Sunday, February 8, 2015

Review: The Beast ( The Beast #1 ) by Jaden Wilkes

The Beast by Jaden Wilkes

Dimitri Sokolov is a man scarred, physically and emotionally. From the rough streets of Moscow to the highest ranks in the Solntsevskaya Bratva, he has seen it all.

An attack four years ago left him disfigured and in seclusion, hiding from reactions to his appearance and in safety from those who failed to kill him the first time.

Comfortable in his penthouse, managing his billion dollar businesses, he's resigned himself to be alone, simply called The Beast among those who've dealt with him in the past.

Columbia Grey is a pseudo-activist trying to save her neighbourhood from a developer intent on levelling it to build apartment towers. She goes along with a plan to confront the CEO of the company on his own turf, to force him to listen to her demands...all in a pathetic attempt to impress a man she barely likes.

Little does she know, she's taken herself into the mouth of the beast, a man familiar with death and destruction, sex and seduction, a man used to getting exactly what he wants and a man with nothing left to lose.

She's a beauty, but will that be enough to tame the beast and save her life?




2 'B&B + Fifty + mafia' stars

The only thing I like about this book is the prologue and the epilogue. Everything in the middle are unbelievable.

The Beast, Dimitri was an ex-Bratva enforcer who is hiding away and biding his time to exact revenge on his ex-boss, Sergei for trying to kill him and caused him to have half a scarred face. 

The Beauty, Colombia was a pseudo-activist (now I know why the blurb mentioned 'pseudo') and a victim of being sexually abused by her stepfather for years. 

I'm expecting Dimitri to be plotting his revenge, I'm expecting Colombia to be a tough career woman. I want this two unlikely person to come together and fell in love against all odds. But... What I got is another captor/captive story with BDSM element. Colombia is only 20 years old and she felt like a NA heroine. Dimitri is in his 30s and after he captured her, he decided to 'train' her to be his new pet. 

I decided this book is a bust when they both declared 'I can't live without you' and 'I love you' after knowing each other since YESTERDAY! Yes, I'm not even exaggerating the timeline here. I felt like they both feel in love after one freaking orgasm. 

"Had it only been a day? It had been, just a day since she thought she was going to die, then found herself revived and renewed by the most unlikely of men."

Apparently, the author did know it had only been a day and she throw out all these flower and roses, and till death do us part, and expect me to accept their all consuming love for each other.

Where is the plot? The built up of Dimitri and Columbia's background are fantastic. But everything after they meet each other are done and finish in two days in the penthouse.

I like the epilogue though, with Columbia new direction in life with Dimitri and the part with the revenge. If only the author took this epilogue and wrote the book instead.

Rating 2/5