Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Beast Within
Author: Terra Laurent
Series: The Hounds of Hell #1
Heroes: Aaron Marvell/Tony Harper
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 272 Pages
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: January 24, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: In Aaron Marvell’s tormented world beasts lurk around every corner. But the only one standing between him and his heart’s desire is the beast within. Tormented supernatural security agent, Aaron Marvell, has come to Maryland to restart his career after a vicious workplace attack. His alluring new partner, Tony Harper, seems more than willing to help him acclimate to his new life. But Aaron hides a terrible secret that, if discovered, could put Aaron at the terminal end of his partner’s weapon. When warring factions of werewolves, spurred by the Hellhound Cerberus, arrive in their territory, Aaron and Tony vow to stop them at any cost. But the price for valor may be high enough to cost them everything. Aaron must face the truth about himself and and the dark thing lurking inside him before he loses Tony forever.
Review: This story is more of a thriller/drama, with a little romance thrown in, than a straight up supernatural romance. And I am okay with that. I love romance as much as the next MM romance reader/reviewer, but I sometimes like a little more meat with my potatoes and this story came with a whole lot of meat.
Aaron is the only survivor in an attack by werewolves and came away with more than a few scars. It was kind of obvious he was infected, but it didn’t take away from the story. As a matter of fact, I was very interested to see how it would all play out. And the way it played it out was not as obvious as expected leaving me completely surprised.
Tony and Aaron are new partners on the force and you wonder immediately what’s up with Tony and how he will react to Aaron. But Tony comes across as a comedian and a goofball, when in reality he is a brilliant agent and one who’ s loyal to a fault. He was exactly what Aaron needed to get through his reassignment. Tony and Aaron have an instant attraction but things are not as they seem and their trust issues are brought into play almost instantly. I kind of felt bad for Tony even though I completely understood his motivation.
Aaron and Tony find that their partnership and budding relationship could be doomed before it ever gets started…and it really does, but the story ends with a surprise twist that left me yearning for more. Considering this is book one in a new series, I think that yearning will be satisfied sooner than later, and I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*