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Secret Beast Broché – 20 février 2021
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“Secret Beast is the dark and delicious Beauty and The Beast re-telling I’ve been craving. Leo Morelli is an EPIC hero and I could stay in his world forever!” - M. O’Keefe, USA Today bestselling author
The beast hides a dark secret in his past…
Leo Morelli is known as the Beast of Bishop's Landing for his cruelty. He’ll get revenge on the Constantine family and make millions of dollars in the process. Even if it means using an old man who dreams up wild inventions.
The beauty will sacrifice everything for her family...
Haley Constantine will do anything to protect her father. Even trade her body for his life. The college student must spend thirty days with the ruthless billionaire. He’ll make her earn her freedom in degrading ways, but in the end he needs her to set him free.
SECRET BEAST is a new full-length novel from USA Today bestselling author Amelia Wilde about revenge, family secrets, and the redeeming power of love.
Welcome to the Midnight Dynasty... The warring Morelli and Constantine families have enough bad blood to fill an ocean, and their brand new stories will be told by your favorite dangerous romance authors.
WARNING: This book is intended for readers eighteen years old and over. It contains material that some readers could find disturbing. Enter at your own risk...
Détails sur le produit
- ASIN : B08WZCVC1N
- Éditeur : Independently published (20 février 2021)
- Langue : Anglais
- Broché : 296 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8711685753
- Poids de l'article : 331 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.88 x 20.32 cm
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 49,331 en Romance contemporaine
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A beauty and the beast inspired telling based in the Midnight Dynasty world, which prominently features the Morelli's and Constantine's! I had already met Leo Morelli in a couple of the other trilogy's related to this world, and was looking forward to seeing him getting his own story. Amelia Wilde has not disappointed with this first look into his character or that of Haley's, the Constantine heroine in this particular trilogy.
Haley reminded me of Ash from the Cinderella series, but without as much sass. This Constantine family is definitely the outcast family in the larger tree and in turn, they're much less well off and more humble. Haley is incredibly sweet, but shy and mostly terrified of Leo. She goes to his 'castle' in the attempt to help her father, and in doing so, ends up being used as a replacement. "If you want to save your father, you'll have to pay." Yet, she can't seem to resist falling into the sexually demeaning traps that Leo keeps springing on her. I found her to be quite cute and I can definitely understand why she slowly begins to become addicted to the way Leo treats her though. "I don't fully process how much it calms me until he makes the first thrust."
Leo is someone who's used to getting his own way by whatever means possible, and isn't afraid to use Haley's plea to his own advantage. "He can be prickly when he'd mad. Whatever he said haunted that guy for life." Prickly-more like serrated." I loved that we got some answers even in this first book, as to why he is like he is, instead of it being dragged out all the way to book 3. It definitely helped me understand why he was so hell bent on screwing over the Constantine's. This book also had that same sweetness that BATB had though, in terms of seeing him falling for Haley gradually. "As soon as she's asleep, I'm getting people out of bed. This book is going to be mine, and then it's going to be hers."
I really liked how Amelia kept making nods to BATB throughout though. There were a couple of parts that were a little cringy, i.e. the constant referrals to him being the 'Beast of Bishop's Landing' but overall, I loved that it kept in line with the well known fairytale. E.g. How he protects her when she's being attacked in the alley and when she's tending to him in the shower, or how Haley's father is an inventor who's deemed crazy and is solely focused on his next big plan etc.
Likewise, I was a big fan of the sexual chemistry between these two. "Leo sighs. "I should f*** you on one of these tables, the sounds would be magnificent." The physical scenes between them were super hot and even though we didn't get any scenes of full pen* until much later on, there are plenty of steamy scenes that keep you hooked up until that point! *Heart eyes*
Leo reading a romance book absolutely killed me too, I'm hoping at some point in the later books Haley catches him red handed with it lol! "It's a copy of the book Haley had in her suitcase, but this one has it's dust jacket stripped off and has been rebound into smaller sections. No one is going to see me reading that trash." I also want to see who the little cameo at the library was about. I know the guard's comments where definitely a hint at some other characters. I was thinking maybe Winston and Ash, but I couldn't remember a scene like that happening in their books. So it will definitely be interesting to see if that is revealed!
Overall though, I really enjoyed this book and rated it 5 stars. Leo and Haley were both great fits for the OG BATB characters and I loved how the fairy-tales plot was interwoven into this story. I wasn't expecting part of the storyline behind Leo's background, so that was a great twist for me which kept things interesting! And this also ends on a cliff-hanger, so I can't wait to find out what happens next between these two!
*TW: Past traumas, Assault.
Having to be rescued the first time could be a bad day on her part.. but later in the book she pretty much does the same thing.. and is surprised when yet again she is unable to take care of herself and needs rescuing a 2nd time.
Sacrificing herself for her family could be considered brave..
But then she goes downhill from there.
Not long after arriving at Leos house.. shes happy to eat all his food without worry. She allows him to dominate her without knowing anything about him or how rough and cruel he can be.
She has no qualms nosing through his house.. even his bathroom knowing hes in there... but yet is supposedly scared of him.
Unfortunatley she annoys me the whole way through the book..and if i'm honest I wasnt keen on her in the sequels..although she does get a bit more likeable.
Leo was tormented sadistic and awful.. but you learnt bit by bit why that was and while it didnt really make him loveable.. you understood that he still hasnt dealt with the trauma he experienced.
He does get better in the other books however.
The cliff-hanger was enough that I quickly moved onto the next book in the trilogy, which is complete and also available as one book. I do love it when you can re-read books and still enjoy them, which I have been able to do a number of times.
Part of the Midnight Dynasty world featuring the Morelli and Constantine families but the trilogy this is part of works a standalone, I accidently discovered other books featuring characters from the same families by different authors, which is a great concept.
What made me really give it only 2 stars - the book didn’t have good flow - it was fairly choppy where you just move from day to day and every day one act of degradation happens. Between those scenes there’s really not much character build up, not much relationship building, no possessive vibes, no guilt from the hero, nothing. Also, he’s fairly sadistic and it’s not appealing- especially given he says he was physically abused by his parents, him whipping her to the point of marring her body was just too much. That bit put me off. I don’t think I’ll read anything further from this author mainly because there was no world building and the opportunity to build good characters and strong plot was squandered