The Cruelest Stranger by Winter Renshaw ~ Review & Teaser (#WinterRenshaw)

I've read a few books by  Winter Renshaw, and each one has failed to blow me away. Here's a short review on The Cruelest Stranger... unfortunately it wasn't for me.
The Cruelest Stranger
Title: The Cruelest Stranger
Author: Winter Renshaw
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: January 20th 2020

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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.

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.

This was an ok read. I picked it up as it sounded interesting, and 79% of reviews gave it 5 Stars. I found it hard to connect to the characters. Bennett was a jerk to start with, quick to fire up. He had money and should’ve sorted things out earlier instead of being so cruel. Astaire was a sweet woman, but I felt she was a little childish and was quick to react and run away from issues instead of being an adult and talking things through.

I felt that the read didn’t flow through properly either, it would jump over important moments and even days would pass. I picked upon the twists early, so there wasn’t a lot of build up to the story. A few threads weren’t really tied up properly, and to me they felt unfinished. With a bit of polishing, I think this read could be better. The idea was really good, I liked Honor, and even Ophelia, so I would’ve liked a bit more depth and connection to Bennett and Astaire.
I was happy that Bennett was finally able to feel once again.

“Call me old-fashioned, but the idea of spending the rest of my life taking care of you makes me feel things I never thought I was capable of feeling.”
“Yeah? Like what?”
I kiss her again, my mouth grazing hers. “Everything.”
“I was numb before I knew you,” I say. “But with you, I’m alive for the first time. You make everything new and exciting and I know I sound like a greeting card right now but I don’t care because I want to spend the rest of my life with you, Astaire Carraro. And I want you to know that I love you more than I’ve ever loved anything in my entire life. You’re my person. You’re my reason. You’re my whole damn world.”

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Winter  RenshawWall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Winter Renshaw is a bona fide daydream believer. She lives somewhere in the middle of the USA and can rarely be seen without her trusty Mead notebook and ultra portable laptop. When she’s not writing, she’s living the American dream with her husband, three kids, and the laziest puggle this side of the Mississippi.

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