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Beauty: The End

Beauty: The End - Mary Catherine Gebhard

Beauty picks up where [b:Beast|28095140|Beast (Hate Story, #1)|Mary Catherine Gebhard|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1488301026s/28095140.jpg|48098243] left off, and it seems like forever that I've been waiting to read the conclusion to Anteros' and Frankie's story. This book has it all. Intrigue, backstabbing, stunning twists, even some GoT type losses... IT'S ALL HERE.

A new player is on the chess board, and it makes for more maneuvering between two warring factions. So much so that the waters become incredibly muddied, and some interesting offshoots happen. Threads that you may have thought were lost from the first book are back in Beauty. And they may even have more provenance to them than was first thought.

I know I'm being cagey, because you SO don't want me to tell you more. I was utterly engrossed from page 1 to the Acknowledgements. Knowing too much will do you a disservice.

“Fall with me,” Anteros whispered below my earlobe, closing the distance between us. He wrapped his arms around me and pulled me back to his chest, voice low, making my skin tingle. “Be my queen.”

Frankie isn't the same girl she was when she traded herself for her father, she learns about her family and what has been happening around her without her knowledge - and she's going to be making her own decisions starting now. If it means she can stay with Anteros, all the better, but she'll do what she has to do to survive.

Meanwhile, Anteros looks slightly weaker because of Frankie, and that leaves him open for a takeover. He's not to be underestimated though. He's stronger because of her, although Beast may have to do something drastic to stay in power. Maybe a lot of things to keep his kingdom from falling down around him.

The glint of knives, the howl of Wolves, Nightclubs, Catacombs, Pavonis, De Lucas, never - EVER knowing who to trust... And through it all, Frankie and Anteros.

Like the title, this duet was Beauty-ful (ugh, yeah, that was bad, sorry) and I don't regret a second of my time reading it.

I give Beauty five "loose floorboard" stars.