Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: A Cruel Kind of Beautiful by Michelle Hazen

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Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: A Cruel Kind of Beautiful by Michelle Hazen

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free from Barclay Publicity, NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: A Cruel Kind of Beautiful by Michelle Hazen A Cruel Kind of Beautiful by Michelle Hazen
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Published by Self-published on December 4, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages:  344
Format: kindle e-book
Source: Barclay Publicity, NetGalley
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If you can’t get to the Big O, can you get to the happily ever after? 

Jera McKnight loves music, swoons for hot guys, but sucks at sex. Jacob Tate is her perfect storm: a pun-loving nude model with a heart as big as his record collection.

When a newspaper-delivery accident lands him in her living room, he’s almost tempting enough to make her forget she’s never been able to please a man—in bed or out of it. Sure, he laughs at her obscure jokes, and he’ll even accept a PG-rating if it means he gets time with her, but he’s also hiding something. And it has everything to do with the off-limits room in his apartment. 

Jera pours all her confusion and longing into her drum kit, which pays off when her band lands the record deal of their dreams. Except just like Jacob, it might be too good to come without a catch. 

She doesn’t know if her music is good enough to attract a better contract, or if she’s enough to tempt a man like Jacob to give up his secrets, even if they could fix her problems between the sheets. But if this rocker girl is too afraid to bet on herself, she might just end up playing to an empty house. 

Also by this author: Playing the Pauses      , Tie Me Down



We are thrilled to be celebrating the release of Michelle Hazen’s Rockstar Romance, A CRUEL KIND OF BEAUTIFUL! This is the first installment in her Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll series. Follow the tour for reviews, excerpts, guest posts, plus enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card!




  • Cover: I love it. I like the way the hair gives a feel of something in motion. I could guess someone is in a band. Unusual from the now overly used bared chested men (which I love). Unique!
  • Plot: A huge surprise. Nothing as I was expecting from the blurb. Well written, cohesive, no weak spot. Steady pace, kept me guessing and I’ve ended wanting more.
  • Characters: He is almost too perfect, really a 5 STAR hero. She is a kick-ass heroine. She made me laugh a lot. Her insecurities were part of her charm and made her feel real. They are easy to love, connect and understand.
  • Heat: They had good chemistry but nothing happens in a rush. The author did a good job of pacing the relationship
  • Freshness: This is very original. So different from anything out there. One-of-a-kind!
  • Addictiveness: I couldn’t put down. I was surprised in a very positive way with something totally different from what I was expecting.


  •  I don’t even know what I would have changed here.


This book has it all: amazing hero, kick-ass heroine, great secondary characters, undeniable chemistry between the couple, humor, a great story line and a wonderful ending.

Why haven’t I read anything from this author before?

I’m really looking forward for what comes next. I will be definitely on the look out for Ms. Hazen’s books.


You MAY read this because you like amazing characters; you should be reading this because you enjoy romance; you MUST read this because you want an overall amazing experience!!!





Copyright © 2017 Michelle Hazen


“If this is about sex, here’s the thing: I like sex. Every kind of sex. And I can make it unbelievably good for you.” He says it without a hint of a blush, and no trace of arrogance. The temperature of my skin rockets up.

I swallow to combat my suddenly dry mouth. I really, really want to roll him on top of me and forget that no matter how hot he makes me, I’ll be left panting and straining and unfulfilled at the end.

I want to pretend I don’t know better.

“This isn’t a romance novel,” I tell Jacob. “It doesn’t work like that. You can’t just put on some Barry Manilow and call it making love, and be so gentle with me that my head explodes into a rain of fireworks. I tried all that, and it sucked.”

I push up to sitting, my eyes darting away from him as I rub one hand down my opposite arm. I hate how ugly it makes me feel to talk about this stuff.

“No matter how excited I get, I can’t finish. My ex tried to help me get over it, and it only made the whole thing worse for both of us.”

“Look, I get that. I listened to that shitty voicemail he left you. But it doesn’t have to go that way, Jera. Did you know that seventy-five percent of women have trouble experiencing orgasm through vaginal sex? Only fifteen percent of women have the same trouble once additional stimulation is provided.” He sits up too. “Have you tried toys? Even just a little booster like a vibrating cock ring? What about fetishes?”

I blink, at a loss.

“Fetishes can be really unique, and they are often biologically based,” he explains. “Not linked to trauma or anything weird. They’re incredibly powerful. You could have an insane gummy bear fetish or something and just have no idea that’s what you need to get excited. Have you read much erotica?”

My cheeks burn and if my mouth isn’t hanging open, it’s only because I’m too shocked to move.

“I might have done some research,” he admits.

“Oh really? I thought I accidentally hit play on my Sexual Dysfunction for Dummies audiobook. How are you not blushing right now?”

“I like talking about sex.” He shrugs. “And it’s important to you. Of course I want to know as much as I can. Besides, I’m an engineering major. Taking things apart and figuring out how they work is kind of what we do.”

That pulls a reluctant smile from me, because that is insanely nerdy but also sweet, and more than a little embarrassing. I don’t even want to see all the ways I’ve besmirched his browser history.





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About Michelle Hazen

Michelle Hazen is a nomad with a writing problem. Years ago, she and her husband ducked out of the 9 to 5 world and moved into their truck. As a result, she wrote most of her books with solar power in odd places, including a bus in Thailand, a golf cart in a sandstorm, and a beach in Honduras. Currently, she’s addicted to The Walking Dead, hiking, and Tillamook cheese.

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