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Cruel Money

(Cruel #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,935 ratings  ·  421 reviews
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 b
ebook, 340 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by K.A. Linde Inc.
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❤❤5 addictive stars❤❤

I devour it in one sitting and now I want more of Penn and Natalie!Cruel Money has it all, drama , angst , original characters and a romance that will keep you on edge!


Natalie and Penn are from different worlds , and they have a past.None of them expected to see each other again!The plot is brilliant and the story captivating !

I loved the romance it has angst, passion and intensity. I’m in love with Penn and Natalie! Both have something unique about them!

Overall it was a

The book started off fine until I realised the direction it was heading. It feels all too high school-y and for the life of me I am not staying around for the obvious cringe-fest that is to come. So our heroine Natalie is an aspiring writer who house sits for $$$ and as it turns out her current house sitting job is for a guy who she once had a once night stand with in Paris. Natalie is still very hurt cos Penn ghosted her after (which I don’t get, cos hello one night stand?)
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hmmm... Cruel Money is more Cruel Intention with heavy on romance. I have to admit the writing, the idea, the drama is good.
I want more on the drama. More twist.

The chemistry between Penn and Natalie is hot. Super hot. They met once during ONS in Paris. Penn left without a trace. Then they were given second chance when Natalie babysits Penn's parent house.

There is issue with social status since Penn is coming from elite status while Natalie is nobody. There are drama on the story but I want m
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Cruel Money is my first book by K.A. Linde and didn't disappoint and now I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to jump on the bandwagon.

*a trilogy
*rich boy / poor girl
*dual pov
*a bet gone wrong
*New York’s Upper East Side
*a cliffhanger

All those things thrown together make for a fun, angsty read. Since it left off on a cliffhanger I'm off to start book 2.
Audiobook source: Hoopla
Narrator: Stephen Dexter & Virginia Rose
Length: 8H 58M
Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡

Think Gossip Girl or Cruel Intentions and you have Cruel Money—a second chance romance set within the glitz and glamour of New York’s upper class society. It is devious and abundant in delicious drama, characterised by deceitful personalities brimming with lies and scandalous propositions.

Delightfully addictive, without doubt compelling and unputdownable, Cruel Money, with an insurmountable level of intrigue and intensity, will have you invested throughout. It doesn’t just have angst and drama,
chan ☆
Mar 18, 2019 added it
Recommended to chan ☆ by: Bree Hill
dnf @ 9%

what i read of this book was not bad and the premise is kind of cruel intentions-y. but i'm just not in the mood for this sort of romance at the moment and i really don't like that the male protagonist can't remember that he took the heroine's virginity.

might revisit this one day, just not today.
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh man...

This was just like that After book by Anna Todd, only here, the somewhat adults are doing the same kind of shitty game to fuck up other people's lives, only to have them develop the real feelings in the process...BUT it's too late, now, is it?

why would people do that? really?!
and how naive one must be to NOT see the scheme of a piling shit in front of her...gah
Jan 30, 2019 marked it as nope
Trilogy?? 🙄🙄🙄🙄 Seriously? 😒
And Wow.. did the author really went this road? Someone should tell the fmc (the author)the meaning of ONS 🤔 And the bet thing was wrote so many million times. And “the help” and Manhattan royalty?! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 🤦🏻‍♀️.. thanks for the heads up from the reviewer bellow
Besides, I agree with her, this will be a huge cluster fuck. And the ow drama is as predictable as ridiculous.
Oh!! Let’s not forget CLIFFHANGER 🙄🙄🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️
“We shouldn’t.”
“Why not?”
“It’s... a bad idea,” I whispered.
“It’s not.”
“We end in flame.”
“Burn with me.”

This book was ok, excepting the ending. I didn’t agree with the last chapter, especially considering the fact that the main female character has been through a lot of bad things along the story...
Also, I didn’t feel the connection between the two main characters as powerful as I expected. At least the 0.5 book was better. There I could feel the connection... the lust and passion. However
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
★5 Stars! Cruel Money… Is a book that will suck you into the world of betrayal, romance, rich, wealthy and callous and have you so desperately begging for more!
One of my favorite of books or 2019!

“Penn Kensington had gotten under my skin.
He’d crawled beneath the surface, and there was nothing I could do about it”

Elisabeth Grace
Gossip Girl meets Cruel Intentions! If you're a fan of either you need to pick up this book!

Penn and Natalie are a couple to root for! They share a past--and not a good one--so I appreciated that Natalie held her ground. But how could she completely resist the allure of one Mr. Penn Kensington?

This book is filled with intrigue, sexy times, backstabbing and frenemies galore. Everything you need to have you binge reading about this crew's particular brand of debauchery. Once you do, you'll be hook

Note to self
Book1- H and h
Book 2 -H and OM(H has OW)
Book 3- H and h
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
***** 4,5 stars *****

The fuck Kyla? Now you make me wait till the next one till April after how you ended this one? Just CRUEL woman, just CRUEL.

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review


Excuse me while I squeal over K.A. Linde’s latest release, Cruel Money. If there was ever an addictive, angsty, passionate and OMG story that you would want to read, then buckle up because this book had it all. It was young, fresh, and had that Gossip Girl TV show that you know you couldn’t help but be drawn to. With strong characters and sexual tensions, readers could feel the palpable chemistry brewing between Penn and Natalie. Since
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Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
Gah!! This story was outstanding!!! Penn and Natalie have a past filled with hot sexy times but a present filled with nothing but drama and secrets.  After a chance reconnection after a one night stand years ago, Natalie and Penn must travel a road filled with hot sexual tension, resentment, lust and a connection they can't avoid.  He is an uber elite member of the crém de la crém of society and she is "the help" but their different stations in life would not be able to stop the freight train of ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love, strife and all the secrets…

One Cruel Night was a sexy, angsty prequel to this, a love-infused, even sexier (because there is more of them) glimpse into Natalie and Penn’s relationship. Read the prequel – it’s fantastic – and sets the stage completely for this journey. And what a trip it is! Anger and confusion was the stage when Natalie and Penn meet again after a not so sweet parting. The feelings that consumed them years ago have not gone away but the secrets that drove them apart are no
Candace Tidwell
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Natalie and Penn... what a pair! If you have read Linde's books you know what to expect. If you have not, then I advise you to buckle up. Cruel Money is spectacular. Its angsty, emotional, and it will definitely piss you off. You may even want to throw the book across the wall. If you are reading a kindle then I would strongly advise against any throwing or temper tantrums.
On a serious note, you will love the storyline. Linde has a talent to deliver nothing but outstanding characters. They will
♛ Garima ♛
DNF at 50%. I am not a romance reader so DNFing romance book is very common for me. Up until 50%, it was okay then everyone started doing stuff without thinking which I think kind of also common in romance genre. Not my cuppa but I did enjoy 0.5 of this series.
4.5 stars!

What’s worse than running into the one-night stand that ruined you six years ago? Sharing a house with him for two months!

Cruel Money is a deliciously twisted and emotionally captivating start to the Cruel Trilogy . I immediately became invested in the characters, was mesmerized by the story, and couldn't put it down.

Natalie and Penn shared a passionate night together in One Cruel Night and then Penn vanished and they haven’t seen each other since. It was a mind-blowing experien
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I. NEED. MORE! This book was soooo incredibly good, I gobbled it all up in one sitting. It’s just better than anything I’ve read from K.A. Linde. I can’t even help but think how this is so much like Gossip Girl, but with her own unique twist. Extremely addictive and completely unputdownable, Cruel Money just has the kind of intrigue and intensity that was up the wazoo. It wasn’t only packed to the brim with angst, drama, tension and seduction, but it was also dripping with manipulation, deceptio ...more
4.5 Stars

A promising start to the new series by author K. A. Linde. This book is simply addictive and once I started reading I couldn't stop until the last page.

Cruel Money tells the story of Penn and Natalie, two characters who have a story already, and one that did not end well for both years ago. I confess that when I read the prequel of these characters I imagine a different story, but the author surprises me and surpassed my expectations with this story.

This story is full of drama, anguish
Jennifer Wolfel
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cruel Money is like a does of cruel and usual punishment, and I mean that in the fondest of ways! If you read any of the Wright Brothers series you will have already meet Penn Kensington, but if you have't don't worry, this story is all you will need to get to know Penn! And boy did we ever!

This book sort of reminds me of the movie Cruel Intentions, you know the one... If not, it's a must see. But the way that Penn and his friends play with lives and feelings reminds me a little of that movie,
Nicole Hoefs
This was good overall. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars. This review is for an ARC, and reflects my honest opinion.

I read the prequel before reading this, and I’m glad I did; it gave me a little more insight into these characters before diving right into the present. This was dual POV, but to be honest, at least 90% of the book was Natalie’s POV. I liked her as a main character since I could see a lot of myself in her (especially the writer parts), but based on the summary, I was expecting most of
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Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gemma
Wow! Wow! Wow! K.A. Line has completely outdone herself with this amazing angst filled read. This would have to be one of the best books I have read in a long time and would have to be one of my top reads for the year. This story is filled with secrets, twists and drama all the way through the story creating an epic read. There was not a dull moment throughout the book creating a one of a kind read.

Natalie was the strong and independent heroine of the story who is a house sitter while she follow
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have only recently discovered K.A. Linde and honestly, I am not sure what rock I was living under. I completely devoured Cruel Money. It was full of angst, emotional and all kinds of steaminess. There is a prequel available that you do not have to read, but it is free, so good and sets a foundation, so go one click One Cruel Night now!

Cruel Money tells the story of Penn and Natalie. They shared one unforgettable night years ago and now they are once again face-to-face. On the night they met,
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
As always, a K.A Linde book is a fun and fast paced read.
Cruel Money was reminiscent of her Glitter series with high society rich young up and comers. And anyone that has read a Linde book knows that her characters with money make for a wild, evil and fast-paced ride filled with high fashion, decadent living and a whole lot of drama.
I enjoyed Penn and Natalie's chemistry and not just between the sheets. They are equals in their ambition-- another classic characteristic of a Linde book-- and the
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2019, angst
3.75 stars.

This was probably one of Kyla's best writing I've seen in a very long time. And I'm so impressed that she can write such a variety of genres and be successful.

I loved the characters, the story, pretty much everything about this. Although it does end of a cliffhanger, its not as bad as I thought it would be. So I'm really excited about the next one to come out!

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Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
KA Linde brings us into a brand new world with Cruel Money. A world with money, status, romance, and a lot of angst and drama. This story is intense and addicting and I couldn’t get enough. Penn and Natalie meet again after six years and their story is an intense roller-coaster of a ride. I loved it! I can’t wait to see what happens in book 2!

An arc was provided for an honest review.

Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
K.A. Linde goes back to her angsty writing roots with Cruel Money, book one of her new series, the Cruel Trilogy, and in doing so, she creates the perfect world, New York City & the Hamptons to explore and to expose the personal and professional boundaries that some people seem to not mind crossing while others strive to stay true to who they are and what they believe in no matter the cost.

When Cruel Money begins, it’s beyond clear that Natalie Bishop doesn’t belong with Penn Kensington’s crew,
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
You know you're in a K A Linde book when:

(1) The Hot Hero makes you want to smack him with your hand and your lips. And, oh, dear reader, is Penn ever the Hot Hero. He's got that brooding, judgy, testosterone-fueled vibe going on, and I love him. Yes, there were times when I wanted to grab him by the shoulders and shout at him to FIX HIS MESS. But creating said mess is part of his charm.

(2) The Heroine takes herself a little too seriously and is a little too self-righteous. Natalie is both of t
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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. 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 n ...more

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