Today we’re thrilled to be sharing the first book in K.A. Linde’s all-new billionaire romance trilogy, Cruel Money.
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.
Reviewed by Donna on behalf of KFF
Where do I start after reading the first in a trilogy and sat pondering on what an entertaining, angst enjoyable read Cruel Money was and do it justice for the potential reader. I haven’t stopped talking about this with my book buddies and I will urge the unsuspecting book world to pick this delight up.
Natalie and Penn had a brief encounter six years ago and bump into each other unexpectedly at the beach house Nat is looking after for two months. Penn only ever wanted a one night with her; nonetheless, Nat got to see a different side to the man who just wanted to sate his vast sexual appetite. What does it matter if he’s seen as Manhattan Royalty and Nat is just the hired help! Could these two different worlds work well together or collide and crash? Living in the summer house might or might not be an absolute disaster. Anything is possible.
Natalie Bishop is a 24-year-old aspiring author. She grew up as a military brat moving from one place to another so as an adult, she loves nothing more than drifting from one place to another. The house where she works stands for high society and is amongst some pretty impressive properties. It’s the perfect solution for her to earn money and at the same time, try to break into a writing career.
Penn Kensington is from the Upper East Side and one of the elite. Filthy rich, he had no wish to work in the family business and found his own path as a philosophy professor. His group of lifelong friends are all from the same cut and go by the name of The Crew. A bunch of cruel guys who pretty much view anyone outside their circle as beneath them. It’s the ultimate clicky group. Although Penn is tied to them, there is a part of him that wants to be better and improve his behaviour towards others. I felt at times he needed a bit more of a backbone towards the Crew members.
Cruel money is full of twist and turns, drama, angst and pure sexual chemistry that just sizzles between the two protagonists. The side characters equally intrigued me and had me chomping at the bit to find out their next move. Obviously, I wanted to know what was going to happen to Penn and Nat and I can’t not mention the puppy, Aristotle. Such a cute little addition to the story belonging to Penn but loved Natalie. He never left her side and it gave a bit of lightheartedness to the story.
I’d read this author’s works a few years ago and although she’d dropped off my radar, I remember how I loved her words back then. Since finishing this offering, I’ve tried getting into other reads and whilst I’m a sucker for a great story, Cruel Money is still niggling in the back of my mind. This is the first of a trilogy and I’m so looking forward to seeing where I’ll be taken in the next two instalments. Get ready for a full-length romance; however, this shouldn’t deter you in the least. As a series, could it have been shorter? No way! Linde has given an action-packed story that’ll keep you enthralled from the first page to the last.
I gave 5 stars to a great plot, exhilarating characters and for the author’s ability to suck me in and imprint this story constantly in my mind. I’m sure Ms. Linde would say that my reaction to her words would be her job is done. Or is it? Wait for Cruel Money!
Meet K.A. Linde
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.