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?
*** Warning, this is a classified as a dark erotic novel. It deals with some pretty heavy themes. It may trigger those who have experience sexual abuse, rape, violence, basically a shitty childhood or life in general. I must be kind of messed in the head, because I thought it was a touching story full of amazing imagery and people with hearts that continue to beat and seek the beauty in the world in spite of life grinding them into nothingness. Apparently some early reviewers have found mainly the darker elements, so consider this your warning, for what it's worth. This is not a fairy tale, this is what happens when the music ends and life goes on after the credits roll. This is about simply existing until you find yourself and write your own happily ever after, no matter what form it takes.
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About the Author:
Jaden is the pen name of a girl living on the prettiest farm in BC. She shares her space with her husband, her children, and an Irish Wolfhound named Tiberius. She can now be found lurking in the dark corners of the internet looking for artful porn gifs, dirty poems and places to promo her work.
Review by Carmie V:
The Beauty’s love slayed The Beast.
Who is The Beast? His name is Dimitri, a former enforcer for the Russian Mafia. He stands 6’6” and is a “mountain of flesh rippling over bulging muscles.” He used to be a handsome man, but now he is horribly scarred from hip to head on the left side of his body. He is in hiding from the Sergei, his former mafia boss and mentor who also happens to be the man responsible for his disfigurement. Sergei must have been feeling threatened by the growing power of The Beast.
Who is The Beauty? Her name is Columbia, she is a college student that is helping to raise her younger sister. She belongs to an environmental group that is protesting a development project that Dimitri’s company is working on. Columbia is being abused by her step-father and cuts herself because that is the only way she is able to control her life.
In order to confront Dimitri about the development project, the environmental group is able to smuggle Columbia into The Beast’spenthouse apartment. Little does she know that she has entered the home of a trained killer. Dimitri decided he is going to keep Columbia as a pet since she has wondered into his apartment. In addition to having a price on his head, Dimitri has risqué preferences in bedroom.
As the tale unfolds the relationship between Dimitri and Columbia blossoms into love. Dimitri knows when Sergei finds him that anyone he loves is in danger. The day comes when Sergei locates Dimitri and must leave everyone and everything from his life if Vancouver behind. Is Dimitri strong enough to leave Columbia behind or can he convince her to go with him?
Sound like your average story? It’s not. The book is written for a very mature audience and explores the dominant and submissive roles that happen behind closed doors. Is it FSOG (Fifty Shades of Gray)? No, but if you liked FSOG you will love this book. The author found the perfect balance between a romance and erotic fiction. The author developed the story line and characters in a way that did not leave you feeling rushed.
I would love to see another book that picks up where this one leaves off!