01 October 2013

The Beast Within Tour Stop!!

Title: The Beast Within
Series: The Beast Within novellas #1
Author: Melissa Crowe
Publication Date: 5th June 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Karina's world is turned upside down when she meets the sexy and mysterious Xavier. Something powerful and sensual is unlocked from inside her that she cannot explain and seems to have little control over.
With Xavier's help, Karina discovers she is a Tuatha De Danann, celtic faeries long thought to have been eradicated. Xavier's insistence on making her believe troubles Karina, what dangerous secret is he keeping from her? Can her ex partner Ian save her before it's too late?
This novella contains violence, and sexual situations which may not be recommended for readers under fifteen.

I usually don’t like short stories, especially if they are broken into a serial.  With this book, I have mixed emotions about it because I did enjoy the story, but it felt way too short for me.  The book seemed to pass by rather quickly and I didn’t like that aspect of it.

In my opinion, there wasn’t a whole lot of character development, and I think that is because of how short the story itself is.  The sex that happens in the story was amazing; there is no doubting that at all.  But until the end of the book, there wasn’t that much going on besides the sex.  Karina’s character seemed pretty weak to me as well.  She seemed like she didn’t even know what she wanted with the way she was going between Ian and Xavier.

Overall though, I think the story was good, I just wish it would have been 1 full length novel instead of broken into parts.
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Title: Haunted
Series: The Beast Within novellas #2
Author: Melissa Crowe
Publication Date: 25th December 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Karina has now discovered her abilities, but this only puts her in further danger. With a 600 year old lycanthrope thirsting for her blood, Ian must summon the help of his brother Ronan, the keeper of the Spear of Victory, a treasure sacred to the Tuatha De Danann. Can the two Guardians protect Karina, or will her secret ultimately bring destruction upon them all?

After reading The Beast Within, I had an idea of what to expect with this book.  I did enjoy this part of the story more than book 1 and I think it’s because there is more happening in this story.  We also get to learn more about Karina’s past and her family history.  So it was very interesting to learn about that part of the story.

There is a really good balance between all the aspects of this book.  The drama and suspense went together quite well.  It was easy to follow along with what was happening because I wanted to find out what was causing the dreams.  The tension that was happening between Karina and Ian was just off the charts as well.  I was left wondering if they were going to be able to make it through everything.

I am still going back and forth between how I feel about Karina’s character.  There were some parts of the story that I just wanted to smack her because of how she was acting.  But then on the other hand, there were some parts where I was completely shocked with what she did, shocked in a good way.

With everything that happened in this part of the serial, I now can’t wait to read the last book and find out what happens.

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Title: Journey
Series: The Beast Within novellas #3
Author: Melissa Crowe
Publication Date: 20th September 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Ian has been summoned by the Goddess Danu to the Otherworld, and Karina will not let him go without a fight.
With a Tutha De Danann that is unable to cross water, getting from Australia to Ireland will make for an interesting journey. Supernatural beings, sworn enemies and the full moon are only half of the risk as they try to cross three continents. Drug smuggling, guerrilla kidnapping and lycans on the prowl will hamper their travels.

Davarus, self-proclaimed King of the lycanthropes is building an army and on the move. Danger faces these forbidden lovers at every turn.

Would you travel to the ends of the earth for the one you love?

I have completely mixed feelings about this book.  From the start of the series, it was really interesting and it was fun to follow along because the story line is one that I haven’t read about before.
But it felt like with each book that passed that there was just something missing from them.
With this last book, I really disappointed with the ending of it because I was lead to believe that there was just going to be three books, and there is a major cliffhanger at the end of it.
I might read more into the future books just because with the way this book ended, it didn’t make any sense to me.
The characters in the book were expanded upon more.  With Karina’s character we were able to find out more about her and her family history; which was really fun to find out about.  Ian’s character as well we were able to get more background on him and what makes him so special. 
But when it came to the actual story, I was left wanting because it felt like there was a lot that could have been added that wasn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, there was a ton of drama and suspense in this book.  And while it was really great to read about, besides that I felt the ending was very lacking.

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About the author: Melissa Crowe

I am from Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. I have been a lover of Paranormal and strong powerful women all my life and now am lucky enough to put the two together and share it with the world. In 2009 I started writing and have not looked back.

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