This is more like 2 and half stars.Wicked Beast had a great hero who reminded me a bit of Drago from the Elder Races series but unlike those books, the world building and irritating characters let this book down for me. There is a precocious and magical child character whose dialogue looks forced, stilted and annoying and the fact that her name was Minuet just adds to her Mary-Sueishness. The hero, Cord was the saving grace to this book and I don't think I would have liked it as half as much if I didn't enjoy his character. The love scenes with Molly was hot and tension filled and very sexy which I really enjoyed but the main plot wasn't that strong and a disappointment. Although I didn't enjoy this book as much as I would like - I am definitely will be looking at Gail Faulkner's other books books.