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A Thousand Cuts

(Cell Block C)

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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
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Published February 4th 2020
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Maree Repa
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Amazing Stars

Family Ties

I was absolutely thrilled to read book one, Cell Block C. Written by the amazing, Melissa Toppen. I just couldn’t wait to enjoy this next amazing novel. With such fabulous writing and such an incredible author this proves to be the next sensational novel of 2020!

Ainsley has had a hard time growing up. She now lives with her brother named Finn. He truely cares a lot for her and still wants her to keep up her studies at University. After their own mother left them both
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Kelly
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This was a sweet, slow burn romance.
Teenage love turns into hate and turns back into love. Second chances.
There is lies and forgiveness, anger turned into passion.
Ryland and Ainsley began being sibling like, Ryland always being there for Ainsley and then all of a sudden he is not. She is angry and resentful that he left her.
When he returns though, she is very angry and ignores him as much as she can but he gently and kindly remains there for her.
This was a beautiful story!
Kendall {Book Crazy}
I had been wanting to read this book since the cover reveals for the series were revealed! I've read a few books from three out of five of the authors writing standalone books in this series, so I was really excited for all the books in the series to release because they all sound exactly my type of reads! I grabbed a copy of this book as soon as it released and read it as soon as I could! After reading, I can say that I enjoyed this book a lot! I was intrigued right from the first chapter and i ...more
Kari Hansen
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 al
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J. Ockenhouse
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ainsley, Finn, Ryland and Lily are about to take you on a trip through friendships, family love, protection, fate, all the emotions that start as chemical crush, twist to anger, grow to hate and after revelations love is back in the forefront.

Love hurts but secrets can scar the soul. This one is emotionally deep. You can just feel the love and protective nature of each of these characters.

Love, love, love the writing, the moral, the plot and how our characters pull the reader into the journey
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Mónica Hdz
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is always a pleasure and an honor to receive a book by Melissa to read and review it.
This occasion is about A Thousand cuts, the story of Ainsley and Ryland, both endearing, loving, tender, loyal, strong, sacrificed and passionate characters, who give everything for the beings they love and their family
the plot has the necessary ingredients to be a great success, secrets, secrets and more secrets and much more
I really recommend this book, you will not regret
Ryland is a dream, you're going to
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K.  Ramjohn
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Thousand Cuts was a slow burn brother's best friend romance which will hold your attention. You will like the characters. Ryland and Ainsley were amazing together and I loved the support Finn and Lily provided them. The story had some angst, suspense and mystery as this couple's romance unfolds and it will evoke a range of emotions from you. Yes there were some twists I saw coming but I enjoyed the story which was well written. Although a fast read I would recommend it to all lovers of contemp ...more
Tammy
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a great read this was. I loved the connection Ryland and Ainsley had since she was little. This was more than a friend's to romance read, so much more. These two seemed to be destined for each other from the beginning, it took some over coming of some huge obstacles tho. Ainsley seems to of captured more than Rylands attention tho, when her life is in danger, everyone has to put their differences aside to help her.
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Tracey
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a good afternoon read full of drama twist and turns the main characters interaction was crazy good. I liked the story plot no spoilers here.
Renee
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

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 prince riding in on their white horses. No magic wands or fairy go 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, m
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Shawn
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book of the Cell Block C Series. Once I started reading, I did not want to put down the book til I was finished with the story.
It begins with Finn and Ainsley who are siblings. Finn being the oldest has
to raise his baby sister when their father dies and it’s just the two of them on their own. For many years Finn’s childhood best friend Ryland was also part of if their little family. But unfortunate circumstances lands Ryland in jail.
Now it’s 5 years later and Ryland has
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Stacie Christensen
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jennifer
A Thousand Cuts was best friend's little sister/friends to lovers book.

Although, Ryland and Ainsley begin more like brother and sister because Ryland has known Ainsley since she was a baby. Ryland had a tough upbringing and Ainsley and her brother were always there for him and vice versa. Life hasn't been a bowl of cherries for Finn (Ainsley's older brother) and Ainsley. After the death of Ainsley and Finn's father, they all become a family. Then something happens that takes Ryland away from the
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Pam
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ainsley has grown up knowing what loosing someone feels like. By the age of thirteen she was living alone with her older brother, both parents gone. Ryland who was her brother's best friend was her protector and friend back in those days as well. Fighting all the turmoil in her life, she has turned out to be strong willed, determined young lady, working hard for her future. College while working hard to help keep the home and them afloat. Five years later and she still feels the loss of Ryland i ...more
Roxs Reads
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ryland and Ainsley were amazing together. Best friends little sisters are always off limits but throw in the little nugget that you also helped raised her and the stakes get so much higher.

Ryland fought his attraction to Ainsley but she is a feisty woman who goes after what she wants. She has waited many years to finally be a woman who can turn Ryland's eye, so when she noticed him looking, she took full advantage, after she managed to tame her anger towards him for breaking his promise five ye
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Gladys
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked this book but freely admit that I had complicated feelings about it. In all the book is well very written and engaging. The story line offers a smartly crafted blend of deep emotions, drama, angst, tension, suspense, danger and heat. The characters were a split decision for me. I really liked Ryland. He was definitely one of the good guys and had a heart of gold. It was unfortunate that he also had a chronic case of good intensions (and we all know where those lead) and in my opinion was ...more
Kentucky Bohemian (Grace)
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Shelves: audio-book
Wonderfully Angsty
Ryland. *swoon*
He's a rare breed. Life didn't deal him a good hand and he played it as best as he could. He had one goal, and he thought he succeeded. But it seems he didn't. Now the only girl who has ever mattered in his life hates him with a visceral rage so deep she won't stay in the same room with him.

But Ryland's waters run deep, and he had a lot of time to think in prison. He's become a man who understands the long game.

This book has pretty much all the feels you could as
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Jennifer Pierson
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Thousand Cuts was an amazing story filled with everything which makes romance great. Ainsley & Ryland were besties since they were kids, with love following. For whatever reason, he just ended all of it, so she didn't even have her protector anymore, and she was very hurt & angry. Fast forward 5 years, and he's back, although he's not the same boy she loved, not to mention, she's not feeling it to even talk to him. However, she did spy here & there the boy that she once knew as he's back to fi ...more
Gin
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Cue the tissues! An emotional, slow-build brother’s best friend romance with interesting characters. I loved Ryland as the ex-con thrown back into his old life after five years in the pen. As expected there are a lot of changes but what didn’t change was his love for Ainsley even if it evolved into a more romantic love. I like that he’s torn between his loyalty to his best friend and his growing feelings for Ainsley. Such a stand up guy! Grownup Ainsley is still crushing on the hunky man she gre ...more
Tammy Miller-devlin
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ainsley has had some tough breaks in her life, but she has made the best of them. Her mom ran out on her and her older brother when they were young and her dad died when she was around 13. The one person who had always promised he would always be there went to jail when she was 15. Ryland was Ainsley’s brothers best friend since before she was born. She had grown up with him there and was there for one another though everything. As she got older she started seeing him differently and she fell fo ...more
Becky Wise
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Thousand Cuts is phenomenal. You get that childhood crush/friend, mixed in with brothers best friend and then you shake it up and get this amazing book. I love the raw and gritting moments along with that bound that doesn't go away that Melissa Toppen gives us in this one. You are in for one heck of ride when it comes to Ryland and Ainsley. You will just love them to pieces and you will feel for them too. Ryland is amazing for everything that he goes through. The way he handles himself through ...more
Sharon
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars
This is the first book I have read by the author and it is intense. Ainsley and her brother, Finn, have had a hard life growing up but they made the best of what they had. Their father passed away when they were both young and their mother took off. Yet through everything, there was Ryland. He was the one person who Ainsley could count on and gave his word that he would always be there for her….until the unspeakable happened and he was sent to prison for selling drugs. Fast forward a fe
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Erin
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading Melissa Toppen's work is always a joy and pleasure. She delivers on every book and A Thousand Cuts, A Cell Block C novel, is no exception.

Ainsley has had a rough life from a very young age. Her mother ran out on them; her, her brother and their father. Then her father passed away when she was just 13. Despite all the loss she had always been able to count on Ryland, until he disappointed her and got sent to jail...for 5 years.

Now Ryland is out of jail and Finn, Ainsley's brother has ag
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Erin
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved every minute of this book. An outstanding first in what looks to be an outstanding series.
Ryland, of course, is presented as the reformed bad boy but there is definitely more than meets the eye with that one. Ainsley was not expecting for all those old feelings to come back to the surface, no matter what she tells herself to (attempt to) sleep better at night.
"While the people we love the most have the power to cut us the deepest, they are also the ones that make any of this worthwhile.
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Gladys
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book but freely admit that I had complicated feelings about it. In all the book is well very written and engaging. The story line offers a smartly crafted blend of deep emotions, drama, angst, tension, suspense, danger and heat. The characters were a split decision for me. I really liked Ryland. He was definitely one of the good guys and had a heart of gold. It was unfortunate that he also had a chronic case of good intensions (and we all know where those lead) and in my opinion was ...more
Julia Red Hatter Book Blog
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Thousand Cuts is an emotional read with so much love its bursting from the pages! Not only did we get to see Ainsley and Ryland fall in love but we also got to see the love between Ainsley and her brother, as well as seeing her brother fall in love.

Ainsley is determined. I loved her spirit and her determination. She wants to make life better, so she's working and going to college. But she's always missed her brothers best friend. Ryland. Ryland has this soft and sweet side to him they'd you'd
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Jasmina
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
New Melissa Toppen's book and i love it.

Ainsley liked Ryland at a young age. They were everything for each other. He was there for her when she needed him or not. He just were there. Till the day he wasn't.
Ryland did something that landed him in prison.
But being out and free is not that easy that people thing. Starting a new life with a prisoner badge on your paper is not easy. He is grateful for his best friend and his help. His best friend's sister is another story.
She is angry and disappoi
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Chelsia
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ah Melissa does it again!!!!
I am beyond excited for the rest of the Cell block c series to come out.
In a Thousand cuts we meet Ainsley and Ryland.
Sometimes love can blind you and in this case it happens to Ainsley.
Ainsley falls in love with Ryland at a very young age, when Ryland is sent to prison Ainsley turns bitter toward Ryland and everything Ryland related.
Ryland takes his prison sentence like a man in order to save his best friend and family.
What happens when Ainsley learns what she though
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Loralie
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was hard not to feel the anger, hurt, and betrayal that Ainsley felt when Ryland left. He did something stupid and left her behind. It's not easy to forgive when your heart has been broken. There's always another side of the story and it was easily caught on to, but I think it was meant to be. I think the whole point of this was that secrets hurt. However, they all had secrets or lies of omission, especially when it came to affairs of the heart. I could understand how relationships can blosso ...more
Shasta Hope
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ding Ding Ding!!! We have a gold novel right here! Melissa captivated my heart with every word on every page. I think this book is in my top 5 faves for Melissa.

Ryland was Absolutely one of my favorite book boyfriend's! How could he not be? Rugged ✔️, Hot ✔️, Endearing✔️, and so Loving! What he did for the love of Finn and Ainsley is by far the most precious and priceless sacrifices. However, when love and family are your reason, nothing is off the table. This was a gut wrenching novel to say t
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Melissa resides in Cincinnati Ohio with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.


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