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Once upon a time, I thought love was a fairytale.
My prince was a Beast with blood on his hands and ice in his veins. My family offered to save me. The only price: leaving the tattered pieces of my heart behind.
Our love was irrational. Cruel. Unforgiving. Nothing like the storybooks said it should be—but it was perfect.
The longer we were apart, the more I lost myself. He was vicious and domineering, but I craved the submission. Together we were destructive, but I was addicted to the devastation. Still, I thought titles mattered. To my family I was princess, and to the Beast I was slave. I was too naïve to understand that even though he’d been my captor, he’d broken the shackles on my soul.
Once upon a time, I thought love meant happily ever after.
Now I know better.
Beauty: A Hate Story is the second book in the Hate Story duet. Book one, Beast, left off with an OMG cliffhanger so I couldn’t wait to dive into Beauty.
Frankie had started this journey in an attempt to avenge her father. She quickly found herself enmeshed in a complete mafia war.
“That was all we ever were: lust and lies. I wondered if he knew I was lying. I wondered if it was a test I’d failed. I felt like a fool again.”
What a wild ride! Beauty: A Hate Story is a super dark and super twisty and very grown up tale of Beauty and the Beast. This is not a book for everyone and definitely not for the squeamish. It was much darker and more violent than what I usually read, but this author’s writing really just pulls me in and keeps me turning page after page!
“Earlier at the docks, you said I destroyed you.” With her chin in her hands, hands on his pectorals, she studied him with full blue eyes. “You destroyed me too, but you did more than that.” His brows drew in, waiting for her to elaborate. “You rebuilt me.”
I loved the writing and highlighted passages throughout the book, but my very favorite quote came in the acknowledgments and gave me a much needed laugh after such a dark and emotional story!
“It’s that awkward, thick silence at the end when the names stop rolling and everyone’s wondering if something is coming after it. Did you all really just sit through five minutes of oddly written acknowledgments to not even get a funny post-credit scene?
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