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The Beast Within

(The Beast Within #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Karina's world is turned upside down when she meets the sexy and mysterious Xavier. Something powerful and sensual is unlocked from inside her that she cannot explain and seems to have little control over.

With Xavier's help, Karina discovers she is a Tuatha De Danann, celtic faeries long thought to have been eradicated. Xavier's insistence on making her believe troubles Ka
ebook, 73 pages
Published May 17th 2012 by Melissa Crowe
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Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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..a ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading Beast Within by Melissa Crowe. This was a very quick read. I really enjoyed the story. The story starts out with Ian and Karina. They have been together for 5 years, basically in a familiar and predictable rut. Ian and Karina decide to take a break from each other. Once Ian leaves Karina is trying to sort some of her thoughts when she meets Xavier. Xavier and Karina have a instant spark and a part of Karina doesn't understand how she could feel this way in such a short ti ...more
Christina M Condy
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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.

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Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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 t
April Alvey
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow Karina Was In A Dead End Relationship With Ian And Didnt Know What To Do. Ian Did Them Both A Favor And Ended It And She Moved In With Her Best Friend. Karina Me This Sexy Stranger In The Park Named Xavier And Was Falling For Him Cause He Was Excitement And Dangerous. Mysterious Things Have Been Happening To Karina And She Has No Clue Who To Trust Ian Wants Her Back And Xavier Is Trying To Keep Them Apart. Who Can She Trust Ian The Man She Loved Or Xavier The Man She Lusts For. This Is An Aw ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book!! Had a very interesting twist that I was not expecting and kept my attention page after page. Being a mental health nurse myself, I had to smile ... we all dread the full moons :) Great Job!!
A. Gorman
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I received the first book, The Beast Within, I was like oh no Anna, what did you get yourself into reading?!?! I thought it's going to be some crazy paranormal read... Oh how wrong I was. I am glad I did put off reading the trilogy until I received all three of them. They can be read as stand alones, but they are extremely good all together. I seriously stayed up one night reading them. I couldn't put them down...

So the basic run down because if you love mythology, then you will love these
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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 qu
Laura P
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings with this book. I will admit I'm not used to reading shorts, so I think part of the problem was how I prefer more details and explanations leading up to story events.

The beginning pulled me in. Karina always goes out with preppy boys, and the lack of passion she finds there is discouraging her. Her preppy boyfriend, Ian, and her take a break. While on this break she meets the bad-boy Xavier. Without giving things away, the story starts by explaining Ian and Xavier in a way t
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A mundane life, enters another world......

Does life ever get boring?
Loss of excitement?
Too routine?

Karina thought this....until she met a strong sensual stranger, who intrigued her.
He was more dramatic and rousing than anything she had come to experience before, than any man she had ever met.
It was a chance encounter, in a stunning setting. It awoke feelings that Karina thought were dormant. Passions she had along time past, forgotten how to feel.
Karina and Ian, are a set in their ways couple,
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
The Beast Within by: Melissa Crowe 3.5 Stars

What would you do if one day you are not who you thought you were and the man you love is not who you think he is?

Karina is a young woman who has been living with her boyfriend for 5 years. To her everything in her life and her relationship is predictable and she sees that she and Ian are drifting apart. So when Ian asks to take a break it comes to no surprise to her. She wonders is life will ever be unpredictable. Then in walks the mysterious and oh s
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The Beast Within is a novella by Melissa Crowe. Karina is a mental health nurse whose stagnant five year relationship with her accountant boyfriend Ian has just ended. She soon meets the gorgeous Xavier, who lets her know things aren’t always what they seem.

From the first pages of the book I became really comfortable and settled right into the story. Crowe gives the reader a relatable character in Karina. I mean who can’t relate to a relationship that has ended? You immediately begin rooting for
Brandy Nacole
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
The upside of these enrapturing story is just that, it keeps you enraptured with the need to know more. The downside was the need to know more. I received a free pdf of this short novel to read and review. I can honestly say that I'm glad I did sign up for this story because it has a new spin on the link between supernaturals. However, in bringing those new perspectives, it left me with so many questions. I really believe so much more could have been added as far as detail, build up, and conlusi ...more
K.A. Last
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Karina is at a crossroads in her life, and she decides she needs time away from her boring, mundane boyfriend, Ian. She meets Xavier, a random stranger, and they have a bit of a fling. Xavier knows things about Karina, and at first I thought it was all a little convenient, but everything came together in the end and I understood why he had this knowledge. He tells her she is a Tuatha De Danann, or celtic faerie. Karina's reaction isn't much different from Sookie's, but she places her trust in Xa ...more
What a great little read! I wasn't sure what to expect when I signed up for this on Read2Review. It is short as it is only a novella but the author manages to pack quite a story into just a few pages (less than 80). I read quite a bit of paranormal but had never read nor heard of the Tuatha De Danann, celtic faeries. This by itself was unusual enough for me to give it a shot. Vampires, werewolves (although they do put in an appearance in this one), witches and fallen angels are all the rage. It' ...more
Victoria Rainey
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romancebookworm
The Beast Within is the first book in The Beast Within Series by Melissa Crowe. All I can say is WOW! This book is not what I expected by the summery, it was much better. Karina and her boyfriend Ian break up. She finds him boring and they have been pulling apart from each other. She meets Xavier and he is the opposite of everything Ian is.

Xavier is a professor at the local university that teaches mythology. He comes across as very mysterious and intriguing person. I found it funny that he warn
Rebecca Edwards
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Karina's boyfriend Ian of 5 years just told her he thinks they need to take a break. This is something she readily agrees with because for the past 6 months things have felt strained between them. Routine and almost dull.

In enters Xavier a handsome stranger who awakens something in her. He calls her Tuatha after a race of Celtic Fae called Tuatha De Dannan. With Xavier's help she discovers she's one of these legendary Fae.

Xavier awakens her body in ways she can't explain. He has a secret he's ke
Crystal Marie
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars from me!

I usually don’t like short stories, especially if they are broken into a serial. With this book, I have mixed emotions about it because I did enjoy the story, but it felt way too short for me. The book seemed to pass by rather quickly and I didn’t like that aspect of it.

In my opinion, there wasn’t a whole lot of character development, and I think that is because of how short the story itself is. The sex that happens in the story was amazing; there is no doubting that at all. B
Darra Hulsart
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the series and if you plan to read Journey, you must the first two. With each book, you get to learn more about what Karina is. Although she still wants to do things her way, Ian will always protect her. When I read the first book, I didn't really like Ian to much. Now, LOVE him! And he has brothers. I am still up in the air about all of them.
The end of the book is a WTH! It leaves so many questions to what will happen with Ian and Karina. And if anything does happen to him, I w
Desirae (Dee)
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was teeter tottering reading this novella. Team Ian or team Xavier. Steady and stable or wild and fierce. But then things get a little confusing and I'm like what the heck is going on?? What is her family keeping from her? Why did Grandma just walk away? Why'd they freak over the name? What is going on? And Xander... Is he good or bad? Is Larry insane? So many questions. And boy do I get my answers. They are no where near what I expected and I feel like I've been thrown through a loop but I'm ...more
Lisa Vazquezanzua
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 ...more
The first book started out a little slow. I was confused at first but then the story started to fall into place and the mystery behind Karina’s true self as a Tautha De Danann became more apparent. Xavier and his deceiving Lycrothp self completely through me for a loop. This is when the story became interesting for me. I love a book that can throw me off guard. Ian, Karina’s Gaurdian and boyfriend, I couldn’t make my mind up about him at this point. He just seemed to be hiding to much informatio ...more
Breezy *Lover of all things Alpha Male*
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Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Prior to my signing on to the tour, I was a bit hesitant about how I’d like the books. However, they turned out to be exceptionally well written and entertaining. There were times in the second book, Haunted, where I found myself re-reading a few pages again to grasp the events that were actually occurring. Sometimes the Haunted, especially was a little too busy for me.
However, Journey honestly redeemed some of the confusion I was left with from the Haunted. My favorite book out of the series wa
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the first novella in "The Beast Within" Series. It is a novella so it is short and a fairly fast read with it being less than 100 pages. While the story was enjoyable it lacked the character build that I love. I didn't feel like I really got to know the characters that well. I also like to be a little surprised about the out come and I saw the things that were coming before they happened and that left me feeling a little less than excited about it. If you just want a fast read that has a ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
"The beast within" is a must read! I loved the story line and all the twist and turns in the book. The reason I gave it a 4 star and not a five is because the characters weren't built enough. I wish it was a longer story that explains in depth about the characters and having the scenes in the book longer. I feel like once a subject was touched it was spoken about briefly and right away moved to the next subject or conclusion. Anyways I loved it I just wish she would have made it longer with more ...more
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ADULTS ONLY
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Luscious Laylah
I received an e-ARC copy of this book for a blog tour, in return of an honest review. Wow, what a remarkable paranormal story with an incredible twist that kept me glued from beginning to end!! I love the characters in this story. This author is very good at capturing her audience and keep us wanting to know more until we realize we have finished the story all together. I can't wait to start reading book number two to find out what happens next!! ...more
Joy Whiteside
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this short but very entertaining novella.

This book short but full of life. It had interesting characters, in an interesting world and moved along at a very good pace.

Melissa Crowe is a talented storyteller and author and I look forward to reading more of her entertaining work.

Brittany *** A Beautiful Book Obsession**
I read this Novella for our Blog Island Lovelies Book Club but we did a tour for the first 3 novellas and I wrote one review for the three as a whole.

Check out my review under Novella 3: Journey.

I gave the series as a whole 4.5 Stars, and individually would give each Novella 4.5 stars! Great series!!
Myra Espino
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

The Beast Within is a great story. I love the concept of the story and the flow of the story is good (it's easy to follow the story).

The characters, they are good and the story, it keeps me guessing on what will happen to Karina and Xavier, if they are meant to be together or not. The way the story ended is great, I love the suspense and all!
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