Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: June 28th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Six of Hearts, Killer Queen, The Hooker and The Hermit, Hearts of Fire, King of Hearts
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A standalone contemporary romance novel about love, hate, cruelty and forgiveness.
Her name is Lana. She wasn’t dealt the easiest cards in life. She wasn’t dealt the hardest. She has an illness, but she doesn’t let it rule her. The first time she laid eyes on her best friend’s twin brother she fell in love at first sight. It didn’t last very long. He was a hateful boy who made her miserable. The happiest day of her life was when he moved away to London six years ago.
His name is Robert. He breaks the ones who love him. He’s always liked to play games with Lana, see how far he could push her. He once thrived on her pain, but no more. Now she’s coming to London to live with his sister for the summer and this time he plans on being her friend instead of her tormentor. But Lana is scarred by his past bullying. She doesn’t trust him, nor does she have any reason to.
When the two find themselves living under the same roof, they call a truce. This summer will change both of their lives, as they put their history aside and learn one another from scratch.
When fear takes over, we use cruelty as a mask. Robert and Lana’s story will see their masks slip away as the love they felt on the inside shows its true face.
**Not suitable for younger readers. Contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.**
In essence, cruelty is a cycle. A person inflicts it and it spreads. It simply breeds more and more of itself in a loop. Cruelty is a fundamental part of our psyche…it is a flaw in our design, and it seems like the only way to purge it from our lives is to remove ourselves from every kind of human interaction there is. And there lies the rub, because a life without a human interaction is no life at all.”
When Lana decides to spend the summer with her best friend, Sasha, she is determined to have a good time. But that plan goes to hell when she realizes that Robert, Sasha’s twin brother and her very own childhood bully, is going to be there as well. Robert is beautiful as well as cruel. With endearments such as ‘tampon’ for this redheaded beauty, Lana has always been at the end of Robert’s emotional abuse.
But Robert is determined to change his ways and become Lana’s friend…as well as something more. With an attraction that sizzles, a past that fizzles, and a future of uncertainty, Lana and Robert are on a journey together that tests the nature of cruelty.
L.H. Cosway has managed to write another book that is set apart from others. The writing was gorgeous. The characters are complex. And there is something charming about the tone in which this novel is written. I had a hard time connecting and even rooting for Robert but I eventually warmed up to him. Plenty of angst, sexual tension, and heartwarming moments.