⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ REVIEW: Cruel by Deborah Bladon

Low angst and bingeable in the best of ways, this billionaire romance is the kind of quick and sexy read that I love from Bladon. While the blurb had me thinking this was going to be a tense, darker read, it’s definitely not that. The vibe is a little mysterious and a whole lot lighthearted, with an affection-starved antihero whose reputation precedes him. It reminded me of Beauty and the Beast, with a gruff, misunderstood hero, a vibrant and charming heroine, plenty of time spent in his home, and a staff that feels like family. This antihero also comes to our heroine’s rescue, and it’s the start of an unexpected and interesting relationship. The story probably could’ve delved a bit deeper and it’s definitely shorter than I would’ve liked, but I devoured it in one sitting and enjoyed it the whole way through.

The story follows Juliet, a journalist who is just starting out her career. When she’s mugged in an alley, a mysterious stranger comes to her rescue. He’s gone before she can thank him, but that event changes the course of her life. Shortly after the incident, Juliet’s boss says she’s been requested for a special assignment – interview a reclusive billionaire, a man who is feared by most. That billionaire turns out to be none other than her rescuer, but Kavan is not the good guy she thought. Most people believe that he killed his father, and he’s never given them a reason to believe otherwise. Kavan’s reasons for choosing Juliet as the journalist to tell his story might be a bit cruel, but the more Juliet gets to know the mysterious stranger, the more she realizes that he’s not a bad guy at all.

If you’re new to the Buck Boys series, no worries – the connection to the first interconnected standalone is minimal at best. The marketing for the whole series is kinda weird to me, but that’s a separate issue, lol. No, this isn’t a western. And, no, there are no cruel games. It’s a light and steamy billionaire romance with a little bit of a twist, and this unique storyline kept me turning the pages. Bladon excels at writing businessmen who fall hard for the right girl, and that’s what we’re dealing with here. I loved how Juliet turns Kavan’s world upside down, and I loved the lightness that she brings to his life. The romance itself moves pretty quickly once it gets going, and I certainly wouldn’t have complained about another 50 pages of story, but this did a great job of keeping me hooked. It’s the kind of vibe that I expect from Bladon, and Kavan’s background made it an interesting read. Digging deeper would’ve made this more powerful, but it easily satisfied my light and steamy craving.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3fLFnor


Blurb:

He’s dangerous, addictive, and my newest assignment. 
The future I desperately crave rests in the palm of his hand. 

Breathtakingly handsome and painfully private, he’s the sinner who killed a saint.

That’s what the world sees when they catch a glimpse of Kavan Bane.

He’s the mysterious billionaire tucked away in his penthouse high above Manhattan.

My job is to understand him.

His goal is to break me.

Only one of our hearts will survive.

Let the cruel games begin.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3fLFnor


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My jerk of a boss is getting married today. 
Imagine my surprise when I found out that the bride-to-be is me. 

Graham Locke is cocky, condescending, and looks sinfully sexy wrapped in a thousand dollar suit.

He’s also a nightmare to work for.

When he sends me a text message asking me to meet him because he’s getting married, I laugh out loud.

Who would marry him?

It turns out I do. I literally marry my boss.

It’s not for love. I can’t say it’s entirely for money, but that does factor into my decision to become Mrs. Locke for ninety days.

Three months will fly by, right?

Wrong.

Within twenty four hours, I’m counting the seconds until I can go back to being Trina Shaw.

I persevere because I’m not one to give up even though I seriously consider it.

It doesn’t take long before I discover that my husband isn’t the man I thought he was.

The secrets he keeps hidden close to his heart may end up breaking mine.

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About the Author:

Deborah Bladon is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who has sold over 3.5 million books worldwide. She has been featured on the top bestsellers lists over 70 times, including two weeks in which 3 of her books were featured. Some of her standout series that have been included on the New York Times bestsellers list are RUIN, PULSE and GONE. 

Her love for romance novels began when she was old enough to board the bus, library card in hand to check out the newest Harlequin paperbacks. She’s a Canadian by heart, and by passport, but you can often spot her in New York City sipping a latte and looking for inspiration for her next story. Manhattan is definitely her second home.

She cherishes her family and believes that each day is a gift for writing, for reading, and for loving.

Her stories have touched readers worldwide and she’s always eager to chat with fellow book lovers!

You can chat with Deborah Bladon on Facebook at AuthorDeborahBladon or on Instagram at @deborahbladon.

For all of the latest updates, including cover reveals, free books and giveaways, sign up for Deborah’s mailing list at http://www.deborahbladon.com/subscribe.


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