The Cruelest Stranger by Winter Renshaw.
❤️❤️❤️❤️💔 4/5 Hearts!
When I first received an ARC of this book, I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. I was pleasantly surprised with the story though. It had so many twists and secrets, that I couldn’t put it down. I binge read it within a few hours.
The book starts with Astaire, a preschool teacher with a tough upbringing. Sadly for Astaire, her fiancé had passed away just a year ago. Astaire always had a way of looking at the glass as half full. She was happy, and she always had the faith that everything happens for a reason. I enjoyed her character a lot. Astaire was never put down by her struggles, and always stood her ground, while showing respect for her limits.
Bennett, on the other hand, was a brooding businessman. He trusted no one, and thought of himself as an unkind person. Even though he lashes out first because he expects the worse, we learn the hardships he’s had to endure. I honestly didn’t like him in the beginning but by the end I absolutely loved him.
When Astaire and Bennett met they absolutely couldn’t stand each other. Astaire believed Bennett was suffering, and wanted to reach out. At every turn, his cruelty was put on display, yet she persisted, until finally getting through to him. The beginning to their love story was heart wrenching, but by the end, it was refreshing. They were able to be mature adults, and I don’t seem to find that very often in contemporary romances. The twists and turns will keep you enthralled, and I couldn’t predict any of the outcomes. Astaire and Bennett end up with their happily ever after, and they find the family they both always deserved.
I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.