Secret Beast is the second book I chose from the Midnight Dynasty. We are back again with the Morelli Constantine feud.
This time the black sheep of the Constantine family has done the unthinkable…he signed a contract with a Morelli. The beast of Bishop’s landing.
While I caught on that Stroke of Midnight was a cinderella story retelling, for some reason it didn’t hit me that Secret Beast was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. But now that I know that I totally get it.
Leo is known as the beast of Bishop’s land …but not for the reason people think. Everyone thinks it’s because he’s a ruthless killer but the reality is that Leo is marked by an incident from the past …at the hands of a Constantine. His body and mind are full of scars that he won’t show anyone until Haley.
Hailey is a Constantine but not like the Constantines you saw in A Stroke of Midnight. Hailey is poor and she is willing to do anything to save her father from the wrath of both the Constantines and the Morelli…even sign away her life for a month to the beast of Bishop Landing.
I love the writing style here more than I did in Stroke of Midnight…it is more subtle. The author builds up Leo’s character in a way where you sympathized with him. You begin to hate the Constantines for how they treated not only Leo and his sister, Eva, but for how they treated their own…Hailey. Even though I read Winston Constantines’s story first, by the end of this book my loyalty is with the Morellis. I can’t wait for Leo to get his revenge.
The recipe assigned to Secret Beast in the Happily Ever Cook Book is butternut squash soup but I think that’s a mistake. The soup wasn’t mentioned in Secret Beast but in book two Hidden Beauty. So off we go to book two. Check out my review here.