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Book Review: Cruel Beloved by T.L. Smith



From the publisher:


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.

Aubrey Bateman

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



Disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review and opinions.

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I love me some enemies to lovers, it is definitely my bookish catnip! Carla and Whiskey's chemistry is off the charts. This is one of the hottest books I've read this year. Who doesn't enjoy some scorching hate-fucking?


This isn't your fluffy romance, so don't expect any of that. From the beginning, we knew Whiskey had nefarious intent. This wasn't a marriage based on love, it was forged in hate and revenge. But what neither of them counting was on falling hard for each other, once they really *see* each other.


I really enjoyed the story. The only thing I can point out is that the ending felt a bit rushed. And maybe I've read too many books in a row that end with this particular trope, but I'm just getting a bit of fatigue around it. All in all a fantastic read, definitely recommend!

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