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A Brutal Tenderness: A Companion Novel to A Terrible Love [Kindle Edition]

Marata Eros
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Book Description

There are two sides to every story. In this dark and sexy companion novel to the New York Times bestseller A Terrible Love, experience the sizzling passion and pulse-pounding suspense through FBI agent Cas Steele’s eyes as he hunts down a psychopath...and falls for the killer’s prey.

Cas has been charged with an unsavory task: manipulate the hauntingly beautiful Jewell MacLeod—a woman he has every reason to hate—and slowly gain her trust in order to use her as bait to lure in a killer. But as the killer draws closer, Cas realizes that he can’t deny the scorching chemistry that ignites between him and Jewell, even if giving into his physical desire for her means jeopardizing his mission...and opening himself up to the possibility of a real and terrible love...

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  • File Size: 1510 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (August 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Marata's Best Yet! I Want Him! August 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Before you even THINK of reading A Brutal Tenderness, pick up and read A Terrible Love by Marata Eros, as it is crucial to truly feeling every brutally raw emotion, thought, sight and action that cascades through our hero's POV. Told from Undercover Agent "Cas" Steele's POV after two long years of watching the woman he blames for his cousin's death, resenting her, yet not quite comfortable with using her as bait to trap a deranged killer, he is completely unprepared for his soul-deep reaction to finally coming face to face with the beautiful, vulnerable Jewell MacLeod. His assignment was to use whatever means available to dangle Jewell on a hook, like raw meat baiting a hungry lion. Looking into her eyes, seeing beyond her façade, his primal need to protect, possess and cherish every part of her begins an epic battle with his `duty' as an agent and his need for revenge. Which side will win? Either way, part of Cas could be forever broken and he's terrified.
Marata Eros pulls no punches, leaves no emotion unscathed. The world she has created is dark, dangerous, yet sensual and beautifully painful at times. Cas is far deeper than his overwhelmingly powerful , bad boy exterior, as his mental anguish shows. There isn't a character involved that isn't given a flesh and blood feel and each scene is detailed with a keen eye to drama and sensual awareness. You WILL be inside Cas's head.

This was a difficult book review to do. Why? You ask? Obviously, I loved everything about A Brutal Tenderness, but I couldn't find the words to describe how deeply Marata Eros's gift for pouring it all out there, shredding it down to pure human need and raw emotion got to me. I could feel HER deep attachment to her work. Marata Eros has a distinctive style and voice that shines through all of her works and just screams READ ME, read me, AGAIN! And I obey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Cas's Story August 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A Brutal Tenderness was so much more than I expected! Even though I knew how it was going to end, the story leading up to it was so good!

Cas's anger and guilt at losing someone very important to him is going to destroy him. Jewell may not have been the killer but he blames her just as much. His hate is palpable and if he's not careful, he's going to blow his cover. The worst part, he is going to have to get close to her. This is the only way to draw out the real killer. They know who he is but can't make a move until he messes up.

But while Cas is trying to hang onto his anger at Jewell/Jess, things begin to change for him. He sees in her eyes the fear she has felt for years. And when his desire to have her in his bed grows more than his desire to make her pay, he finds a way to make it happen. And when bodies start to turn up, he knows he needs to protect her and find the killer before it's too late.

We know what Jewell went through during A Terrible Love. Now we learn the complexity that is Cas Steel. He struggled with his feelings for Jewell. He wanted to hold her accountable not hold her in his arms. But it was so much more than that. I think that one of my favorite parts was when he watched her dance for the first time. She mesmerized him and we get to see just a little bit of his sensitive side. This is a wonderful companion novel, getting a taste of the guy's POV and I highly recommend it, if you read A Terrible Love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE companion novel of ALL companion novels!! August 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to be given an ARC copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Note: Reading "A Terrible Love - Love series #1" is an absolute MUST before you take on A Brutal Tenderness.

Let me just get this off my chest......Oh my fricken Lordy Lou!!!! Does that not tell you what I thought of this companion novel???!!!
Hands down, this is my favourite novel by Marata Eros!! And I've read them all!!

They say there are two sides to every story. How often, ladies, do we wish we knew what our men were thinking and feeling? With ABT we get an insight of the inner mechanics of the male species! Well, one male anyway!
Reading this gripping, suspenseful story from FBI agent Cas Steele's POV, already knowing ballerina in hiding, Jewell/Jess' POV, was brilliant! It's like experiencing a movie in 3D with surround sound in a private IMAX screen in your head!

I loved A Terrible Love and being "one" with Jewell/Jess. But being in Cas' head, getting his inner monologue, witnessing first hand his painful struggle understanding his warring feelings and emotions was just.... A-MAZ-ING!!!
If you didn't fall for him in ATL, a) what's wrong with you? And b) you don't have a hope in hell in ABT because his total maleness, hidden vulnerability and pure sexual magnetism suck you in like a pimped- out Dyson vacuum! He is just to die for!

The story itself is in perfect sync with the original but we get more back story, answering questions that we may have had from ATL, and lots of juicy tidbits and surprises that keep you salivating. We get to know more about Brad and Brock who we know from ATL are undercover agents like Cas; and we get an insight into the serial killer's head which made my skin crawl.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Heart of Darkness... August 26, 2013
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There are a handful of authors who write books that I would literally love to swim in - and Marata is one of them. She gives an inside visceral look at obsession, madness and love and you can't help but be drawn in. Cas was perfectly and totally flawed in A Brutal Tenderness and his point of view wasn't just a retelling of the same story - it brought out new aspects and emotions that both surprised and captivated me. Once again, Marata has created a rollercoaster ride into the heart of darkness and I loved every second of it...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A Brutal Tenderness
A Brutal Tenderness is one of those companion novels that are simply the same story from a different POV. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
I so thoroughly enjoyed the companion book I thought this would be an afterthought type of thing but it wasn't. It made the story more complete...thank you!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars LaGina
Reading the story from Agent Cas Steele POV was awesome. I really enjoy these kinds of reads.
Published 4 months ago by LaGina
4.0 out of 5 stars CAS side of the story, excellent book
The story line was told by CAS side of the story. It was great to read his side of events. What he felled about Jess ( aka Jewels) The author did an amazing job writing this book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars so glad I read this book from Cas' POV
I was so pleasantly surprised to really get a whole new version of A terrible Love. Unlike so many times I have read books as sequels which is basically repetitive and not very... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Debbie B. Wasserman
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this companion
Eventhough this was a companion book and this was A Terrible Love from Cas' POV it was a completely different book. It had me turning pages and loving Cas more and more.
Published 13 months ago by Love of Books Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Better than its Companion Novel "Terrible Love"
'Brutal Tenderness' is 10 times better than 'Terrrible Love' (TL)...I absolutely loved it!
TL was good but no where near great.... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Liloshadow
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Testosterone
I guess I wasn't prepared for such graphic language. It was erotic for sure. My personal choice is subtle build up for the imagination to supply the mental imagery that sparks my... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jeannie Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome,,
Very nice surprise,,,a great book and a shocking but great read,,would put it my reread list,,Need to read the first one ,which is just has great,,,
Published 15 months ago by pjsbeaty
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved
Absolutely loved it... Enjoyed reading this book. Couldn't put it down. Once u start u won't want to stop at all
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