Thank you to Giana Darling, Serena and the team at Dangerous Press for the advance reader copy of Beautiful Nightmare, the second story in the Dark Dream duet.
After the delicious kickoff to this story, Dangerous Temptation I could not be even more excited for the second and final part of Tiernan and Bianca’s story.
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“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…”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: This final instalment featured impressive character development for both Bianca and Tiernan. I loved how Bianca found her strength and to do that it was essential to take her away from Tiernan and the Lion Court. It sucked how they spent long stretches of this book apart but I see how it allowed them to grow individually. For Tiernan, I think Giana found a great way for him to both soften and keep his intensity. He does not lose his penchant for violence but he is the primary caregiver to Brandon during this book. Brought out a fatherly side to him that we had not seen before, and I am a sucker for the alpha male softening for those he loves. Side note I continue to love how Elena Lombardi was incorporated into this series, I gushed about that in my Dangerous Temptation review. But I had to mention it again, mostly so I could once again recommend When Heroes Fall. I also liked Carter’s character and would love to see either Giana or someone else tackle him in the future of Midnight Dynasty.
- Setting: Once again we spend the majority of our time around different points of Bishop’s Landing and the wider New York City area. Bianca moves in with Caroline Constantine and is determined to infiltrate and retrieve the information she seeks. While Tiernan and Brandon hold down the Lion Court. I love that setting as the Lion Court is one of the houses on Bishop’s Landing that has taken up the mantle of being its own character. My one setting wish would have been to have spent more time at Tiernan’s club. We are brought there quickly and I would have loved more time exploring it.
- Pacing: I had my reservations going into this story as it was the second book, but also the last. Most of the Dangerous Press books have been a part of a trilogy. Duologies are harder to pull off sometimes. Giana had quite a bit to wrap up and loose ends to tie. She did do a great job tying up the different plot lines and she did not leave us with any holes. The pacing going into the end worried me because so much was happening, but Giana is good at what she does and she wrapped things up eloquently.
- Romance: I love the chemistry Bianca and Tiernan have as a couple. The guardian and the ward falling in love is a great trope and I love how Giana handled it. Their scenes together were electrifying, I particularly loved a scene that had Tiernan breaking in somewhere to have his way with Bianca who was feisty as ever. Bianca became bolder in and out of the bedroom, a similar development that most of the Dangerous Press girls have gone through. Giana is a queen of writing sexy scenes so I would have liked even more worked into this book, but I am understanding of the limitations around that. It made every scene we did get delicious and devilish.
Beautiful Nightmare receives four out of five stars.
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