Beast by Allison Cassatta and Tracey Michael ~ Review by Leisa

imageA lovely romance reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast

Title: Beast

Author: Allison Cassatta & Tracey Michael

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Ara Costas has it all—riches, power, and the kind of beauty that attracts all the right people. He’s flying high and loves his life, until a serious car accident leaves him horribly scarred. Ara becomes an angry recluse, hiding away in his Chicago high-rise apartment, running his multimillion-dollar business from behind a computer screen.

Ilias Adams is a quiet farm boy who keeps his nose buried in books. A great education and stellar resume land him a job as Ara’s assistant and liaison to the board of directors. Little did he know when he signed up for this dream job that he’d end up working for the world’s moodiest, most uptight boss.

Ilias is scared of Ara at times, but he recognizes the challenge he faces when he meets Ara and sees the reason for the man’s anger. Ara is guarded and suspicious, since he can’t believe anyone can bear to look at him. Despite all this, Ilias is determined to turn the beast into a beauty again, at least on the inside, and tear down the walls Ara has so carefully constructed around him.

My View

Beast is a lovely romance with a definite Beauty and the Beast feel. Ara is a vane, self centered man whose striking physical beauty is in sharp contrast to the shallow, unappealing man within. He’s cold and unkind to his friend Benji, and has nothing but meaningless sex with many men. Then he’s left a severely scarred, bitter man following a car accident. He hides away from the world for years until young, beautiful Ilias enters his life. Ilias sees the beauty within Ara, and Ara is drawn to Ilias. Their love is powerful and ultimately gives Ilias the family and home he longs for, and gives Ara a reason to join the outside world.

I think Cassatta and Michael’s Beast has a nice almost fairy tale quality to it. The “beastly” Ara is trapped by his own fear within his rich castle, until his handsome Prince Charming Ilias arrives bringing light and love to Ara’s dark and bleak life. Although it was at times a bit predictable and I was disappointed that more details about Ara and Benji’s reconciliation were not included, I enjoyed Ara and Ilias’ love story. Beast is a tale of finding true love, seeing the beauty within, and living happily ever after. Spending a few hours reading Beast is an enjoyable dose of sweet escapism.

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I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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