ARC Review: BEAST, Part I by Ella James

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ARC Review: BEAST, Part I by Ella JamesBEAST, Part I by Ella James
Series: Beast #1
on August 18, 2014
Genres: Erotic Romance
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At twenty-one years old, third-generation movie star Cal Hammond was on top of the world. He had more money than God and more women than any man could need. But when a night of debauchery ends in tragedy, he forfeits a life of luxury for a ten-year prison sentence at La Rosa, California’s most violent prison.

Eight years later, a ruthless, cunning man runs La Rosa from the inside. He is known simply as BEAST. All the wardens fear him. All the gangs obey him. He speaks to no one but his inner council. What he says is law.

Annabelle Mitchell’s father is the warden at La Rosa. He deals as dirty as his trustees, and after years of smooth relations with Beast and the gangs he runs, Holt lands on the powerful prisoner’s hit list. That very afternoon, Annabelle pays a surprise visit to her father’s work, hoping to use her new counseling license at a place she thinks she could make a difference. When she catches Beast’s eye, he releases the warden and grabs the daughter. The price for the warden’s error is not death. It’s his precious Belle.



Beauty and the Beast….SCREW THAT! I want BEAST! What an incredibly erotic, suspenseful, and surprising start to, what I’m sure will be, a mouth-watering serial series. Ms. James puts the ‘DARK’ in Dark Erotic Romance, and time after time, she leaves me breathless with her twists and turns all throughout the story. BEAST is definitely NOT the Beauty and the Beast you remember, fucking FAR FROM IT, as a matter of fact. This has no talking tea cups or singing candlesticks. There is no grand library where the girl can escape. Instead, we get sex, drugs, and prison cells. What an UPGRADE if you ask me!

Once again, Ella James blows me away with the amount of detail and storyline she puts into 65 pages. When I was finished, I could have sworn this was a full-blown novel. It played out like a movie in my mind, and I was right there, gasping for breath, mind running wild, anxiety turned up to the nth degree. 

In this type of series, you think you know what will happen next, but I can guarantee you, with Ella James being the author, your theories don’t stand a chance. Because she will flip it, she will throw us off kilter on multiple occasions, and she will make us think twice about what we think of a certain character. I embrace that, I crave it, and I can’t wait to see what she brings us next.

Now, I don’t think I have to tell you that there is a cliffhanger in BEAST, Part One. Don’t worry, it’s not that bad! I believe Part II comes out on August 25th, so not too long to wait at all. Just like Ms. James previous Erotic Fairy Tale, Red & Wolfe…BEAST is sure to be a MUST READ Series!



About Ella James

Ella James is the USA Today bestselling author of sixteen teen and adult love stories. She’s an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.

Ella’s obsessions include vanilla cream soda, hiking, other weird, crunchy things like rock collecting, and the antics of her three little monsters.

Interested in the foreign rights for one of Ella’s books? Contact her agent, Rebecca Friedman, at

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