Healing The Beast Within

Jaxx Steele
Healing The Beast Within
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Phaze Books
Release Date
November 2010
Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Cursed for a crime he did not commit, Keith Turner had given up on love.

Even after making that decision, he still spent every night being tortured.

His brother Kevin was confident that they could find a way to break the curse, but it wasn't until Keith met Marcello that he ever took Kevin's ideas to heart.

Book Review by DH Starr (author)
Jan 10, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
156 people found the following review helpful
HEALING THE BEAST WITHIN is the first book by Jaxx Steele that I have read. I have seen his books over and over, but for one reason or another, they didn't make it from my reading list to my eBook Reader. Now that I have read this story, I will be buying several more of his stories.

In this tale, a curse is placed on the Turner family because a man brought shame and dishonor onto the family of a woman who was part of a witch's coven. The curse caused the first-born male in that bloodline to never find joy in the love of a woman.

Jump forward 360 years and meet Keith and Kevin Turner. Twins, they are as close as two siblings can be. Similar in all accounts, there is one difference that distinguishes them. Keith is the eldest (although by how many minutes is never disclosed) and as such he is the one who bears the burden of the family curse.

As the story unfolds, we watch Keith and Kevin work together to find a way to break the curse. Their desire is not simply to remove the curse, but to allow Keith, and all subsequent generations of Turners, to live lives free from isolation and filled with love and happiness.

As I read this book, I found myself longing to find out what was going to happen next. Each chapter ended on a moment of tense anticipation and kept me glued to my reader until I reached the final page. The emotions that Keith experienced are genuine and believable. While we, as readers, do not shift into a different form when the sun sets, the real issue is that Keith lives a lonely life--something we have all experienced in our lives to one extent or another. Seeking acceptance and love is a central theme in this story and Mr. Steele does a magnificent job of portraying the emotions and the angst that goes along with living life in isolation and without hope. Along with Keith, there are three other characters who play important roles and we come to appreciate each for how they interact with Keith along the way.

Although HEALING THE BEAST WITHIN is a novella, only 56 pages in length, Mr. Steele has managed to develop his characters fully and does not skimp on plot development. All feelings are fully fleshed out and all characters fully developed.

While I connected with the characters and their emotions, I would have enjoyed a bit more of a focus between Keith and his love interest in the story, Marcello. When the conflict arises in the middle of the story, I didn't feel a strong enough connection to their relationship to be really upset. As a romance, their reconciliation was expected, but I didn't feel a tremendous sense of satisfaction at that either.

On the other hand, the relationship between Keith and his brother Kevin is heartfelt and touching. We barely meet Kevin's fiance, Rachel, but the scene where she accepts Keith for who he is nearly brought me to tears.

Overall, this was a wonderfully packed novella and I am impressed by how much story Mr. Steele was able to pack in such a short amount of space. For all you paranormal erotic romance lovers out there, this is a great read, one I am sure you will enjoy.
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