Review: Beautifully Cruel by J.T. Geissinger

Posted June 13, 2020 by Lorna in Reviews / 8 Comments

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Review: Beautifully Cruel by J.T. Geissinger
Beautifully Cruel

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on May 15, 2020
Pages: 319
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Not going to lie, one of the tropes involved in this one is my least favorite to read. That being said, I absolutely loved this book about a law student/waitress who falls for a very powerful and somewhat dangerous older man. I’m so glad I didn’t know what was what before I started it or I might not have read it and to my delight, I found I couldn’t have been more wrong.


Tru is 26, and a woman just trying to get by and finish her law degree which is imminent. Working at a dive cafe is a means to an end so she perseveres. For almost a year, a beautiful man comes and drinks coffee and watches her, but only sporadically. Then he ends up saving her from a brutal attack. She ends up pretty smitten and when he offers her a chance to be with him for 30 days only and then never again, she accepts-sorta. This is the story of what happens after that.

Tru was an admirable main character. She is determined to finish her law degree and become a public defender because of someone in her past. She wants to be better than what that person received. Meanwhile she makes the most of her dead end job and is friendly with several staff members. Liam is Irish, dresses in Armani suits, has a driver, and seemingly can’t take his eyes off Tru. He knows he’s not good for her so he fights it-until he doesn’t. It’s not that simple, but I am going to leave it at that. Of course there are some good/interesting side characters involved-one in particular that was fascinating and I want more of and sooner rather than later!

I loved the romance, but I have to tell you there are some really steamy scenes. And some really good banter at times. J.T. Geissinger is a very skilled writer of both banter and of sexy times. I didn’t think the sex scenes were over the top though(maybe a tad?)and it didn’t take the place of story as it does in so many other books.

This was truly a wonderful romance. I read a lot of romances and this is one of the best of the bunch. It’s certainly not one that I will forget anytime soon as so many are for me. I did spend a bit too much time being concerned about whether or not a happy ending could be had due to circumstances, but I need not have worried. This author is all about a happily ever after, although there are some tough times involved. It certainly was a page turner and very well written as usual with Geissinger’s work. I should also admit that Geissinger is one of my favorite authors and this book is a testament to my reasons for that.

Highly recommended to adult contemporary romance readers. FYI-Be sure and read the author’s acknowledgements as they contain some good information-as well as a small part of the ending.

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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Mary Kirkland
1 year ago

Well, now I’m intrigued. I like this kind of romance.

1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I think you might really enjoy it Mary!

Anne - Books of My Heart

I have also really enjoyed this author. You are right – I would not typically read this based on the blurb but I’m glad to know it is a good one.

1 year ago

It was really good and I shouldn’t have worried at all.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Isn’t it fun when a trope you can’t stand gives just enough of a twist that you can love the story anyway? She sounds like a great heroine. Hot stuff, huh? Sounds good!

1 year ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Yes, hot stuff for sure. And huge twists. I’ve never read a book by her I didn’t end of loving.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Huh! I am intrigued!

1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I think you would enjoy this for sure Carole!