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A damaged ex-soldier. A virgin determined to save her father. A deal that will either save them both or end in disaster.

My whole life has been about waiting. Playing it safe. Be the good girl, don't color outside the lines. Put in the hard work trying to prove myself to Dad, then to my college professors, then to my boss at New World Media. Just waiting for the day when it will all pay off.

And right when it was all starting to - I finally had the house, the job, I was even thinking about getting a cat-boom! - my life explodes and suddenly now I'm here and -

"All done," the doctor interrupts my thoughts, pulling off her gloves with a loud snap.

Even from the bed where I'm lying, my legs spread like the Thanksgiving turkey, I can hear the impatient growl of the man standing in the doorway. If you can even call him a man. More like a beast out of a friggin' fairytale. "Well?"

Her pronouncement echoes throughout the room while the speculum is still inside me. "She's a virgin."

©2017 Stasia Black (P)2017 Stasia Black

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warning use headphones!

I usually walk around listening to my audio books, playing while i do work around the house..
This is not a good idea with this book if you have kids at home. LOL Mrs O'Malley really gets into acting out her sex scenes. and trust me when I say this book has a lot of hot sex in it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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I'm still not sure what to think about this one...

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish this one, but since I was given a review copy I knew I had to. The first half of the book was seriously disturbing for me, I know this is a dark romance, but I have serious issues around the lack of true consent, the psychological torture and the degrading treatment that Xavier insisted on.

It did get somewhat better and the ending of the book was OK.

On top of finding the story disturbing, the narration was not my cup of tea. I hated the character voices, all of them, the female voices were just as bad as the male voices, possibly worse. The heroines voice was inconsistent but mostly whiny and weak. The overall delivery was OK.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review. (And honestly that's the only reason I finished the book.)

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Alpha Male Tames Alpha Female!

A good story that pulled me in from the beginning and kept me captivated throughout. It is a dark romance with an incredibly controlling alpha male, Xavier is very controlling of Mel but also caring and protective. Mel may submit to Xavier, but she is a very strong woman and also very loving and caring, not only protective of Xander but also very protective of her father. It's beautiful watching how Mel heals Xander little by little.
The narrator was very good with Mel's voice but I wasn't crazy about her narration of Xander.
I received a complimentary copy of this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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The virgin and the beast

This story id between Mel, the hard-working independent woman, and Xavier, the traumatized broken control freak. I couldn’t help but to fall in love with the characters. The topics are deep and meaningful. It was very much worth the time to listen to.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Dominate Male and The Woman He Shapes To Love Him

I was given a free review copy of this title at my request by the author, narrator or publisher.
This book was a lot of things I didn’t expect...Melanie is 26 abandoned by her mother and seeking the approval of her father. Her mother’s behavior made Melanie avoid using any feminine attributes in work, kept her from relationships and remaining a virgin. Her father mourns the lost of her mother and gets into financial problems that result in problems with the law and the mob...Melanie sells herself to have a baby to save her father.
Xavier, scared on half his face, is a mixture of sweet and dominant...although I find it hard not to get angry on how he ‘trains’ Melanie as he would a horse. Yet he is a caretaker as well.
A lot happens in this book, their relationship, what caused his injuries, the push pull, her father, the horse ranch...never dull.
Melanie has some of the most snarky funny thoughts in her head that made me laugh...plus the narrator did an incredible job with the use of her voice for the snarkiness, the anger, the excitement..every emotional aspect...she was fantastic ,
I don’t think the title or the co er photo do the book justice..not sure what I would use, it it would be more of a deterrent then draw me in. I may not have given this a try without it being free...but zi certainly would now after the audio. looking forward to korea,

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Hot and incredible

From the very beginning it gets hot and hotter. Love the way that is a story with emotions and problems, but the hottest is always there.

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SIT DOWN AND BUCKLE UP BECAUSE THIS BOOK WILL TAKE YOU ON A WILD RIDE!

Yes that pun was intended. When I was first looking into this book I read some of the reviews and noticed a lot of them were negative because of the controlling and abusive temperament of the main male character Xavier. I quickly realized as the book when on that this was true and was outraged by the way that he truly crushes her into the mold of who he wants her to be. However, when I reached the end of the novel I realized that it wasn't truly him and encourage anyone who reads it to stick it out till the end. This modern twist on a classic childhood story is truly perfect and it couldn't have been executed more perfectly. Many more talked about how the narrator wasn't a wise choice because her voice was kind of rough and horse. However, once again, I don't think I could have chosen a better voice for Mel. She's a strong business woman and I think that choosing such a husky voiced narrator was the perfect choice to convey her strong attitude and will to remain independent.

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  • geria
  • New York
  • 11-07-17

Dark... But I loved it

I really enjoyed Mel and Xavier's story! I immediately liked Mel for agreeing to the arrangement to save her father. I needed to warm up to Xavier though. His tactics to have Mel submit were extreme but once the story really got going and you found out some of his history, you could understand is actions. By the end of the book, I really him liked too. The chemistry between Mel and Xavier was HOT!!! I just wished we got a chapter of Xavier’s POV. Overall a great book, well written and will be looking for other’s from Stasia Black.

I was given a free review copy of this title at my request by the author, narrator or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Stasia delivers the hotness

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator.

I'm no stranger to Stasia Black, having read her book Crush. So I was in no way shocked by the kinky and domineering tone of this book. This book was interesting and I was dying to finish it to know what would become of Mel and Xavier.

This book was very sexy and the sex scenes were very hot. I had a hard time with their relationship in the beginning because Xavier was a straight up jerk and I wasn't sure I was going to like him. The dominant/submissive parts, if that's what you want to call it were wayy out there. I didn't necessarily like him treating Mel like a dog. I wasn't put off on their Stockholm type relationship, but it got better towards the end. Mel helped Xavier work and they were both clearly growing feelings for one another. Xavier became more human to me.

I liked learning about Xavier's past and I felt that the story could have been built around that because you don't learn much about him till the very end. So while I first half of this book wasn't my favorite and the things he did to Mel sexually were a put off, I think the second half of this book really did it for me.

The narrator was very good and I enjoyed listening to Cameron bring Mel's character to life. Those sex scenes were very hot. I would definitely listen to Cameron narrate other books, especially in the erotic genre.

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Sub & Dom

I have always passed on sub/dom books because I don't like books where the hero & heroine do not have equal value & rights. I cringed every time Xavier made Melanie kneel on the floor cowering so that she could only see his feet as he fed her like a dog while he sat on a chair at the dining room table. (The story can have a messed up beginning like Anna Zaires "Twist Me" series where the hero kidnaps and forces his will on the heroine in the beginning as long as the hero works through his issues and is eventually able to give into the heroines wants/needs.)

Kind of a Spoiler: I feel this book would've been better if the ending wasn't so rushed and I was able to see the hero making more progress, giving in to the heroine's wishes as opposed to her giving into his. (Remember how Christian Grey evolved throughout the books and while they occasionally entertained his kinkier predilections, he also compromised by doing things Anastasia's way to make her happy as well.)

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  • Carmen
  • 12-19-17

narrator voice frustrated me

overall the story was enjoyable. However, the narrator spoiled it for me. Her voice was too mumbled and monochrome. I could really only hear her words with clarity on the phone speaker. anything else was too difficult to distinguish. crisper and sharper enunciation desperately needed.

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  • DMA
  • 12-06-17

Stunning story!!!!!

I read this book and totally loved it so decided to treat myself to the audible version for when im traveling!!! I have to say it totally comes alive when you hear it narrated!!! I wasnt sure about the narrator at first but she soon gets you totally sucked in and does and awesome job!!!
Still totally love the story and Mels internal musings have me laughing out loud on a regular basis, but i have to say some parts of the story had me in tears (again)!!
This is a must listen to - and read!!!
Brilliant!

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  • Madmoo BookReviews
  • 10-17-17

A dirty and kinky version of Beauty and the Beast

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book... definitely darker, dirtier and kinkier than other Beauty and the Beast *erotic fairytales* that I’ve.... but this certainly blew my mind... A little bit slow at the start... but it gtabbed my attention and I definitely laughed and cried!!!! It was gripping and raunchy... well worth a listen or read!!!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-07-17

loved it.

not to everyone's taist but I loved the story line and could imagine it all as the story went on. I had more than a few laughs and thought the author did a good job.