Beast Part 1 by Ella James - 3 star review

Beast Part 1
Beast Part 1: An Erotic Fairy Tale


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 father 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 her father’s work, hoping to use her new counseling license at a place she thinks she could make a difference. When she catches Beast’s eye, he releases the warden and grabs the daughter. The price for the warden’s error is not death. It’s his precious Belle.


Beast Part 1 is the first part of this twisted Beauty & the Beast erotic fairy tale. I must say after reading Hansel and loving it I had high expectations for this book. I love love love Beauty & the Beast so I was looking for an amazing story. This was good, but not as good as the first part of Hansel

Annabelle is obsessed with Cal Hammond, movie star extraordinaire. She is a virgin, the only one of her friends to still be one, and when they get on the guest list of a celebrity party they decide that she will sleep with Cal that night. If he will have her. For her part, for as much as she is obsessed with him, she doesn't want to have sex. She doesn't even like people touching her, probably not even Cal. 

Cal is kind of floating through life. He has a fake girlfriend he has to pose for photos with, a few good friends, and a father that is a drug addict. He makes some bad choices the night he meets Annabelle and ends up in jail. The jail where her step-dad works. Something happened that night that turned him into this cold, ruthless person. When her step-dad ends up on the wrong side of Cal (now knows as Beast) Annabelle arrives just in time to stop him from being murdered. The only problem? She would have to give herself to Beast to save her dad. Can she do it? We shall find out. This was an alright read, some scenes from the end were not so good, but hopefully it will just get better from here.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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