The Beast Within by Suzanne McMinn

Went to Wal-Mart (it's evil, yes, but I have a $30 book budget until the middle of July) yesterday to hunt down some books that I knew were coming out. Found Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon (yes, I know the writing is melodramatic and over-the-top, but I still get sucked in), It's In His Kiss by Julia Quinn (*squeeeeeeeee*), and The Beast Within by Suzanne McMinn (because it looked good, dammit). Oh...and am I the only one who thinks that the guy on the cover looks vaguely like Val Kilmer?

Even though I should have been working on reading some review ARCs that are due before July 1, I ended up reading The Beast Within last night. Wow. This is a definite page-turner.

Book blurb:

PAX superagent Kieran Holt never wanted to leave his wife, Paige, but when a lab explosion turned him from scientist to experiment, he hid himself on a secret island to effect a reversal. Believing Kieran a traitor, Paige had spent the past two years searching for him — but now she wasn't the only one who'd found him.

Pursued by a government agency, Kieran and Paige had one last chance to uncover the truth and save their marriage….

But only if they could tame the beast within.

Like I said, I really liked this book. Paige and Kieran are already married, so they've got that sexual tension from the first. It's obvious that Kieran's flight deeply hurt Paige and she's spent two years trying to get over him. Once she sees him again, though, you know that things aren't over between the two of them. They fairly spark when they're together.

There is a lot of action here, something I love, and it's almost non-stop. You never quite know who the bad guy is until the end, but since it isn't a long book, I didn't mind. I liked that Suzanne didn't give us any huge info-dumps. We pretty much just know what we need to know and though I'm sure that we'll learn more about PAX in upcoming books, I didn't feel that this was just a beginning book where all the ground rules needed to be laid out for the books to come.

If you're looking for a quick, fun, and quite sexy paranormal read, I suggest you head to the bookstore and pick up The Beast Within by Suzanne McMinn. It was definitely a great way to spend my evening. Of course, now I want the next one. NOW.


Wendy said...

I lauged out loud when I read your WalMart is evil comment. I agree, but unfortunately it's the only store in town where I can find jeans that fit me properly. And I hate jean shopping. I put it up there with buying a swimsuit.

Suzanne said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed The Beast Within, Nicole!!! Thank you for discussing it on your blog! :)

Jay said...

Hehe he does look a little like Val Kilmer. The other day I was browsing some ebook sites and I came across a cover where I swear they photoshopped Brad Pitt's face on the hero. oh, here it is

Tori said...

I think he looks kind of like Dean Cain from Lois and Clark. :)

Nicole said...

Jay, you're right, that does look like Brad Pitt.