Release Date-September 21st 2017
Genre-Dark Mafia Romance
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 is the final book in the Hate Story duet. About what it means to fall in love with the person who has absolutely destroyed you, it contains disturbing and graphic situations that may be a trigger for some.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 Stars all the way folks.
So I really adored Beauty: The End (Hate Story, #2) by Mary Catherine Gebhard,
I would love to have given this the full five stars, but I removed half a star as there was something that really bugged the hell out of me, it so got my goat and I Will reveal all later.
So first things first folks, this is part two of our very screwed up dark beauty and the beast tale, a story of a mafia boss and his princess and it’s quite a ride let me tell you.
We last left these two (and I’m assuming you have read Beast so this won’t be a spoiler for you) with Frankie escaping Beast/Anteros, this is not without a little help from those she assumes will provide the sense of family and affection she craves.
She leaves Beast with her personal calling card, permanently etched over his heart.
Beast being a true psychotic and with a truly unfathomable reasoning process, becomes even more enamoured with Frankie (eye roll) I know, I know, it’s not romantic but it really sort of is for these two. you so have to be there to get it.
So In “Beauty” our two star-crossed lovers are on opposite sides of a war zone with both sides wrestling for power and Frankie and beast finally realising none of it really matters unless they’re going to reign side by side together.
Frankie realises she’s gone from the frying pan into the fire and that the grass isn’t always greener.
Beast is trying to gain back his respect from his wolves, while also protecting Frankie.
Gone are the suits, our beast is back in all his full glory, finally set free by Frankie’s darkness, both feeding the other’s corrupt soul.
“His bloody fingers smudged the paper as he turned to the words that had brought the Beast—the real Beast—back. Frankie had drawn a messy black line beneath the sentence Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven, and underneath it, she’d written, Let me fall with you, Lucifer”.
“I’ll catch you, mio cuore. Be my queen”.
“Beauty” has action in spades and there’s certainly never a dull moment to be had.
It is also so much darker than “Beast” hence I really should warn you that this deals with a lot of sensitive subjects.
There’s Murder, Blackmail, torture, human trafficking, rape (not of our Frankie).
Lots of blood as Frankie realises she is Anteros female mirror and shes just as dark as him, the two becoming closer as Frankie’s true nature emerges.
and this is where I tell you why I removed half a star.
.SO BEWARE!!! SPOILER!!! SPOILER!! ALERT!!!
when Anteros/Beast thinks Frankie has betrayed him he hands her over to his wolves for disposal, he does have a change of heart, like right at the last minute, but she still gets shot in the arm and falls into the water at the docks resulting in Anteros/Beast having to dive in and save her sexy arse.
She instantly forgives him, like zero, animosity that he was prepared to have her murdered, shes actually horny!!! with a big old hole in her arm.
Later she finds out he’s kept the contents of a letter secret from her to protect her and she freaks out, says she no longer loves him and he’s betrayed her!!! and she leaves him!!
So let’s just weigh this up for a second, He takes Frankie to the docks, naked in the boot of a car and was going to get his wolves to shoot her and weigh her down with blocks, she gets shot and nearly drowns. but this is A-OK
Keeping a letter private for the persons own good is a NO NO and a hating offence.
nope still not getting it half a star knocked off because in this instance Frankie is illogical and stupid.
Also, can I just say I had to google Postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) for short, just out of curiosity, I was convinced it was a made-up illness, but nope my bad, turns out it’s very real.
So there you go “POTS” is real people.
And just well I’m spouting random stuff, I will give you this passage from “beauty” that made me smile.
“Man, this Family is so fucked up,” Frankie said after a few moments, voice low. “My parents are brother and sister, but being gay is bad. When we take over, everyone can love whoever the fuck they want—except siblings. I feel like that should definitely be a hard limit.”
and I’ll leave you with this one as it’s such an AW!! moment 😍
“Everything is so black and white with you.” “Nothing is black and white to me. Our world is grey, but grey is ugly and you hate that. I’m not going to pretend to be sad that your friend is dead while you get to live. You alive means I get to have you.”
So this was a page-turner that pulled me in and wrung me out so job well done Mary Catherine Gebhard you definitely have a new fan in me.
I’m looking forward to reading more of your work in the future.