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Wouldn't you give up everything for the one you love?

When Ellie's father is taken by a group of thugs planning to take his life in exchange for his debts, it’s no surprise she goes running straight into the beast’s lair. After all, Ellie Stevens has been her father’s keeper for as long as she can remember.

However, Ashland Titon isn’t a man of mercy. If you owe, you pay. En
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published February 27th 2018
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BEAST: Is a full length stand alone romance novel by new to me author Measha Stone.

Arriving early morning to do her shift at the coffee shop her and her father own Ellie Stevens is filled with dread when she sees thugs demanding that he cough up the money owed today because Ellie Steven’s father is in debt due to another of his gambling habits to the sum of ‘One hundred and fifty thousand dollars’ to
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it

I have mixed feelings on this one.

Ellie’s father is a compulsive gambler and he’s up to his eyes in debt he can’t pay. He owes money to The Beast, Ashland Titon and one day his men come and take him away. Ellie follows and offers herself as payment for her father’s debt.

“You have no idea what you’re offering me.” The warning sang clear in his tone.
“I’ll work off his debt. Take my life for his.”

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Bookworm Extraordinaire
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it


description~WRITING - PLOT - PACE~
It's not often I get to sneak a non ARC book into my reading schedule but I just knew that I needed to give this one a read. It sounded like a book that would be RIGHT up my alley, and it WAS. It was very well written. The pace was perfect. The plot was engaging and kept me interested throughout. Lasy, it was all wrapped up in an OK ending. I would have liked to have seen an epilogue that gave us a peek at this couple in the future, but maybe there are more books coming
Jacqueline's Reads
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: smut, 4-star-books, ku, bdsm
4 Hot Hot Hot Stars

So I was in an erotica mood (don’t lie you get into them too) so I found this book one of the lists. I liked the cover and it has a loose Beauty and the Beast theme to it. Plus, it’s on Kindle Unlimited so why not?

Beast met my expectations and more. It’s a smutty book, but it’s a full length novel with a good storyline. It had everything I wanted in a cheesy romance novel. There’s a damsel, there’s a brute of a Hero and plenty of steam!

Ellie’s father owes money to Ash and Ash
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, smutastic
3.5 STARS!

I'm a total sucker for fairy tale re-tellings, especially if they're smutty. :D And I thought the author did a decent job here. Even though I've found this author's writing too violent for me in the past, that wasn't the case with this one. I'll definitely get to book 2 in the series sooner rather than later.
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I don't read many fairy - tale retellings so I don't have much to base that on, but I did enjoy the story for the most part.

Ash and Ellie meet under the worse of circumstances. Ellie's father owns Ash a monetary debt, isn't able to pay it so sweet and selfless Ellie offers herself up as payment to said debt.
Ellie moves in to the mansion, but isn't really an employee of Ash's. She just is a woman who lives in his home. He wants her though... just for himself.
In doing he helps broaden h
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars (just because it was kinda safe)

This is just based on my opinion so don't come at me with some shit such as "you don't understand how that lifestyle works" or some bullshit like that; maybe I don't understand bdsm, why bitch? Because I don't think being "punished" with every damn kind of stick there is until you are in tears, is a turn on (at least not for me).

I understand there are people who get turned on by pain or whatever, and I understand that "most" of the times, it is foreplay
Maria Dimitrova
I picked this up because it was marketed as a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I love those. Also it was discounted or free on Amazon at the time and between the title (which on Amazon includes A Dark Beauty and the Beast Retelling) and that cover it was way too tempting not to click on the buy button.

I went in blind not having a clue about the setting, I didn't even know if it's contemporary or some sort of fantasy. So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that it features one of my favourit
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beast is my first Measha Stone book, and I’ll certainly be back for more. Although this is not quite a full four-star rating, I was addicted and I need more.

Beauty and the Beast retellings are some of my favourites, and I especially love the trend of BDSM Beauty and the Beast stories. I should be bored of them by now, having read so many, and yet I continue to dive into every possible tale. It’s a drug, and I cannot get enough. Thus, it should come as no surprise to find out Beast was on my rada
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Beast is a tough read. I struggled to get through this rendition. I’ve read quite a few renditions of this classic and this is definitely my least favorite.

This story lacked pop and wow factor. The heroine played the ditzy heroine with zero pride to the hilt. She should have had some type of backbone dealing with Ash. He played her so well it became a chore to read the scenes. The sex scenes are decent. However, the scenes outside the bedroom are in desperate need of attention. The heroine shoul
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Who was the Beast?

Ellie may have been the beauty but she was really naive as to what was going on around her. She was mired in crap and seemed to be clueless about many things.
Ash was definitely the opposite. He controlled most of the things in his sphere. He has power, money and he exercised it with confidence. I enjoyed the hero so much because he was hard, ruthless but fair in his dealings. He was upfront but he wasn’t someone to be trifled with.

Ellie was a good match because she brought
Nadine Bookaholic
This is the first book I have read by Measha Stone, I have gotten a taste of her work before in the BLACK LIGHT Anthologies but this is the first standalone and WOW what a one to start with. This book had everything I hope for in a darker read and the narration really pulled me into the story.

We start off with Ellie's father being beaten and taken away to be dealt with after borrowing money and not paying it back, you see Ellie's father has a bad gambling habit and she is constantly bailing hi
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: feb-2020
Jesus. This book included BDSM and last time I checked, it should almost always include a safe word. Not once have I seen the two characters discuss limits and it was just Ash punishing Ellie whenever he felt like she was wrong. Soon Ellie submitted to some eerily close to Stockholm syndrome and kept thinking it was her fault she made him mad and she needed to be humiliated and hurt for it. I was cringing the whole time whenever I read parts where she sobbed over the pain from the paddling. I ju ...more
1-Click Addict Support Group
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A walk on the dark side…

When Ellie’s father gets into another financial jam, she is there to fix it yet again. Working off his debt though was going to take her on a journey of self-discovery and passion with the unlikeliest of men… Ash was a man who lived and worked on the wrong side, and he was comfortable with that. He was clear, mostly fair, and anyone who dealt with him knew his world was black and white. If you borrowed, you paid. One way or the other…

Uncomfortable doesn’t begin to describ
Anyone who peruses my GR shelves can clearly see that I'm a fan of erotic stories. All sorts. And I have to say that a dirty, kinky, mafia themed, fairytale retelling makes me happier than a pig in slop. I've always sort of fancied myself as Belle, so the Beauty and the Beast story base set me on a very happy path. I had a lot of fun reading this book. This is my first time reading this authors work, and I will certainly be reading more in the future. ...more
Jac K
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
3 Kinky Fairytale Stars
I do love dark twisted fairytale’s, (FT) but I also need either a little plot, or less than 200 pages if it’s only smut…. I know, I’m hard to please. Beast is an adult FT that follows Ashland Titon, a scarred crime boss, and Ellie Stevens a gal trying to save her dad. The book starts with her offering herself in place of her loser father.

There is a little bit going on with a rival gang, but the majority of the page-time is dedicated to sex. There’s a smidge of kink, (BDSM)
Nov 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Wouldn't you give up everything for the one you love?

When Ellie's father is taken by a group of thugs planning to take his life in exchange for his debts, it’s no surprise she goes running straight into the beast’s lair. After all, Ellie Stevens has been her father’s keeper for as long as she can remember.

However, Ashland Titon isn’t a man of mercy. If you owe, you pay. End of story. His unrelenting control has built his empire, and he’s not going to gi
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Beast is a well written, slightly Dark book which also have some BDSM flavor to it.
Because of gambling debt Beast is about to kill heroine Ellie’s father when she rushes in and offer herself to him. A life for another life. The story goes on from there. I didn’t like the first half of the book. Especially the intimate scenes and her punishment scenes. But from second half it became interesting and towards the end the twists and revelations were also interesting. I liked the hero’s jealousy and
Jennifer McGurk Finn
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Ever After series by Measha Stone and it’s a retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast. Ashland Titon is a local club owner and loan shark and he doesn’t tolerate people being late on their payments. Ellie takes classes at the local college and she also works at the cafe her deceased mother opened years ago. The cafe was her mom’s dream and because of her dad’s gambling addiction they’d almost lost it. Now she finds out her dad owes Ash Titon $250,000 which even ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
smutville right here
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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No one touches what’s mine, Ellie. And, make no mistake, you are mine.”

I thoroughly enjoyed this dark Beauty and the Beast retelling by Measha Stone! This first stand-alone installment in her Ever After series hooked me from page one and I could not bear to put it down!!

Swooooon!!!! Ashland was the PERFECT beast! Big, broody, formidable and ferociously dominant, he left me all aquiver! And the way he commanded every ro
Bookgasms Book Blog
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
Anyone who knows me knows that Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale ever. I love all the twists and turns and variations of the story. Beast by Measha Stone was a hot and sexy mafia twist and I could not get enough. I though Ash and Ellie were sexy and intense. I really enjoyed this story.

When Ellie Steven's father is in debt to mafia boss Ashland Titon, she decides to sacrifice her own freedom and pay off the debt in her father's place. However with one look at Ellie, Ash is hooked and
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This is my first Measha Stone story and I have to say I really really enjoyed it. She retells Beauty and the Beast in an interesting and very sexual way.

When Ellie goes to save her father from his gambling debt and gives herself up to protect him she has little idea on what she really is getting into.

Ash is the man her father owes a lot of money to. Everyone knows he is into bad things. Ellie expects that she will be put into his Annex, but is surprised when he chooses to keep her for hims
Sissy's Romance Book Review
BEAST by Measha Stone is the story of Ellie Stevens and Ashland Titon.
Ellie father has issue with money and gambling and has borrowed money from men before but this time he has taken from Ash and not paid it back. So Ash's men take him and Ellie goes to find Ash to get him back. When Ash won't give her father back she tells him to take her instead...which he does. Ellie knows her father is weak and she is the stronger one and thinks she can work his debit off in Ash's clubs but there is somethi
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
SEX,SEX, and more SEX....

...and a story thrown in too.
I have read Fifty Shades series, but otherwise I am new to this genre. I have no idea what is standard for this lifestyle, and what felt like similar tactics.
I am happy this is a stand alone. The Author did a decent job with our main characters. I do cry foul with how Ellie became Ash's property when he claims all women are there of their own volition.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Measha Stone has done it again with her latest dark romance! This retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale was all that you expect from Measha. Great characters and plenty of steamy scenes, I finished this book in one sitting. Can't wait for more from this author, maybe a story for Peter? ...more
Debbie Eyre
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An intense hot and sexy retelling of beauty and the beast! Loved the twists and turns, loved the characters.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t see coming...

This isn’t my first book by Stone. And it most definitely will not be the last.
This book not only has wonderful adaptation of the story of Beauty and the Beast, but there’s something I didn’t see coming. The twist to this storyline.

No I’m not going to say anything about it but I am going to say this:

MSF4L (Measha Stone Fan4Life)

I voluntarily received an advanced copy of this book and I am happily leaving this review.
I received a free copy of t
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, while this isn't the darkest book I've read by this author, it's still dark in some parts of it. Ellie has traded herself in exchange to have her father let go. He owes money to Ashland, The Beast. Ashland decides to keep Ellie for himself. At times, she gets on my nerves because she seems a little whiney and naive but the two of them together is still great. As the relationship developed the story just got better. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to my friends who are into ...more
Anonymous Girl

AMAZON REVIEW (compelled me to add book)
**A new stand alone novel by Measha Stone. It is the story of Ash and Ellie.

Ash is not your typical hero. He is a bit of a shady type of business, but he does have his own set of morals. He reminded me of Jax from SOA . Sexy but dangerous. he is not one to mess with or cross.....
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