Sunday, October 26, 2014

Beast (Part I) by Ella James- Review

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.

My Review: 

Beast, Part I (Beast, #1)Beast, Part I by Ella James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the beginning, Annabelle is a teenager crashing a Hollywood party in an attempt to find and lose her virginity to her favorite movie star, Cal Hammond. Annabelle does run into Cal, and they do share an intense moment, but the night ends in a way that changes the lives of many. Eight years later, Cal is serving time in prison and is known as Beast. He runs things from within, and things are going fairly smooth until the warden decides to steal from him. He is about to end the warden's life when his daughter, Annabelle comes to see him and Beast decides that he will take his payment from her instead.

This is a serial, so be prepared to be left hanging with a need to find the next installment quickly when finished. In this first installment, we get to know Annabelle mostly as a teen, but we do know about some challenges she has faced as an adult. Despite the aggression and chaos of the situation she now finds herself in a complicated situation with a man who she once lusted after, and still lusts after but now also fears. I would definitely like to see how this story continues...

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

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