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The Beast Within (Woodland Creek) by [Raithby, Rachel M, Woodland Creek]
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This is a great idea for a collection of Novella's - separate books but all set in the same town of "Woodland Creek", with 30 authors all writing about this small town in Indiana USA, When Rachel said she had signed up I was intrigued how this would all tie in.

The Beast Within is the first story from the collection I read, and Rachel did a great job of pulling me in and wanting more after I had finished.

Rachel started this story off with a BANG! both characters have it rough at the beginning, Becca has hit rock bottom, but she is made of strong stuff, and escapes her abusive boyfriend to the town of Woodland Creek, she didn't intend to stay, but Aster knocking her off her motorbike made it a pit stop that would serve her well.

With a novella you do not get many words to create a lot of detail, but Rachel has created two very strong characters, and some amazingly intense scenes, the sizzle factor is there and its action packed to the end.

I would actually love it if Rachel would evolve this novella into a full blown novel, the characters were so full of possibilities!

I have a few more of the "Woodland Creek" Novellas to read, and I look forward to giving my thoughts on those soon.
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I received an ARC of "The Beast Within" from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely LOVED Rachel's previous books, so I jumped on the chance to read this ARC. But not only that I was intrigued with the concept behind this collection, the "Woodland Creek" collection is a collaboration of 30 authors all writing about 1 little town in Indiana USA... I couldn't wait to read what Rachel had come up with for this.

Boy she didn't dissappoint! From the very first line I was sucked into this story, it was EVERYTHING (underlined 3 times) I've come to expect from Rachel, strong characters, heart felt scenes, steamy in the right places, action packed. How Becca & Aster interract with one another, is consuming, both trying to keep their secrets hidden until the right time, then their chemistry is so hot, it literally ripples from the page. I was especially excited to learn what type of shifter Rachel wrote for this collection, WOW I've NEVER read another book with this type of shifter in it. I will not give the shifter type away here, you'll need to read it to find out.

I can honestly say I wish this was longer, but eveything that was needed was in here. I fell in LOVE & can't wait to read what the others have written for the "Woodland Creek" collection.
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I've been a fan of Rachel for a while and have loved all her other books so far so I jumped at the chance to read this one. I wasn't quite sure what to expect as its one of a group of books written about "Woodland Creek" by many authors and I hadn't read any of the other books before reading this one, that said I don't think you need to read any of them in a particular order. If all the other books are as good as this one I'm in for one hell of a treat!
I really enjoyed this book, Rachel has written about two amazingly strong characters who just seem to 'fit' each other, Becca and Aster relationship is easy to fall into. They have an explosive chemistry that draws you in and gets you a little hot under the collar. Would highly recommend this book and can't wait to go and read more about Woodland Creek, big double thumbs up Rachel.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x946fdae0) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94724de0) out of 5 stars Great Read - This book won't leave you untouched. 15 Nov. 2015
By Tamye Whitener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but it most definitely won’t be the last. It should be packaged with the following label. “WARNING! Nothing will be done, food prepared, fires put out, etc. Until the reader has completed the final chapter.” Because that’s what will happen.

I had no idea what to expect from this book. I accepted it as an ARC for my blog, so I knew the blurb must have interested me, because I’ve severely cut down the amount of books I take in to review. My TBR short list, is a mile long. But when I downloaded the book to my Kindle, I was clueless in what to expect.

I read the first paragraph and BAM I was hooked. Breakfast and lunch were made and consumed while reading. I might have burnt something. I was enraptured. The pacing was perfect which kept me turning the pages, having to find out what happened next. The characters were well fleshed. In Aster’s case extremely well fleshed. He and his beast are so going on my Book Boyfriend list. And Becca makes me want to alternately hug her close, or shake some self confidence and self worth into her. I love that the main characters have to grow in some way before they are able to accept each other. They are not perfect people, but you want to root for them and cheer them on, when they finally realize, that they don’t have to be perfect to be loved..

This book touched me on many levels. I look forward to exploring more books by this author. I would recommend this book to anyone who like paranormal shifter romances.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94724e34) out of 5 stars He can protect her 15 Nov. 2015
By Kristy Heinicke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an ARC of "The Beast Within" from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely LOVED Rachel's previous books, so I jumped on the chance to read this ARC. But not only that I was intrigued with the concept behind this collection, the "Woodland Creek" collection is a collaboration of 30 authors all writing about 1 little town in Indiana USA... I couldn't wait to read what Rachel had come up with for this.

Boy she didn't dissappoint! From the very first line I was sucked into this story, it was EVERYTHING (underlined 3 times) I've come to expect from Rachel, strong characters, heart felt scenes, steamy in the right places, action packed. How Becca & Aster interract with one another, is consuming, both trying to keep their secrets hidden until the right time, then their chemistry is so hot, it literally ripples from the page. I was especially excited to learn what type of shifter Rachel wrote for this collection, WOW I've NEVER read another book with this type of shifter in it. I will not give the shifter type away here, you'll need to read it to find out.

I can honestly say I wish this was longer, but eveything that was needed was in here. I fell in LOVE & can't wait to read what the others have written for the "Woodland Creek" collection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94d5e3a8) out of 5 stars I love these characters 20 Nov. 2015
By UIBB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Fast paced, sexy shifter story. Aster and Becca have both seen violence in their lives. Together their attraction sizzles and heals them. Every woman Aster has been with has run from his beast. He is afraid Becca will run too. Becca's past catches up with her. The resolution is fast and furious. I love these characters. This is an awesome read.
*** I was given this book as a gift​ from the author in exchange for my honest review. ***

Reviewed by Laura
HASH(0xa2f150d8) out of 5 stars A fascinating shifter romance 4 Dec. 2015
By Marsha @ Keeper Bookshelf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Aster has hidden in the outskirts of Woodland Creek. Here no one ask questions he doesn’t want to answer. He’s aware that he’s not the only shifter in this small town, but he feels no need to invite anyone else into his life. His beast is all too often very close to the surface. The overwhelming desire and need to find his mate is partly why Aster is now in hiding. Yet, when he shows his true self others run in fear. So while his beast tries to take control to find their mate, Aster resists knowing that should that mate run from him, he would be lost forever.

Becca’s life has always been rough. In the foster care system as a young girl, she barely manages to stay in the last foster family until she turned 18. The roving hands of the man who was supposed to protect her finally made the decision to hit the streets much easier. She thought she’d found a man to care for her – and realized far too late that his kind of love was merely a prison from which she would long to escape. When that final last straw happens, Becca takes her lost courage in hand and runs as far as she can – until destiny runs her off the road and into the arms of Aster.

The motorcycle came from out of nowhere and before Aster could hit the brakes the bike and its rider had hit the pavement hard. As he runs to help the rider, Aster comes face to face with his mate. An angry mate who doesn’t back down from telling him what an idiot he is before she passes out. As he helps Becca heal from her physical wounds, Aster must find a way to heal the inner wounds that Becca never allows anyone to see.

His desire to protect wars with his fear that she will run from him when she knows what he really is… and neither he nor his beast will let that happen.

The Beast Within shares the story of a creature of mythology. As a minotaur shifter, Aster knows that revealing himself to anyone is dangerous. Yet, Becca is his mate and even though she holds secrets of her own, he is determined to keep her at his side, safe forever.

This story is a tender revealing tale of two wounded souls who are exactly what the other needs, but each is afraid to trust. The desire between Becca and Aster is off the charts hot and steamy – and slowly Becca begins to lose some of her now natural fear of the future. She knows that there are monsters in the world and one is looking for her right now. But for the moment she is content to stay with Aster and hope for a different future.

I enjoyed this story very much. A different spin on the shifter type, but Aster was an excellent character who keeps his dual selves in check, for the most part. Becca is a strong woman, she might not realize it but Aster sees her strength and her stubbornness. They are indeed a perfect match for each other.

If you enjoy shifter Paranormal Romances then both The Beast Within and the Woodland Creek Collection that it is a part of should be on your “to be read” list.
HASH(0x94e0912c) out of 5 stars Minotaur Shifter...Pretty Cool if You Ask Me! 17 Nov. 2015
By Lillian @ Mom with a Reading Problem - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
***I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review***

The Beast Within by Rachel M. Raithby was the first book in the [book-series] series I picked up. Becca Kian is on the run after killing a man and escaping her drug lord boyfriend. Aster Tavros is a shifter in hiding and struggles daily to keep his beast in check. When the two collide on the road, Becca awakens something in Aster he himself runs from.

So I'm not sure how I felt about this particular book. Becca is a strong character and can definitely hold her own. She's seen monsters in her past and recognizes them in others, so Aster doesn't scare her in the slightest. In fact she feels safe with him, after only knowing him a few days. But she has this constant fear of being found by her ex. She wants to run, but then she's happy for the first time in a really long time. I kinda struggled with her. I wanted her to trust Aster and come clean, tell the truth and see what happened. I rooted for her and even weeped for her at times.

Aster is...just wow! He's a minotaur, which this is the first book I've ever read with a minotaur shifter. He's honestly one scary dude. Yet his human side is the complete opposite. He's kind, caring, and protective, even if he has a bit of a temper. Like Becca, he's also running. He's running from relationships after he's seen them fail time and again when the partner realizes what he truly is. BUT when Becca crashes into his life, he ignores all those run-for-the-hills feelings he usually has in an effort to get to know her. Can you tell I like him?! He wants to show her his true self, his beast, but he is afraid which is a bit endearing if you ask me.

Plot wise, there really wasn't one. You have some significant insta-love with Aster and Becca. There's also the threat of Becca's ex coming for them. But really there was no driving plot for this story which is why I don't really know how I feel about it. There is some excellent romance, bordering on the erotic side (fair warning), and there is the constant suspense of will Aster show Becca his beast side, but nothing to drive the story.

Overall I thought The Beast Within was just okay. I really liked the characters and the setting, a secluded cabin in the woods (can it get any more romantic?!), but the plot was lacking. If you enjoy paranormal romance, than you'll probably enjoy this novella. Warning though there are some erotic scenes and a pretty graphic gory scene towards the end so consider yourself warned if you pick up the book!
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