Title: A Thousand Cuts
Series: Cell Block C
Author: Melissa Toppen
Genre: Contemporary (ex-con) Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2020
I used to believe in fairy tales.
But then I grew up and I realized that life isn’t like the books I once loved so much.
There are no princes riding in on their white horses.
No magic wands or fairy god mothers.
And no happily ever afters.
Ryland Thorpe taught me the hard way that good doesn’t always win and sometimes the people we trust the most are the ones that can hurt us the deepest.
At fifteen, my world began and ended with him.
He was my older brother’s best friend.
He was my protector.
He was the boy I had loved since I was old enough to understand what loving someone meant.
And he was a liar…
It’s been five years since I’ve seen him.
Five long years and the memory of him still haunts me like it was yesterday.
Only he’s not just a memory anymore.
Prison has hardened him, changed him, altered him in ways I never expected. But beneath it all I can still see a glimmer of the boy I used to love.
When lies are exposed and secrets are revealed, I find myself questioning everything I thought I knew.
They say the first cut is the deepest.
They were wrong…
MY REVIEW: Cue the tissues! An emotional, slow-build brother’s best friend romance with interesting characters. I loved Ryland as the ex-con thrown back into his old life after five years in the pen. As expected there are a lot of changes but what didn’t change was his love for Ainsley even if it evolved into a more romantic love. I like that he’s torn between his loyalty to his best friend and his growing feelings for Ainsley. Such a stand up guy! Grownup Ainsley is still crushing on the hunky man she grew up with even when she’s mad at his wrongdoing. And then there’s big bro Finn. Always there for his sister and his best friend. There are a few twists that were fairly obvious and the villain was a little too on the nose but played out well. It was a little slow paced for me especially with the breaks with the flashbacks and the repetition. Best friend Lily rounded out the group and was a wonderful support for Ainsley. All in all an enjoyable read with a budding romance, a little mystery and danger and a few twists. Good start to a new series.