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Publisher's Summary

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.

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.

Publisher's note: This is a full-length, standalone novel. HEA. No cliffhanger. No cheating.

©2016 Alana Albertson (P)2016 Alana Albertson

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An Interesting Take on Beauty and the Beast

This was my first by this author, but I enjoy the narrator, so gave this one a listen.

What an interesting take on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast as it is set to the life and aftermath of Grady, a military hero who suffers from PTSD and facial mutilation. His life is not fulfilling as he copes with low self-esteem, despair and depression. Not only because of his looks, but because of the tragedies that fell upon him and his unit.

By chance, he meets Isa at a party in hopes of easing his loneliness, even if for a night. That one night turns into more that neither expect. Isa, has her own demons and hers and his collide in this tale.

What I liked about this story was that it told about things we often think about but don't grasp. PTSD affects millions of veterans, and we brush it under the rug. We give them medals, and thank them for their service, but would never be able to understand the troubles they face on a daily basis. This gave me an opportunity to take that into account and provided a deeper appreciation, love and respect for our heroes.

Aaron Shedlock and Sonja Field deliver a fantastic duet narration that flowed perfectly. Great chemistry and great portrayal of both Grady and Isa.

This book is listed as A Bad Boy Marine Romance, but there wasn't anything I'd consider "Bad". He wasn't a total a-hole, well he had traits, but that was due to other factors. I'm looking forward to Albertson's next books.

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Entertaining

This audiobook is about a disfigured wounded veteran Marine who meets a beautiful dancing reality star at a party. He's pretty jaded, thinking no woman could want him for himself and she's just wanting a real live relationship. It's kind of a beauty and the beast take-off. Overall, it was good. The only thing that bothered me was sometimes the male narrator seemed a little monotone.

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great book

great book. loved how it was all captured in this book. definitely would recommend

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  • Cyndi
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  • 12-18-16

The narration was great....

This book had a great story line but it wasn't written in a way that made me fall in love with it. In the beginning I has a very hard time caring about the characters, he came across as a jerk and she seems very superficial. I think the writing style is what hurt this story for me. It was very inconsistent. One seconds he was a mean growling angry damaged guy and a second later he was sweet and thoughtful but there was nothing that happened to change his mood. She was the same way for me. It was almost like the characters were bipolar and I had a hard time with that. I also had a hard time with some of the the sentence structure the author used for example: "I was loving every to the hilt second of him being inside me." It's almost like words were just added to the middle of the sentence and they didn't really flow well. I don't know it was just odd to me and I noticed it a lot.

The best thing about this audiobook for me was the narration! This was narrated in the duet style and Aaron Shedlock was great! I actually bought this audiobook because he was the narrator! I did like Sonja Field and I thought the duet style worked well for these too narrators.

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The narration really brings this story to life.

What did you love best about Beast?

I enjoyed the damaged hero who finds his true love storyline. I liked Grady's progression through the book, thanks to having Isa by his side. He had a lot of issues, that were quite understandable, but it was nice to see him come to terms with some things. I liked that Isa stood up for herself when it came to Grady, and that she was able to see through him to the real person. I liked how she didn't let the trouble her father caused to bring her down. She just pulled herself back up and did what she had to do to move on.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I'm not sure that there's anything I would necessarily change, it's not up to me to tell an author that she needs to change things in her story. I will admit I had a little trouble with Grady in the beginning and almost gave up on the book. Our first introduction to him was fine, and I was intrigued by his character. But then soon after he kind of turned me off, with how abrupt and demanding his was, a little too "alpha" in a sense. He did win me over again, though, as the story progressed and he opened himself up.

What does Sonja Field and Aaron Shedlock bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Aaron and Sonja were incredible! I loved that this was a duet narration, because I really can't get enough of Mr. Shedlock. I borrowed this book purposely because he was the narrator, I had never heard of it before. I think they both did such fantastic jobs giving these characters life.

Any additional comments?

Borrowed through the Romance Package

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This one’s a keeper

I loved this book. It pulled me in from the start and I listened straight through. I love the narration style, wish more were done this way. Both narrators were amazing!

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  • Dolores
  • 01-02-18

BEAUTIFUL

This is like a modern day 'BEAUTY And The BEAST' HEA

Marine Grady Williams is an angry soldier who is suffering from PTSD who not only did an amazing or stupid act to keep his Marine Mates from injury but at the same time saw the one person he wanted to keep safe, he watched the complete opposite.
But AFTER ALL this he decides to go to a fancy dress frat party, which is near his & this is where he meets ex professional dancer Isa (Bella) Cuesta & you can say things went belly up or where fate stood in as Isa wouldn't let him go.
So here the feeling & DEEP emotion we see is so true to the core from BOTH of the characters.
It's a beautiful love story with such emotions

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  • Raylene
  • 03-04-18

lovely story

this story was well written, the characters felt real, and i was amazed at how easy it was to get lost the story line.

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  • SamK
  • 01-05-17

I wanted more!!!

I LOOOVED BEAST!! This sweet, heartbreaking story of love, despair, trust and hope tore at my heart strings and also gave me achy feels!! I couldn't get enough of this highly addictive story which had me spellbound from the very first chapter!I loved Grady and Isa, and my heart shattered into pieces for their tormented pasts. Alana Albertson is a new author for me and I will definitely listen to her books again. 4.5 "beauty is within" stars!!

Aaron Shedlock's raspy southern drawl gave me shivers in this audiobook!! Hot damn!! His voice was SMOKIN HOTTTT!!! Sonja Field was amazing as Isa, and I LOOVED that it was a proper dual narration where both narrators interacted in the same scenes!!