I received this book for free from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Cruel Beloved by T. L. Smith
Series: Cocky Hero Club
on May 31, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult, Enemies-to-Lovers
Format: digital e-book, ARC
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
Buy on Amazon, Buy on Amazon AU, Buy on Amazon CA, Buy on Amazon UK
Sign on the dotted line…
I, Carla Star, agree to marry you, Corton Whiskey, on the date supplied in the attached contract. In signing this document, I agree that I shall not, by any means, try to break this contract. I understand that if I do, the envelope held in escrow will be released to the parties identified within the contract, and I shall forfeit my right to the privacy currently afforded to me by the aforementioned Mr. Corton Whiskey.
Lawyer acting on behalf of Mr. Whiskey
I received this contract, hand-delivered, and I’m now staring at it in disbelief. Me, the daughter of a senator, is being bribed by a one-night stand.
If he thinks he can blackmail me with his perversions, he can damn well think again.
Also in this series: British Banger, Slick Senator, Egotistical Player , Cocky Striker , Heartbreaker
Adult Contemporary Romance, Enemies-to-Lovers
First Person, Dual-POV
This book is part of the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
Carla’s like ice, she’s too beautiful to touch for fear of the cold and too hard to crack.
But lucky for me, I have an ice pick. And I plan to use it on every inch of her.
As a follower of Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s work, I’ve truly enjoyed the idea of this collection.
I love enemies-to-lovers trope and I also love arranged marriage stories. This one didn’t disappoint. In fact, this was one of my favorites.
I loved this book!!! It was so so so good, I couldn’t let go. The chemistry was explosive, the love/hate relationship was intense and both characters were very lovable. Hate/Love Romance!!!
31.5/35 STARS – 4.5 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 3.5 Freshness: 4 Plot: 4.5 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 5
Action 2/5 Angst 2/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 3/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 3/5
Would I recommend? Yes, if you like enemies-to-lovers romance!
Would I re-read this book/series? Yes!
Would I read more from the author? I’m looking forward to reading more from her.
Addictiveness: 5/5 This was a fast-paced read that kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page of the book. As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 4.5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 4/5 Multifaceted characters with lots of layers to them and well written descriptive background.
Carla was a kick-ass heroine!!!! I really loved her. She got caught on a horrible situation, but she never allowed Corton to walked all over her. She gave him tits for tats and made him sweat.
Corton Whiskey was a good hero. Yes, he as a jerk. But I usually likes bad boys that reform themselves. His evolution during the story is big and he grew a lot from beginning until the end of the story. He was also really really hot!!!!
Secondary characters I love their best friends and I hated her parents. So, I can say the author wrote really good secondary characters, since I felt all the emotions.
Villain/antagonists … there are a few antagonists in this story, I’m not sure if I would call them villains though.
All characters were lovable, easy to connect and understand.
Freshness: 4/5 That was nothing out of the world original here, but there was a very unexpected twist that made the story fresh and unique. As fresh as mint mentos!!!
Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 Great opening and exciting ending. Believable plot, with sexy dialogues and great pace. Good setting, interesting subplots with unexpected twist. High level of enjoyment!
I’ve loved the concept for this plot and all the twists and turns that it took. Cohesive writing without meaningful loopholes.
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 4.5/5, steam 5/5 Holy smoke! This was intense and explosive. The couple couldn’t be in closer proximity that the combusted. Amazing descriptive smut and hot romance!
Writing Style: 5/5 I loved the writing. Multidimensional characters, with well written plot, wonderful pace, intense romance, superb dialogues… everything in a cohesive, clean writing style. Work of a wordsmith!!!
Cover: art 3.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 4/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This one was ok. Too generic for me. What really attracted me was the title. I love an enemies-to-lovers tale and that title told me that. I would probably buy this book by its cover, but I had to read the blurb.
Also I would like to mention that I didn’t like how problems with the parents were solved by the end of the book. Too fast, too soon, too unreal!