Cruel and Beautiful by A.M. Hargrove and Terri E Laine screws with your emotions and mind from the very first sentence. I have never felt a more intense range of emotions when reading a book before. I bawled throughout the book for good and bad reasons and when I finished part of me wanted to throw it against a wall. I wanted to scream at the authors for making me feel what I felt.
I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. I took off a star because while the story was an amazing read and I was mostly able to keep up, at times the jumping back and forth between the past and present was hard to follow. This book will rip out your heart and guts, mash them up in a blender and pour them back out into a mindless heap.
The book takes on a topic that can be difficult. The authors create characters that make you want to wrap up in a bubble and keep safe. One of the main characters has cancer and wild horses couldn’t tear me away from finishing this book.
Part of me wishes I had never read this book. I wish I had never felt these intense emotions that made me laugh and cry sometimes both at once. Of course there are few books that I truly wish I had never read, and as much as I wish this was one due to the emotional train wreck I was afterwards, it isn’t.
As with all books it is not for everyone, but I enjoyed the book immensely. I bought this book as opposed to my free ones because the blurb caught me hook line and sinker. It drew me in and I couldn’t wait to read more. The book is a surprise and will make you want to read it again as soon as you have finished just so you can get a deeper understanding of the story. On the other hand, I may never be able to read this book again just because I can’t handle the upheaval of my emotions.
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