Beast #1 by Ella James

At twenty-one years old, third-generation movie star Cal Hammond was on top of the world. He had more money than God and more women than any man could need. But when a night of debauchery ends in tragedy, he forfeits a life of luxury for a ten-year prison sentence at La Rosa, California’s most violent prison.

Eight years later, a ruthless, cunning man runs La Rosa from the inside. He is known simply as Beast. All the wardens fear him. All the gangs obey him. He speaks to no one but his inner council. What he says is law.

Annabelle Mitchell’s stepfather is the warden at La Rosa. He deals as dirty as his trustees, and after years of smooth relations with Beast and the gangs he runs, Holt lands on the powerful prisoner’s hit list. That very afternoon, Annabelle pays a surprise visit to La Rosa, hoping to use her new counseling license at a place she thinks she could make a difference. When Beast sees her, he releases the warden and grabs the nameless girl who played a starring role in the worst night of his life. The price for the warden’s error is not death. It’s his precious Belle.

Let’s recap… So far I’ve read the first part of Red and Wolfe, Hansel and Beast. Out of those 3, Beast is definitely my favorite. If I had to narrow down why, it would have to be the back story.

Beast and Annabelle have a history. They met several years before, and that’s where this story begins. Readers know going in what Cal was like before he became Beast and what turned him into the person he’s become. Annabelle was a huge fan that came closer to him than she ever expected. She was there at the turning point. Even though it was only one night, her reaction to him when they met at the prison was a little easier to accept knowing their background.

So, if I had to choose one of these twisted tales to continue, it would be Beast. I’ll keep you posted. 😉



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