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…
Ainsley and her brother Finn were very close to his best friend Ryland and they were each other’s support system or at least they were until Ryland ended up in jail. Ainsley was devastated as her feelings for him were not those of a friend or even a sibling and his loss left a huge hole in her life. Even though he is out of jail she isn’t about to let him back into her life.
There is so much more to why Ryland ended up in jail than Ainsley knows and he doesn’t want to hurt her any more than he already has. He will not stop trying until he proves to her that they belong together.
This is an emotional story about love, healing and new beginnings. Ryland is a good man and there is no denying that they are meant to be.