Author: Ashleigh Giannoccaro
Series: Cut & Blow #2
Release date: July 27, 2017
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Make an appointment, they’re ready to cut your heart out and blow you away. The stylists of Cut & Blow are back for book two.
Tangled up in a dangerous love affair, Chelsey can’t seem to catch a break. Alone and afraid, with everything on the line she’s going to have to make some grown up decisions.
Sal has a second chance to get it all right with Chelsey. His do over to fix the mistakes of his past. Will his family approve? She’s very young, but he’s determined to do the right thing, even if it’s for all the wrong reasons.
There’s a Rat amongst the pigeons and no one has smelled him coming. Revenge is such a dirty business, but someone has to do it. When the person you hate the most in the world, has the one thing you want more — you take it.
A few months ago, I read my first Ashleigh Giannoccaro book, Cut & Blow 1, and I loved the twisted story; the writing and all characters. The title of Cut & Blow 2 makes you believe this is the continuation of Ailee and Rain’s story, but it’s not. While the couple is present in the book, this is the story of Chelsey, Ailee’s friend and colleague. And just like Ailee, Chelsey’s story is dirty and twisted with an unexpected ending.
“I don’t know what to think anymore. I like the way he makes me feel –I just want to feel.”
Chelsey is a struggling young woman with lots of responsibilities. She doesn’t earn much, and with her good looks she’s able to ‘earn’ some extras, to make life a little easier and better. But her latest ‘boyfriend’ Sal is different. Chelsey is addicted to the wild, rough sex with the older man, but she also senses that he’s not a good man. She’s scared by him at times and she knows he won’t let her go. Rat is different, he’s much more Chelsey’s age, and she feels comfortable with him. But, all they can be is friends.
“What happens to Bunnies that get caught?” He holds on tighter. “They get eaten,” I pant out.”
My heart goes out to Chelsey. She hardworking and doing the best she can, believing she and Sal can make it work. Yes, there is a big age gap, but the sex is smoking, she loves it and Sal treats her decent. Slowly, Chelsey begins to realize a lot of things are off, but by that time walking away isn’t an option anymore. I feel sorry for her, while Chelsey seems to be totally okay to be a rich man’s plaything, there is so much more to her. She doesn’t deserve what’s happening and I hope she’ll get more.
Like book 1, Cut & Blow 2 is written in an almost light tone. But again, not all is what it seems and sometimes you don’t like what’s happening. Written from Chelsey and Rat’s POV, you get a pretty good picture what’s going on, but I miss the insight in Sal’s twisted mind. Normally I’m a HEA girl, but the ending of this book is fitting to the story. ‘Hearts and flowers’ would have ruined it, but I’m sure we’ll see more of Chelsey in future books.
“I taste her tears. The bitterness of her heartbreak is on her tongue and she gives it to me.”
I love Chelsey’s story I give Cut & Blow 2 5 stars.