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A Brutal Tenderness

(A Terrible Love #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  422 ratings  ·  64 reviews
There are two sides to every story. In this dark and sexy companion novel to the New York Times bestseller A Terrible Love, experience the sizzling passion and pulse-pounding suspense through FBI agent Cas Steele’s eyes as he hunts down a psychopath...and falls for the killer’s prey.

Cas has been charged with an unsavory task: manipulate the hauntingly beautiful
ebook, 1, 328 pages
Published August 26th 2013 by Simon & Schuster
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"A Brutal Tenderness" is a companion novel to "A Terrible Love" by Marata Eros, and it tells essentially the same story that was featured in "A Terrible Love", but only from the hero's perspective, an undercover FBI agent mostly known as Cas through the narrative.

If there's one thing I'm really starting to be weary of/angry about in the New Adult trends going through the market right now, it's the half-done retellings or companion novels that are supposed to be considered full books.
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.**

“I try to shake off the shattered remnants of my haunting guilt. But it grips me, carrying me off on the current of memory like a captured leaf, forever churning as the water of my emotions takes me back to the night that Faith called me. And I didn’t answer.”

Blaine “Cas” Steel has been watching Jewell MacLeod aka Jess Mackey for two years, silently blaming her for the death of his cousin, Faith. Determined to avenge his sole famireview.**
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Agent Cas Steele has lost his beloved cousin Faith to a serial killer. The only link to find the killer is Faith’s best friend Jewell MacLeod. Cas relentlessly pursues Jewell as she tries to hide from becoming the killers next victim. When he is charged with seducing Jewell into becoming bait, he never thought his anger would flip on him...making Jewell the most precious person to protect. Now she is caught in the cross hairs of the FBI and a serial killer, can he keep her safe without loosing
Have you read A Terrible Love yet? Are you wary of reading this because you think it will be the same shit? Well no worries. This really is a whole new book. I barely recognized the same story. Cas has his own tale to tell and it's a hot one.
Some hard truths:
Cas is a guy. So yes Boobs, Vaginas, and sex cross his mind a lot. So be prepared for those.
Cas is volatile. So yes, he gets into fights.
Cas is hot.
You know me. Well you don't. But I am not an over the top Alpha male makes me
Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)
Arc Review of A Terrible Love and A Brutal Tenderness

When I chose these ARC books to review I was excited to read this author.  The covers were beautiful and the synopsis were exciting.  They both sounded like the perfect blend of erotic romance and romantic suspense.

These books had great potential of being an erotic, dark, romantic suspense. The plots had potential to be hair raising, suspenseful, compelling, and exciting. The main plot was to draw out a serial killer th
Before you even THINK of reading A Brutal Tenderness, pick up and read A Terrible Love by Marata Eros, as it is crucial to truly feeling every brutally raw emotion, thought, sight and action that cascades through our hero’s POV. Told from Undercover Agent “Cas” Steele’s POV after two long years of watching the woman he blames for his cousin’s death, resenting her, yet not quite comfortable with using her as bait to trap a deranged killer, he is completely unprepared for his soul-deep reaction to finally coming face to ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-favorites
My Rant:
A Brutal Tenderness was breathtakingly beautiful. This book is much more than a companion novel to a Terrible Love, it is the missing piece to an unrelenting love story. Marata brings the story full circle by telling it from Cas's POV. Cas is displayed as an open book and he lets us into his world, his emotions, and his un-quenching love for Jewell.

Talking about Cas just gives me goose bumps in a good way. His personality is hardcore and raw but what makes Cas appealing is his heart an
Yvette ~ Nose Stuck in a Book
A Brutal Tenderness is the companion novel to A Terrible Love by Marata Eros, meaning that it’s the same plot with additional information told from the perspective of Agent Cas Steele. The story gets a new spin as readers get a glimpse behind the scenes of the FBI investigation in which protagonist, Jewell MacLeod, is unknowingly involved. It’s fascinating to finally be privy to the events that led up to the shocking and unexpected twist revealed in A Terrible Love – events that unfolded around ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Note: Reading "A Terrible Love - Love series #1" is an absolute MUST before you take on A Brutal Tenderness.

Let me just get this off my chest......Oh my fricken Lordy Lou!!!! Does that not tell you what I thought of this companion novel???!!!
Hands down, this is my favourite novel by Marata Eros!! And I've read them all!!

They say there are two sides to every story. How often, ladies, do we wish we knew what our men were thinking and feeling? With ABT we get an insight of
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you haven't read 'A Terrible Love', then don't read this until you have. You wont gain the full impact of the story if you haven't experienced the suspense, the twists and the surprises from the first book.

The title suggests a companion novel, but for me it was more. Combine the two books and you have a completed jigsaw puzzle. All the pieces fit perfectly together and the overall picture is one that moved me on many levels (granted differently to the first and not quite with as m
Lexi Buchanan
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read the first book and this back to back and loved them. I wouldn't have minded having Cas' POV mixed in with the first book as opposed to two books because some of the pages I did flit through, but loved it nevertheless. Looking forward to this authors next book!
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:

I enjoyed A Brutal Tenderness from Cas' point of view immensely. For one, I valued being inside of his head, and seeing how he came to love Jewell so much. For another, I was completely captivated by his position as part of the FBI, along with his good friend and partner, Luke Adams, (who Jewell knew as Brock), and Decatur Clearwater, (who Jewell knew as Brad.) It was very fascinating being privy to what happened behind the scenes as Cas, Luke, and Del collected int
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by Net Gallery in exchange for an honest review.

Please note that this is the retelling of A Terrible Love and although the same story from Cas's POV you will not get the full story by not starting first with A Terrible Love. If you haven't read it yet, please look away now! This will contain spoilers of just the already known parts of the story, but I will try my best to leave out as much as possible.

I want to first identify two problems I had with this story. They bo
A Book Vacation
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Have you ever read a novel and wondered what the other main characters were thinking and feeling as the events unfolded on the page of a first-person narrative. Remember Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyers? That tease of a half-finished manuscript that presented Twilight from Edwards point of view, showing readers where he went when he left Bella’s side; giving inside glimpses into his head and heart? Remem
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really loved A Terrible Love, and I have been looking forward to reading A Brutal Tenderness, which is A Terrible Love from Cas' point of view. First, let me say that you do need to read A Terrible Love before reading A Brutal Tenderness, otherwise you will not truly understand, enjoy, or get the full impact of the story. Even though this is the same story, Cas' version is completely unique and different from A Terrible Love, so it is definitely not like reading the same story again, which is ...more
Margreet Asselbergs
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

Jess Mackey is the name she is using now, but she was Jewell MacLeod, and she is trying to get her feet back under her after a horrible tragedy that forced her to leave her family behind. She is slowly meeting new people but mostly keeps herself at a distance. Until Devin Castile, Cas to friends, refuses to stay at a distance and stirs up an interest she thought was long dead.

Cas is an FBI agent who has a vested interest in bringing down a serial killer intent on track
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Totally LOVED it!!!

First Off this is not just a re-telling of the story this is a different point of view a different voice, and what a voice it is.(I imagine it to be like Vin Diesel However I imagine every guy sounding like Vin Diesel).

After reading both A Terrible Love and A Brutal Tenderness I really think they both needed to be written, as they are playing hidden identity roles, essentially there are 4 main characters Jewell/Jess and Devin Castile/Blaine (Cas) Steel. And who do
Snarky Mom
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Originally posted at SnarkyMomReads

“A BRUTAL TENDERNESS” by Marata Eros is titled as a companion novel to “A Terrible Love“. These are New Adult genre novels written in the ‘He Said, She Said’ method – and “A Brutal Tenderness” is written from the first person perspective of the male lead character, FBI agent Cas Steele. This is a 250+ page read priced at $5.69 (ouch!) published by Simon & Schuster.

Overall, the story was a good read. Sinc
Kindle Crack Book Reviews Cheri
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review. Expected publication date: August 26th.

For two years he has stalked her…
For two years he has blamed her…
For two years he has hated her…
Jewell MacLeod’s life was in some serious danger. She changed her name, appearance and runs away after her best friend Hope is brutally murdered. Jewell spins a web of lies in order to conceal her identity from the psycho killer who wants to get
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
A Brutal Tenderness is an AMAZING simply amazing and breath taking follow up to A Terrible Love. I was so excited when I found out we would be getting Cas POV and a whole other story. I mean I love it when an author tells the story from the other main character but this was so different I just could not get enough. I mean we get so much more with Cas's story. We get to see what he was feeling and thinking but most importantly to me as a reader we get to see how he reacted what he was feeling rig ...more
Leanne Crabtree
3.5 stars.

I think this is the first time I have ever read the second book in a series that tells it from another’s POV. If you don’t know what I mean here’s an example: Hopeless (girl’s POV) and Losing Hope (guy’s POV) by Colleen Hoover… but I have to asmit it was very interesting seeing everything from Cas’ POV.

Well, there’s something about a guy who talks dirty when your in bed with him that I like. And Cas with Jess/Jewell is no exception. I think it’s his dominance th
**Copy kindly provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

First, I love this story. I loved it from Jewell's POV and I loved it even more from Cas' POV. It was so interesting to find out the stuff that was going on while "Jess" was in class. At first I was super confused by all the new info expelled in the first couple chapters but the further into the story I was like "OMG it all makes sense now!" I was super surprised that Marata also included Thad's POV
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I need to begin by telling you all that I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

This is yet another book written as a companion to the first book from the Hero's POV, and I am seriously loving these kinds of books! I mean really, who hasn't read a book and wondered at least once what was going on in the other persons head?

If you read book one, A Terrible Love, you absolutely have to read this one! There is SOOOOO much more to this story that you have no idea about only hearing it from Jess/Jewell's POV!! Getting
Jennifer Hartman
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
First off I want to say I loved that this was written because I really wanted to see things from Cas's point of view and see what he was thinking and feeling.

1. I really didn't like the changes in the dialogue from the 1st book. It didn't work because there were things that were said that you know Jewell wouldn't have said because of being in hiding and some of it contradicted what she said in the first book.

2. She started calling him Cas before he told her
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review is my personal opinion and may contain: spoilers, quotes, rants, cussing (sometimes I cannot help myself) and a possible full on recap. I in no way want to ruin anyone’s book reading experience so please read my words with caution.


Um... So the FBI allowed Jewell to run and they have her as their first witness protection (without her knowledge). Interesting. Also, Brock and Brad are FBI agents. The other side is tricky!

Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dear god M.E., forgive me for taking so long to get to this review!!

I waited with eager anticipation for this novel to come out after I finished reading A Terrible Love. I couldn't wait to get inside Cas's mind and get things from his perspective. I vaguely remember M.E. mentioning something about either never having written entirely from the male perspective and/or not thinking she was entirely good at it (yes, I could be wrong on both's been a very, very long time sin
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4 Stars

A Brutal Tenderness is a companion book to A Terrible Love. I absolutely love this book. It explained all the loose ends in book 1 and also added depth to the first book. This book revealed all the mysterious situations and gave much needed insight into characters and pivotal plot changes in A Terrible Love.

The POV is from Blaine/Devin “Cas” Steel. It makes his character more sexy, loveable, and hot. It also gives the reader details into the other agent’s lives, which
Kimberley Humphrey
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I crazy loved A Terrible Love & wasn't sure if it was possible to get me to feel the same about this companion novel but I have to say I think I crazy loved it more. Cas's emotions & his way dealing with things is intense & it was so good to see his side of this story. I knew I was reading the same story but learned so many new things & (I'll say it again) absolutely loved it. Loved getting to see more of the other agents & how their dynamics were. Cas Steele is a wonderful h ...more
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I waited a little while to read this because it was from Cas's POV and companion novel to A Terrible Love, so I thought it was the same story just his side. But this was so different then A Terrible Love. To me it was a little more intense and emotional because of Cas's connection to the case.It covered important parts and cleared some things up from the first book. Then there are the chapters were we got inside Thad's head which was just creepy and interesting. It added so much insight to the s ...more
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
Not much really to say bad about this one since I loved A Terrible Love! this is a campanion read for it...Blaine "Devin/Cas" Castile's POV. this was a great adjunct story with a lot of back detail into the personal life of Cas and his undercover FBI partners. Since I am a complete sucker for male angst and I find male emotions so much more endearing, I loved this as much as ATL!

PLEASE do not read without having read will be completely at a loss with the characters and.the story! I am
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Marata Eros is the author of over ninety-five titles, including her NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novel, A TERRIBLE LOVE, and the #1 international bestselling erotic Interracial and African-American TOKEN serial. Marata writes a variety of dark fiction in the genres of erotica, fantasy, romance, suspense and sci-fi. She and her husband live in the midwest with their four s

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