***Blog Tour – Beast by Alana Albertson – 3 Stars***


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Beast by Alana Albertson

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Synopsis: Love doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be true.

Isabella—Grady Williams is a national treasure, the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, America’s scarred superhero. With tattooed arms sculpted from carrying M-16s, this bad boy has girls begging from sea to shining sea to get a piece of his action.

When my father squanders away my college fund, I make a deal with this dirty-talking Devil Dog—I will pretend to be Grady’s girlfriend for the Marine Corps Ball, and my dad will write Grady’s war memoir.

Grady is fearless. Hell, this badass jumped on a grenade to save his fellow Marines! As much as I crave him, I refuse to allow myself to become addicted to a dangerous man who will detonate my heart.

Grady—Isabella Cuesta is an angel who can see beyond my mangled skin, a pawn used to repay her father’s debt, a woman who makes me feel like a man instead of a monster.

But I no longer believe in fairy tales.

She’s mine until our contract ends. I’ll take her hard and rough, listen to all her hopes and fears, lay down my life to protect her.

This beauty will never let herself love a dangerous man like me—a man who has killed, a man who runs towards gunfire, a man who never backs down from a fight.

But without her love, I’m not a man—I’ll remain forever a beast.






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Grenade by Bruno Mars
One by Metallica
I’m Not Giving You Up by Gloria Estefan
Tale as old as Timeby Beauty & the Beast Soundtrack
One Hell of an Amen by Brantley Gilbert
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Review 3 Stars

Beast is the first book I’ve read by this author. I was gifted an ARC of the book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.

I loved the sound of this book; the blurb intrigued me enough sign up to a new to me author.


I don’t want to be mean but honestly I’m left feeling really disappointed in this story.

The potential to write a truly heartbreakingly haunting story about a war hero, a survivor was here but instead it was turned into a nice instalove book.

There were moments of genius where the author made these characters real but they were just glimpses that then bled into blah generic platitudes.

I wanted to cry for Grady. But instead at times I rolled my eyes.

I wanted to tingle with the sexual intensity between these unlikely characters. But instead I cringed at the quick sex scenes. 

I wanted to embrace Isa as a strong woman who fell in love with a perfect for her guy with issues.  Instead I hated how contrived she came across.

I didn’t hate this book, it just fell flat and not up to the high hopes I had for it.

Beast gets 3 stars from me.



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Alana Albertson

Alana Albertson is a multi-award winning author, current President of Romance Writers of America’s Contemporary Romance Chapter and the former President of both Romance Writers of America’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance, new adult and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time playing with her sons, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes Homeland, Devious Maids, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

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