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Secret Beast Review

Updated: Sep 11

Oooh! This was dark, hot, and oh so spicy!


Rating: 4.5/5

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.

 

Content Warning: sexual content - D/S, mention of adult/minor relationship


This was voted as my July #EnchantedReadsBookClub pick!


Oooh! This was dark, hot, and oh so spicy! If you’re looking for a smutty beauty and the beast retelling look no further! This one checked all the boxes for me. Not only did we see familiar themes to the story we all know and love, but it was still wildly unique on its own. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one!


Not only did we see familiar themes to the story we all know and love, but it was still wildly unique on its own.

We bounce between the perspective of our Beauty, Haley Constantine, and our Beast, Leo Morelli. The Morelli and Constantine families hate each other, and Leo has a plan to get revenge. That plan includes taking advantage of Haley’s father, an inventor. But Haley will do anything to protect him and her family, even making a deal to trade her body for 30 days to Leo.


I absolutely loved seeing both of our characters' perspectives! It really gave us a view of the story from both sides. Though, if I’m honest I totally would have loved to see more from Leo! I found our beast simply captivating and breathless. Every scene with him was HOT!! Even the non-smutty ones.


I found our beast simply captivating and breathless. Every scene with him was HOT!!

And speaking of smutty! Holy moly… Things get spicy. But be warned, this ain’t no vanilla smut. We see mostly DS situations between our two lovers. Though I will say, although our beast is very dominating throughout the majority of the book, we see a lot of his heart shine through. Especially during his chapters.


This definitely captivated me from page one. I totally would have finished it in a single day if I was able. I regretted putting this down for even a moment. I couldn’t get enough of our beauty and beast! And that ending!! How could you!! So rude. I’ll most definitely be picking up the rest of the series.


I couldn’t get enough of our beauty and beast!

I do hope our sequel sheds some more light on our families as well. Being so focused on our lovers, I felt we missed a lot of opportunities to learn about the feud between our two families. However, since finishing, I did discover that this series is part of a bigger series of books known as The Midnight Dynasty, which features different authors who write interconnected books within the families, the Morellis and the Constantines. I’ll definitely be checking out these other books! I need to know more about these families!!


However, despite this particular book lacking some of these details, I thoroughly enjoyed this and I’m dying for the sequel! I need more of the beast!


If you’re a fan of spicy dark romances and beauty and the beast retellings, this is a must read!!