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The Nature of Cruelty Kindle Edition
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.**
**This is a full-length standalone novel.**
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- ASIN : B00DMAPFEQ
- Language : English
- File size : 533 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 367 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 222,692 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I do love this authors style of writing. I love her irish voice that comes through, although this story is mainly based in England. I liked the references to the english TV shows (This Morning and wishing Phillip Schofield was her Dad!) and the Olympics. I was familiar with a lot of the places she went to, although I did spot one error when they go to Brighton and the author mentions the sand...there is no sand on Brighton Beach, it's stones and pebbles!
I like how this author gives her couple a slow building romance. You can feel the sexual tension and Robert says some romantic and sexy things to Lana! The sex scenes were well written. I did feel Robert was quite a similar sort of hero to the one in Painted Faces, but that's a good thing. I never felt much annoyance towards how Robert had treated Lana when she was young but this is helped by the 'interludes' from Robert's POV.
Lana I didn't love as much as the heroine in Painted Faces. She wasn't as witty and this book whilst having a clear 'message' lacked some of the humour I expect from this author. I did find a lot of the story quite predictable. I found the standard 'break up' a bit lacking and wanted a bit more angst before the reconciliation and I would have liked an epilogue.
I liked this book, I just didn't love it but I do love this authors writing style and look forward to reading more of her contemporary novels.
Lana had always thought Robert was beautiful but cruel. In the end she just prayed that he would move back to London. Sasha his twin was nothing like Robert, if anything she was Lana's champion, jumping in to protect Lana from Robert. The story starts in the present day when Lana now 22 is travelling to London to spend the summer with Sasha, they have remained best friends. Lana hasn't seen Robert for a very long time, but even though she has always been painfully shy, she's a grown woman now. She's not going to allow Robert to get to her. But Robert wants to call a truce and be friends, but Lana is not sure she can trust him.
After reading Painted Faces, I was keen to read something else by this author. And while this doesn't quite reach the same high, it's excellent nonetheless. The writing is marvellous the words flow off the page. Robert was a fabulous character I loved him even with all his faults. Lana was a sea of calm to his stormy waters. The tension and full on emotion in this story is stunning.
I loved the Ultimate Power series, and also Painted Faces. Power is a fantasy series whereas Painted is contemporary romance, much like this one.
Its great too finding a good read that's also a standalone novel ( as is Painted) as there seems to be a rash or duos/trilogies and so few stand-alones that can satisfy without leaving reader on tenterhooks waiting months - years even, for next part. A huge thanks to L.H. Cosway for keeping to a traditional romance format :)
Lana falls in lve with her best friends twin brother at a very early age, but he's a typical teen boy and to great excess. He bullies her verbally and is incredibly cruel to her, tormenting her at school and at home where he and Sasha live opposite her. He really does make her life a misery and seems to thrive on her pain, but she keeps quiet and finally he moves away to London and she picks up her life. His behaviour shadows her though, she has little confidence and is always looking to see hidden meanings in comments.
Then years later she stays in London with Sasha for the summer. Robert isn't supposed to be there but the day she arrives he's there having had an acrimonious split for his on/off girlfriend. Sasha says he can only stay if Lana is OK with it, but she knows how close the twins are and how upset Sasha will be to say no to him.
Robert seems to be different though, Lana picks him up on things she'd have let go before and they have a few angry spats finally coming to an agreement. Gradually he wears her down and a romance develops. Is it true though, or is this an extension of his former cruelty.
Its a fantastic romance full of emotion, a fascinating psychological look at bullying and its motives and makes us all look at past behaviours. I loved it - I loved Pained Faces too and feel L.H.Cosway is not only a superb fantasy author but one that writes excellent contemporary romance too.
Great value too £1.36 for 367 pages.
Stars: five, great contemporary romance to keep you engrossed.
I guessed a couple of the storylines, was totally wrong about a couple and shocked by a few more, but that is the art of telling the story - there have to be a few rewards as well as a few shocks.
This is a beautiful story and though it is good to read reviews to know if the novel will be 'your type', I suggest you skim through those with too many spoilers.
I am not usually keen on books that keep dipping into the past but in this case getting glimpses of their younger selves worked and their former relationship added to the story and my enjoyment of it.
My only criticism would be the description of type 1 diabetes - if you have missed a meal you do not rush to inject insulin, quite the reverse.
There are not many romances that I read more than once but this is one of the exceptions.