Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“‘It’s not inexplicable. I like you the way Newton liked gravity.’
‘I don’t know what you mean.’
‘Once he found it, everything else in the universe made sense.'”
Oh, J.T. Geissinger, you got me again. I didn’t think I could love anyone more than Liam Black’s broodiness in Beautifully Cruel. Tru and Liam were so magical in their travails towards love. But you did it. You made me love his brother even more. Unlike Beautifully Cruel, Killian Black in Cruel Paradise is equal parts humor and swoon. His tenacity and persistence in pursuing Juliet and loving her is both surprising and not. You wrote such beautiful words for him as he woos her. Yet, you made me laugh and cry too. Similarly, Juliet is strength personified. Her ability to overcome is key and important to this story, and you made me LOVE their journey.
I think most insightful to this story is the idea of the past. While Juliet and Killian’s story is titillating and spell-binding, it’s really the idea that our past doesn’t define us. It helps mold us, but our present and future allow us the choice to live in the shadow of our past or choose our own definition for our future. That message is important because we could all feel trapped in our DNA, and sometimes that occurs, specifically with health issues. But our parents’ choices don’t have to be perpetuated in our own. Instead, we are wholly our own beings, and this book illustrates that beautifully.
Over and over again, J.T. Geissinger reminds me why I’ve fallen fast for her romances. There is a lilt, a wisdom, a flow, and a power in her storytelling. Cruel Paradise is a perfect exemplification of Geissinger’s craftsmanship. If you have yet to read Beautifully Cruel, grab it now and one-click it’s partner Cruel Paradise. There are hours of suspenseful, insightful, and romantic prose in Geissinger’s pages, and you will adore Liam and Tru and Killian and Juliet immensely.
In love and romance,