Cruel and Beautiful by AM Hargrove and Terri E Laine new adult contemporary romance

Goodreads reviewers love Cruel and Beautiful:

“a romance that will break your heart and melt it at the same time”

“heart-breakingly good”

“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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C+B_250pxCate Forbes, a dedicated college student with a carefully plotted future, doesnít 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 ís plans quickly unravel when she gets one look at the sexy

Drew McKnight.

The relentless hockey-playing medical resident knows what he wantsóa career in Oncology and Cate. Although heís heard the gorgeous brunette is a little relationship skittish, a single night out isnít what he has in mind. Determined to have heróin every way possibleóhe 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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Cruel and Beautiful REVIEW :

* A review copy was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review *

~ 4 Emotionally Charged Stars ~

What drew me to this book was the blurb but what truly sucked me in was when I read the sneak peek of the Prologue!!! This is the first book by either of these authors that I have read and I am so glad I took a chance on something new, because this is a book everyone should read!!!!

Cruel and Beautiful is a story with so much emotion. I knew going into this that this book was going to be both heart warming and heart wrenching and I was correct. The emotions this book drew out of me was amazing!! This is truly one woman’s journey to finding love, letting love go and learning to love again. Cate truly had to go through the cruel to find the beautiful.

The authors created a story that you can’t help feeling like you are a part of these characters lives. All the characters, both the primary and secondary ones, were essential to this story. They all lended support, love, guidance and even some comic relief. This book does cover a sensitive subject and I believe this story will hit home for many readers out there. You will definitely need tissues while reading this book.

I absolutely love when two authors join forces to create a story. What is truly remarkable is when their writing style mesh so well you can’t tell who wrote what part. The flow of this story was amazing. I also loved that this was a stand alone novel.

This story is told in Cate’s POV. We learn about her past and present in alternating chapters. I thought this was an interesting way to tell her story, but I have to admit I was slightly confused in the beginning. I also felt that the alternating chapters between past and present went on too long. This was my only negative about this book. 

 The main reason I wish the authors would’ve shortened the past storyline sooner was because I felt that there was more to Cate’s present story that could’ve been played out. Like the epilogue could’ve actually been more of the main story for Cate. 

I would 100% recommend this book, but just remember to have some tissues with you when you do. You will need them.






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AMHargrove-AuthorPhotoOne 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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TerriELaine-AuthorPhotoWife 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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