The Beast Within

The Beast Within

Nika Adams has had a challenging year. She gave her heart to Hunter Evans, only to have him break it. But Nika refuses to give up hope. Not when there's a chance she can save her true-love—even if she must save him from himself.Julian Adams finally knows what he wants, and is truly happy. But when he gets mixed up in Nika's suicide mission to save her wayward boyfriend, he...

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Title:The Beast Within
Author:S.C. Stephens
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The Beast Within Reviews

  • Corey

    From S.C. Stephens, The Beast Within starts right where The Next Generation leaves you. Told in first person, from dual perspectives, the continuation of this story will not disappoint. You'll appreciate way S.C. brings you back up to speed with all the players. Prepare to be entranced by bonds that may not always remain unbroken.

    As Hunter Evans begins working through the reality of becoming what he's been taught to hate - "And who wouldn't struggle with becoming a bloodthirsty nightmare?" He wi

    From S.C. Stephens, The Beast Within starts right where The Next Generation leaves you. Told in first person, from dual perspectives, the continuation of this story will not disappoint. You'll appreciate way S.C. brings you back up to speed with all the players. Prepare to be entranced by bonds that may not always remain unbroken.

    As Hunter Evans begins working through the reality of becoming what he's been taught to hate - "And who wouldn't struggle with becoming a bloodthirsty nightmare?" He will do what ever it takes to put things right, to avenge his lost soul, bring his unbeating heart peace & justice to this new life. In the meantime, Nika is left reeling with the remnants of a shattered heart, & feeling every moment of bliss her brother has with his new love, through their ever present emotional bond.

    This story paranormal romance has it all, love, romance, action, surprise twists & an ending that will keep you begging for more. Heartbreak like no other "Even though we could both potentially live for several millennia, there was no future for us." Deciding whether to fight, or to let go for self preservation & that of the one held most dear. Dealing with loss - "My entire life swept away in one painful bite, replaced by a life I barely recognized, and didn't want."

    So much emotional turmoil, "I felt lost as I stared into her eyes. I also felt found." - your heart will race, you will get choked up, giggle, worry & feel relieved - all while these characters are learning to accept the new normal & coming to understand that the most important bonds aren't always what you might expect. Delivering heartbreak & breaking bonds between one another to protect those they love the most, even if - "Her ache was my ache." Surviving betrayal & abandonment of the worst kinds. Loving the family who live & fight & put their lives on the line for one another, without thinking twice. "So long as my undead heart still had life in it, I would use it to protect them. They were all that mattered now."

    Have I mentioned how great it is that S.C. throws in some pretty funny dialogue along the way - "Wow, I was about to get staked, just like in some lame vampire flick." LOVE ~ I love that these characters continue to grow & learn life lessons - you can't hate what you don't understand "...see past the species, to the person beneath it." That they continue to care even when they think they shouldn't & begin to find the beauty in the darkness. I couldn't get enough of the strong family ties "Family is important. It's possibly the most important thing there is." I simply can't wait to read more ~ Family is Forever: The Conversion Series Book #6 coming next year

    "I'm not scared of you. I'm in love with you."

    "So...good..."

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

  • Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)

    4.5 Stars!

    Hunter. Yep. that about sums up the review. If ever there was a tortured hero that you truly want to scoop up and give a hug --- this is the one. To his very soul, Hunter has become something he loathes. Yet deep in that soul, he knows that he can be truly happy and loved if he just accepts who he is. God love Nika standing by him! There is more family dynamics happening as this story unfolds but the bulk of the story is Hunter and his relationship with Nika.

    Super hot, push-pull angs

    4.5 Stars!

    Hunter. Yep. that about sums up the review. If ever there was a tortured hero that you truly want to scoop up and give a hug --- this is the one. To his very soul, Hunter has become something he loathes. Yet deep in that soul, he knows that he can be truly happy and loved if he just accepts who he is. God love Nika standing by him! There is more family dynamics happening as this story unfolds but the bulk of the story is Hunter and his relationship with Nika.

    Super hot, push-pull angst ridden passion between these two. And through is all, Nika helps to heal the broken warrior. And in the end, Hunter finds the love of family. Lots of action and revelations packed into this book. Loved all of it!

    You will need to read the books before this one so that you understand what is going on. Grab the whole series! It is a wonderful twist on the whole vampire lore. Great read!

    *Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.

  • Sofia Lazaridou

    Can we get the final book now??? That was a very cruel ending. I want to see what is going to happen next. Julian should fix this. Nothing else it's acceptable. I cannot believe how the events turned out. I wanna hate the author for what she did, but I can't because I can understand why the characters reacted the way the did. And as more time passes, the more I am starting to think that it was an appropriate way to end that storyline. I believe that Julian's feelings for Arianna are pure and he

    Can we get the final book now??? That was a very cruel ending. I want to see what is going to happen next. Julian should fix this. Nothing else it's acceptable. I cannot believe how the events turned out. I wanna hate the author for what she did, but I can't because I can understand why the characters reacted the way the did. And as more time passes, the more I am starting to think that it was an appropriate way to end that storyline. I believe that Julian's feelings for Arianna are pure and he doesn't want Raquel anymore, but he doesn't show that to the people looking from the outside. He is not a bad person, but he needs to let Raquel go once and for all from his life. In my review for The next generation, I mentioned how much I didn't want to see drama between Arianna, Julian and Raquel and they are still making my life harder.

    On this cover, I believe we see Nika and Hunter. It would make sense because this is a sort of ending to their story. There is more to tell, but at least they are on a solid ground, unlike some other people I know. Their journey is not easy and a lot of bad things happen on the way. You have to read this book and the next one. Everything in this book felt natural and while I wasn't happy with some of the things that happened, I feel like they should have happened. The characters needed to grow up a little. Julian needed to appreciate Arianna more, Arianna still needs to come to terms with the vampiric side of the boyfriend, Hunter needed to accept that he is a vampire now and Nika is still a mystery to me. She has a long journey in the next book, but I feel like she is already a grown character.

    I have to say that I liked the way the author decided to deal with the bond the twins have shared for so long. It wasn't fun to see how they were able to handle it, but in the end it worked out for them, so I guess it's ok. The pace of the book was good. I don't need to comment on the characters because they are the same loveable ones we know. Julian could use some work, but I have hope for him after everything he went through. Overall the book was good, the twists were not predictable and my heart broke a little in the end.

  • Novel Grounds

    Another one that knocked my paranormal socks of. Stephens gave us the twins in the last books and in this book she started to give us their full story. The real of them behind just getting to know them. Not only was this the continuation of NIka and Hunter's story, but this was just as much about her brother and his torrid love life.

    I loved getting deep with these two. It brought me back to the start of this series with their parents. The trueness of their emotional and fighting this never endin

    Another one that knocked my paranormal socks of. Stephens gave us the twins in the last books and in this book she started to give us their full story. The real of them behind just getting to know them. Not only was this the continuation of NIka and Hunter's story, but this was just as much about her brother and his torrid love life.

    I loved getting deep with these two. It brought me back to the start of this series with their parents. The trueness of their emotional and fighting this never ending fight. This novel brought out a lot with the rest of the family as well. When push comes to shove, what would you do? That is what these characters are faced with time and time again in this book.

    UGH, I want more. I want more Nika and even more Julian. I want to see where they are in ten years. Heck, I would be happy with another year down the road.

    This book is fast paced and non stop form the second you jump in. If you are a fan of these characters, then you need this book. I truly hope we do get more in this world, but if we don't I will continue to image my own perfect epilogue.

    Synopsis:

    Nika Adams has had a challenging year. She gave her heart to Hunter Evans, only to have him break it. But Nika refuses to give up hope. Not when there's a chance she can save her true-love—even if she must save him from himself.

    Julian Adams finally knows what he wants, and is truly happy. But when he gets mixed up in Nika's suicide mission to save her wayward boyfriend, he begins to wonder if his dream girl can handle the dangerous life that comes with being an Adams.

  • Jemima

    Here's the truth.. I cried.. Literally cried when I got the ARC of this book. I blame hormones and also the fact that I love this author's work. The Thoughtless series? Hands down my favourite series in the world! But the Conversion series was what made me fall in love with her writing. It has been 7 years since the first book from the series-

    was publ

    Here's the truth.. I cried.. Literally cried when I got the ARC of this book. I blame hormones and also the fact that I love this author's work. The Thoughtless series? Hands down my favourite series in the world! But the Conversion series was what made me fall in love with her writing. It has been 7 years since the first book from the series-

    was published and might I say that I have been a loyal reader.

    This Adams family will always be favoured my me over the other Addams Family (Cartoon). Here's the truth, Teren and Emma are everything we wish we were and their adorable twins Nika and Julian stole our hearts since the publication of  '

    '.

    After the ending of The Next Generation, I was restless! I needed to know what was going to happen to this family. I needed to know what was going to happen with Nika and Julian's love life... The Beast Within did not disappoint!

    This book is filled with such sweet young-love yet still has plenty of suspense, frustration, heartbreak and drama. It had me hooked from the get-go and turned me into an obsessive reader who just couldn't get enough. I will say this, The last 30% of the book broke my heart. 

    I feel like I grew up with these characters and... Bottom line...I don't like change. I knew something was bound to happen but not this way!

    I simply adored this book and I can't wait to get my hands on

    !

    If you haven't read the Next Generation, Might I suggest you do? You wont understand the gravity of the book if you don't. Trust me.

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  • Michelle Tikal

    After waiting with bated breath for what felt like an eternity for the follow up to S.C. Stephens'

    and Hunter's story, I was beyond excited to finally be getting my hands on

    . While I knew Hunter's story would be an angsty one; rife with internal struggle, self-loathing, and denial, I was surprised to find a story of unconditional love, family, belonging, and forgiveness as well. A wonderful addition to the Conversion series taking us in a new and completely u

    After waiting with bated breath for what felt like an eternity for the follow up to S.C. Stephens'

    and Hunter's story, I was beyond excited to finally be getting my hands on

    . While I knew Hunter's story would be an angsty one; rife with internal struggle, self-loathing, and denial, I was surprised to find a story of unconditional love, family, belonging, and forgiveness as well. A wonderful addition to the Conversion series taking us in a new and completely unexpected direction, I can only hope it isn't the last we see of the Adams family for a very long time.

    Hunter, as can be expected, had a whole lot of inner turmoil going into this book and needed to find help and support and acceptance. Whether he will ever truly accept what he has turned into is still yet to be seen, but the journey that he takes in order to hopefully get there is exactly what I had hoped for, and then some. The love that Hunter had found, and that I'm sure we've all been hoping he will embrace with Nika, is sweet and tension filled, absolute, and drama ridden and takes you for a ride through some twists and turns you could easily foresee and some that will completely throw you for a loop.

    While centered around the aftermath of Hunter's conversion and Nika's ever present and unwavering love,

    is full of surprises, action packed, and keeps you on your toes. The Adams family is anything but ordinary and each member of the family 's story seems to get even more difficult and suspenseful as we go. Hunter's story may seem to be going exactly the way it should be but watch out, one surprise begins to shake everything up leading to a domino effect throughout every piece of the story and culminating in an ending I never saw coming.

    Captivating, thrilling, and the perfect continuation of Hunter, Nika, and even Julian's story. Almost as exciting as the end of

    , I can't wait for more from these three.

  • Zili

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

    What I say: I'm a sucker for the angst and drama in this series. I was excited to be instantly pulled back into Julian's and Nika's crazy family.

    I'm going to presume you're up to date with the series. The Beast Within isn't a standalone, you do really need to have at least read the previous book, The Next Generation, although personally I'd start at the beginning with Conversion.

    Nika and Jules have almost had a bit of a personality switch in thi

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

    What I say: I'm a sucker for the angst and drama in this series. I was excited to be instantly pulled back into Julian's and Nika's crazy family.

    I'm going to presume you're up to date with the series. The Beast Within isn't a standalone, you do really need to have at least read the previous book, The Next Generation, although personally I'd start at the beginning with Conversion.

    Nika and Jules have almost had a bit of a personality switch in this one. Jules is loved up in his romance with Arianna and Nika's moping over Hunter. While they both experience the usual teen romantic dramas they do have the added complication of their vampire family and evil trackers/hunters.

    I have to admit I did find happy Julian a little confusing at first, but liked seeing another side of him. Plus I'm pretty sure there's lots more brooding on the way. I did like the twist with Raquel, whom I felt had only previously served to annoy Arianna. I wasn't expecting the way things went down with Arianna and still can't decide how I feel about her.

    Once I managed to move past Nika's age, I've been very much pro her relationship with Hunter. I liked seeing her trying to get through to him and show him how great things could be.

    I love it when the entire Adams clan band together to protect their life on the farm/ranch. I wasn't disappointed because there's lots of action in this book, oh and cows.

    The twintastic bond. I'm not sure I would personally want to be involved in all aspects of their bond, I do really enjoy all Nika's and Julian's sweet twin moments.

    Oh the cliffy ending! I can always tell if I enjoyed a story depending on how annoyed I am about a cliffhanger ending. I knew I was coming to the end of The Beast Within but kept hoping for a few more pages. Role on Family is Forever!!

    4 Stars in my Sky!

  • Courtney

    The Beast Within is 5th book in the Conversion series. However, you do need to read the 4th book to understand this book as everything continues on from that one; but it is not necessary to read books 1 through 3 to understand anything as books 4 and 5 are sort of "offspring" of those.

    I was super excited to see where SC would take us in The Beast Within after reading The Next Generation. While I thoroughly enjoyed the overall story, I did find myself at times, skimming part of this b

    The Beast Within is 5th book in the Conversion series. However, you do need to read the 4th book to understand this book as everything continues on from that one; but it is not necessary to read books 1 through 3 to understand anything as books 4 and 5 are sort of "offspring" of those.

    I was super excited to see where SC would take us in The Beast Within after reading The Next Generation. While I thoroughly enjoyed the overall story, I did find myself at times, skimming part of this book. It's not that I found it boring, I just felt there were more details to minor things that I didn't care for and skimmed those parts. LOL

    The story is told from both Julian and Nika's POVs like the previous book, but we also get Hunter's POV in this one. I wish we would have had more of his POV than we got but there was still enough to understand everything. I felt Julian's relationship with Arianna flowed decently into this book (there were a few times I felt it might be overbearing to the main story line though). But overall, it paired well with everything else going on and also helped readers see Julian in a better light and build his character too.

    SC did a great job of giving us both the romance and the suspense in this book. I thought every fight scene was well played out and wasn't too over or under written. And the sexy times were definitely amped up in this book and I felt fit perfectly into where things were headed with everyone. SC stayed true to her characters and their reactions on different scenes, which helped keep the story relevant and as real to life as you can get in a paranormal romance. LOL

    Overall, it was a very enticing read and a great continuation of these two siblings. The book flowed well and kept me entranced the majority of the time. I am really hoping that SC gives a book next about Julian and what is to come for him.

  • Tanaka K

    Let's rewind time. Four years ago, I picked up a book called Thoughtless. I freaking loved it with all my heart and soul. I raved about it. I was still new to the romance genre and here was a book that held my attention. Still to this date, it one of my favourite rocker series. After I read it, I had to know who S.C. Stephens is . So, I found she had a paranormal romance book called Conversion. I was completely bewitched. Hands down, the BEST paranormal book on this book. I was completely captur

    Let's rewind time. Four years ago, I picked up a book called Thoughtless. I freaking loved it with all my heart and soul. I raved about it. I was still new to the romance genre and here was a book that held my attention. Still to this date, it one of my favourite rocker series. After I read it, I had to know who S.C. Stephens is . So, I found she had a paranormal romance book called Conversion. I was completely bewitched. Hands down, the BEST paranormal book on this book. I was completely captured by this series that devoured every single book in the series. I go to the last book. I was so obsessed and then the series stopped there with no continuation. My heart bled. I needed my answers. It could not end there. When I finally got the news she was continuing the series, I danced and formed cartwheels in my mind. LOL. I know silly. I am obsessed. I am crazy. The Beast Within was everything and more. The Beast Within was a paranormal romance filled with lots of drama, extraordinary characters and charm that will tantalize and thrill you.

    The Beast Within was an experience of young love, suspense, survival, heart ache, pain, loss, fear told with such reverence and beauty. I was waiting for this continuation for such a long time and it totally made my heart melt and excited. The Beast Within is no ordinary vampire book. No, it is a a book that will tear your heart, ruin your soul, swoon and make you become an emotional mess. The suspense killed me. The drama got me on the edge of my seat. The storyline was absolutely sensational. My inner self was shaken. This book was such a length book but it just took my breath away that I did not mind at all. S.C. Stephens took me on a journey and I loved every single moment of it.

    The Adams Family are such a strong family unit. You feel their hopes, dreams, feelings and emotions. I am totally addicted to them. In The Beast Within, their bond is tested and their family units goes through a lot in the book. I love the Adams. They are truly one of my favourite family ever.

    I was in book heaven with The Beast Within. I can't wait to read the next installment. I know it is going to be fiery as ever. I highly recommend this book. But you need to read the first three boooks.

  • Steph

    4 very bloody stars for THE BEAST WITHIN.

    16-year-old Nika Adams is heartbroken. The love of her life, Hunter, fled when he was turned into a vampire, leaving her alone to try and get over the pain. Hunter despises what he's become. A lifetime spent hunting the very thing he's become, he's emaciated and desperate to die, refusing to drink the blood that will revitalize him. When his family decides to come after him and finish the job, Hunter knows what he has to do. Meanwhile, Nika's brother Jul

    4 very bloody stars for THE BEAST WITHIN.

    16-year-old Nika Adams is heartbroken. The love of her life, Hunter, fled when he was turned into a vampire, leaving her alone to try and get over the pain. Hunter despises what he's become. A lifetime spent hunting the very thing he's become, he's emaciated and desperate to die, refusing to drink the blood that will revitalize him. When his family decides to come after him and finish the job, Hunter knows what he has to do. Meanwhile, Nika's brother Julian is ready to take the next step with his girlfriend Arianna, but with so many obstacles in their way, it seems impossible.

    THE BEAST WITHIN will be an instant hit with vampire romance fans, but I'm not one of them. I'm super picky about my paranormal reads, and teenage romances are definitely not my cuppa, so I'm going to try and review this without those built in biases.

    So that said, book 5 of the Conversion series will appeal to a lot of people since it has a similar feel to another popular high school based vampire series. It had drama, excitement, loads of teenage angst and sexual tension. The characters were developed nicely, and even though I'm jumping into this series blindly, I felt like I was able to get to know their stories. When the silver-plated bullets started to fly, this read got very interesting very quickly and I found myself slowing the skimming and actually diving a little deeper into THE BEAST WITHIN. The action was exciting and well written. I wish the book were shorter, but again, that's just my personal preferences showing. Anyone who loves teenage vamps will adore this book.

    Bottom Line: A mild OW situation; no condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; vampire violence/murder.

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