A Brutal Tenderness: A Companion Novel to A Terrible Love

A Brutal Tenderness: A Companion Novel to A Terrible Love

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by Marata Eros

There are two sides to every story. In this dark and sexy companion novel to the New York Times bestseller A Terrible Love, experience the sizzling passion and pulse-pounding suspense through FBI agent Cas Steele’s eyes as he hunts down a psychopath...and falls for the killer’s prey.

Cas has been charged with an unsavory task:…  See more details below


There are two sides to every story. In this dark and sexy companion novel to the New York Times bestseller A Terrible Love, experience the sizzling passion and pulse-pounding suspense through FBI agent Cas Steele’s eyes as he hunts down a psychopath...and falls for the killer’s prey.

Cas has been charged with an unsavory task: manipulate the hauntingly beautiful Jewell MacLeod—a woman he has every reason to hate—and slowly gain her trust in order to use her as bait to lure in a killer. But as the killer draws closer, Cas realizes that he can’t deny the scorching chemistry that ignites between him and Jewell, even if giving into his physical desire for her means jeopardizing his mission...and opening himself up to the possibility of a real and terrible love...

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A Brutal Tenderness: A Companion Novel to A Terrible Love 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am always wary of second books that tell the same story but from another character's POV, but this one proved that you can rewrite the story and make it feel anew. This story complements A Terrible Love beautifully, filling the gaps left in the first story and adding a very different perspective. It helped that I read the first book again before I started this one. All the details of the story were fresh on my mind and I was able to enjoy the second book more. It is a great read.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Before you even THINK of reading A Brutal Tenderness, pick up and read A Terrible Love by Marata Eros, as it is crucial to truly feeling every brutally raw emotion, thought, sight and action that cascades through our hero’s POV. Told from Undercover Agent “Cas” Steele’s POV after two long years of watching the woman he blames for his cousin’s death, resenting her, yet not quite comfortable with using her as bait to trap a deranged killer, he is completely unprepared for his soul-deep reaction to finally coming face to face with the beautiful, vulnerable Jewell MacLeod. His assignment was to use whatever means available to dangle Jewell on a hook, like raw meat baiting a hungry lion. Looking into her eyes, seeing beyond her façade, his primal need to protect, possess and cherish every part of her begins an epic battle with his ‘duty’ as an agent and his need for revenge. Which side will win? Either way, part of Cas could be forever broken and he’s terrified. Marata Eros pulls no punches, leaves no emotion unscathed. The world she has created is dark, dangerous, yet sensual and beautifully painful at times. Cas is far deeper than his overwhelmingly powerful , bad boy exterior, as his mental anguish shows. There isn’t a character involved that isn’t given a flesh and blood feel and each scene is detailed with a keen eye to drama and sensual awareness. You WILL be inside Cas’s head. This was a difficult book review to do. Why? You ask? Obviously, I loved everything about A Brutal Tenderness, but I couldn’t find the words to describe how deeply Marata Eros’s gift for pouring it all out there, shredding it down to pure human need and raw emotion got to me. I could feel HER deep attachment to her work. Marata Eros has a distinctive style and voice that shines through all of her works and just screams READ ME, read me, AGAIN! And I obey. An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Simon & Schuster - Pocket Star in exchange for my honest review.
Gina04 More than 1 year ago
Reading the story from Agent Cas Steele POV was awesome. I really enjoy these kinds of reads.
Erica_Pillera More than 1 year ago
Totally LOVED it!!! First Off this is not just a re-telling of the story this is a different point of view a different voice, and what a voice it is.(I imagine it to be like Vin Diesel However I imagine every guy sounding like Vin Diesel). After reading both A Terrible Love and A Brutal Tenderness I really think they both needed to be written, as they are playing hidden identity roles, essentially there are 4 main characters Jewell/Jess and Devin Castile/Blaine (Cas) Steel. And who doesnt love doing a re-read on a great story this way you get to read it again but with some inciteful differences. This is Cas' point of view. I loved this view, Cas is definitely painted in a different light and so much is added to his character. I loved finding out more about him, and how he falls for Jewell. I really enjoyed Cas again this time around dont get me wrong I fricken Loved the alphary Cas that was portrayed in A Terrible Love but I also loved the softer side we get to see in this story. I preferred that he referenced Jess with her real name Jewell whenever he spoke or thought about her, made it more believable for me. Seeing the relationship through Cas' eyes is interesting and you can see how he falls for Jewell and all the obstacles put in his way with reasons for the disappearances in A Terrible Love. I liked how we got to know the “FBI team” as well, and who was playing whom. I found this sequel was a little more humours probably more to do with the ribbing Cas gets from his FBI buddies. The sexy scenes are still just as hot as A Terrible Love, but I did like Jewells reactions and her tension filled build ups in the first story, slightly more. And still that one word line “Respond” is still panty dropping hot. I have to mention I completely love love loved that the Book Titles were used in both novels and as important lines at that, very very clever. We also get more information on Thad and Ben which deepens the story to another level, their connection and their mutual admiration of being sickos. The epilogue is excellent in this story I was so glad to see there was a bit more to the story. This is definitely a series I need to get in paperback to sit on my shelf for re-reading and general admiration. All up I fricken love Marata Eros she has a way with words that make you think and some lines that stay with you forever, Her sexy scenes are always hot and the connections between her characters are admirable and simple perfection. On my Automatic Buy list I cant wait to see what she comes up with next.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this companion book- it's great to see the same story, but from his viewpoint. Cant wait for more!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved POV from Cas...He's such a hotty FBI agent. LOVETOREAD
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
I really loved A Terrible Love, and I have been looking forward to reading A Brutal Tenderness, which is A Terrible Love from Cas' point of view.  First, let me say that you do need to read A Terrible Love before reading A Brutal Tenderness, otherwise you will not truly understand, enjoy, or get the full impact of the story.  Even though this is the same story, Cas' version is completely unique and different from A Terrible Love, so it is definitely not like reading the same story again, which is something I really enjoyed.  Again, if you don't read A Terrible Love first though, you will not appreciate or get it to the degree that it is designed and written to be.  Not only is A Brutal Tenderness told from Cas's point of view, but you also get to see a whole different side of the story, including the back stories of many of the characters in the book.  This adds a whole new depth and dimension to the story , which is something that was not a part of book one.  Therefore, when you read that this is a companion novel to A Terrible Love, that is exactly what it is, and I thought it was wonderful.  Not only do we see what was going on in Cas' mind, we get to see things from the FBI perspective regarding the case, as well as getting to know the other agents involved, their roles, and how everything played out from their side.  In addition, there are several chapters that focus on Thad, which are told in the third person, allowing you to get inside his head.   Another thing I enjoyed was the ending, which goes into much more detail than what we see in A Terrible Love, including several chapters with details of what goes on between the ending of A Terrible Love and the epilogue one year later, so there is quite a bit of new material included.   All that being said, I love Cas - he is a loose cannon, all alpha, hot, badass as badass can be, and he loves and protects Jewell fiercely.  He isn't perfect and he doesn't always know how to express himself verbally in the best way, which is something that makes him more human and more real.  I loved getting to know him up close and personal, and getting inside his head and seeing and experiencing things from his point of view.  Marata Eros has done a brilliant job with this series, not just writing a sequel, but bringing two halves together which make a whole.  I thoroughly enjoyed this dark romantic suspense and most definitely recommend A Terrible Love and A Brutal Tenderness.
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Sailon More than 1 year ago
Agent Cas Steele has lost his beloved cousin Faith to a serial killer. The only link to find the killer is Faith’s best friend Jewell MacLeod. Cas relentlessly pursues Jewell as she tries to hide from becoming the killers next victim. When he is charged with seducing Jewell into becoming bait, he never thought his anger would flip on him...making Jewell the most precious person to protect. Now she is caught in the cross hairs of the FBI and a serial killer, can he keep her safe without loosing what he’s fought so long to find...vengeance on the person that destroyed Faith’s life. Every facet of this story is brought to you with such stunning detail; you can’t help but be memorized into the life of the characters. The sexual interaction is utterly smoldering! I was blown away by how Eros captured the soul of Cas...even down to the interactions of his relationship with his co-workers. A Brutal Tenderness is the companion novel of A Terrible Love (a NY Times Bestseller). Immersing us in Cas’s side of the story, Marata Eros creates a dark, haunting tale of Cas’s raw emotions, heart ache and grief for loosing what he holds most dear, his cousin. This book was absolutely brilliant! Eros’s writing pulls you in right into the story, making you feel like an intimate participant in Cas’s journey. Without a doubt, I loved watching the story unfold from Cas's prospective. This book will be added as one of my all time favorites. I received this ARC copy of A Brutal Tenderness from Simon & Schuster - Pocket Star in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication August 26, 2013. Written by: Marata Eros Series: A Terrible Love Sequence in Series: 2 Publisher: Pocket Star Publish Date: August 26, 2013 Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc ASIN: B00CVQYMA0 ISBN13: 9781476752235 ISBN: 476752230 Rating: 5 Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Suspense Age Recommendation: New Adult