Dive back into the sexy side of the Upper East Side with a new billionaire romance from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde.
I finally have everything I ever wanted—fame and fortune and literary success.
Only one problem: I lost my muse.
He was tall, dark, and handsome. Broody, enigmatic, alluring, and right for me in every way.
Until he wasn’t. Until I lost everything.
And I can’t lose it all again. I’ll do anything to keep it.
Even seeing him again…
I didnt like it as much as the prequel and 1st book. This one gave me anxiety bc she trusted so many shallow people over and over again. I just couldnt relate to being treated like a doormat and insulted repeatedly. Not my thing. The writing is still great, the author is great and I will look for other series by her.
I want more.. NOW!
This book has all the angst. I had a hard time putting it down.
The crew is all back with more crazy than ever and Natalie is in the big fat middle of it.
I was a big gossip girl fan and this book gives me all the feels. Xoxo
Beware the false flatterers
K A Linde takes you on a crazy ride with this book, and you will find yourself alternately screaming at the characters and screaming at Linde herself.
A brief warning before we get to the good stuff: this review will contain spoilers from Cruel Money, the first book in the Cruel trilogy. So if you haven’t read that–and if you haven’t read it, what in the world is wrong with you–be warned.
Cruel Fortune picks up a few days after Cruel Money ended, letting you see the immediate effects of Natalie’s learning that Penn had a bet going on with Katherine regarding getting Natalie to fall in love with him. The rest of the book follows the aftermath.
I’m not going to talk plot with you because I worry I’ll give away something. Instead, I’m going to focus on a couple of things that K A Linde does that are SPECTACULAR.
That word “cruel” in the title. To accept it as part of the crew’s general practices would be to wildly diminish its impact. These people aren’t just cruel, they are vindictive. They are heartless. They are malicious. Every time they tell Natalie how wonderful she is (“You’re brilliant;” “You’re an incredible writer”), there is no genuine affection behind those words. There is no sincerity. They throw around platitudes and compliments to manipulate and coerce. To toy with and tease. Sometimes I wanted to grab Natalie by the shoulders and shout at her to NOT BELIEVE THEM.
But then I realized how much I, like Natalie, wanted to do that very thing.
Can you imagine what it would feel like to have that sort of attention, that sort of adulation from these people–from these wealthy, gorgeous, glamorous people? Can you imagine what it would feel like to be in the center of their orbit?
As frustrated as I got with Natalie’s inability to see the truth, I absolutely could understand why she didn’t want to. She says she wants nothing to do with their world, yet she is drawn to it. She finds inspiration in it, yes, but she also finds a place where she feels like–however unfounded that feeling may be–she belongs.
Which brings me to the other thing K A Linde does: she puts you in the mind of a character you didn’t know you needed to hear from until you do. This person who seemed one-note and static becomes more fully developed, more real, someone you want to know better. Someone you could even empathize with.
As Linde moves us to the final book in this trilogy, I look forward to what she’s going to do with these characters. What further cruelties will they inflict on each other? How will Natalie survive? At the end of Cruel Fortune, she is stronger, more worldly, even cynical to an extent. She has been fooled and fooled again. And now she knows the truth, about the crew, Penn, and herself. What will she do with that information?
I can’t wait to find out.