Step Beast by Selena Kitt Release Date: August 26, 2015 Publisher: Excessica Publishing Erotica M/F Standalone Number of Pages: 418 Kindle Edition Source: free download on Amazon in January 2017 Rating: XXX Read 2/7/17 – 2/8/17
Huh…That’s what I said when I was done with this book. Not what I expected at all. This book far exceeded any expectations I had. I’m not in any way trying to disparage the author; this is the first of her books I have read. It’s just the title and some of the reviews really gave me pause. I got this book in January while it was a free e-book. I had told myself I really need to start reading more of my free books and this one was recommended by an acquaintance. I was leery. I mean really, Step Beast? And the blurb about the book didn’t really help its cause. But again, it was free and recommended so I gave it a go.
There was a certain element of predictability to the story, and honestly the first third was a bit rough. But once it found its groove it was a good story. To be perfectly frank, I thought it would be a bunch of sex with a barely there plot. In actuality there was a good plot going on and I got sucked into the story. Beast aka Connor is a good guy even if he’s rough around the edges. So much of this story would have never happened if the man knew how to talk to people instead of ordering them around. I have a lot of military in my family and circle of friends and I know plenty who are a bit like this…not able to separate their civilian life and friends from the military life they lead. They come across the same way as Beast.
Some of the reviewers of this book were very critical of Tilly and her immaturity. I think that’s the point. She’s a rich girl who is not stuck up and not totally clueless about the real world, but was still raised in a manner that kept her sheltered. She grew up under her mother’s thumb always feeling she was not good enough. In fact, during a very climactic scene toward the end I forgave her judgement and stupidity about Beast ONLY because of the way her family has always seemed to cast her aside her whole life. That baggage can really weigh someone down and cause them to think irrationally in stressful situations. On the other hand, just before she made that snap judgement she made a really bad decision that was beyond stupid and seemed to come out of a bad horror movie. Up until that point I had looked at Tilly as naïve and innocent, not stupid. I was disappointed with the author at that point because I felt it was such an expected trope.
I was really glad the author didn’t have Tilly and Beast reminiscing about their childhood through the whole book. It helped their situation seem a bit less taboo. In fact, since they didn’t because steps Beast was a teen and he left for many years while Tilly grew up, I didn’t find it taboo at all. Tilly’s initial visit to the club where Beast worked was the biggest taboo in my mind. There is some BDSM in the book. In fact a good part of the story centers on the BDSM club, but it’s more of a plot point than anything else.
I was pleasantly surprised by this one and it has certainly piqued my interest in looking into other books by Selena Kitt.