❝beware the beast❞
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Elaine Payne is normal - well, she wants to be.
However, her extra organ, her incredible speed, her uncanny ability to heal almost instantly, and her hunger for raw flesh seem to contradict her desire for normality.
She escaped the lure of the dark years ago, but an unfortunate encounter with the town's resident gangster has Elaine tucking her tail between her legs and carting herself, her cat, and her reluctant boyfriend back to the place where it all started.
Not all is as it seems, though - Elaine comes back to find her mother brutally murdered and her father spiraling because of the loss of his beloved wife. It's regarded an animal attack, but Elaine doesn't buy that theory. She knows the town and the horrors that lay within its confines and she'll stop at nothing to find out the truth.
Except, to do that, she'll have to confront everything - her sister's strange disappearance, her nosy neighbor who's desperate to spill her secrets, and the beast that resides in her veins.
Is Elaine really willing to ditch her human label and accept that she's something much, much more?
[ no mates, no censor on the gore, no sparkles]
[ • featured in Reflections by @BreakTheCliches • ]