Hmmmm... I have mixed feelings concerning this book. I really liked the premise and the set up. I liked that the Beast was a bastard, and I liked that Frankie had a backbone. The mafia parts seemed well done to me. The writing was good. The story was good. The characters on their own were well fleshed out. This is soo close to being a really good book.
However, the pacing is pretty erratic. It starts out pretty great, then it gets really repetitive, the end goes by in a blur. I guess the author was trying to really show how f*cked up their relationship was, but it fell a little short for me.
The Beast was a bastard to her, but he was the same kind of bastard to her for about 75% of the book. His feelings for her stayed the same and hers for him stayed the same for most of the book until the last 15% or so when suddenly they both simultaneously realized they loved each other. I get it was a hate story, but I got whiplash from how fast we went from hate to love, and how or why did Frankie's feelings change? I mean, the Beast was a total bastard to her almost the whole time, until one day he decides to be nice and act like he actually cares. That was all it took? Really?
This could easily be 4 or 5 stars for me if it was edited a little more - not grammar wise because the writing is good, but story wise. Less repetitive thoughts and scenes that don't really add that much to the overall story. Swap in more scenes that show how it is possible that these two fell in love (I think for the Beast's side, this was pretty well done). Tighten this up, add some more show, and I am easily at a 4 or 5.
Having said that, I am off to purchase the second (Beauty) because I need to see how this ends.