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(Beautiful Monsters #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  4,496 ratings  ·  687 reviews
Matthew Callahan has spent seven years struggling against the insatiable hunger for blood consuming him. Unable to stop the vampire inside from preying on humans, he keeps himself confined to a lonely existence.

Everything changes the night he is lured into a trap and taken prisoner by High Lord General Tarrick—a seductive incubus who feeds off sexual energy. Forced into
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published August 5th 2016 by Jex Lane
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Claudia Ramírez
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, top-2017
This was SO addictive.

I don't think it is for all audiences, but I'll give all the warnings when I talk about the book in my Youtube Channel. What I loved? THE ACTION, it was on point! The "final battle" had me (literally) shaking with fear and excitement! (no but really, I was shaking).
Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
Apr 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰ by: Shin Mon Thway
| buddy read with Lo |
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2016
4.5 Stars

Damn! I can’t believe I enjoyed it that much! It’s been a while since I read a fantasy book. Yes, I had had read a vampiry book recently (months ago) but a story with vampires, damons, witches, shapeshifters... I can’t even remember when was my last fantasy book! I loved this one! I was hooked from the first chapter and with each chapter it got better! I loved Matthew so much; he was brave, smart, curious, caring… and I hated Tarrick! At first I had a mild hatred for him but chapter by
Shin Mon Thway
Suddenly, I’m transported to an alternative universe where vampires, incubi, demons, gargoyles and uncountable supernatural species exist. Or may be not! We still don’t know if they don’t exist for real or not. So let me tell you one thing, this is not a romance novel. It might seem it is but it really is not. For all to start, there’s only one MC here, Matthew, the creature of both a vampire and an incubus. And this is about him and how he became what he is.

Matthew, a 7 years old vampire,
4,25 STARS

Wow this book! This story!
Jex Lane created such a unique and fantastic world with vampires, incubi, witches and so many scary creatures. And all together gave us a great story.

I've started this book right before going to sleep. Wrong choice! I just couldn't go to sleep until I finished it, at 5 AM. And now I'm at work, exhausted but I'm still thinking about this story! That's how much I enjoyed it.

I'll start by saying I'm NOT a fan of fantasy. But I've read some stories with
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
*Not so bad, I guess*

Usually my gut is right. Usually. However, deciding to go against my already decision to read the book wasn't really a mistake (as I had already shelved this book as a ‘checked won't read’ book). This is a first, I believe. First that I actually enjoyed - somewhat - after going back on my decision. Also, I thought this series was YA :O Boy was I wrong. The book centers around vampire Matthew Callahan (39, turns 40, though changed at 32) struggles with his need to feed on
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
This book was beyond amazing, I was transported to another universe and I do not want to leave. It reminds me of the feeling I had when readingCaptive Prince, the character felt alive and I just wanted to know more about them. You'll think with a book with sucubbus, incubbus and vampires it would be a sex galore but it wasn't, sex played a part of it but did not completely overshadow it as it usually does with books like these.

My friend Shin recommended this,this goes to show you how brilliant
Lorraine Lesar
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Monsters? yes. Beautiful? I don’t think so.
I’m still not sure whether I liked this book or not? What I do know is that it seriously messed up my head. There were times when I loved it, but equally, there were times that I didn’t, but it is very, very addictive reading (see? my head is still messed up).
The word building was phenomenal, my head is clear on that one.
The chemistry between Matthew and Tarrick? Not so much (and I think we know the reason why that was, but it was another factor
Gail Carriger
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jex Lane's Beautiful Monsters series, starting withCaptive.

Like your vampire with a dose of incubus? This series is for you. That said, I hesitated to recommendis because (as of writign this review) it's not yet finished. It really is a series, so I don't know if Lane will stick the landing. So far as I can tell, Lane is a new author so I'm notsure what we are in for, in the end. But I did find the Beautiful Monsters books riveting. Everything is pretty darn graphic though, from the violence to
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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DNF @ 52%

The idea of a romance between an incubus and a vampire while their people were at war was so appealing. I just got Kindle Unlimited, and I've been availing myself of all the dark romance my smutty heart desires, and this was one of the romances that's been at the top of my list for a while. Incubi and vampires have been at war for a while, but now Matthew, a man who previously believed himself to be an ordinary vampire, is a key
Wynne Katherine
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it


Well, I finished it.

This book started off as a 5 star, then went down to 3 because of how boring and flat it was in the middle, and ended on a solid 4 star.

To say that this book was a romance novel, was kiiiiinda a stretch since both the main characters Matthew and Tarrick are sucking, licking, kissing, tasting and fucking someone else every now and then. On top of that, despite Matthew's moaning about how he has fallen for Tarrick and how he only lives for Tarricks glorious gigantic
4 Stars

Excellent story and I love the Incubus vs. Vampire story-line.

Would have been closer to 5 stars if not for the pages and pages of graphic MF sex in a book purported to be an MM romance. I didn't bother to count but I think there were more, and more graphic, MF scenes than there were MM scenes. Yeah, not after that first one with Tarrick and the two succubi I skimmed the rest. (Two more long, descriptive scenes with Matthew and another succubus.)

I mean, I get it;
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
I waver on 4 vs 5 stars. This book is exactly the type of book I love. Torture porn is good with me - though this isn't it frankly. My torture porn is way grittier and way darker. This had darkness but overall it's not really that dark (JMHO) except in theme. There is a strong redemption theme threading here - mixed in w/love, community, family. It's an intoxicating combo. The mindfuckery alone here is so very worthy of your time - is it real or Memorex? The fifth star was earned the last 10%. ...more
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

Full Review:
*I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

If you like sex and violence, man, is this ever the book for you!

This book is full of sex and violence. But it's also full vampires and incubi, twists and turns, and all sorts of good stuff.

I was immediately drawn in by the writing style because it was simple, but Matthew's voice came through really well and just clicked with me. He just clicked with me, actually. I didn't necessarily
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
2.5 stars

One of those weird books where I was glued and it was so, so hard to put down (kept me up too late last night), but I was disgusted and angered most of the time. It left me feeling frustrated. I almost bought the sequel but I peeked ahead at the reviews to see if it gets better - it doesn't (the situation), so I'll pass. I don't mind dark stuff, but I hate piss-me-off, unfair stuff.

I liked Matthew, although he was clearly a monster of sorts, but I root for the underdog, the oppressed,
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The good parts are that the paranormal aspect of this book is pretty interesting (if you're able of throwing all your logic out of the window) and it's a fast-paced read with quite a bit of sex, gore and violence.

All the rest is extremely disappointing.

- The writing style is really simple, and it's all “tell” and no “show" to boot. I like my books to be a little more on the sophisticated side.

- The main characters' personalities are practically non-existent, almost like they're just cardboard
I was absolutely in love with this story from beginning to end! I already love a good vampire story, but add all the unique elements and this story was taken to the next level. It was so refreshing. And I loved Matthew!

The world building:
We get to see some unique and interesting twists on all the standard vampire tropes. We also see appearances by other supernatural creatures (Gargoyles, kitsune, shifters, Incubi and Succubi). However the focus was on Matthew, the vampire, and Tarrick, the
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
Read for the KU Shitathon 2018 Challenge over at the MacHalos

Dear Goddess on a pogo stick, this was WOW.

I mean wow.. Daymn..

I was blindsided!

Honestly I didn't even remember what this was about before I started reading!

But after the first 5 pages I knew I was a done for. 5 pages. It took only the first 5 pages and I was like

Seriously, I am sitting here right now like

And the whole while I was like



Although I have to say: Tarrick you little shithead! *shakes angry fist in the
Pippa DaCosta
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An incubus & vampire male/male sexfest with echoes of the Captive Prince series.

5 'vampires & incubi' stars

This book was wonderful and I loved it so very much I don't even know where to start. Ok, let's begin with Matthew, our MC. He has been a vampire for seven years but his sire abandoned him after he had turned him so he is kind of lost in his new life. He doesn't really know much about what exactly means to be a vampire. For instance, he has no idea that he can compel someone or that he can hide from the sun in the earth (that's quite gross btw). And most important
DNF @35%

Totally me and NOT the book. I wish I could continue because it's a great story. But it bothers me to read (view spoiler)

No rating since this is obviously not the book's fault.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Edited to add -- at the time of this edit only 3 books in the series are out with the third one being significantly frustrating. Even more annoying is the fact the author plans a total of 6-9 books total but is not even working on book 4. This is according to her own website. So it looks like it could be more than 6 years before this is completed. By then I won't remember or care much.
4.5* - I simply could not put it down.

This book was suggested to me by amazon
Dark Lordette Jennymort ♔

incubus & vampire?!?!



This book is BRUTAL. My baby Matthew went through so much hell it was just wrong.

This was not a romance in the least but after a somewhat shaky start I still really really enjoyed it.

I hated Tarrick and his cruelty. I hope he dies in the next book for what he did to Matthew.

If you begin to read this and you think things would get better by the end of this book, forget it. It doesn’t. I believe That’s what the other books are for(I hope)! Off to book 2!
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I really enjoyed the slightly different take on the paranormal world that this author presents. I was kind of tired of vampire books to tell the truth. The vampires, incubi , hunters, and their intertwined history and cultures were interesting in this one.
I liked how the author made the reader feel sympathetic towards Matthew as well as many of the characters who should have been antagonists. To me she highlighted how everyone on both sides of a war is not all bad or all good.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!!
I am crazy torn on this. First, it was well written, and I was into it. But it broke my heart and pissed me off. The whole master/slave thing made me want to slit my wrists, so while I did like Tarrick and found him a great character, I fucking hated him too. I felt badly for Matthew, it was awful, all this torture and pain and suffering, oh but Tarrick had "reasons'

Bitch, please

I don't know what I wanted to happen...but I was deeply upset with that ending, even though I don't know what I
Mamacita Slacum
4.5* WOW, Just Wow!

Cannot believe this was a debut book. This read like a seasoned pro penned this baby! It was a totally original & Fresh look @ a paranormal plot as far as I'm concerned. I was not @ all happy with the ending. It was a "for now" ending more than a cliffhanger for me, that ending just did not make me happy. Cracking open book #2 because I don't want to leave Matthew hanging there overnight. So many theories, so many questions!
Kindle Alexander
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hands down, Jex Lane has built a world equal to the greatest authors of the paranormal genre. This series came as a referral from a friend who pushed me to read. Thankfully, I listened because I was so clearly missing out. This entire series is full of twists and turns that Jex so artfully lays out, I just flat don't see them coming - the Beautiful Monsters series is so great and so original and so consuming, I recommend you stop what you are reading and give this series a try whether you're a ...more
4.5 stars!

I totally stepped outside of my comfort zone and all I've got to say is wow! Am I ever glad that I did because I fell in love with Matthew, Terrick - even though I hated him at moments - and their world.

It's a paranormal romance with M/M and M/F and yes this book won't be for everyone. But for those who can handle it I urge you to try this series. It's unbelievably good. If I can get through paranormal books (which I just started reading after 10 years!!) and love them, for those
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“I’m risking a lot for you. I could lose everything. Don’t betray me.” It was a plea. Not an order. The first he had ever heard from Tarrick.” 5 likes
“He wanted to lick every one of Tarrick’s wounds to taste his blood and speed along the healing process. He wanted to place his bite marks on Tarrick’s neck. Fuck. Matthew wanted to ravage the incubus in every way possible. He wanted to fuck him and destroy him all at once.” 5 likes
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