Series: Cruel & Beautiful #1
Author: A.M. Hargrove & Terri E. Laine
A USA Today Bestseller, this book is based on a true story.
This is a New Adult Contemporary Romance standalone, full-length novel that includes mature content, not suitable for younger readers. (Rated R)
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…
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 onto the beautiful.
“Everything I have is yours. My love, my heart, my soul, and my life, for however short or long it may be.”
Cruel and Beautiful's prologue makes it clear that this particular story is not your usual romance.
When Drew McKnight meets Cate Forbes, he's pursuing a residency in oncology while Cate is still in college trying to make ends meet. Cate doesn't date. She knows she needs to keep good scores to graduate and find a decent job. She doesn't need a distraction. Drew makes it impossible for Cate to continue her life as before. Drew knows that she is the one he wants to spend his life with. He begins a courtship and then a friendship which is swoon-worthy. I absolutely loved Drew. He was charming and romantic. He was also sweet and funny. I heart him so much.
I really don't want to tell you anything else. I want you to be surprised. Just remember this is not a typical story. There is a twist in the last part of the book which took me by surprise but made complete sense looking back.
I believe when you start this book, it's better if you go in blind. Don't read the blurb, just start reading. Like I mentioned earlier, after the prologue, you know more about what you're getting yourself into.
The narrative alternates between the present and the past. This usually is not my favorite but it works for this novel.
The story is heartbreaking. There's sadness but there also humor intertwined with hope, healing, and love.