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…
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The Natalie Bishop readers reunite with in Cruel Fortune is not the one who they were left with at the end of Cruel Money because a year later, she’s not as naive or as innocent to the world around her, and she seems to understand her worth more and the people she can trust, which no longer include who she thought would be the love of her life or Penn’s crew of Upper East siders.
But Natalie’s hesitancy to go back to the ‘scene of the crime,’ to the city that chewed her up and spit her out due to a crew of manipulative and entitled pricks, even if it’s for something as glorious as her own book release celebration, speaks to the damage that was done to her and her refusal to be a part of any environment that thrives on lies, secrets, and manipulation.
The Upper East Side Crew did give Natalie something, though, in return for the hell they put her through – they gave her an outlet for her anger…for her pain…for her grief…an opportunity to be exactly who and what she had always wanted to be – a writer. And while the consequences of the crew’s actions left her broken hearted and betrayed, she channeled those feelings into her writing and crafted quite the tale about her experience with The Crew, exposing who the Upper East Side elite are, the games that they play, and the hearts and lives that they destroy simply because they have the money, the power, and the desire to do so.
But the extent of Natalie’s transformation is still very much a work-in-progress and because she’s thrown back into the lion’s den for a number of reasons, the games that she doesn’t want to play and the despicable people she doesn’t want to be around are, once again, points of contention and torment for her, and her choices when she’s back in the mix of the elite, including who she chooses to spend her time with and confide in, make me question exactly how much she’s grown and learned from her past mistakes and if everything she was hoping to avoid, especially further heartache, has no way to be prevented due to her reemergence into the world that almost destroyed her.
I have to admit that I was a bit perplexed by the way things played out in Cruel Fortune; I didn’t understand why Natalie seemed to make the same mistakes as last time, only with someone other than Penn. Natalie’s decisions, while good for her writing career, were not ones that make sense when readers look at the big picture and everything she’s risking, yet again, to be in the company of the Crew.
But I know I have to trust in the story that KA Linde has laid out and where she’s leading her hero and heroine, and while it’s difficult at this point, as long as everything comes full circle and the journey fits the characters, I’ll be ready for the conclusion of Penn and Natalie’s story.
With the small insight Linde gave readers for the final book in the trilogy, I can’t wait for Natalie’s reckoning…I want the Crew to understand that they have no right to do the things they do by playing with other people’s emotions and lives! And I have one person in particular in mind for her to unload on; I desperately need a certain Queen B to get hers in the end…the games she played and continues to play with other people’s lives speaks to the spoiled and entitled bitch she is, and she deserves everything that Natalie has in store for her.
3.5 Poison Apples
Cruel Trilogy – Book 1
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.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.