Earlier today I posted my review for One Cruel Night, the prequel to Cruel Money. Once I read the prequel, I knew this was going to be a series I couldn’t put down. Did I still think that after reading this book? Let’s find out!
First I have to thank Inkslinger PR and the author for providing me with an ARC to read and review!
Lose yourself to the dark and glamorous underbelly of the Upper East Side in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new billionaire romance Cruel Trilogy.
She was supposed to be a one night stand.
A way to sate my sexual appetite.
I let her glimpse the man I am. The face that I hide behind my carefully cultivated life.
But she ripped open that divide–and there’s no going back.
Now, she’s here. In my city.
I don’t care that I’m Manhattan royalty and she’s the help.
Only that she’s living in my summer home. With me.
And I want more.
K.A. Linde is an author who can easily switch what she writes about. Last year a paranormal trilogy and now a trilogy with characters on the Upper East Side where everything may not be as glamorous as it seems!
Natalie is still dreaming of being an author and until she gets that career going, she stays at houses that need to be monitored while people are on vacation. She’s now staying a really nice house and plans to get a lot of writing done. What she doesn’t expect is seeing the man who left her alone and naked in bed six years ago.
Penn has lived a pretty easy life being rich. He remembers Natalie, but doesn’t seem to really care at first. His ‘crew’ is with him, which is a group of all rich friends who seem to have their own issues. Penn remembers Natalie from six years ago, but doesn’t seem to want his friends around her.
I loved Penn’s crew. They’re all pretty quirky and maybe kind of mean, but I think my favorite one was Lewis. He seemed to be the most down to earth and just plain nice to Natalie. Seeing how Katherine kind of thought of Natalie as a project, that was just wrong. It’s clear she had some other intentions.
The chemistry is definitely still there between Penn and Natalie, but Natalie is a strong independent woman and will not let him decide how things go down. I really liked Natalie. She stays herself even when she’s tossed in a world of the rich. Even being made over makes her feel out of place. She seems really genuine and that’s not always something I get to see in romance stories.
There’s definitely more that meets the eye when it comes to Penn. To the outside world he may seem arrogant and act like it, but with Natalie he’s different. I loved that even if his family didn’t want him to, he want after his own dream and became a proffessor. I think my only complaint is that I would’ve loved more chapters from his POV. There weren’t enough!
Besides the romance that I loved to see grow, the crew definitely hangs in circles that aren’t always that nice. There is a lot of drama and trouble. And the ending of Cruel Money really leaves us hanging!! I need the second book now!!
Once again, K.A. Linde created a world I can’t get enough of! The different characters are amazing and I love how it all fits together. I can’t wait to see how she continues this amazing story!
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.
She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.
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Cruel Money kind of makes me think of a more grown up Gossip Girl and I loved it. I can’t wait for the next book in this trilogy! Have you read Cruel Money? What did you think?