Beast : Heroes Ever After

  • by Alana Albertson
  • Narrated by Aaron Shedlock, Sonja Field
  • Series: Heroes Ever After
  • 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Grady Williams is a national treasure, the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, America's scarred superhero. With tattooed arms sculpted from carrying M-16s, this bad boy has girls begging from sea to shining sea to get a piece of his action.
When my father squanders away my college fund, I make a deal with this dirty-talking devil dog - I will pretend to be Grady's girlfriend for the Marine Corps Ball, and my dad will write Grady's war memoir.
Grady is fearless. Hell, this badass jumped on a grenade to save his fellow Marines! As much as I crave him, I refuse to allow myself to become addicted to a dangerous man who will detonate my heart.
Isabella Cuesta is an angel who can see beyond my mangled skin, a pawn used to repay her father's debt, a woman who makes me feel like a man instead of a monster.
But I no longer believe in fairy tales.
She's mine until our contract ends. I'll take her hard and rough, listen to all her hopes and fears, lay down my life to protect her.
This beauty will never let herself love a dangerous man like me - a man who has killed, a man who runs towards gunfire, a man who never backs down from a fight.
But without her love, I'm not a man - I'll remain forever a beast.
Publisher's note: This is a full-length, standalone novel. HEA. No cliffhanger. No cheating.

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An Interesting Take on Beauty and the Beast

This was my first by this author, but I enjoy the narrator, so gave this one a listen.

What an interesting take on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast as it is set to the life and aftermath of Grady, a military hero who suffers from PTSD and facial mutilation. His life is not fulfilling as he copes with low self-esteem, despair and depression. Not only because of his looks, but because of the tragedies that fell upon him and his unit.

By chance, he meets Isa at a party in hopes of easing his loneliness, even if for a night. That one night turns into more that neither expect. Isa, has her own demons and hers and his collide in this tale.

What I liked about this story was that it told about things we often think about but don't grasp. PTSD affects millions of veterans, and we brush it under the rug. We give them medals, and thank them for their service, but would never be able to understand the troubles they face on a daily basis. This gave me an opportunity to take that into account and provided a deeper appreciation, love and respect for our heroes.

Aaron Shedlock and Sonja Field deliver a fantastic duet narration that flowed perfectly. Great chemistry and great portrayal of both Grady and Isa.

This book is listed as A Bad Boy Marine Romance, but there wasn't anything I'd consider "Bad". He wasn't a total a-hole, well he had traits, but that was due to other factors. I'm looking forward to Albertson's next books.
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- Bookin' Around Town

Entertaining

This audiobook is about a disfigured wounded veteran Marine who meets a beautiful dancing reality star at a party. He's pretty jaded, thinking no woman could want him for himself and she's just wanting a real live relationship. It's kind of a beauty and the beast take-off. Overall, it was good. The only thing that bothered me was sometimes the male narrator seemed a little monotone.
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- Jonella A. Moore

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-22-2016
  • Publisher: Bolero Books LLC