Cold-Blooded Beautiful by Christine Zolendz
What happens when your past comes back to haunt you?Imagine having a secret whispered in your ear, a secret that once revealed, changes everything in your life that you thought to be true.
What would you do if you learned that everything you had was just a lie, a lie that could end everything you ever worked for and destroy everyone you ever cared about?
What happens when all your secrets come spilling forth and your past catches up to you?
Will it consume you?
Will it destroy you?
Six months ago Kade Grayson helped Doctor Samantha Matthews hide from a violent past, one that she wants to keep hidden from everyone. Deep in her heart, she hides her secrets, too afraid to hurt the only people she has left to trust.
What happens when she is forced to face her past?
Will love be enough to save her?
Because her deadly game of Hide and Seek is at its end.

This book is a full length Adult Contemporary Romance and is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.


Cold-Blooded Beautiful is the second book in the romantic-suspense Beautiful series by Christine Zolendz. Released within a month of each other - which I'm really impressed about - it's a good enough conclusion of this series. I liked that fact that both books were released so close together. It ensures that the previous book is still very fresh in your mind. A plus from me for that.

But... I did feel as if this book didn't have enough heart and soul. It felt like a means to an end. Not an overly terrible one... a decent one, but just not enough to wow me.

The previous book, Brutally Beautiful didn't captured me that much - but it did the job of offering a good read that contains copious amounts of both passion and darkness. Cold-Blooded Beautiful, however really just has a whole bunch of dark. And this was the problem for me. It's suspenseful yes and for that I'd give a good 5 out of 5. It really did grip me at times. But most times, it wasn't very... um... captivating. It took me a while to actually read the entire book. I skipped over a few sections when I became bored with them. And in the end, I was looking forward to the book ending. Sad. But very true. Since I always read for review - while I read Cold-Blooded Beautiful... I felt that it was just that... reading for review and not for entertainment.

Majority of this book is focused on the abduction of Samantha and Kade's reaction to this. There was very little story where the two are actually together so from that you can judge the amount of passion or steam present in this book. The way in which Brutally Beautiful ended is one of the reason's I'm not pleased with where this book went. Since majority of Brutally Beautiful was about Kade and Sam trying to avoid each other but finding it difficult, we didn't get much of 'together' time then either. Here since (like I said) Sam is abducted, we don't get much of a relationship building. Yes we figure they have a strong bond... neither can live without... but 80% of this is done with them apart so we don't get to experience this with them.

However, in true Christine Zolendz fashion, this book is well written but at times surprisingly jumpy. I did have to re-read certain sections since I felt as if I was 'lost' and that doesn't sit very well with me since my time is kind of thinly spread at the moment. I don't want to have half the book twice before I get to the end.

There's a whole lot of mixed emotions for me regarding this series. I liked it but didn't love it. I loved the concept but didn't like the way in which it was executed. I certainly didn't meet expectation and that sucks. This series could easily have been an amazing experience if it was better presented to me as a reader. In truth, I felt as if what happens in book #2 should actually have taken place in book #1 with book two more about them over-coming their life's evils together. But book #1 we spend most of the time in 'almost' land and in book #2 we spend most of our time in 'separated' land so it does get boring in parts.

I liked the fact that Mad World is made reference to, however, I felt this would be confusing to readers who haven't read Fall From Grace or Saving Grace (Christine Zolendz Paranormal Romance Series). Mainly I say this because although I had read her previous books I still had to think for a moment about where I've heard that band name. No mention as to where it originates from is made and this leads me to believe that other readers wouldn't either - especially if they haven't read the Mad World Series.

As a whole this series can be considered a good read, but in my opinion not an epic one. This certainly wouldn't be something I'd read again nor would I read it directly after I'd finished a book I adored. I fear it might actually be rather forgetful... and that makes me sad for Christine Zolendz since I really do think she's an awesome author.

4.5 Stars for Brutally Beautiful, 4.5 Stars for Cold-Blooded Beautiful.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

RELEASE DATE: February 5th, 2014
GENRE: Adult Suspense Romance

PUBLISHER: Christine Zolendz


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