Book Review: The Monster Within by: Lola Rayne

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publish Date: October 2, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Sometimes the monster that haunted you as a child truly is real...

All it took was one phone call to bring Nicole Jones's life crumbling down around her. Now a nightmare she thought she'd left in her past is back, and he's not exactly bringing her candy and flowers. While fleeing, in a non-terrified fashion, she meets a menacing man in a dark alley. Then promptly passes out at his feet.

Gideon Evans hasn't exactly been having the best run of luck, but all that changes when a buxom little blonde collapses right in front of him. Or at least he thinks it has. It doesn’t take him long to realize that bombshell is an appropriate description for more than just her looks. Now he's facing several problems, including a surprising enemy, his own dark past, and a rather inconvenient case of lust.

Can they work together to battle the nightmare that's chasing them? Or will they succumb to the monster within?

Review: ‘The Monster Within’ is a scintillating story of passion, magic, terror, evil, and the supernatural. Ms. Rayne will easily draw readers into the new world she’s created and leave you salivating for more! I loved the characters of Nicole and Gideon and the steamy chemistry between them as they band together to fight the nightmare which has plagued them both. The secondary characters give flesh to the world of Ms. Rayne’s creation. The dialogue and prose are modern without being easily dated. It’s hard to go back and read a book when there are too many slang words and/or pop culture references, but it won’t be an issue with ‘The Monster Within’. The action and passion which effortlessly flowed from the pages gave me goose bumps of both fear and excitement! My only issue is I wish this was a full length book, instead of a novella. I hope we see more of Nicole and Gideon – it seems to be their story is far from over!


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