Review: THE CRUELEST STRANGER by Winter Renshaw

the cruelest stranger

The Cruelest Stranger by Winter Renshaw
Genre: contemporary romance
Publisher: self published
Publication Date: January 22, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

I went into this book blindly, intrigued by the title alone–a title that gave me the impression it was to be an enemies-to-lovers story. And in its own compelling and ambiguous way, it is. But between the complex layers of story line is woven a perception of opposites attract – a story of two damaged and flawed characters, but where one is bitter and pessimistic, the other is compassionate and sincere.

The Cruelest Stranger is an emotional love story of redemption and second chances, a romance that makes you believe that everything happens for a reason. Fate….destiny….how separate events in two characters’ lives lead them on a path to finding one another, where circumstances continuously force both of their worlds to collide. Their pasts may be heartbreaking, tragic, and dysfunctional at times, but it’s one woman’s determination to save a man from himself, to show him there’s more to life than just “existing”, that love and family is what truly matters at the end of the day.

The intricate yet complicated relationship between Bennett and Astaire, in correlation to the magnificent writing and narrative, was an emotional tidal wave of loneliness, animosity, and angst. Yet when you strip away the pain and cruelty, you are given a beautiful and romantic story of atonement, peace, and acceptance….that at the darkest of times, light can always be found.

5 Stars!


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the cruelest stranger

The first time I saw him was at a bar called Ophelia’s on a misty Thursday night. I was there to drown my sorrows after a trying day, he was there to escape the storm. After a brief yet incredibly cruel exchange, the handsome stranger bolted before I had a chance to tell him off. Incensed and two cocktails deep, I followed him out the door, determined to give the audacious Adonis a piece of my mind—and the umbrella he left behind.

Tearing after him in heels and barely able to keep up in the freezing rain, I ended my chase when I realized where he was going.

They say never to judge someone unless you know their story.

I never could have anticipated his…

And I never could have anticipated the way our paths would cross again—or that I would one day find myself falling for a man with a hollow cavity where his heart should be, a man as callous as he was beautiful, as complicated as he was mesmeric.

They say never to judge someone unless you know their story.

This one’s ours.

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