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• BLURB •
Bianca has finally found her rightful place amid the powerful Constantines. But all is not what it seems in this glittering new world. And Tiernan Morelli refuses to give up her up…
BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARE is the final book in the Dark Dream duet by USA Today bestselling author Giana Darling.
• MY REVIEW •
“She was too good and I was too bad, but life wasn’t black and white, and somehow, together, we made more sense than we did separately. Night and day. Ice and fire. A matched set.”
This was one emotional, drama-filled rollercoaster of an ending to the Dark Dream duet, let me tell ya! There are a lot of parts I enjoyed seeing play-out, but there were also a few that I felt it could’ve done without, or that it was just a smidge anti-climactic.
After the cliffhanger from Dangerous Temptation that left me itching to find out what happens to Bianca and Tiernan next, I had some relatively high expectations of Beautiful Nightmare. I was left with quite a handful of questions that I needed answers to, and a cast of supporting characters I wanted to see more of.
So, did this book deliver what I hoped it would?
Yes… and no.
Whilst there’s character growth from both protagonists with a progressive storyline, I can’t help but wonder if it could’ve been more in-depth? I just wasn’t as gripped with this book as I was with the first one. Maybe this is one instance where it’s more of an “it’s me, not you” situation because I just didn’t get the intensity and edge-of-your-seat vibe that would’ve otherwise had me effortlessly glued to the pages.
Tiernan Morelli is the outcast of his family who’s been tormented physically, emotionally, and mentally throughout his life, and seeing him turn his life around and finally come from behind the shadows of not only his father, but his siblings was one of those fist-pumping moments. But call me bloodthirsty, with how this story was progressing to a gradual build-up, I was expecting to see action-packed scenes that actually packed a wallop! In my opinion, it was a bit of a hit and miss at times.
But in saying that, the more the story proceeded, the more I was hooked on his character development and personal story. More so than Bianca’s— and I think that has a lot to do with her youthful, naïve character. There’s no doubt that Tiernan and Bianca have this intense yet fitting chemistry between them, but Bianca has a lot of adolescent rebelliousness to her that often than not got her into some deep shite. There’s drama, and then there’s eye-rolling drama. 😬🙄
This book ended up being one of those books where I was more interested in seeing the secondary characters. Tiernan and Bianca’s relationship was hot, but I’m not going lie, the brotherhood and camaraderie amongst Tiernan and The Gentlemen of Lion Court was the highlight for me. I love a band of misfits who form their own family, and these guys were just that! Add in the light-hearted comic relief of Bianca’s little brother into the fold, and the friendship within just elevated my reading experience!
With the exception of a few plotlines being a little more fast-paced resulting in abrupt conclusions, for the most part it’s relatively well-paced storytelling. There’s twists and turns, some more predictable than others, but not enough to put you off from continuing. Although it’s told from dual points of view, for a tortured-antihero-loving-reader like myself, Tiernan’s perspective is the one to lookout for. He’s a complicated character with a lot of struggles and battle scars, and getting an insight into his mentality is one of the more appealing aspects of this story.
“The heartless Tiernan Morelli has fallen.”
Side Note: I’ve read the majority of the books in the Midnight Dynasty and all the characters have similar views on their family dynamics with the head of their respective households being the main source of concern. Here’s a silly question— with all the resources, power, and energy these siblings have, why oh why haven’t Bryant Morelli and Caroline Constantine been “taken out” yet?!! 🤷♀️🤷♀️ (Hmm. There goes my thirst for bloodshed rearing its ugly head again). Lol.
This book may not have held the same level of oomph Dangerous Temptation did, looking back at their story as whole (the entire duet) I’m still left contented. The expansion of the Midnight Dynasty world with the Constantines and the Morellis will always have me intrigued. The addition of Tiernan Morelli was an unexpected yet happy surprise. Not only did we get another swoon-worthy Morelli brother in our midst, but he added another layer and contrast to the entire Morelli clan. The world-building is ever-growing and I’m finding the more books are added, the more intricate the Midnight Dynasty world becomes.
I’m curious to see what the epilogue entails *as this review went live, the exclusive epilogue had yet to be released*. But in the meantime, I can proudly say I’ve ticked off “guardian/ward taboo romance” off my romance trope list! 🤭🙌
A contemporary, billionaire romance with an edge of just deserts! This duet is not to be missed if you’re working your way through the Midnight Dynasty books.
Thank you to Giana Darling and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 💛
🕊 Read my reviews for the Dark Dream Duet!
Prequel: Bad Dream by Giana Darling
Book One: Dangerous Temptation by Giana Darling
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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo