Review: Secret Beast

I read Secret Beast with #EnchantedReadsBookClub in July – and I was so proud of myself that I actually finished a book club book in time for book club! Woohoo!

Secret Beast is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, although, in the beginning I felt a little like the story was going to lean Romeo and Juliet-esque with the feuding families.

I had a lot of issues with some of the plot points in the book. For instance, the feelings between Leo and Haley escalate super fast – and I believe the author was going to a Stockholm Syndrome idea, but it didn’t work for me as Haley had only been in Leo’s home for a few days.

I also wanted to know more about Leo’s background, because I feel like ti was left very vague. I assume it is “job” is mob related, but the reader isn’t given deeper understanding of his history or business.

And the ending! Ugh. Just – ahhh! Without spoilers, the ending was NOT what I expected. If you’ve read this and want to discuss the ending, message me!

All of that said, I couldn’t stop thinking about this book as I read it and would stay up way past my bedtime to read “just one more chapter.”

Thank you to the #EnchantedReadsBookClub and @beautyslibrary for discussing this book! This was definitely one of those books where talking about it made me enjoy it even more (even if I still have issues with some plot points).


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