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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Beast by Sophie Oak

Beast by Sophie Oak
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (286 pgs)
Other: M/F, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Fresh from his latest scandal, vampire playboy Dante Dellacourt has been given an ultimatum—take a consort and settle down or be disowned.

Exiled by her pack, the werewolf Kaja is stolen from her frozen plane and awakens in a foreign world. Frightened and alone, she savagely fights for her freedom.

When Dante and his Fae cousins are called to defend the gnomes of the marketplace from their feral prize, he discovers that Kaja glows like no other consort he has ever seen. Exotic and wild, her body calls to him in ways he had not dreamed possible.

In order to claim his werewolf, he must first tame this ferocious beauty. But to earn her submission, will Dante be forced to unleash his inner beast?

On the vampire plane as well as the Seelie realm a single name strikes fear and awe into the inhabitants…Dante Dellacourt.

Okay, so maybe Dante doesn’t inspire fear as much as sexual lust. However, few people make the mistake of disrespecting this vampire royal.

We initially met Dante in author Sophie Oak’s first foray into the paranormal genre with Bound. Dante was essential in the rescue of his cousin’s, the Seelie King's, bond mate, Meg. He impressed me then with his strength of loyalty and character. It’s that character that is a central theme in Beast.

Dante has always been the underestimated playboy. So much so, he too believes his “job” in the family empire is to party and look pretty…until he met Kaja. A werewolf cast out from her home, Kaja was merely trying to survive when she was captured and sold to the gnomes for their tournament auction. Kaja has been more animal (beast if you will) than human for so long she has trouble acclimating into a world where she’s expected to wear clothes and bathe regularly.

Dante is in the position of needing a consort, also known as a wife or bond mate. Kaja glows as no other consort Dante has ever met, even Meg. These two mismatched and misunderstood souls will fight each other and anyone who threatens their mate for the chance to be together.

I became so immersed in Ms. Oak’s world building with Bound I didn’t see how she could top herself. Honestly, I was willing to settle for simply enjoying Beast as a follow-up to Meg, Cian and Beck’s story. It was that and so much more.

Dante has perfected the cocky, self-assured, bad-boy fun persona. It’s who he is but at the same time it isn’t. It takes provoking his inner beast to prove dominance over his mate and protect the woman he grows to love and admire. Do you see the significance of the title? Brilliant!

I had doubts about Kaja as Dante’s leading lady. Ms. Oak paints her as an abused wild animal to Dante’s refined royal status. Kaja had a lot to learn to survive in Dante’s world. Like any true Alpha female, Kaja doesn’t simply meet the challenge, she runs to face it. I fell in love with her honor and courage right along with Dante.

I would be remiss in not mentioning that fans of Sophie Oaks other series will be thrilled to see some familiar faces…sorta. I won’t give away that particular treat you’ll have to read the book to see how she performs her magic. Beast is an excellent story that picks up where Bound left off. You’ll receive a richer enjoyment Dante and Kaja’s story if you read Bound first.

Ms. Oak’s characters rarely, if ever, fall in love at first sight. Lust at first sight is a different matter. While they almost always feel chemistry and/or sexual attraction, she allows the true passion and love to build slowly throughout the story. Beast is bathed in tension and sizzling descriptive sex. If you don’t want to be in the room with these people, don’t read this book. However, if you crave vivid writing, carefully crafted dialogue, and plots so thick you’ll need a knife; Sophie Oak is the story teller for you. I hope you’ll join me on this sensational journey sure to have you searching for your own Faery story.

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