Sunday, November 6, 2016

Review - #NewRelease BEAST OF ALL by J.C. McKenzie

Here's something a rarely do. Review a book on Journeys with Jana. But I'd like to make an exception in this case. I had the opportunity to beta read fellow Wild Rose Press author J.C. McKenzie's fifth and final book in her Carus series, BEAST OF ALL, and I just finished reading the final product. And I'm really glad I did!

I've read J.C.'s non-Carus books and enjoyed them, so I knew I'd like this one as well. While I love romance novels, romance involving shifters, demons, and vampires is usually not my thing. But J.C. McKenzie has crafted a story that I was drawn into from the beginning. I loved the witty, snarky dialogue of Andy, the heroine, and I loved her kick-ass attitude. She moves from vulnerability, weakness, and grief to healing, strength and acceptance of her shifter gifts, making her a character I could really root for. I cheered for her all the way, especially when she realized she’s always loved Wick and wanted to be his mate. And Wick was definitely a swoon-worthy hero! BEAST OF ALL has emotion, compelling characters, and fast-paced action, and is a fitting finale to the Carus series. A great read!  

Here's the blurb:

“Two months ago my world collapsed and the beast reigned. 
Seven weeks ago the SRD captured me. 
Nine days ago, they injected me with something vile. 
Today, I break free. 
And tomorrow? 
I’ll make them pay.”

Badass Shifter Andy McNeilly wakes up from a horrible nightmare, only to discover it wasn’t a dream, and she’s no longer quite so badass. Chemically curbed, Andy has lost touch with her feras and beast when she needs them most. Can she regain control of her supernatural abilities in time to reap retribution from her enemies, or will she fall as fodder in a power play for control of Vancouver’s seedy underworld?


No feras. No beast. Whatever they shot me with blocked my communication with the animals. Did it prevent shifting as well? I squeezed my eyes shut and tried to call a form and change. Only a headache answered. Dread flittered across my skin. Was this permanent?

As the Carus, the genetic throwback to the first demi-god progeny of the beast goddess, I caged a beast with rage and power rivaled by few, and possessed more than one animal familiar to shift into.

At least, I did until the SRD shot me full of chemicals. Would I ever regain my abilities? Hear the indignant screech of the peregrine falcon? Or the lusty purr of the mountain lion? Or soulful howl of the wolf?

My heart hammered, punching bone. A buzzing sensation filled my head. The “wrongness” of my condition grated against my nerves, slicing them into slivers like a planer shucking off wood shavings.

Something in my abdomen swelled, as if the beast pushed against whatever barrier caged and hid her from me.

I’ll get you out, I told her, not knowing if she could hear. We’ll make them pay.

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Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, J.C. McKenzie grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired her to dream. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

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  1. Thank you very much for the review and for being such a superb beta reader. Your feedback was so helpful and I'm glad you enjoyed the finished version.

    1. I really did enjoy it! Best of luck with this final instalment of your series.