Goodreads reviewers love Cruel and Beautiful:
"a romance that will break your heart and melt it at the same time"
"This book is about love, the truest and purest kind there is."
"heartwarming and gut wrenching"
"I haven't cried so hard over a book in a good while."
"Beautiful. Simply beautiful."
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Cate Forbes, a dedicated college student with a carefully plotted future, doesn’t know the first thing about love. When she accepts a blind date with a rumored tasty piece of eye candy, she thinks she can get by with a night of fun. Cate’s plans quickly unravel when she gets one look at the sexy…Drew McKnight.
The relentless hockey-playing medical resident knows what he wants—a career in Oncology and Cate. Although he’s heard the gorgeous brunette is a little relationship skittish, a single night out isn’t what he has in mind. Determined to have her—in every way possible—he shows her just what a future with him would hold.
Only life has other plans. The unthinkable happens and everything begins to shatter. Both in too deep, they will have to fight the cruel and hang onto the beautiful.
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As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I knew I had to read it. I was excited when I got my hands on it, and dove in immediately. The prologue devastated me, and the book was not only heart wrenching, but heart-warming, as well. All emotions come into play here. Cruel and Beautiful is my first book from either of these authors, so I didn’t know what to expect with the writing style. I know, often times, at least for me, sometimes when there’s a collaboration it doesn’t mesh well. However, the writing between these two authors come together so well, you can’t tell where one begins and the other picks up.
This story is told from Cate’s point of view in both past and present tense, which often times more than not, leaves the reader with unanswered questions until it all comes together. The characters were very real. The storyline was very difficult but also handled in such a way that a little humor was drawn through it.
Even now, I am having a hard time writing a review, because it’s best to go in blind. I don’t want to spoil the story line at all. Just know that you will have every single emotion run through you at one point or another while reading. Cruel and Beautiful is definitely a book that I would recommend for anyone who loves intense, emotion packed reads!
A. M. Hargrove
One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager A. M. Hargrove realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss, and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).
So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author.
Her books include Adult, New Adult and Young Adult Romances, including, The Guardians of Vesturon Series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent, and the novella Beginnings); Dark Waltz and Death Waltz (The Praestani Novels); The Edge Series (Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, and Kissing Fire); The Tragic Series (Tragically Flawed and Tragic Desires); Exquisite Betrayal; Dirty Nights: The Novel; and The Hart Brothers Novels (Freeing Her, Freeing Him, and Kestrel).
Please find her at www.amhargrove.com.
TERRI E. LAINE
Wife and mother of three, I've always been an avid reader. In my early years, my best friend and I would tell each other stories over the phone when we were bored. We called them our "soap operas" and generally revolved around whatever boy we liked at the time.
Over five years ago, I got this crazy idea to write a novel and try to publish it. And the rest is history. This journey has been a blessing, and a dream realized. I look forward to many more memories to come.
Find more about me and social media links at www.terrielaine.com.