were not bad, but they really had a lot of gratuitous sex.

The third story, by Jennifer Lyon, was the best of the three. The sex had a purpose, the characters were great, the plot good, the story was fun, interesting and I loved it. I don't normally care much for wizards and magic in my paranormal romance, so liking this one surprised me.
I really liked this anthology.

Werewolves from Erin McCarthy, Zombies from Bianca D'Arc & Wizard's from Jennifer Lyon.

It was the first I've tried anything from Bianca and I really enjoyed it, I was surprised consindering it was about Zombies! Thankfully it wasn't a zombie romance ;)

Jennifer Lyon's tale was my favourite of the three, I would like to read more stories set in this world.
Silver James
Aug 23, 2011 Silver James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This anthology gets four stars because Jennifer Lyon's entry saves the day. "Redeeming the Wizard" is full of magic, a feisty heroine who thinks she has none and the wily wizard who shows her that anything is possible with love. Or maybe it is Mira who convinces Gage that life is worth taking a chance on. The other two entries were enjoyable but not up to Ms. Lyons' contribution.
Elizabeth Cribb
Apr 16, 2013 Elizabeth Cribb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've seen the movie and now I've read the book. The movie I'd give one star but I really liked the book and gave it a four. I was hesitating between a four and a five so 4.5 would be appropriate. It takes a strong stomach reading some parts but it was well written and unbelievable that one human could do this to another.
Jan 19, 2012 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, paranormal
I only read "The Howling" and "Redeeming the Wizard" because I've read some of Bianca D'Arc's other stories in this series and didn't like them. I'll read it later.

I liked Redeeming the Wizard and reading Jennifer Lyon's work makes me sad that the publisher chose not to finish the Wing Slayer Hunter series.
~♥ Kat ♥~
Jan 29, 2011 ~♥ Kat ♥~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, anthology
I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 stars based souly on the the short stories by Bianca D'Arc and Erin McCarthy which where both very entertaining. I didn't care for Jennifer Lyon's short but have read some of her other books and enjoyed them. All in all a good fast read.
Ann  Lorz
All three stories are enjoyable but I have to say I enjoyed both Jennifer Lyon and Bianca D'Arc the most. There is nothing wrong with the McCarthy, it just wasn't as strong of a story as the other two are.
Nov 17, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked all the stories in this book. Jennifer Lyon was a new to me author. I liked her story so much I'm going to pick up her Blood Magic and Soul Magic books!
Jan 07, 2011 Gee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnl-erotic, anthology

The Howling by Erin McCarthy ----- 3 stars

Smoke on the Water by Bianca D'arc ------ 4 stars

Redeeming the eWizard ------ DNF
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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written almost fifty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for New Orleans, tattoos, high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats and a socially awkward dog.
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