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The Beast Within

(Mended Souls #2)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Can two displaced angels save a woman from the clutches of a vicious killer?

Julie Crenshaw is offered a news reporter's job on beautiful Vancouver Island and grabs on like a lifeline.
But she didn't expect to land in the crosshairs of a serial killer.
Connor O'Rourke has seen his share of human depravities during his fourteen years as a homicide detective, but is still sic
ebook, 182 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Jacquie Biggar
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Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to reading and reviewing this second book in the Mended Souls series. THE BEAST WITHIN by Jacquie Biggar did not disappoint! These books are a great blend of contemporary romance with added suspense and the paranormal element of guardian angels that have ties to the main characters.

Julie Crenshaw has made the move to Vancouver from Chicago with her two boys to help move on after the deadly accident a year ago that killed her husband and unborn daughter. It has been a
J. Kahele
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ghosts and a murderer? This was a very interesting book and not what I expected at all.
After an accident claims his life, Mike is forced to watch his wife and two sons living life without him. He's angry for losing his happy family and his life. When his wife becomes involved with a murder he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. But watching and trying to protect her from a murderer on the loose becomes more than he bargains for when he realizes she is slowly becoming smitten with an
I like romantic suspense genre, and this book was an unexpected surprise. Two angels trying to find their wings, one of them was the main character's husband form the supernatural elements. One murderer with a need to sever women's left foot and leave little clues + 1 sexy cop + 1 investigating journalist = made this book a potpourri of flavors.

My first book by Jacquie Bigar, the story was a fast read. The sexy elements were electrifying. Julie as the mother and the investigator being followed b
Gisela Crossley-zels
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brilliant! This is the first book I've read from this author but it definitely won't be the last.
Nancy Kehl
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an enchanting different take on the paranormal side of romance. Thoroughly enjoyed this love story with a side of murder/mystery and an Angel or two thrown in.
Anita Dawes
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found the opening paragraph of The Beast Within painful to read, but it did set the tone for the rest of the book very well.
I love a good mystery thriller, and the premise for this book promised to tick all of my boxes. It has a strong emotional and romantic element, warring guardian angels and an evil serial killer, all combining into one of the best suspense novels I have read in a while.
Add to all of that, an unrelenting pace, beautifully descriptive writing and multiple storylines, in shor
Mae Clair
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful blend of multiple genres, The Beast Within, is the second book the Mended Souls trilogy, but it also reads as a stand alone. I had no problem picking up the storyline involving Guardian Angels, Lucas Carmichael and Mike, both of whom died in the same car crash. While struggling to overcome their animosity for each other, they're also charged with watching over Mike's wife, Julie Crenshaw. A reporter, Julie, is still adjusting to life without Mike, as well as the loss of her unborn ba ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE BEAST WITHIN is a thrilling, suspenseful story that will have you enthralled from the beginning to the end. The ripped-from-the-headlines premise, (severed feet washing up on shore), the wonderfully described characters, and the two guardian angels who can’t get along all make this story an emotional and gripping read. Julie, a reporter, and now unknowingly the prey of a serial killer, meets Conner, a police detective after she discovers a severed foot on the beach. Their path taken to inves ...more
Joanne Guidoccio
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eyes glued to my Kindle screen, I struggled to put this story down. Ms. Biggar has outdone herself with this psychological thriller based in Canada. On the west coast, but still too close for comfort.

But then comfort is practically non-existent in this riveting storyline that features a serial killer with a twisted view on human life, sparring angels determined to outdo each other, a grieving widow in danger, and collateral damage beyond measure.

Fortunately, there are glimmers of hope in the bud
Bonnie Chiarillo
Wonderful 2 book series. Heart warming & tragic in the same time ...more
Robbie Cheadle
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audio book version of this book. The reader had a pleasant and well paced reading style . There were a few places were the quality of the recording wasn’t good but it wasn’t invasive enough to be a problem.

The Beast Within is a unique and interesting story. It starts with the rather shocking discovery of a severed left foot by a young woman, Julie Crenshaw, during her daily walk on the beach. We soon learn that Julie is recently widowed and has moved to Vancouver Island to rais
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re looking for a white knuckling mystery, with gutsy paranormal and a hot sucker of a romance, THE BEAST WITHIN, Book 2 of The Mended Souls Series is the story for you.

Although I didn’t read the first story, there was enough info in the Beast for me to catch up with the plot.

Here’s the skinny: Lucas and Mike are two feuding angels. Mike has a secret, and Lucas dearly needs to know what it is, while Mike’s forced to watch his widow Julie Crenshaw getting hot and bothered over Connor O’Rour
Sally Cronin
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am open minded about the existence of other worldly beings, and would love to think that there were a couple of guardian angels looking out for me and mine.

Julie Crenshaw needs all the help she can get as she is at risk from the very serial killer she is investigating for her paper. Still coming to terms with being widowed, Julie is fighting the temptation to be drawn into a new and complicated relationship with the good-looking lead detective, all the time being watched over by the husband sh
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Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Beast Within is a well written and interesting novel. I was hooked from the beginning. It kept you curious and guessing who the murderer was. To say I was surprised to find out that the murderer was someone close to Julie ( main female character) is an understatement
In the Beast Within you read form the third person which allows you to look inside certain characters. It was interesting how Jacquie Biggar captures the murderers mental mind and how he kills victims creepy but well written.

Myra Gabor
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the author and voluntarily chose to review it.
Our protagonists are Julie, a reporter for a local west coast Canadian news outlet and Connor O’Rourke, police officer. While out running on the beach, Julie finds a shoe with a severed left foot in it. A serial killer has come to their part of Canada. Instead of reporting on the story, Julie has become the focus of the local media. Connor is the cop assigned to the case. Needless to say, sparks fly between th
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an intriguing book full of action. Julie gets an amazing new reporter job in Vancouver. Unfortunately there’s a serial killer and Connor is on the job. A not to be missed story.
Scarolet Ellis
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read if you love reading suspense, romance and paranormal all in one story. Then this is the series for you this is book number two in the series and it is a great read. I recommend it to everyon who loves reading about suspense, romance and paranormal stories.
This is my honest and unbias opinion of the story.
Sheila Walker
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Julie widow of Mike who died in a car crash he is now an angel working to do good and has been partnered with Lucus who was the driver of the other car Julie is a reporter and while walking along the beach one morning she makes a grusome find a severed foot, Mike Connor the detective in charge falls hard for her but fears for her life because she is in the public eye he is afraid the killer might target Julie, the race is on to find the killer save Julie while "The Lord" gives Lucas and Mike the ...more
Jacqui Nelson
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great addition to the Mended Souls series. I loved tagging along with Julie Crenshaw as she went from grieving widow to feisty journalist - with a little help from two angels at odds and one (as Ms. Biggar so perfectly describes him) "tall, dark, and annoyingly handsome" detective named Connor O'Rourke. The twists and turns in this story are amazing. Just when you think you know where the adventure is going, it switches to the unexpected. Definitely kept me entertained and on my toes! ...more
N.N. Light
The Beast Within is book two in the Mended Souls series and while I loved The Guardian (book one) for its paranormal romance elements, this one scared the crap out of me! Trust me, that’s a good thing. It’s a psychological thriller with paranormal elements that continues the story of newly-minted angels Mike and Lucas.

Julie, Mike’s widow, is trying to move past the loss of her husband when she discovers a foot on the beach. The reporter in her says it’s a serial killer but the last thing she nee
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved book 1 of this series and after reading book 2 I can honestly say, it just keeps getting better. In The Beast Within, our Angels Lucas and Mike, continue to do the Lord's will here on earth in hopes of gaining entry to the other side. But to do so they still must learn to forgive and work together; something that just isn't easy to do since Lucas caused the wreck that killed them and took Mike away from his wife Julie and the kids. The Angels must figure out a way to help themselves as w ...more
Ann Calvert
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read

At first I wasn't sure I would like these books, but I loved her writing & her other series , so I read them!! They are very good books!! Angels & how they get there & what they go through.!!!! Plus the suspense & of course how the ones left behind find love!! I hope there is more to come !! Baby Ava, Lucas friend, & now Maddie !! I need more!!
Vivian Byfield
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nice read enjoyed this book. I liked the way the subject matter was handled and the authors take on what happens when you die.
John W. Howell
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of Ms. Biggar’s books that I have read. I can assure you it won’t be the last. Right away we get into the story where a TV news person (Julie Crenshaw) finds a severed foot still in a jogging shoe. While out walking. Instead of an annoying “let’s get to the bottom of this crime,” story we find ourselves involved in a story where we learn Julie’s husband and unborn daughter were victims in a fatal accident with a drunk film star. If that is not enough drama, we also learn that t ...more
Staci Troilo
A Gripping Supernatural Suspense

This is the second book in Jacquie Biggar’s Mended Souls series, and I can’t believe I managed it, but I read it even faster than the first one.

We pick up not long after the first book ended, and we learn more about the relationship between begrudging teammates Lucas and Mike—or rather, we learn how much that relationship has degraded.

We also get to see how the survivors have moved on, particularly Julie, Mike’s widow. She’s now a reporter, and she’s stumbled ont
Gina Smith
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series, and we get to revisit angels Mike and Lucus. Mike is Julie Crenshaw's late husband and Lucus was a famous movie star. Both Mike and Lucus were killed in the same car accident. Julie is a reporter investigating the strange murders of several women. She happened to be walking on the beach when she found a severed foot. Detective Connor O'Rourke is the officer in charge of the investigation. Julie is initial annoyed with him but this turns into something else ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Biggar has written a lovely mix of romantic suspense and paranormal. Paranormal is not usually a favored genre for me, but I sincerely enjoyed this book.

Biggar has a knack for pulling you into a scene with her beautifully descriptive words. Her characters are superbly engaging and truly come to life on the page. The storyline is suspenseful and the action scenes will get your heart pounding. I enjoyed the paranormal aspect as well.

I highly recommend this book to fans of the genres.
Ethel Clow-Bowers
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read!!!! Love the changes between real life and spirits! Kept me enthralled throughout. Can't wait to see what happens to them in the next book. Love that a reporter has such a big part in the foot issue. Another great series Jacquie!
Yvonne Graham
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got this book for free as a read/review. I was hooked from the start. The story sucked me in and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. There was a few confusing parts where I didn't know who the character was that was being talked about but it did come together at the end. Loved it ❤
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Jacquie Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of romance who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!
In her own words:
“My name is Jacquie Biggar. When I'm not acting like a total klutz I am a wife, mother of on

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