Thursday, December 26, 2013
The Cutting Edge by Ace Collins
About the book:
Can Leslie become more than just a pretty face?
Leslie Rhoads may have grown up in a small town, but is on the verge of becoming a supermodel in the Big Apple, when the 24-year-old is chosen to grace the cover of Style magazine and star in the controversial Passion Nights’ perfume ads. But before she can step into the spotlight, Leslie is assaulted by a drug gang and disfigured with a broken scotch bottle. Without her perfect face, she is lost and no amount of surgery can ever make her what she once was. Now trying to hide her face from the world, Leslie encounters more trouble as she seeks to rebuild her life: unrequited love, thoughts of suicide, and her assailant out to finish the job. Little does she know that a young girl named Angel will turn it all around, showing Leslie the joy and potential in life and the fact that love truly is blind.
This is a very interesting story that really makes you think about the importance put on appearances rather than on character. Leslie was used to depending on her looks, so when she lost them, she felt like she lost her worth. It's a good reminder that it's more important that we're beautiful inside than out. I like who Leslie became by the end of the book and the supportive people in her life who showed her unconditional love. It's amazing what people can survive with a support system, especially when they turn to God. It seemed Leslie grew up going to church, but had shed her faith as she pursued her career. There's talk of faith throughout the book, but there's not really a defining moment where she turns back to God, which I would have liked to see. This is a sequel to Darkness Before Dawn, which I didn't realize until after I'd read the book, but I don't think it had much impact on this story as it was about her cousin. There's some romance and suspense, which I enjoyed. I really liked the unique plot, too. Check out this unique story!
I received a free ARC of this book from Abingdon Press in exchange for an honest review.