The Nature of Cruelty by L.H. Cosway
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Summary: 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.**
1.5 stars. I don't know what the hell happened with this book. Actually, I do. The MC male was so off-putting that I couldn't understand the MC female's attraction for him. She was fairly irritating too. Robert was a bullying creep to Lana when they were children but she's harbored an attraction to him. All grown up and off to embark on her Ph.D program, she stays with BFF Sasha (Robert's sister) whom Rob has moved in with temporarily as his girlfriend Kara has put him out of his apartment. Apparently, attraction is rekindled and the mance happens. Let me just say that Robert never came across as one who was truly sorry of guilt ridden about the torment he inflicted on Lana. He gave a perfunctory apology and though it was enough to make her heart sing, it did nothing in the way of giving me a reason to root for these two or like Robert one iota. Lana even made excuses for Robert's bullying ways. He has Daddy angst in the box of pain he carries around. I. Don't. Care. Guy was a jerk and so he earned this book being tagged with "Hero such a jerk I don't care why". Because basically, nothing I was given here, explains it sufficiently or excuses it. I couldn't even work myself up to hate Lana because I just wrote her off as too ridiculous to begin with so when she ceases to take care of her health because she's in "lurve" I just didn't care. He wasn't worth all this angst and she was a twit.
I'm glad I got this out of my TBR pile but wow do I wish I could get those hours back. Thankfully, it was only hours & not days I wasted. I don't recommend this one. Pass.
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