Kiss of the Beast - Mallory Rush OK, I've got a confession to make. I started this book with really low expectations. I was expecting to hate it or at least to dislike it. Why? I read this author's previous book LOVE GAME which was supposed to be erotic, hot and something special. I found it to be thin in plot and characterization and I didn't much care about the love scenes. I think I was expecting too much because it was so highly touted and put off reading this one for a year and almost traded it in unread on the basis of that one disappointment.

Eva Campbell, a lonely virtual reality whiz, conjures up her perfect dream man. A man who lives to fulfill her every fantasy. She's been hurt deeply by her cheating snake of an ex-husband and has very little self esteem. Her gorgeous creation, Urich, gives it back to her. But she fears he only worships her and thinks her beautiful because she's programmed him to think that way. Little does she know that he is not at all what he seems and his feelings come straight from the heart. He has secrets and an agenda all his own that could tear their fragile and forbidden love apart at the seams . . .

This book was a little hard to get into at first. The premise is a bit bizarre but once I got into the story and got to know the characters I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I can't lie. There were a few things that bugged me a little bit; the heroine's personality went through a drastic change in a real short span of time, she changes from an insecure workaholic into a strong, woman confident of her sexuality in what seemed like a matter of days, she also acts immaturely in spots (especially when she's mad) and the hero holds a secret for too long. Usually these things will turn me off in a book but somehow they didn't bother me all that much and I know why. I absolutely loved the hero in this story. I don't want to say too much and spoil his secret but he was really original and loving, sweet, sensitive, not to mention beautiful, faithful, and best of all he shed tears. He really made the book for me.

I don't think this is a book for everyone though, it was a bit on the bizarre side and you really need to suspend disbelief to thoroughly enjoy it. Although the sexual tension was steamy with a capital S and the love scene really worked for me I don't think those who dislike paranormals would appreciate the oddness of it. But if you like your books hot, love sensitive heroes and are looking for a very different type of storyline this book should hit the spot.

KISS OF THE BEAST is recommended only to other weirdos like myself.