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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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    Laura Burlington, Ontario 09-21-16
    Laura Burlington, Ontario 09-21-16 Member Since 2017

    I love to multi-task whenever possible and audible allows me to keep up my voracious reading appetite while doing other things!

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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi Marie Michigan 10-27-16
    Cyndi Marie Michigan 10-27-16

    Addicted to any type of Romance/Erotica audio books.

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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
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    Samantha S! Missouri 04-16-17
    Samantha S! Missouri 04-16-17

    Samantha Schafer

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    "Wow"

    Just wow. Get ready for your mind to be blown and grab some tissues! Such a beautiful story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Dickey 04-07-17
    Lori Dickey 04-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Ah!!! Such a beautiful story!!!"

    I LOVE this book!! It's such a beautiful story from beginning to end. It's well worth the credit/read!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer orzel 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    Tears, laughter and hope My romance book bubble is full. It's a great listen with an excellent narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorrie Finley 03-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    What an emotional ride!!! I cried as I listened to the last hour and a half while commuting...I looked so silly to the other commuters!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Gallup, NM USA 03-21-17
    Annette Gallup, NM USA 03-21-17
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    "Love this Book!!!"

    This book will make you cry every time you read it!!!! It is the most beautiful love story you could ever imagine and the most heart breaking at the same time ;) This book is a must read!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Kept me reading!!!"

    Loved it, great way to tell a story, loved narrator's voice. Two love stories in one!

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    Irene M 03-14-17
    Irene M 03-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A truly fitting title"

    This was, bar none, the most pionantly moving book I've ever read. The fact I listened to the audible version made it even more so. This story literally had me in tears at several points. I once thought it would make a wonderful movie but not sure a movie could capture the true essence. I loved this story! I will be looking for more stories from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-12-17
    David 03-12-17 Member Since 2012
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    "!!10 Stars"

    I loved the emotional Rollercoaster.. Laughing, big ugly tears and a surprise ending. Not your typical romance.

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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.

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