The Cruelest Stranger
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Let me catch my breath since I have just finished this cruel stranger’s marathon story.
The first couple of chapters had me hooked and I was very excited. Astaire and Bennett were totally opposite characters, yet very interesting. She was joyful and pleasant, he was an arrogant and cruel arsehole.
Bennett was cold, indifferent and remote, I couldn’t believe he responded to Astaire’s emails and wrote so many words!!! It was so out if his character.
Astaire, towards the ending mentioned she ...more
After having read just the first few pages, I was completely hooked. I stayed up all night to finish this novel - because I just couldn't put it down. A heartwarming story wherein characters were believable and flawed and wonderful.
Astaire a pre-school teacher who grew up in a not so ideal environment but it didn't make her hard or jaded. She has this positive attitude and chooses to see the good in people. So, meeting Bennett is really a challenge to her personality.
Bennett the arrogant, ...more
A heart-wrenching and heartwarming enemies-to-lovers romance that will make you believe in fated soul mates.
One night in a random bar and both their lives change forever. He’s the biggest jerk she’s ever met. She’s sunshine and all the good things about life. He’s a pessimist but sees it as being a realist. She always gives everyone the benefit of the doubt and looks at the bright side of life. She’s the light to his dark.
You never know the pain that someone else is ...more
I may be a cruel bastard, but I’m no monster. And there’s a difference.
Bennett is a dickhead. And Astaire is a ray of sunshine who just can’t help herself and meddle into a complete strangers life by sending him an email consoling him for his loss. First I was annoyed with her being so nice to a dickhead like Bennett, it was completely unnecessary but then later I just got over it because that’s how her personality really is. You can’t really change a ...more
Astaire is a young woman grieving. Her fiancé died in a car crash way too soon. And what makes it sadder is she grew up in foster care and has no family. She does have a job she loves though, as a kindergarten teacher. But it’s time she starts to move on and she is waiting in a bar one wet and rainy night for a blind date. She approaches a guy who she thinks might ...more
She was a goodie-two-shoes, ... Too much gold heart here, but well, i liked her: she didnt have sex with him till 60-70%... She was kind and all that but yes, she had a backbone as well... Although she grew up in system, and only from 14 years old she got a stable home... She was through a lot in her life... And then she went and took a pity of this cruel man.
Too much ...more
It was the title that was eye-catching—and I’m always intrigued by grumpy (sometimes hurtful) characters, though Winter Renshaw gave some basis for understanding the kind of behaviour Bennett showed. Like several asshole ‘heroes’ ...more
On a dark, rainy night, Astaire goes to meet a blind date. She was set up by a co-worker. After a stop to make herself presentable after the rain, she sits at the bar waiting for her date. All she knows is his name, he has dark hair, and is over 6 ft. Not altogether down with this after a long day, but she tries anyway. And a case of mistaken identity leads to Bennett and Astaire's first encounter.
And it is far from ...more
Winter Renshaw is one of my favorite go-to authors. I devour all of her books that I pick up, and this is no different.
I was captivated from the outset. I read it overnight! It's angsty and sad but also sweet and swoon-worthy... I think this book is definitely more emotional the other books that I had read of hers.
Gosh, and that plot twist?! I was like, what are the odds? If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. There is no fighting fate.
“The man remains a mystery … an infuriating, enigmatic mystery man with a story begging to be unraveled” …“Caring is a weakness, a gateway to destruction. And I’m as indestructible as they come”
Hey, have you heard the one about the kind-hearted kindergarten teacher and the cruel-hearted rich guy who walk into a bar one rainy night? Well, you haven’t heard this one! As she does so mesmerizingly, Winter ...more
I do believe people are a product of their upbringing and Bennett Schoenback is a prime example. As ...more
Astaire has suffered the kind of loss no one should ever suffer, but yet she's so kind and compassionate, she's like sunshine. When she meets Bennett Schoenbach, it's on the anniversary of that loss, and she's had a day. And he makes it worse, so much worse just by being his hostile, asshole self.
So how on earth did she come to fall for such a dick? Well, the heart (and body) wants what the heart wants, and she's determined to figure him out, as determined as he is to keep her out, to keep his ...more
Bennett had built up a wall and was not really living, just more existing. He really ...more
The book tells the story of Astaire and Bennett, two people who couldn't be more different if they tried. Astaire is in a bar waiting for her blind date. Thanks to the ...more
Winter Renshaw writes damaged heroes with a flavour all of her own. It doesn’t matter how many books she writes about deep and profound men who haven’t experienced the best things in life like love, and a loving family, I can never get enough of her books.
Bennett Schoenbach is one such man. Born into Chicago Royalty, the family seems perfect, but, as we get to know him, we realise that all he knows is to expect the worst in human behaviour. And the stormy ...more
I Give this Book a 3.5/5 Star Rating, Listing as 3.
Insta(?): I would classify this as such, yes.
Heat: 3(?!!)/5, I’m Just Gonna List is as 2.5/5
Spoiler in Review(?): No? Honestly, I’m Forcing Myself To Avoid Adding Any.
I Have to say this is a hard one to rate, cause when I finished book..I had to ask myself... Did I Actually Enjoy The Book?
Well I Did and Didn’t.
The whole reasoning for him being labeled ...more
Winter Renshaw's novels always surprise me with their trajectory and this one was no exception!
While I was able to put together the pieces fairly quickly, that didn't stop me from becoming engrossed in this couple's story. From their hostile first meeting to the crazy coincidences that happen afterwards, there was something captivating about these two.
The Cruelest Stranger is an emotional love story of redemption and second chances, a romance ...more
"I want to know his story. I'm going to know his story. One way or another. I don't know how, but I will. And I'm sure it'll explain everything."
When Astaire Carraro misakes Garrett Schoenbach for her blind date, she's completely blindsided by his rudeness and cruelty. Nonetheless, he ignites a curiosity in her that she just can't let go of - even though it invites more scathing, cruel words from him.
"I can fight it all I want, but Astaire is a delicacy. If I let ...more
As Bennett leaves the bar his umbrella is left behind Astair runs after him to return it back to him, only to see him going into a funeral home. Being the good person that she is, once she finds out ...more
Bennett is cold, cruel, pessimistic, engages in countless casual affairs, and has the kind of life many would envy. Astaire is warm, kind, optimistic, grieving the loss of her fiancé, and brought herself up from nothing. Together ...more
The main lead, Astaire, is a character you can't help but love. She's a teacher, a natural nurturer, and she truly cares about everyone she comes into contact with. Of course, when she comes into ...more
Until one Thursday night that was pouring with rain that changed the trajectory of his life for the better.
As the saying goes "kill them with kindness" and I think it worked in this case ...more