Book Review: Beast by Pepper Pace

Source: Purchased
Format: eBook (mobi)
Published: Sepember 22, 2012
Author: Pepper Pace
Series: NA
Genre: Contemporary Interracial Romance
Sex: Strong Sexual Content
Available: Amazon / BN / ARe

I liked the story initially and as it progressed, I was kinda here and there. There were parts that were so very predictable and sorry to say this....but corny. I also felt like things were thrown in to prolong the story.

Christopher is a marine who works in the sub-basement of the federal building Ashleigh works in. He and some other dudes work there keeping the building secure when they are on their downtime. Christopher goes by the name Beast and it's not just because of his face. Christopher is a big huge, he also has a bilateral cleft palate. And because his family was dirt ass poor, they couldn't afford to fix it when he was growing up. AND due to the state taking over and basically having shoddy doctors try to fix his face, they only made it worse. So now Christopher has scars as well and his face is pretty much deformed. It makes him look scary, but this also makes Chris shy and very self-conscious around people. He doesn't go out much and when he does, it's only to his family's home and a local karaoke bar where he sings.

Ashleigh is a big girl, but she's also shallow. She only wants good looking men on her arm. She's self-conscious about her weight, but felt that as long as she has a big strong man by her side who is drop dead gorgeous, it makes her look good. When she learns that her current beau suddenly gets married to another woman it sends her into a downward spiral of depression, but it also makes her realize that she needs to change and not just with her body, but who she is as a person. This is how she meets Christopher. Ashleigh decides to join the gym that's in the basement of the building she works in. On her first day, she takes in Christopher running on the treadmill. She loves the look of his body, but when she catches a look at his face one day when he turns around. She's at first shocked and scared, but instantly apologizes for her rudeness and they become fast friends after Christopher helps her out with her workout after she passes out from working out the wrong way.

I liked the twist Ms. Pace put on the whole beauty and beast theme. But I also felt the story was a little all over the place. There was way too much going on here and it felt at times that everything was jumbled together. You would be reading one person's thoughts and then another persons thoughts just jumped right at you. There was no time to breath after taking in someone else's issue before something new was thrown at you. I didn't like that at all.

The romance itself just happened too quickly, I mean like super quick and this is a full length tale. I didn't feel like I got enough time to feel the relationship develop between these two. I also felt like the relationship between Chris and Ashleigh was juvenile. Their mannerisms and the things they would say to one another just didn't strike me as very adultish.

Ms. Pace touched on a variety of things in Beast...body issues, weight, beauty and a host of other things, but as I mentioned there was no cohesiveness and that was my main issue. I wanted more of a put together story and this I felt was rushed. I believe Ms. Pace was trying to give us a message in the book, a message of accepting ones self despite your many flaws...but that message got lost in all of the extra stuff.  

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  1. I love Lenny! He is so hot even at 50. :D

  2. oh yes he is! the man is hotness personified ;)

  3. Oh that is so fun! Love the pic Sharonda. And daaaaang that's quite the birthday picture. Whewboy!

  4. thanks Anna! man, I stared at that picture for days when i first saw it...lols.

  5. Love the pic!
    Lenny definitely looks sexy at his age! =) Some men age way better than others…and Lenny proved it.

  6. awww thanks Sophia! You know he's number 1 on my list..lols. I was more than happy to share the bonus pic with you guys ;)

  7. right? a clean break in between narrators is always good. Too close and you can get lost...well, at least i do..lols. The story has potential and Chris/Beast is a sweetheart. But with all the unnecessary issues, it fell flat. I'm still going to read a couple more of her books, i actually have like two more on my kindle. I'm hoping for cleaner stories ;)

  8. I love the premise of this re-vamped fairy tale (Beauty and the Beast?) but hate when an author rushes things between a couple, especially when it's not a novella. The dual POV can be a hit or miss for me but I'm not turned off by it. I have to admit I'd never look at this book twice with that horrible cover (sorry I can be a cover hussy!) but it does sound like a solid read even with the few issues you had with it. Great review Sharonda :)

  9. That's a good idea. Maybe her writing matures with newer books so that it's cleaner.

  10. yep...Beauty & the Beast. I don't mind multiple POV's, they can be enjoyable if done right. So, they're hits or misses for me too, lols. I just felt this story was rushed and with all the extra add ins....

    It's definitely still a solid read. Christ/Beast makes it all worth while. thanks Lori!

  11. Oops my phone fails when I try to comment :( You and your Lenny, such a cute picture ;)

  12. Where have I seen this before? Was it here?! Man, look at those boobies! *motorboat*... The premise sounded good, what reader isn't intrigued by Beauty and The Beast?! Too bad it was a tad scattered.

  13. This is definitely a different take. I normally like fairy tale based stories, I have to download the first (free) chapter on Amazon and see if it grabs me. I have to agree with Lori, that's one the ugliest cover I've seen, what were they thinking?
    Thanks :)

  14. Lmbo! Exactly..a twist on beauty and the Beast should be like book heaven. Just a little more togetherness and maybe some more character development would have made this a better story.

  15. I believe it's coming out on audio if it's not already out. Yeah that cover isn't much to wrote home about. Np Loupe ;)

  16. Oh that sounds like it could have been awesome. That's a shame it wasn't pulled together more. I don't think I've read one where a main character (or even secondary) had a cleft palate.

  17. the premise is quite good you know...she just needed like you said to pull it together more...tighten up the story. Me either Anna, which is why I picked up. Chris/Beast really was an awesome character :)


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