Beauty (Hate Story #2) by Mary Catherine Gebhard
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.
What an epic duet. If you can, I highly recommend Beast and Beauty back to back. Beauty picks up right where Beast left us hanging off a high cliff. It was ugly. Either way... don't read this one until you've read Beast.
Beauty is not a disappointment on keeping up the pace of the darkness and disturbing plots and twists. The two books do have a different feel as the characters have developed and grown through as their story continues. They remain super complex as the sides continue to war.
Beast remains my favorite of the two. There was something about Beast and his darkness in the beginning that kept me thoroughly gripped. Don't get me wrong. Beauty is not shabby and it continues and concludes the Hate Story duet perfectly.
Gebhard has a complex imagination with so many detailed characters in her mind and spins it all out perfectly. It's dark, it's violent, it's hate filled, it's tragic, and it's beautiful.