#Review “Beast” by Mary Catherine Gebhard

THE HATE STORY DUET by Mary Catherine Gebhard

Aundi’s Musings…

4 Beastly CROWNS

This is my first book by Mary, and I have to say that I was not disappointed. This was a twistedly delicious take on a classic fairytale. I was a little worried when starting this because I didn’t think I’d be a fan of this type of book. I tend to like my fairytales just as they were in my childhood. But after reading this I’ve most definitely garnered a different opinion on that. This book was the perfect balance of dark and decadent with wisps of the fairy tale I’ve loved since infancy. 

“Frankie,”he said pointedly. He rolled my name over his tongue as if he were licking it.

Beast is utterly delicious. He is not the hero in stories that is going to make you swoon while getting the heroine to fall in love with him with his sweet words and loving actions. He is dark, mean, twisted and the antithesis of the usual “book boyfriend” type. Beast is very deeply layered you must work a little harder at getting to his heart, but it is most assuredly there. He is the epitome of rough around the edges, but as the story progresses you see him start to slowly change. His broken jagged pieces are slowly softening the longer he is around Frankie. His character is deeply depraved and at times incredibly harsh, which makes the parts in the story where he softens towards Frankie that much more rewarding. 

She had a soul of steel, something he had yet only encountered among fighters, those grown up swaddled in blood instead of blankets.

Frankie, damn this girl has an iron will that seems as if it can’t be broken. She’s strong and capable with an unflappable self-control. She’s been through a lot in her short life, so she has built walls surrounding herself to keep emotions as bay. She doesn’t stand by and let Beast roll over her. She has a fighter’s will and that’s what she does fight. Even thrown into an impossible position she works not to let it destroy her. And as Beast slowly breaks down her barriers, she comes to embrace the darkness in her that matches the darkness in Beast. Once she does this it starts to change her and mold her into a fiercer and more determine version of herself. I can’t wait to see how she’s changed in the conclusion of their story. 

“It’s not fair that the man who ruined me is the only one to ever know me.”

If you’re looking for a sweet romantic take on Beauty and the Beast this is not it. But if you want something with an entirely knew feel to the story that brings out more of the darkness than don’t look any further this is it. I loved the depth’s that this story delved into and the chances that Mary took when bringing this story to life. This is a highly addictive dark read that will have your emotions running rampant as you navigate through this story. I highly recommend this book.


Once upon a time, I thought love was a fairytale.

I thought selling myself to a mafia boss was noble. So what if they called him the Beast? I grew up in rags, and he would lift me to riches. All I had to do was give him my soul.

He was punishing. Insatiable. Captivating. Nothing like I expected him to be. Each day my reality blurred, leaving me wondering if I was slave or princess.

The longer I stayed, the more I lost myself to him. Even after every cruelty the Beast visited upon me, I longed for his touch. Even after every savage word he spoke, I begged for his lips. I thought the worst thing he could take was my body. I was too naïve to guard my heart.

Once upon a time, I thought love was a fairytale.

Now I know better than to speak of happily ever afters.

Beast is the first book in the Hate Story duet. About what it means to fall in love with the person who has absolutely destroyed you, it contains disturbing and graphic situations that may be a trigger for some.


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Once upon a time, I thought love was a fairytale.

My prince was a Beast with blood on his hands and ice in his veins. My family offered to save me. The only price: leaving the tattered pieces of my heart behind.

Our love was irrational. Cruel. Unforgiving. Nothing like the storybooks said it should be—but it was perfect.

The longer we were apart, the more I lost myself. He was vicious and domineering, but I craved the submission. Together we were destructive, but I was addicted to the devastation. Still, I thought titles mattered. To my family I was princess, and to the Beast I was slave. I was too naïve to understand that even though he’d been my captor, he’d broken the shackles on my soul.

Once upon a time, I thought love meant happily ever after.

Now I know better.

Beauty is the final book in the Hate Story duet. About what it means to fall in love with the person who has absolutely destroyed you, it contains disturbing and graphic situations that may be a trigger for some.

About the Author:

I started writing the moment I could read. My first characters were Wibbley and Squig and I used MS Word and clipart to bring them to life when I was a kid in elementary school. I started seriously thinking about being a writer in High School and I remember the day exactly, because it was such an epiphany. I was always so uncertain. You know how everyone was always asking what you wanted to be when you were older? Well I NEVER could decide.

I wanted to be a marine biologist.

An actor.

A FIRE FIGHTER (thank you Joaquin Phoenix in Ladder 49 for that phase).

One day it hit me—A WRITER. I could do it ALL. Then you couldn’t stop me from writing. I penned my first novel at fifteen (but don’t ask me to show it to you, because it’s like I was in competition to beat the thesaurus).  When I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, writing became even more important, because it became my therapy. When I wrote my characters, suddenly I wasn’t so alone.

These days you can find me daydreaming about where to travel with my husband, singing in my car, or lost in the newest K drama. And planning my next novel, of course

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Happy reading,


  1. I haven’t read it yet, but I downloaded a copy and put it on my TBR. Great review!

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