Cruel and Beautiful – 5 Stars

cruel and beautiful

A.M. Hargrove & Terri E. Laine

Release Date: November 12, 2015


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book blurb

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.

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.


cruel and beautiful teaser

about the author

A.M. Hargrove

am hargroveOne 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a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window.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

Author’s Links

Website •  Facebook  •  Twitter  •  Goodreads

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Terri E. Laine

terrielaineWife 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

Author’s Links

Website  •  Facebook  •  Twitter  •  Goodreads

my review

5 Stars

As I read this story, it had such an profound affect on me that this pain built up in my chest, causing my throat to hurt and my nose to run. And the tears. I was completely unable to stop the tears. I’m not sure I am capable of describing how I felt so that you will truly get it. But basically by the time I finished Cruel and Beautiful, I was a freaking hot mess.

To get the entire story, the authors had to take me through every moment of the main characters lives together. To find out the truth for Cate and Drew, I had relive the past. I had to fall in love. I had to hurt. I had to heal. I was so entranced in this story that I feel like I actually lived through it all.

It was such an incredibly intense story.  I felt so much emotion. Passion. Romance. Lust. Anger. Grief. 

I want to make sure I share a spoiler free review so I’m going to leave you with this. I literally ended up in my bath room crying in the middle of the night so that I didn’t wake my husband up. It’s a book that will affect you that much and one that I doubt I’ll ever forget. 

That’s what make Cruel and Beautiful a must read recommendation from me. 


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