Review: Ella and the Beast by S.E. Smith

Posted October 7, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: Ella and the Beast by S.E. Smith
Ella and the Beast
by S.E. Smith

3.5 Stars


Released: September 5th 2016
Series: More Than Human #1
Published by Montana Publishing LLC
Format: eBook

“Now, to the more important question, did the book live up to my expectations? Yes and no.”
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Ella is one of the last humans left in the world, her species is close to extinction after being annihilated by the savage and merciless shifters centuries before. Now, her and her kind live in remote areas on Earth and keep themselves hidden. Which, is why she is in so much trouble now, caught in a trap about to be discovered by one of the beasts. Only, the beast isn’t quite what she expected, he’s handsome and kind…and doesn’t rip her into shreds as she has been taught he will. Humans have been rediscovered by the shifters and Ella can only pray that history doesn’t repeat itself.

I loved the concept of this book! It’s such a reverse of the typical paranormal romance formula, instead of the shifters/supernatural creature hiding from humans, it is the other way round. Humans live in tribes and live off the land in remote forests and mountains, without shifters knowing they are there. Until Ella gets discovered by her “beast”. It’s a unique idea that I haven’t come across before in paranormal romance and what prompted me to buy the book.

Now, to the more important question, did the book live up to my expectations? Yes and no. Yes, because I really enjoyed it, the romance was adorable and as I said, I really liked the concept behind the series. And no, because although I did like the book, it didn’t really stand out as anything special, the small suspense part of the plot was wishy washy and essentially the feel of it wasn’t that different from any number of paranormal romances I have read in the past.

But, this was a solid read, I liked both the main characters, Ella and Ty Bearclaw and their romance was really sweet, immediately you could tell that they cared for one another. It also had a nice amount of humour in it, some of it stemming from Ella’s reaction to the modern world and some of it banter between Ty, his sister and friends. The other characters, who I guess will be having a book in the series, were also nice background dressing and definitely added a sense of familial warmth to the book.

This was a nice read and I will definitely be looking out for the next book in the series, if you fancy a paranormal romance with a little twist in it, pick this up.



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About S.E. Smith

S. E. Smith is a USA Today Best Selling Author and has been ranked in the top 100 Authors on Amazon with 12 books at one time in Amazon's Top 100 Best Sellers in multiple genres. A prolific author with books in science fiction romance and fantasy romance, her books are full of action and adventure and focuses on the relationships and the unusual situations her characters find themselves. Susan invites you to come take a journey to romance that takes you to new worlds.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review Suzanne

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.


I’ve read a few books like this recently, they don’t really stand out but are enjoyable to read.