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Cutting Cords (Cutting Cords #1)

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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  380 ratings  ·  50 reviews
When Sloan Driscoll and Cole Fujiwara become reluctant roommates, neither man is willing to share too much. Sloan is instantly attracted to Cole but knows it's a hopeless cause; Cole has a steady girlfriend. But one night they share a joint, and Cole opens a window neither anticipated. A relationship may be impossible-both men are living with heart-breaking secrets. While ...more
ebook, 252 pages
Published November 2009 by Dreamspinner Press (first published 2009)
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Please just slice me now. Oh the internal turmoil Sloan experiences cut me to a quick. My good friend, Dee Wy, did NOT mention this book contained cutting. It's a touchy subject for me since I'm a recovered cutter. I don't think any book as come as close to what cutting meant for me as this book did. I cried when I read how Sloan felt about himself.

Ms. Ashling did a marvelous job at capturing the essence of why some people cut themselves. I completely sympathized with Sloan. I can understand why
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Don Bradshaw
I think that this was the most intense of Ms Ashling's books that I have read to date. It was a tough read for me because cutting is not something I understand nor a comfortable with. My heart broke for Sloan when time after time Cole hurt him with his denial. Both Sloan and Cole were so real and flawed that by the end I adored them both. Definitely no insta-love in this story but a slow burn to a love that saved both men. You nailed this one Ms Ashling.
Jason Huffman-black
I enjoyed the characters in this book. They were flawed and real.
Elizabeth
So far – a typically schizophrenic m/m story that is falling short for me. Admittedly, I’m a very demanding reader. I just don’t get why we’re expected to accept clumsy exposition or erratic character behaviour, just because we're reading in a non-mainstream genre. (It doesn't help this novel that I'm reading it immediately following Jenna Hilary Sinclair's 'Admit One', which was superb and showcased superior writing skills. Hardly a fair comparison!)

At this point I feel more sympathetic to the
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Leah
I enjoyed this book a lot; more so at the beginning than the end. The slow build of Cole and Sloan's relationship was a treat to read. That love helped them both conquer their individual psychological trauma was inspiring. Yeah I'm a kinky sap. **shrugs** The D/s parts with Max and Sloan were strange to me. I'm not saying they weren't hot, just strange. And while I'm typically an HEA kind of chick the last 26 pages or so felt rushed and too neatly resolved. Great Book. Mickie rocks!
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Note: This audiobook was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review.


Sloan Driscoll and Cole Fujiwara are thrown together as roommates by their fathers. Both older men had played professional baseball together, and when Sloan needs to relocate to New York City to attend college, Cole’s father automatically offers Cole’s place to Sloan— without Cole’s permission and against his wishes.

Sloan is trying to start over in a location far away fr
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Brit


I had enough. DNF at 67%

I just couldn't with this book. Everything about it, is so very loath-able. The characters, the conflict, the angst (which is done very badly btw), the romance, the sex scenes...every-freaking-thing...LOATH-able. Even though it's a short book, everything is too fast, their emotions feel fabricated, their personalities are too exaggerated and there isn't anything thats very memorable. I had to add a "eyeroll-worthy" shelf just for this book, because every other word I l

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Lacey
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Elizabetta


I’m making a concerted effort to get to those books that have been on my TBR list for a long time. This one has been languishing for more than three years (!) It must have been the blurb that drew me to it in the first place: two young adults, Cole and Sloan, are thrown together as roommates, each with their own big issues. There’s physical disability, self harm/cutting, drug abuse, family drama, BDSM. Guide Dogs of America. And much more.

And that’s ultimately the problem. There is a hell of a l
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Lou Sylvre
This book stole my heart and sold it to Sloan, the MC. More on that later. First a quick description, without spoilers.

A young Sloan heads east to New York to study graphic arts, a place to stay arranged by his domineering father—and the domineering father of Cole, a slightly older roommate who is losing his eyesight and trying to keep it secret. But Sloan has some pretty heavy secrets, too, and he's facing lots of choices, such as whether to do some top-of-the-line fashion modeling, and which o
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Ayanna
Dec 28, 2012 Ayanna marked it as gave-up
I actually attempted this quite a long while ago, so I don't remember why I gave up. I suppose it's an indication of something, though, that I couldn't force myself to finish it...

Oh, wait. Some memories are vaguely trickling back. I think I thought it was just...overly melodramatic. It's as Sherlock said: "I'm used to mystery at one end of my cases. Both ends is too much work." Both of the characters just had so many problems and so much angsting on both ends that it got rather annoying. I thin
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Dustin
I was planning to give this story a four but decided I liked it enough to give it a five.
What I liked most about this novel was how real the characters were. I could relate to both characters in some form or another. With Cole and his low vision makes me think of my mom because she is considered legally blind and I can tell it sucks for her because she now has to depend on everyone around her. With Sloan, he reminds me of how we both have low self esteem and that we don't feel worthy enough to a
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Seregil
The book was quite good, but I would rate it a bit under 4 stars (maybe 3.5) because it seemed to me as most of it was about the characters avoiding to actually do something relevant (to the plot and to each other). I know it was about getting the reader to actually know the protagonists and understand the intricacies of just how screwed up each one was in his own way and I wouldn't have minded if, after they finally decide they're meant to be together everything wasn't rushed. I would have real ...more
Eve
Oct 18, 2014 Eve marked it as to-read
Shelves: bought
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FourStars
I really love Sloan in this book. He is an angst ridden beautiful young man with a terrible self-image and a hunger for independent self-discovery. Ms Ashling has created a wonderful character.

I love the fact that the title can be read in so many ways. Sloan cuts the cords between himself and his overbearing father, leaving the West Coast for New York. He cuts himself when he’s sad. He cuts himself away from his delinquency to start a new life.

I had massive empathy for Cole, but his beh
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Sarah
I really love Sloan in this book. He is an angst ridden beautiful young man with a terrible self-image and a hunger for independent self-discovery. Ms Ashling has created a wonderful character.

I love the fact that the title can be read in so many ways. Sloan cuts the cords between himself and his overbearing father, leaving the West Coast for New York. He cuts himself when he’s sad. He cuts himself away from his delinquency to start a new life.

I had massive empathy for Cole, but his behaviour
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Claudia
I'm hot and cold about this book. I've liked it but in same points the dialogues were unnatural, too affected and quick.
Sloan is nice character. The author was able to perfectly describe what is impossible to rationally explain: the reason behind the self imposed mutilation. We see that sometimes it's only uncertainty or weakness of a moment and Sloan slips into this world of darkness and he needs something to help him float and focus on. I've also liked the gap between how he sees himself and h
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Maggie Simms
I really enjoyed reading Cole and Sloan's story. It was really engaging. It had the right amount of angst and sweet moments. It was nice to see Cole progressed and overcome a lot of his hang-ups.
Caroline Brand
REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCE

4.25 Stars

This is a re-read for me in preparation for the rest of the series.

Sloan Driscoll and Cole Fujiwara are two of the most emotional characters I have read about recently. This book is a rollercoaster of feelings with both men having to bare their souls to deal with issues both real and perceived.

Sloan will never be the man his father wanted to be. He was expected to be his father’s clone and have an illustrious and successful career in sports. His younger
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Tj

This was an interesting read. Not quite what I was expecting. The author picks an interesting approach for the POV. This was the most difficult thing about this book. I enjoyed the different perspectives but when Cole’s is written it fluxes. It seems to slip around from third to first and at times I think I’m reading Sloan’s.

The story line was fascinating. I went through a period where I flirted with cutting so it was interesting to see how the author would treat the subject. I think she does a
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xbmbgrl
4.5 stars

The blurb says that both boys are suffering and that is an understatement. Sloan has body image issues but he also has no coping skills when he is under stress, emotionally hurt or agitated. He resorts to extreme measures to help take away his inner pain for short periods of time. Demons ride him mercilessly in the guise of lower than low self-esteem. The way Sloan deals with his problems was very unique and really gave the book a fresh feel. Sloan is facing both physical and emotional
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Cat
The cutting cords series is a good example of how you can fall in love with someone but how, over time, if the people involved want different things out of life and desire a different future, things can easily fall apart.

The series did a really good job of not trying to squeeze in too much too fast. Sloan and Cole meet in book 1 at a time in both their lives where things are out of their control and outside expectations are slowly destroying them. Through their relationship they find what they n
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Adara
So, this review is actually on a re-read. I first read this story when it came out, when I was still very new to M/M, and before it was known that it would be the first book of a series. It was a standalone back when I first read it. I remember being happy with the story back then, and that is still true now.

Both main characters are damaged in unique ways and have issues to work through: Sloan with his cutting and self-worth/self-image issues, and Cole with his pending blindness and new-found i
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Adara
So, this review is actually on a re-read. I first read this story when it came out, when I was still very new to M/M, and before it was known that it would be the first book of a series. It was a standalone back when I first read it. I remember being happy with the story back then, and that is still true now.

Both main characters are damaged in unique ways and have issues to work through: Sloan with his cutting and self-worth/self-image issues, and Cole with his pending blindness and new-found i
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Krista (One Love) (Critical)
Sep 08, 2011 Krista (One Love) (Critical) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like asshole heroes.
I just don't understand how people can say that SLOAN annoyed them. Are all you people nuts? Cole was a complete and total bastard! The guy cared for no one but himself, accused all gays of being "whores" with no emotions who are unable to love people, AND wanted to have a wife WHILE screwing aroung with Sloan on the side. He actually proposes this ludicrousness to Sloan, expecting him to be happy about it! Are you freaking kidding me? He also calls Sloan a whore and judges him wrongly throughou ...more
EllieNY
This is the second book I've read by Mickie Ashling. Her other is book is Horizons which is also excellent. This book has a very unusual hook in that it's about two young men, both dealing with significant physical or psychological problems (Sloan has significant body issues that lead him to self mutilate.) The only thing that persuaded me to read this book is how much I enjoyed Horizons. I don't know how or why this book works but it does - very much so. Both characters are completely likeable ...more
Paul
Jun 16, 2015 Paul rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: lgbt
If I was allowed to give this book a hald star or less rating I would! There are better books out there - go read one of those...
Lillian Francis
Oct 15, 2014 Lillian Francis marked it as to-read
Note to self - having read the blurbs for the rest of the series you are not going to want to read the other books!
Mercedes
I liked this a lot. This is the kind of flawed characters and story I like to read about. The finish was a bit rushed though.
Sunne
I have read this one while ago. It just blipped on my radar so my review is short.

It is a book that challenges you emotionally because it goes into very dark spaces. Sloan is a cutter. Cole is an ass - at least in the beginning. Until they find together and be good for each other they both have to go a long way.

All in all I liked the book very much. It was very well written and I only deduct the one star because Cole grated my nerves a bit too much.
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Mickie B. Ashling is the alter-ego of a multifaceted woman raised by a single mother who preferred reading over other forms of entertainment. She found a kindred spirit in her oldest child and encouraged her with a steady supply of dog-eared paperbacks. Romance was the preferred genre, and historical romances topped her favorites list.

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