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Cruel Fortune

(Cruel #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,956 ratings  ·  292 reviews
Lose yourself to the dark and glamorous underbelly of the Upper East Side in the second book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde's new billionaire romance Cruel Trilogy.

I finally have everything I ever wanted--fame and fortune and literary success.

Only one problem: I lost my muse.

He was tall, dark, and handsome. Broody, enigmatic, alluring, and right for me in ever
344 pages
Published April 23rd 2019
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Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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KA Linde never fails to deliver books that keeps my attention from start to finish. This one pulled me in from the start and had me hooked entirely. The angst, drama, and the many OMG moments- I was addicted.

Natalie is now a best selling author. Her dreams are coming true. But she finds herself somewhere she never really wanted to be again… back in the city. New York. The Upper East side. As soon as her book release is over, she’ll be gone. That is, until she realizes that NYC is wh
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Carla Bulian
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author show us what a confusion every mind was, and I loved every word.
I understood the characters very well, but I didn’t support them.
This story was raw!
It’s worth the reading.
Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

In Cruel Fortune, New York’s Upper East Side returns with no shortage of malicious intentions, devious seduction and deceptive characters. Brimming with maddening pretences and frivolous schemes, the intensity rushing through this sequel will leave your mind stunned, heart racing and emotions unsettled as unexpected situations surface and the dramatic events continue to unfold.

They would lie, cheat, and steal for what they thought belonged to them.

Natalie Bishop goes back to Manhatta
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arc, angst
4.25 stars.

I don't even have any words right now.

I just...what?

I'm shook. Like I need the next book yesterday and I can't believe it's not here until July.

One day I'll write a coherent review, but today is not that day.

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May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the shit doesn't end or simmer down in book 2...
it only gets worse...even though I wanted to believe that the heroine learnt from her mistakes...BUT apparently that's not the case

I'm not pleased by the outcome...there's too much nonshalance in the sexual diversity, I felt like all the characters were mainly thinking/acting out with their holes/heads and nothing really giving an actual thought to the matter/problem/issues...

and still, nothing was resolved...nothing

pretty annoying
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

4 Cruel CROWNS

Filled to the brim with the elite and entitled, K.A. Linde continues to captivate readers with the scandalous and treacherous world of the upper east side.

The characters are very much the same as they were in book one. Natalie has grown a bit, isn’t as naive as she once was, a bit more aware of the dangers of the CREW. With that being said, she also willing enters back intro his world with an unexpected choice. Honestly, I’m still not sure how I feel about it all
Apr 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel a little bad for leaving a negative review about someone’s hard work, but WOW I found the heroine , Natalie, to be annoying as f***! I really don’t know how I finished this book. I think I was so annoyed by it that I had to finish so I could give an honest rating. This does not need to be a three book series - it is so dragged out!!! I really don’t feel much of anything happened in this book and even the drama at the end was unrealistic. I am happy to be done and to find something else to ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good freaking heavens! My heart’s still racing from all the madness and anxiety these Upper East Siders gave me, and my mind’s still reeling, trying to catch up after everything that just went down.

They would lie, cheat, and steal for what they thought belonged to them.

Cruel Fortune has left me laying like a ball of exposed nerves, stunned speechless and completely stupefied. I mean, what a way to follow up on an already addicting and jaw-dropping book in the series! This was just as
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

descriptionFake it till you make it. Fake it till you just don't give a f*ck.

Someone hold me, please?!
K.A. Linde has been delivering some serious attention gripping books and I've been lapping them up like crazy!

Set a year later after Cruel Money, Natalie is now a New York Times Bestselling author. Her dreams are finally coming true! Everything is going according to her plan and she is actually moving on until she receives an email from her agent that she has to go back to the place that ruined her..
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know it's a damn good book when you completely ignore all your work and devour the book in hours because you are so invested in these characters. Whoops - not sorry at all. And now I need book 3 - pronto!!

Cruel Money is the 2nd book in Linde's Cruel series and let me tell you, this is one series you MUST READ!!

We are thrown right into the heart of things at the start of Cruel Money and the story never dies down. The story is told from both Penn and Natalie's POVs, however, I was hoping to ge
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Natalie Bishop readers reunite with in Cruel Fortune is not the one who they were left with at the end of Cruel Money because a year later, she’s not as naive or as innocent to the world around her, and she seems to understand her worth more and the people she can trust, which no longer include who she thought would be the love of her life or Penn’s crew of Upper East siders.

But Natalie’s hesitancy to go back to the ‘scene of the crime,’ to the city that chewed her up and spit her out due t
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Original angsty K.A. Linde has reared that sweet, beautiful, I want to throw my kindle, head of hers. Cruel Fortune is reminiscent of her Avoiding Series, while having its own vibe and layers of complexity. I will admit I wanted to aim my kindle at Natalie in the hopes I'd hit her in the head with it but I loved the "dance" between her and Penn. There were times she could be a bit whiny but I think that was more her naivety and she is young (my old self thinks everyone is whiny).
And of course th
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Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
Cruel Fortune was another exhilerating ride by K.A. Linde. I was addicted after Cruel Money and was very intrigued about the direction of this story after that ending in book one. Natalie was absolutely amazing but if you thought book one was high in angst and drama you haven't seen anything yet!!

This review will be dreadfully vague because..spoilers, but we are now in New York and Natalie is a successful novelist. But the dramatic secret filled world she thought she escaped has once again reare
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars! Wow! Each book just got better and better. I’m ready for some revenge along with the heroine, because damn, they did her dirty!
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
So going in I was super excited to see where this story was going. Right off the bat I knew it was not going to go the way I had hoped but I was still hooked. Linde paints a story of angst, intrigue, and upper class assholes like no other. Even though the story wasn't how I hoped things would go, the writing really sucked me and and kept me engaged.
I'm looking forward to the next chapter of this series and can't wait to see how it pans out!
Jennifer Wolfel
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh K.A. Linde what have you done to me!  I went into this book fulling believing that it would be one thing and what I got was completely unexpected.  If you have read the first book in the series you know that this Upper East Side Crew is ruthless and undeniably some of the most cunning people you will ever read about in a book or even meet in real life.  I was literally terrified to read this one... I was so afraid of what would happen and honestly I was partially right, but never saw it going ...more
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Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 how can they be so cruel stars!

Penn and Natalie's story continues with twists and turns I NEVER expected. This story leaves you REELING for the next!! Holy cracker jacks.....Cruel Fortune picks up in the same fashion as the first book, twisted friendships, glitz and glamour, bored socialites, and more money than people know what to do with. Natalie is thrust back into the world that nearly broke her the first time.

This time around, Natalie has success on her side. She's no longer the naive
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
Natalie has now written a book about the underbelly of the aristocrats of the Upper East Side. She was smart enough to write it under a pen name to protect herself. But is that enough?

As she begins to promo the book, she is exposed to Lewis again. Of course, the highest bid by a publisher for her book was from his father's publishing company. Does this smell like a set-up? You know it! The games are starting again.

Lewis pursues Natalie relentlessly. Too bad he is not totally sincere and continu
Sofia Lazaridou
Whoever wrote that the trilogy is Penn and Natalie's story must have meant that it's Natalie's story with another man and at the same time we get Penn's story. For most of the book, Natalie is in a relationship with another man which was way too predictable and I was kinda expecting it to happen since the moment I finished book 1. She even has sex with the other man, so she is not just casually dating him and spends more and more nights at his house. Isn't it romantic to have her sleep with anot ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
K A Linde takes you on a crazy ride with this book, and you will find yourself alternately screaming at the characters and screaming at Linde herself.

A brief warning before we get to the good stuff: this review will contain spoilers from Cruel Money, the first book in the Cruel trilogy. So if you haven’t read that–and if you haven’t read it, what in the world is wrong with you–be warned.

Cruel Fortune picks up a few days after Cruel Money ended, letting you see the immediate effects of Natalie’s
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Well, Good Lord! This was sexy AF! I sooo want to spill everything or at least chat about it all but… I can’t! You all deserve all the surprises like I got while listening! KA Linde should write storylines for porn! I mean, shesh, I feel like I ended up pregnant after this book! * fans self and proceeds to wiggle * Besides being an insanely sexy book, Linde perfects the mean girl vibe in this story. I felt a constant unease that something was amiss. Her writin
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Reviewed by Donna on behalf of KindleFriendsForever

Cruel Fortune is the second in the Cruel trilogy and picks up a year after an incident which happened in Cruel Money. Natalie is now a successful bestselling author and finds herself going back to the place she never thought she'd step into again. It’s only for a short while before her book’s released and then she’ll be out of there and back home in Charleston. The only issue is she’s struggling to write at home. She’d lost her muse
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

~ 4 Cruel Stars ~

I have to be honest and say I spent at least half of the story totally aggravated with the way the story line went. I can’t explain why because it is a major spoiler, but I’ll just say it wasn’t how I was expecting or hoping it would go.

Now even with that said, I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. I just liked the first book better and I am hoping things change for the third a
Candyce Kirk
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading Cruel Money, I really wasn't sure how Cruel Fortune would play out. Let's just say this author gave us a book I wasn't expecting and didn't know I needed. Cruel Fortune starts off a year after Cruel Money ended and you're in for a ride.

I don't want to give too much away about the plot (that's the hard thing about sequels), but we get to see the Upper East Side like we've never seen it before. Natalie eventually gets sucked back in and the games, lies and vicious webs all come out t
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

Cruel Fortune brings us back to the cruel world that broke Natalie, only she's not as broken as when she left it a year earlier. Natalie’s dream is finally in her grasp as her newly published debut book hits the best seller lists. She has no desire to go back to NYC where her heart was broken but that’s exactly where she is sent to promote her book. Her plan is to pop in and out before anyone from her past can take notice but once she is there, Natalie realizes that NYC might just be wha
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Angst-fueled (great) storytelling…

Whew! I’m still recovering from this second of three instalments in the Cruel trilogy. Natalie is put through the emotional wringer as ghosts from the past reappeared in her life. How she got there – where, why, and with whom - was an angst-fueled journey that blew up her feelings, and mine, time and time again. I love this author’s writing style. She has a light hand, as her characters feel all the emotions, and by proxy me as well. Anger, joy, frustration, des
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Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a ride! Book 2 in the Cruel Series will take you on a twisted roller coaster ride in the Upper East Side. Entering the first few chapters into the read already had my mind wondering what direction this story was heading.

This time around Natalie Bishop has published her first book and it was one that has made her a best selling author. Her dreams of becoming a writer has come to fruition; however, lately she had been facing some writer's block and posing a challenge thanks to the lost of her
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, kindle, romance
K.A. Linde can write amazing stories.

Poor Natalie.. At every turn, somebody who she cares for is always lying or betraying her and causing her trouble. She has just became a published author, and is working on her second book, when her rug is pulled out from under her feet.

Penn wants nothing more than to leave his life behind and build a new life with Natalie. Problem is, she is currently in a relationship with his best friend, but he knows that there is more to their relationship than meets th
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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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