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.
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.