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Cruel & Beautiful by [Laine, Terri E., Hargrove, A.M.]
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Length: 401 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"This story is just as the title reads-Cruel & Beautiful. It is a must read. BEST READ of 2015 by far! I can't even express how amazing this story is. A.M Hargrove & Terri E. Lane. You both have absolutely devoured my heart and have blown my mind. A FANTASTIC job ladies! I am in AWE!" ... Kristie from Lovenbooks

"Beautifully tragic & emotionally charged, it's one of those books that will stay with me for a long while. It's just one of those stories that will touch you on a visceral level. It's impossible not to have it affect you, it's just that moving."  Dirty Girl Romance

"I honestly have so few words to describe what I am feeling after finishing Cruel & Beautiful. This book was everything. It was every emotion possible, and it was one of the best (if not the best!) book I have read all year." Ramblings From This Chick

"Fantastically written with a searingly sweet romance that will captivate you, melting your heart, bringing you to your knees as you are enraptured by these characters. Sprinkled with humorous moments; this breathtaking story is a must read!!" Tsk Tsk What 2 Read

"OhMyGod, this book blew me away, 5 stars is nowhere near enough! Cruel & Beautiful is a powerful, heartbreaking and heartwarming collaboration between A.M. Hargrove & Terri E. Laine. This has to be one of my favourites of the year. AMAZING!" Make My Day Bookclub

"This is one of my top 2015 reads of the year! It was so heartbreaking  and will stay with you long after you finish reading. It hit me in all the feels and took me on the rollercoaster of a lifetime." Fictional Men's Page For Book Ho's

Product Details

  • File Size: 4218 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1518838006
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What I can say is that Cruel and Beautiful is a tale about more than falling in love. It's about what happens after you fall in love, the ups and downs, the painful memories and the good, and the love for a person that makes everything else disappear.

I got this ARC awhile ago but I was being a big baby after reading the emotional prologue so I wasn't ready to start it. But I put on my big girl panties and dove in...and then face planted. What I was thinking would be an emotional rollercoaster ended up being a little boring. I found myself getting easily distracted with this one and even though I started it on my lazy day I still didn't finish until the next day. That's a big thing for me, I'm a one book a day type of person!

The overall story was good and interesting and I was driving myself crazy trying to figure out what the hell was going on. But that became the problem...I couldn't figure out what was going on! Every chapter went back and forth from the past and the present and it honestly got a little confusing. Also a little frustrating because it almost seemed like I was reading two different books.

Cate was also a little hard to handle and she seemed really immature, especially in the chapters that were in the past. When she first met Drew and their relationship started it wasn't easy for me to get past her attitude that seemed a little childish at times. At first her character was a little funny but it soon became really annoying. And I really really couldn't get over the fact that she names her va jay jay Louise. Just no, okay. No.

The book sort of came together at the end when the past and the present finally came together but even after that I still can't really say how I feel about this story.
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I never write reviews for books but I can't just walk away from this one. Maybe writing this will give me closure. No details will be in my review, so read away.
I loved and hated this book at the same time. In the end love one out. My heart literally broke. I have been crying ugly tears since last night. I'm having a hard to getting through my day with out wanting to bawl!! There is so much love it was almost too much for me. I'm more of a fan of alpha male leads. And he wasn't really. He was more I love you and I'll lay down my life for you. But I still feel hopeless in love. The only thing I didn't like about the book is there was a lot of talking. I can't really explain it but I would think ok, move on what happenes next. The book goes back and forth between past and present. Wasn't to hard to follow. But could be slightly confusing at times. (Note to author: chapter 27 says past but it's the present. Think that's the only one.) in the end I felt so torn about the hero but the epilogue made me see Cate is ok and love is there. That will make more sense once you read this amazing work of art. Also the book is in Cate's POV. That changes in the epilogue. I like duel POV better but totally understand why for this book. It would have been way to much and no doubt would have made the book confusing and unreadable. When I read the "a final word" part I almost couldn't breath. This book meant so much more then just telling a story. It was beautiful and soul changing. thank you to the authors for taking the time to write Cate's story. It will be a book I remember for years to come. May favorite quote from the book:

"Even if we did have to fight to overcome the cruel, we hung on to the beautiful and it was damn worth it. "

This book is worth the price and the time. Just make sure you have plenty tissue handy:) happy reading!
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You can definitely tell there are two different authors. I am still trying to figure out what the big hook is all about. I like a lot of other readers was very confused with all the jumping around from past to present, both with the same name from the same city. I have to be missing something, I definitely don't get it and it did not work for me. I am really surprised by all the raving reviews. I purchased last night and I found things boring and thought a lot of the things that I think were supposed to be funny really over the top dumb and really immature. I skimmed through trying to make sense of two different stories written by two different authors. There were some things in the plot I have read before in other books that is why I really don't get the big hook? The title of the book was pulled into the epilogue of the story and really does not match the cover. I think readers should understand before reading this book the story is about cancer. Like other cancer stories this one moves on so I am not sure what makes it so special I thought it was a confusing mess.
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I am so disappointed in this book, also disappointed that I didn't stop reading it sooner. I am not one who enjoys leaving a negative review but sometimes it is warranted especially when there are so many glowing reviews. I stuck with this book because the reviews kept saying that there was a twist & something unexpected. Well, that something unexpected didn't come to till I was 80% into it. I didn't enjoy how the book made you believe the heroine was a bad person & that she walked away from her love. It left a sour feeling about her the entire book. The flip flopping between past & present got to be a bit much that until the end, I wish I paid more attention to the present. I am really trying not to put any spoilers in which is why I am being so vague. I would skip it if I were you, I wish I did.
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