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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Release Day Blitz: Cruel and Beautiful by A.M. Hargrove & Terri E. Laine + 5+ * review

Title: Cruel and beautiful
Author: A.M. Hargrove & Terri E. Laine
Cover Design by: Sara Eirew Photographer
Release Date; November 12, 2015


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 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 on to the beautiful.

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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Andrea's Review

*ARC received in return for an honest review

OhMyGod, this book blew me away, 5 stars is no where near enough!!! 

Cruel and Beautiful is a powerful, heartbreaking and heartwarming collaboration between A.M. Hargrove and Terri E. Laine. When I was given the prologue to read it had me in tears, I thought "What an opener!!!" and couldn't wait for the rest. It totally messed with my head and my heart, the last sentence in the book gave me goosebumps. This has to be one of my favourite reads of the year....AMAZING!!!  .

I absolutely love, love, LOVED this book so much!! It's an emotional, gut wrencher of a story that had my heart aching one minute then soaring the next. I cried so hard my throat hurt and had to stop reading on more than one occassion because I couldn't see through my tears. The epilogue nearly ended me and, although I was sobbing, I found I was laughing through my tears. I had a huge book hang over for at least a week afterwards. It's been quite a while since a book has affected me this way and the fact that parts of the story were based on actual real life events gives more weight to this story and makes it all the more powerful, emotional and real.

Cruel and Beautiful goes between present and past, giving us the back story of how Cate and Drew met until we are brought up to present day. I can't say much without revealing the plot but there's quite a twist that had my jaw dropping on more than one occassion  and had me totally confused as to where the story was going that I was left reeling towards the end! 

Cruel and Beautiful is a touching, heart warming story of true love with humour, passion and heartache woven through it and I can't recommend it highly enough. I urge you to go 1-click NOW, you won't regret it. Trust me. 

Andrea gives this a rating of...

Meet the authors…

A.M. Hargrove

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 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

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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  1. I FREAKIN LOVE YOU!!!!! XOXOX That is all!

  2. Thank you so much! That is an awesome review!!!! <3

  3. You both make my heart soar with your comments and I freakin love you back ten fold!! I was afraid I'd waffled on without saying what I wanted to say. Quite simply this book is beyond words, it stole my heart ❤️❤️