Beast: The Beginning

Beast The Beginning Once upon a time I thought love was a fairytale I thought selling myself to a mafia boss was noble So what if they called him the Beast I grew up in rags and he would lift me to riches All I had to

  • Title: Beast: The Beginning
  • Author: Mary Catherine Gebhard
  • ISBN: 9780692853252
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once upon a time, I thought love was a fairytale I thought selling myself to a mafia boss was noble So what if they called him the Beast I grew up in rags, and he would lift me to riches All I had to do was give him my soul He was punishing Insatiable Captivating Nothing like I expected him to be Each day my reality blurred, leaving me wondering if I was slave orOnce upon a time, I thought love was a fairytale I thought selling myself to a mafia boss was noble So what if they called him the Beast I grew up in rags, and he would lift me to riches All I had to do was give him my soul He was punishing Insatiable Captivating Nothing like I expected him to be Each day my reality blurred, leaving me wondering if I was slave or princess.The longer I stayed, the I lost myself to him Even after every cruelty the Beast visited upon me, I longed for his touch Even after every savage word he spoke, I begged for his lips I thought the worst thing he could take was my body I was too na ve to guard my heart.Once upon a time, I thought love was a fairytale.Now I know better than to speak of happily ever afters.Beast is the first book in the Hate Story duet About what it means to fall in love with the person who has absolutely destroyed you, it contains disturbing and graphic situations that may be a trigger for some.

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    • Mary Catherine Gebhard

      Mary Catherine Gebhard bites off than she can chew She s lived in Salt Lake City, Utah her entire life but occasionally goes on vacation from reality Don t worry, she sends postcards.Visit her at MaryGebhard or on Instagram marycgebhard

    569 thoughts on “Beast: The Beginning

    • 3 starsWarning: Ranting ahead.OK, let me make one thing very clear-I did enjoy this book. Barely.So, I don't know if this was me, or if this was this book (probably both in this case), but I couldn't pay attention to it. It took me forever to read it because I just couldn't concentrate.The beginning was awesome. Just the thing that you need to build up the tension, and set the atmosphere. But if only things could hold on to that pace. Very regrettably I have to say that it dramatically slowed do [...]


    • Let me start this off by saying that Beast is MINE!! The author created an insanely hot anti-hero and he could do no wrong in my eyes. He was perfection. Although I didn’t like how soft he got so quickly, I could appreciate that he found a kindred spirit in Frankie. As for Francesca/Frankie, I wavered between admiring her spunk, questioning her sanity, and wanting to give her the beatdown that she was eagerly asking for in every scene.See… here’s where the author, these characters, and I d [...]


    • Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm beckiebookworm/🌟🌟🌟🌟StarsI loved Beast: The Beginning (Hate Story, #1). From the minute I started reading This I was lost in another world, one of blood, hate and organised crime.Where being bad was good and innocence is soon corrupted and lost forever.So beast is about Frankie Notte and Anteros Drago a boss in the Pavoni family.Frankie trades herself for her Papas life accompanying the beast to a fate unknown.The Beast himself has every intention of sellin [...]


    • My mind is all twisty and bent from Beast and the emotional rollercoaster he took me on. I loved him. I hated him. Mostly I wanted to be in the same room with him and slap his chiseled cheeks. I read this on the plane, at my son's band recital, and while I waited to pick up kids at car line. I couldn't put it down!Beast is deliciously dark, powerful, the setting evocative of the castle and library where Beast and Frankie spend most of their time. I can't wait for book 2 in the duet!!!!!!!!!!FIVE [...]


    • Beast was about a twenty year old girl who was innocent and naive thinking that her father would be safe against the mafia by trading herself for his debts. Unbeknownst to her that Beast was a man to be feared despite his handsome features and opulent lifestyle. Underneath the exterior was a man who was demented with tortuous tendencies. When Frankie traded her life, she hadn’t thought about what it would mean. Beast saw Frankie as nothing. He commanded parts of her, completely controlled them [...]



    • Beast .He oozed power and death and fear.He's Anteros Drago, a crime boss in the Pavoni family, and with his faithful entourage of 4 soldiers/enforcers, he's known by the name Beast, for his merciless, cruel and ruthless deals and actions.You killed a hundered men single-handed. You climbed from slave to soldier to Boss. And you brought us with you.Drugs. Sex trafficing. Executions. Politics. Extortions. Blackmail.All that is handeled by Beast and one of the deals was a debt payment by a man cal [...]


    • I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily wrote an honest review.This is my second book by this author so I was excited to receive this ARC because I received and read an ARC of Elastic Hearts and was blown away! So I jumped at the chance to read more of Ms. Gebhard's work. If I ever get caught up on ARC's I am going to start her Owned Series! This book is on the dark side, which I love! I pretty much read anything with the exception of Sci-Fi and Paranormal. And as much as I hate to a [...]


    • Oh, how I loved this story! It’s beautifully chilling, and I never knew how to feel between one moment and the next. I originally picked this one up because I’ve been on a beast and mafia romance kick, and this one had both in equal measure. But it’s mind f&ckery at its finest. I’m still in inner turmoil.Frankie (I just love that name!) promises her life in exchange for her father’s. They owe money to the mob, and Beast—the interim mafia Boss—ends up handling the situation hims [...]


    • Beauty and the Beast meets the Italian Mob in a tale of survival, acceptance and love. ~ White Hot Reads Complete Review Coming Soon


    • There DNF I had to I just couldn't torture myself to carry on with this. Sorry I know some loved it but for me I just couldn't stand nor like the two MC's.


    • Mafia. Dark, cruel and easy to get lost in…With a series title of Hate Story I should not be surprised that this romance is anything but hearts and flowers. The emotional truths it is going to mine though are worthy of any epic love story…The Beast is calm, cold and without mercy. He doesn’t reveal what he is feeling as he doesn’t feel at all. Cruelty is his style and he wields it like a favourite weapon. I didn’t like him. I don’t believe I was supposed to like him but his character [...]


    • Beast: A Hate Story, The Beginning by Mary Catherine Gebhard is the start of a new series.Antonio Notte has debts, big depts and as payment his daughter trades herself for his life.Beast- Antero takes her Frankie- Francesca with him.He trains her to be his slave.Beast is a ruthless man, a monster.There are rumors and murmurs about a Pavani princess fairytale. This book left me speechless, literally.There is carnage, human trafficking, bloodbath and a war in the mafia. And sex, scorching hot sex. [...]


    • Really wish I wouldn't have preordered this one. I was excited when it showed up on my kindle this morning, but within 4% I knew it wasn't going to work out. The problem is this book doesn't make any sense to me. It's difficult (and a little boring honestly) to read, and the heroine? Too stupid to live doesn't actually begin to cover it. First, the beginning is really abrupt. I get throwing you into the action right out of the gate, but man. And then the heroine, after legit foisting herself ont [...]


    • 'Beast" Mary Cahterine Gebhard is the First Book in the "Hate Story". This is the story of Francesca "Franky" Notte and Beast/ Anteros. Beast is a top mob guy who used to work on the street. Now he is suit and missing the streets a little and goes on one of his guys jobs. which leads him to Notte who owes him money. But when trying to physically get the money out of him his daughter Frankly comes forward to say take her instead of hurting or killing her father. The Beast takes her and they set u [...]


    • It is very possible I may have completely misunderstood the author's efforts in this story. I expected the big "wooooooooossssaaaaa" based on the teasers and blurbs. Frankie and Beast are dysfunctional in it's highest form. The more dysfunctional the better! Frankie and Beasts' characters are fresh and engaging. However, the majority of their scenes are choppy and too much is left open for interpretation. As a reader, I worked entirely too hard to "guess" what happened because a chapter or scene [...]


    • ellie's $0.02:This book was deliciously agonizing and torture-ridden. My mind is all fucked up. My body has jitters. I don't know what I like or don't like. I'm all kinds of a messed up.Beast is the worst possible nightmare. At times while reading this I wanted to throw the book at the wall then I realized I would have to jump up and find the book to find out what would happen next. Beast is definitely an enigma. I can't figure him out. I didn't figure him out. I think I hate him. I might like h [...]


    • I tried, but even the Beauty and The Beast theme couldn't get me to the end of this. It had so much potential, but too much of nothing happening did me in. Maybe someone with more patience will have more luck. I just felt this hero was a little too wishy-washy for me, and the heroine is supposed to be smart, but lacks common sense. More sex might have helped push me past 50%.


    • I received an Arc of this book and decided I would go into it blind. To say that I got one hell of a shock is an understatement. I had preconceived notions about what the story would be from the title alone, but boy did I get it wrong. I fell in love with a character that I wanted to hate. If that's not testament to a pretty great storyteller, I don't know what is. Gebhard made me question my morals, and swear out loud on so many occasions. Her words constructed a whole world around me that I fo [...]


    • First off this is a large book but in order to explain all the emotions you need it. Frankie has just given herself in place of her father who is huddled in a ball one the floor to the Beast. The Beast is not like the fairytale this guy will kill you where you stand and have someone clean it up like you didn't exist. Frankie has been sick for most of her life and she never had friends or even a boyfriend so to give her life for her papa is not a loss. The Beast is supposed to do something with h [...]



    • Holy shit! Please excuse the cursing, but I've just finished this book and I'm still reeling from the ending and the book as a whole! I don't know why I thought this book was a paranormal retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but it didn't take me long to realize this story wasn't paranormal and Beauty and the Beast might loosely apply. But it's still SO good!Anyhow, I need to sleep and digest this book. I don't think I'm going to fall asleep quickly just because there is so much to think about! I [...]


    • ***ARC Provided by the Author for an Honest Review***Beast: A Hate Story, The Beginning by Mary Catherine Geghard is not your run of the mill love story. In fact it’s far from it! I loved this book, I hated this book – it dragged out of me so many emotions that I wasn’t expecting and even when I didn’t think I could continue reading, I couldn’t put it down! It’s a dark story, one which features the deepest, darkest and shadiest dealings that comes with someone associated with the Maf [...]


    • Beast by Mary Catherine Gephard was a fantastic dark mafia fairytale - a great hybrid of "Beauty and the Beast" with a delicious dark mafia spin. This story was filled with dark passion, obsession, family betrayal and mystery. I absolutely adored beast and can't get enough of Beast and Frankie. Forced to give up her freedom in exchange for her father's life, Francesca "Frankie" Notte feels she has no other choice but to do what she can to save her father. But the man she gives herself to - Anter [...]


    • Beast: A Hate Story, The beginning is the first book in The Hate Story Duet. It is a grown up fairytale of Beauty and the Beast set in a modern day mafia world. Frankie offers herself up as repayment for her father's debt and to save his life. Anteros, also known as Beast, accepts the deal but gets more than he had bargained for. "She swallowed again and smacked his hand away. The Beast smiled, but only a fool would think it was anything other than chilling. The smile was lazy and crooked, his t [...]


    • What a mind f#ck of a story. My head was spinning! Everytime I thought I knew what was going on NOPE I was wrong. Italian mafia meets Beauty and the Beast. What a combo! it made for a very interesting and complicated story. "Beast" was an inigma all of his own. I had whiplash keeping up with where his head was. But was completely fascinated by him. Frankie was naive and innocent to his world but was pulled into it, No wait she was willingly taken captive. Gave herself to a monster!! The saying a [...]



    • If you're a lover of dark romance, BEAST is probably one you'd love. For me, it was a little too dark. Beast was a little too cruel and the things Frankie endured with him a bit too much for me to continue reading. When I cringe at each page turn, it's time to put it down.


    • First of all, Big G is one of my new favorite authors.So, little back story. I don't read a lot of dark romance, but when the opportunity came up to read this one, with a title like Beast, how could I say no? Besides, it features La Famiglia, and what kind of mafia lover would I be if I didn't take a moment to appreciate my favorite genre? Let me tell you, there's something quite addicting about this story. It sucks you in, slowly feeds you the details, and immerses you in a story so rich that i [...]


    • This was goodI like the way she wrote the female lead, I felt like I was there with herI did like the male leadIt's a cliffy and I want to know about the boy/man with the golden curls (forgot name) I recommend for readers who like dark (not dark,dark) mafia:))UP DATE SEPTEMBER 2017Oh man just a good the second time around, excited for the second "Beauty" to come out at the end of the month. :))


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