Is Leo Morelli a beast or a prince? He locks Haley in his castle for her own safety. She sees only the best in him, but the worst is yet to come.

HIDDEN BEAUTY is the second book in the Beauty and the Beast trilogy from USA Today bestselling author Amelia Wilde.

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My Rating: ★★★

We pick up where we left off with Secret Beast. When the chips are down Hailey proves herself to be well and truly in Leo’s corner. While she knows the war has barely begin, her love for her man has her willing to risk her life as long as Leo is okay.

But Leo is having none of it. Emotionally stunted and not familiar with emotions that aren’t anger, Leo is scared to lose Hailey. Be it to death or to her old life. Rather than communicate, he reverts to his natural inclinations; to hold her captive. Its worth it if she hates me, as long she’s alive. He decides. Turns out its not. His life is far too empty without her. Without her voice, her touch, her hatred is too much for him. So, he fights. He fights her to let him in. He fights to get her to talk. He fights to keep his girl.

Just when they think things are steady, Leo relapses. Forcing them to face their truths and at the very least admit their feelings for each other to themselves. A battle is forged and eventually Leo pulls through. But as fate will have it, there’s no time to rest when trouble comes knocking at the gates.

I liked this book a lot better than I did Secret Beast. While I still didn’t like the poetic style of writing, I found that the story line was a lot better. We learnt a bit more about Leo’s past which made for a better understanding of why he is the way he is and made it possible to reconcile this Leo with the one in K Webster’s Cinderella trilogy. Once again though, the story was too short and really could have done with a lot more fleshing out. There was too much monologue and really. I felt like nothing happened for most of the book. Between the return from the hospital and the end, all that happened was Leo being sick. A lot of talk of war, but no war happening at all. I would have liked to see into Leo’s preparations of said war, the hiccups, the battles with the Constantine’s before that cliffhanger. Anything at all that wasn’t Hailey’s inner monologues. It would have been nice to see into Leo’s mind and get a better understanding of his hallucinations, dreams or whatever that was when he was sick. Rather than just the endless towel placing. There was so much potential to this story but I’m afraid it just left a lot to be desired.

While I love the Midnight Dynasty, and those various authors writing their stories in this world, it leaves a lot to be desired in a lot of ways. What I mean is one author hints at a character’s story but doesn’t elaborate because presumably their story is written by another author. Like what happened with Lucian. And it just leaves you feeling hard done because that author appeared and disappeared as quickly as they came.

Nonetheless, I can’t wait for the final book and hopefully, there’s a lot more action in that one.

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