Beast (Hate Story #1) by Mary Catherine Gebhard

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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 or princess.

The longer I stayed, the more 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 naïve 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.



22316159._SY540_There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day lately, and time needs to slow down. Especially since I’ve just smashed my way into my 30’s! It’s like you turn 18 and then time hits fast-forward and the next thing you know you’re old as fuck.

I’ve been down the reading hole lately, making my way through books like you would a TV series you’re hooked on. I discovered the Knights Rebels MC series by River Savage and pretty much devoured them. Think Sons of Anarchy vs Stage Dive series.

Playboy by Logan Chance, which wasn’t my favourite (too short, soft/cheesy, but many romantics may love it), the Bleeding Hearts series by A. Zaverelli, Riley Jenson series by Keri Arthur, & now I’m about to start Beast by Mary Catherine Gebhard, preparing for the release of Beauty on Sept 21st! I still can’t bring myself to open Persephone by Kitty Thomas because I want to love it! I think I’ll get the best out of it after reading something softer, less taboo. So I’m waiting.

Anyway, I’ll keep you updated on ‘Beast’, going by the warning it’s going interesting for sure. Oh. Shout out to author, Jennifer Bene. I’ve been meaning to pick up Security Binds Her (Thalia #1). It’s on the Sept Haul list!



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Series Book List

rosehartblog-6Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of a series i’ve read. Whether i want to keep going with one but have to wait for the next book, or i’ve started reading one but passed on continuing. So i’m writing this for myself to keep track, but of course if it comes in handy for finding a series you’d forgotten about or you find an addition for your TBR pile, then all the better. Oh, ⭐️ =Favourites

The majority of new series’ i tend to read now are Adult Fiction, the YA/NA additions are from my old blogging days with a few reminding me of great reads! Thoughtless by S.C.Stephens for example!

If, going by this list, you think of a series you can’t help rave about, let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

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📕Review: Pennies by Pepper Winters


  • Author: Pepper Winters
  • Published: July 20th, 2016
  • Reviewed: December 10th 2016
  • Tags: Dark | Contemporary | Romance tag for the series as a whole…
  • Series | Standalone: Dollar #1
  • Recommended to: Fans of Dark Lit
  • Avoid if: Captivity/ abuse offends
  • Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You’re thrown straight into carnage with this one, folks. 18% in and I’m thinking you’re screwed Pimlico, this is not ending well. – My note when starting Pennies.

Here we go. You probably saw me on Twitter going crazy about this series.

When i finished reading Pennies i went straight onto Amazon to purchase the second book in this series, Dollars. Pepper Winters has created such an unpredictable plot and unforgettable, vivid characters that i won’t forget & i’ll no doubt put every book she’s published on my TBR list now.

Pimlico was bought in an auction by Master A, a despicable and cruel man. If you think this 21419317.gifis one of those stories that sees the captor relenting in harshness towards their captive, you’ll be in for a surprise. The antagonist is ridiculously mean and fucked up, when you think that they should have some endearing qualities to work, this proves otherwise. His character doesn’t progress in a way that softens the readers opinion of him, he simply becomes pitiful which lends Pimlico’s character some much- needed strength.

It’s violent and cleverly written so that it isn’t just a diary of torture, Winters gives it to you in dribs and drabs, sometimes dulling the impact and others hitting you with it in the face with a spade. Continue reading