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Cruel & Beautiful Audiobook

Cruel & Beautiful

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Publisher's Summary

A USA Today Best Seller

This is a new adult contemporary romance stand-alone, full-length novel that includes mature content, not suitable for younger listeners (rated R).

This book is based on a true story.

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 on to the beautiful.

Warning: This book will leave you in the dark with questions. That is the point. Resist the impatient urge to skip ahead, and just enjoy the ride. All questions will be answered. Promise.

©2015 Terri E. Lane & A. M. Hargrove (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    "An emotional, heartwrenching story"

    Wow, just, WOW!

    This story made my eyes leak, my heart break and it made me happy.

    An emotional roller coaster that the authors have beautifully written, and the narrators artfully pulled off.

    An ugly cry if ever there was one, but it's so worth the tears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Laura
    Burlington, Ontario
    21/09/16
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    "Brace for the UGLY CRY with a big box of kleenex!"

    Okay, I am still blowing my nose and wiping tears from my face. Every once in a while, I like to read a book that will provide a good cathartic cry session and Cruel & Beautiful delivers. What an incredible tale of epic love and loss that still meets a HEA.

    This book is told from the POV of Cate Forbes and narrated nearly entirely by Erin Mallon. I've listened to books performed by Erin before, and she takes some getting used to. At first, I found her voice to be a bit too breathy and her inflections tend to make many sentences sound like a question or hesitation. Once you get past that, she does a good job. I like the way she voices male characters. Jason Clarke narrates only the epilogue and handles it quite competently.

    The publisher's summary warns that the book will "leave you in the dark with questions." That is no lie. The prologue will hook you, and from there you will go on a journey through the past and present alternating nearly every chapter. I spent 3/4 of the book feeling frustrated by all of the back and forth and I had nearly decided it was an unnecessary gimmick. I was very, very wrong. You'll have to be patient - this book is 14+ hours long, but so worth the time. The reveal was SPECTACULAR.

    My only complaint came down to the sex scenes. Simply put, there were too many of them. After a while, the scenes felt a bit repetitive and boring. Less would have been more in this case. Fortunately, the copious sexual encounters didn't impact the plot.

    This author team of A.M. Hargrove and Terri E. Laine were new to me. I would definitely read another book by this duo. Well worth my credit! This is one of my favourite books of 2016.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cyndi Marie
    Michigan
    27/10/16
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    "Great Emotional Ride!"

    I've never been so confused by a book...but not in a bad way! I restarted this audiobook 3 times when I thought I had missed something because I was so confused. In the end I completely understood why I was lost. This book took me on an emotional ride from the first chapter. I fell in love, my heart broke then I fell in love all over again. It took me a day to finally write a review because I needed to wrap my head around it and decide if I loved it or hated it! In the end, I loved it! It is a story about true love, I love that the author gave us the past and present so there was nothing left up in the air in the end.

    This is my first book by this author but it will not be my last, especially if they all come out on audio! I was very excited to see book 2 is about Ben <3 I hope it is narrated by the same people because they were perfect. I love Erin Mallon and this was my first Jason Clarke and I'm excited to listen to more!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • mandymay
    05/03/17
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    "Absolutely loved it 😍"

    I bought this book because I'm a fan of both narrator's.
    Jason didn't come in till the epilogue but Erin's proformance was so immersing I never felt cheated.
    Anyone who has ever heard Erin perform knows she has the voice for portraying both genders perfectly.
    Plus I was looking for something out of my comfort zone.
    I listen while I work so picking a tear jerker is not something that I normally would do.

    At first this book was confusing with the flash backs and flash forward I had to relisten to a couple of parts while thinking
    what did I really purchase here??
    but eventually I caught on the confusion dissipated.
    After everything started to click onto place this book completely hit home for me.
    Having lived in a similar situation 3 years ago I probably would have avoided it if I had known what it was really about.
    After finishing it..I'm now so glad I didn't pass it up.

    ABSOLUTELY NO SPOILERS HERE...
    This book is the most accurate depiction of the rollercoaster ride someone in this situation really feels.
    The weight of a relationship like this is extremely overwhelming.
    But for the lucky people who love someone so beautiful and full of light it's all worth the pain.
    The author's did such an amazing job capturing the emotions of the situation on paper that there's no way to listen with out a box of Kleenex.
    It will be the best credit you have ever spent though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Krista Durocher
    20/07/17
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    "Amazingly written!"

    So we'll done! the storyline was so well planned and so touching and the sex was on fire!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Toni Dunlap
    13/07/17
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    "worth your $"

    Great storyline..awesome performance. it was emotional, funny, erotic, great characters. recommended read or listen. enjoyed

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kathie D.
    09/07/17
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    "Good book"

    Great book. Excellent narration Get out your Kleenex to mop up your tears. I'm reading it a second time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MW
    07/06/17
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    "Good Book with a surprise ending."
    Would you listen to Cruel & Beautiful again? Why?

    Probably not listen to it again but I did enjoy it. It seemed to drag on and on. I just wanted her to get to the point. I found myself skipping forward a few times.


    What other book might you compare Cruel & Beautiful to and why?

    The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson - I can't say why because of spoilers


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she went to D.C.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes it made me cry


    Any additional comments?

    It was a little long. I liked the book but it was too long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Laurel
    07/06/17
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    "Great listen"

    I loved it so much, I listened to it twice - back to back!! It won't disappoint!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • raysa
    11/05/17
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    "Wow"

    Loved loved all of it the happy. The sad. The ups and down. Could not put it down. Deserves 10 stars. Highly highly recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • GrayBelsMom
    02/05/17
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    "OMG! I wish I could give this book 10 stars."

    OMG! I wish I could give this book 10 stars. I am an avid audio book listener but I never write reviews.
    I laughed. I cried! I got Hot and Excited!
    The narrators were EXCELLENT. The story was engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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