Title: Beast
Author: Allison Cassatta and Tracey Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 5/5
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

This story
is a classic fairytale but with a fresh modern twist. In fact Beast is probably
the best remake of Beauty and the Beast that I have ever read. It pulls on your
heart strings and you can’t help but cheer on Ara and Illias.
Ara is a
very deep character. I felt sorry for him, when he wasn’t being a dick. He was
so mad at the world, that he made himself into a beautiful beast. After his
accident the outside reflected the beast within. After years of being a
recluse, Illais walked into his life and slowly helped him live again. I
thought it was beautiful that once he admitted to himself that he wasn’t a
monster, the scars that he thought ruined his life faded into almost nothing.
Illais is
such a sweetie and took a lot crap from Ara. I think my favorite part about him
was that he worked so hard to make Ara happy even though he was such an ass to
him. It was like he knew there was an amazing man underneath the grouchy
exterior. I loved how he treated Ms. Sprigs.
I will admit
I got a little teary eyed more than once. The library scene was amazing and a
huge tear jerker for me. I applaud Allison and Tracey that scene because after
the heart wrenching scene between Illias and his horrible father, I needed
something to lift my spirits.
I highly
recommend this book to anyone who wants a fantastic fairytale heavy on the
romance. You will not regret it.


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