Thursday, November 12, 2015

Book of the Year: Cruel and Beautiful by A.M. Hargrove and Terri E. Laine

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 unrael when she gets one look at the sexy...

Drew McKnight.

The relentless hockey-playing medical resident knows what he wants - a carrer in Oncology and Cate. Although he's heard the georgous 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

Cruel and Beautiful is a New Adult Contemporary Romance standalone, full-length novel based on true events, and includes mature content, not suitable for younger readers.

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My Review of this Book:

My rating: 5 STARS and a BIG HEART for this book.

If you love books that tear your heart out, then this is the one that wrecks you.

This book is sooooo good! I highly recommend it! It is Cruel and Beautiful at the same time – the book title really fits perfectly to the story because I couldn’t come up with other words to describe this.

How can you not love Drew McKnight? Sexy and handsome doctor Drew. He is the perfect man a woman can wish for. He is loving, caring, selfless and gives everything he has – body, heart and soul. And did I mention he looks yummy?! =) But even though Drew could have outshined all of the other characters, he didn’t. He let them even shine brighter and that speaks a lot for him.
Cate was heartbroken, lost and struggled over what she has done. With Drew at her side she was like a blooming flower.

I loved how the characters in the book were written and made up. They felt so real to me.
The Families of Drew and Cate were well written and I could really imagine them clearly in my head. Everything fitted perfectly together. Also the other characters like the friends and colleagues made the story so much more real and interesting.

The story is perfectly written and the time switching from the past and present was well done. This is one of the best and saddest books that I’v read. It will stay with me forever. I’m an emotional person but to be honest I haven't cried this hard in a long time.

This book is a whole 'nother level of sad but to be fair I have to say that this book isn’t all about crying, some scenes were hilarious and I had to laugh so hard. There was so much love involved and also a lot of funny moments. 

Cruel and Beautiful is a must-read if you love stories that take you on an emotional rollercoaster, leave you wrecked in the end and won’t let you forget.

-I received an ARC of this book from the author through the Fifty Shades Support Group on Goodreads in exchange for a honest review.-


                               About the Authors:

                                                          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 ├╝ber 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). 
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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. 
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