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The Cutting Edge

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  131 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Abingdon Press
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Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
Oct 14, 2013 Andi Newberry ~Tubbs rated it it was amazing
I loved the themes of this book.

First off Leslie is a beautiful young woman who refuses to model for the ads that would put her in a compromising light. For me that is just huge in today's society where girls really don't care about laying it all out there.
Second, after she is assaulted she is brought to the point of learning that beauty is not just the outside. Our young girls need to learn that.
Ace balances the plot and the characters wonderfully. You are on the edge of your seat as well
Dec 22, 2014 Paige rated it it was ok
I was right to be suspicious about this book.

When I discovered it somewhere on the Internet, I was excited. The plot looked good, really good.
The first thing I did was look up the author. I wanted to find out if he had any other books that looked as good as this one.
I had soon discovered my two reasons for suspicion:
Ace Collins has written over fifty books.
Quite a few of his fiction works have been published by Abington Press.

Bad assumption or not, I get a little skeptical about a book's qualit
Apr 27, 2014 Hanna rated it it was amazing
Won as an ARC. What a truly phenomenal book. The book begins with the naturally beautiful model Leslie just getting her first big break. She travels home to see her parents and to think about the biggest contract of her career that goes against her morals. On her way to her parents house, she is brutally attacked. Her attackers brutalized her face and the book is about Leslie learning who she is apart from the beautiful face that was her identity for 24 years. Her mother lived through her ...more
Suzanne Marble
Apr 10, 2014 Suzanne Marble rated it it was amazing
I received this free through goodreads. Toying with your emotions, and capturing your heart wasn't the only thing this book did to you. It kept you engaged, inspired and thinking the whole way through. It made you analyze how you think, what you would do and soo much more. I applaud Ace in making a female based novel, into such a show-stopper. There was great imagery, on your seat suspense, and such emotion wrapped all together in this one little book. I felt that the plot went smooth, and there ...more
#artdamnit Reads
Jan 06, 2016 #artdamnit Reads rated it did not like it
Free Friday book from BN. It was actually a pretty good concept, but then it got religious, the characters got flat and boring and the "twist" was just of thrown in for fun it seems like.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
They say beauty is only skin deep, but is it really? Does anyone ever really bother to get beneath the skin and find the real person inside? Perfection was a look and that was it. So many "beautiful" girls look in the mirror and suddenly become dissatisfied with the way they looked. Many begin to dwell on one feature or another as the reason they hadn't become the latest cover girl. The end result is usually an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon and an attempt to improve on what most people ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Chrissy rated it liked it
*** 3.5 STARS ***

I can't deny it -- I had a case of cover lust when it came to THE CUTTING EDGE by Ace Collins. I had NO clue whatsoever what the book was even about -- but I knew I absolutely loved the sophisticated, stylish cover, and that was enough for me!

Once I read the description of the story? Well, that wasn't too bad either! Basically, from the very start, we meet Leslie Rhode, a drop-dead gorgeous young supermodel who is just on the cusp of superstar-dom. Revered for her perfectly shap
Jun 05, 2015 Chela rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one ever
**I won a free copy of this book through GoodReads First Reads**

I... What?

Did I even read the same book as the rest of these people?

Because I honestly have not one good thing to say about this book. I got absolutely nothing out of it. The characters were all horribly shallow and 2-dimensional. The plot was messy and not well thought out at all. The writing style was just plain annoying. And I'm not even talking about the typos and plot inconsistencies, which I can honestly just chalk up to the f
Oct 14, 2013 Faith rated it it was amazing
In The Cutting Edge, Ace Collins has written another book where the suspense {and even mystery!} keeps you turning pages, and the characters and their choices engage your heart.

This is my second Ace Collin's book that I've reviewed, the first was Darkness Before Dawn.
That book explored the effects of a deadly car wreck caused by a drunk teenage driver, through the eyes of Meg Richards who lost the man who was her husband and the father of her unborn child.
Grief, anger, revenge, loss, justice, m
Victor Gentile
Oct 30, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Ace Collins in his new book, “The Cutting Edge” published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Leslie Rhoads.

From the back cover: When your entire future is destroyed, why would you bother to rebuild?

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 a
Lisa Johnson
Nov 12, 2013 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
A young woman comes home to seek approval or is she looking for justification about a decision she has made mentally, but not acted on. She is about to come against the biggest threat of her life. While not making anyone aware she is on her way home, just waiting for a cab, Leslie Rhoads finds herself ensnared in a trap that leads her down an unbelievable and unforeseeable life-altering experience.
Meg is an ER nurse who is Leslie’s cousin and is shocked when a young woman near death is wheeled i
I loved the only other Ace Collins book I’ve read, The Christmas Star, but I’ve found that Christmas novels can often be different from an author’s regular style of work. Having now read the most recent release by Ace Collins, I can say that’s definitely the case here. The Christmas Star and The Cutting Edge have little in common besides the author. The former is a nostalgic look at the Christmas season, while this book’s narrative is stark and often violent. The pages describing Leslie’s assaul ...more
Paula  Phillips
Oct 04, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
Leslie Rhoads has just been named the Number #1 hottest model around as her face is the epitome of true beauty - she has never needed make-up or had to have her face digitally altered or surgery and so she is rising the ranks fast , but in order to survive the modelling world - Leslie has to make a decision which will have her nude and scantily clad all across America. Morals hold her back and only one person can set her free and help her make the decision - her father Johnathon. So Leslie , ...more
Oct 15, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
Ace Collins has created a compelling read with his latest novel. The Cutting Edge cuts deep indeed as it rips away the layers and portrays what can happen when beauty is only skin deep. Collins weaves a suspenseful plot into this issue-driven and character-focused tale. In spite of her lack of inner strength, Leslie Rhoads is a likeable character, and the horrific attack she experiences makes it easy to sympathize with her as she must confront the physical and emotional challenges that result ...more
Oct 25, 2013 LAWonder10 rated it really liked it
'The Cutting Edge' is a great story of a model who finally "hit the Big Time", but at what cost? Was it really worth the sacrifices she would be making? She decided to go back home where she would discuss it with her father, realizing it was not only her life this decision would be affecting.

She arrived late at night, deciding to spend the night in a motel rather than awaken her parents...a hotel she never made it to. The ensuing events changed her life forever!

This is a dynamic story concerning
Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf)
Nov 15, 2013 Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf) rated it it was amazing
Ace Collins is a very versatile writer who has created a completely different voice and feel for The Cutting Edge from some of his other books I have read. This book is a bit grittier and is more of a thriller. At the heart of the book is Leslie Rhoads a fashion model who is about to break into the supermodel ranks. Collins has created an interesting character in Leslie Rhoads. Before she signs the contract of her life, she decides to travel home in order to return to her roots and see if the ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Veronica rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Jul 09, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Leslie Rhoads is on top of the world. After landing her photo on the cover of a popular magazine, she seems to be on the brink of breaking into the forefront of modeling.
When she is given the opportunity to be the face of a controversial perfume campaign, Leslie heads home to think over the pros and cons. Before she can make her choice though, she is the victim of a terrible attack that leaves her with a horribly scarred face, taking away everything she ever knew. After a lifetime of letting her
Aug 14, 2013 Bethany rated it it was amazing
In a world that is obsessed with beauty I found this to be a refreshing read. Leslie Rhoads is a small town girl who is on the verge of making it big in the modeling world with her flawless beauty.When she is approached with a make or break opportunity she takes decided to go home,not knowing that decision will change her life forever. When Leslie is brutally attacked and left without her beauty she quickly learns that beauty truly is only skin deep. When Leslie befriends a young girl who has ...more
Feb 18, 2015 Gail rated it liked it
I've known Ace Collins since college, when he and his wife and the fella and I were in the same Sunday school class. Then we lived in the same small town for a bunch of years-- our boys are close to the same ages.

I liked the story. It's an inspirational novel about a model whose beauty is destroyed in a brutal attack. There is a romance, but it's a fairly minor part of the story. There's not much conflict in the romance itself, it's just another aspect of the story conflict, which is "what does
Oct 25, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it
This is a character driven novel with a powerful message. What really makes a woman beautiful? What does a model, who is at the top of her career, do when her face is slashed with a broken bottle? How does she face the future when she had taken her self value from her perfect appearance? And this has lots for reading groups to discuss. What is beauty? Is it a good idea to place your self worth in one place, like your appearance, your job, your husband? What happens when that is taken away? The ...more
Jan 11, 2016 Jessica rated it did not like it
Just... Just no. I don't even know what I was just reading. The plot sounded interesting but by page fifty I was still pretty bored. One of the chapters server l served literally no purpose. Even with all that I could've kept reading if it weren't for the god awful writing. I mean really bad. Half the time I had no clue who people were. And the author kept like switching the pov. It was all in third person but it seemed to switch between characters which could've been fine except. I HAD NO CLUE ...more
Connie Brown
May 17, 2014 Connie Brown rated it really liked it
This book gave a very realistic view into how people see themselves as far as physical beauty is concerned. We have to relearn how to see ourselves if something happens to us. These characters show just how to do that. Other people can help you through your tough ties and you can help others through theirs. Interesting book and the situations were great. Descriptions of sounds, smells and leaning to use your whole body of senses is explained. Doesn't sound like it here but it is a good book. It ...more
Kathy Harris
Nov 29, 2013 Kathy Harris rated it it was amazing
Ace Collins has given the reader the opportunity to grow right along with Leslie and Angel--and the other characters who are learning that strength, just like beauty, starts on the inside of a person and works its way out. From there, it works magic on everyone who.Is touched by it.

Leslie found inner strength through the love and encouragement of Meg and Hunter, but she reconnected with beauty when she met Angel.

The Cutting Edge reminds us that we are often sharpened by the hard stuff: we are
Angelica Dimeo
Apr 29, 2014 Angelica Dimeo rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this in a ARC Giveaway on goodreads
Leslie had the world in her hands one contract
from Making millions with her modeling.
But a trip back home changes her the world she
has ever known since she was born. Leslie has
to gain faith that life will go on and that she is still beautiful.
This store was pretty good but towards the end the plot seemed all over the place
and a little sloppy. Thanks for the opportunity:)
Faye Ridpath
May 04, 2014 Faye Ridpath rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads.

I loved this book!

Leslie Rhoads is set to be a famous model, but her career is cut short when she is cut up in an attack.

She goes on an epic journey of self-discovery and learns what really matters.

My only criticism is there are many typos, in one entire chapter, Lisa is referred to by her cousin Meg's name.

I hope such errors will be corrected before the final release.
Sandra Benford
Feb 08, 2016 Sandra Benford rated it it was amazing
Good. What do you value about yourself? Where do you find your identity? The main character can overcome all she has been raised to be and sink, or remember the One who made her and rise above her circumstances. The hospital scene was so well done, I felt like I was there...holding my breath.
This book has good characters and valuable lessons as it entertains and thrills. Looking for more from this author.

May 08, 2014 Quinn rated it it was ok
I received this book as a First Reads giveaway from Goodreads. The premise was good but the writing and lack of character development left me thinking that this could have been so good! The conversations between the main characters were trite and overdone. I forced myself to finish this book because it was a first reads otherwise I would have stopped well before half way through.
Nov 11, 2013 Joy rated it it was amazing
A compelling novel by one of my favorite authors. His books do not disappoint. This is suspenseful, very well written, great plot, and a good main character, Lesle. He handles the issues resulting from her horrific attack very well. Loved this book!

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 12, 2014 Beth rated it liked it
A coming of age type novel, a gorgeous model is injured (face is cut up badly) and has to re-vamp her life.

Nice story, good characters but a bit unrealistic. Leslie seems to become a mature woman rather quickly, getting over her fear of being a freak.

A bit of a romance novel mixed in with catching the bad guys and helping a child who is also a "freak".
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