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Blog Tour & Reviews….The Beast Within Series by Melissa Crowe

 

 

Title: The Beast Within
Series: The Beast Within novellas #1
Author: Melissa Crowe
Publication Date: 5th June 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:

Karina’s world is turned upside down when she meets the sexy and mysterious Xavier. Something powerful and sensual is unlocked from inside her that she cannot explain and seems to have little control over.

With Xavier’s help, Karina discovers she is a Tuatha De Danann, celtic faeries long thought to have been eradicated. Xavier’s insistence on making her believe troubles Karina, what dangerous secret is he keeping from her? Can her ex partner Ian save her before it’s too late?

**This novella contains violence, and sexual situations which may not be recommended for readers under fifteen.

My review:

The first in The Beast Within Series by Melissa Crowe starts us off on a journey into a world Karina had no idea existed.  Fast paced and full of mystery, this is a fantastic beginning to the series.  Karina suddenly finds herself torn between two very different men.  Ian, the safe bet Kind-of-boyfriend, and Xavier, the dark and sexy stranger. The allure and pull toward Xavier turns into a revelation when she learns secrets about her family history and that she is a Tuatha De Danann.  Now, while trying to make sense of the new world she is introduced to, she also finds herself fighting for her life.  Will it be Xavier or Ian she can trust?  Although this story is short in length, it isn’t short on action, heat and secrecy.  I really enjoyed this installment and am looking forward to finding out what is in store for Karina and the choices she is faced with.


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Title: Haunted
Series: The Beast Within novellas #2
Author: Melissa Crowe
Publication Date: 25th December 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:

Karina has now discovered her abilities, but this only puts her in further danger. With a 600 year old lycanthrope thirsting for her blood, Ian must summon the help of his brother Ronan. The keeper of the Spear of Victory, a treasure sacred to the Tuatha De Danann.

Can the two Guardians protect Karina, or will her secret ultimately bring destruction upon them all?

My review:

Hunted picks up immediately where The Beast Within leaves off and thank goodness for that because things are really getting exciting for Karina.  Now certain with Ian is where she belongs, Karina is starting to learn more about her bloodline and what exactly it all means.  Of course, if that wasn’t hard enough, Ian senses a very powerful lycanthrope is way too close for comfort.  Extremely concerned for her safetly, Ian decides he has no other choice but to call on one of his brothers to help him defeat this dangerous shape shifter. However, in doing so, Ian is also risking getting in major trouble by exposing his relationship with Karina.  A guardian is forbidden to have a relationship with his charge.  So when Ian’s brother reports him to the Queen for his transgressions, it appears that defeating a powerful lycanthrope may be the least of their worries…..

Fast paced and full of emotion, this second installment in the series is a great continuation of the story.  Karina is really growing as a character and is showing how strong she is becoming, both physically and emotionally.  It’s a treat to watch her turn into a kick ass warrior and stand up for herself and those she loves.  Ian is so loyal and loving and I adore him more and more with each novella.  I cannot wait to see what happens with them and their relationship and am worried sick that they will have to be separated forever.  Gah!  The suspense is equally enjoyable and painful!  Onto the next novella…..

 

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Title: Journey
Series: The Beast Within novellas #3
Author: Melissa Crowe
Publication Date: 20th September 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:

Ian has been summoned by the Goddess Danu to the Otherworld, and Karina will not let him go without a fight.

With a Tutha De Danann that is unable to cross water, getting from Australia to Ireland will make for an interesting journey. Supernatural beings, sworn enemies and the full moon are only half of the risk as they try to cross three continents. Drug smuggling, guerrilla kidnapping and lycans on the prowl will hamper their travels.

Davarus, self-proclaimed King of the lycanthropes is building an army and on the move. Danger faces these forbidden lovers at every turn.

Would you travel to the ends

My review:

Again, thankfully, Journey picks up where Hunted left us and the nail-biting adventure in this novella was crazy intense, fast paced and really enjoyable.  Ian has been summoned to face the Queen and answer for his actions in his relationship with Karina.  Karina refuses to let him go without her.  She has come to realize she is very valuable to the Tutha De Danann race and she intends to use that value to bargain for her and Ian’s relationship.  Great idea in theory, there’s only one problem….as a Tutha De Danann, she is unable to cross over water.  Refusing to let that stop her, she accompanies Ian on a journey to Ireland that will end up pushing everything she is in mind and body to the very limits.  Will it all be worth it in the end?  Can she convince the Queen that what she and Ian share is worth breaking the rules for?

Talk about a white-knuckled read!  There wasn’t a dull moment in this entire novella.  One obstacle after another, Ian and Karina don’t catch even one break on their way to Ireland.  Their resolve is strong and is tested to the max but in the end, Karina fights the good fight and I was really happy with the way this chapter ended for them.  I also enjoyed getting to meet some fierce and loyal characters along the way.  Again, just because this story is short on pages, doesn’t mean it’s short on emotion and excitement!

 

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About
the author: Melissa Crowe
 
I am from Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. I have been a lover of
Paranormal and strong powerful women all my life and now am lucky enough to put
the two together and share it with the world. In 2009 I started writing and
have not looked back.
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