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Leslie Rhoads is on the brink of becoming a supermodel! But tragedy strikes when she's assaulted and disfigured. She's on the verge of suicide when she meets Angel, a lovable little girl who breaks through Leslie's pain and gives her courage to rebuild her life. But then Leslie's assailant resurfaces. Will he finish the job he started? 320 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Abingdon Press
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ISBN: 1426714661
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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.

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Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. Ace has authored more than sixty books for 25 different publishers that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, and childrens works, as well as books on history, culture, and faith. He also has been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special, and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace still resides in Arkansas and online at AceCollins.com.

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  1. SallyinWNY
    western NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Harrowing but Good
    November 14, 2013
    SallyinWNY
    western NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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 assault are particularly harrowing. I wanted to skip over them, but forced myself to at least get the gist of what happened.

    Leslie has everything going for her, but has never had much control over her life. Her mother and her agent have determined its course, and now an unidentified gang of men have turned it upside down. Even as she recovers, Leslie's agent seeks to keep her hold on the young woman's image and profit from her misfortune. Her mother sees Leslie only in terms of her looks, thus undermining any hope for psychological recovery. Leslie can either listen to her mother or an encouraging friend. One will lead to despondency, the other to a new life. In the meantime, is Leslie's attacker still stalking her?

    The Cutting Edge is a contemporary thriller about a battle between good and evil, and morality versus power. While the timeline seems somewhat unrealistic, there are twists and turns that give a new perspective to what's come before. There was one twist I certainly didn't expect. The characters vary in their relationships both before and after the attack. The agent's true regard for Leslie is soon revealed, but Leslie's cousin, Meg, is a major factor in her recovery. Meg is the encouraging Christian at Leslie's side, but she isn't a one-dimensional, always patient, always smiling caricature. Naturally, there's the expected positive ending, but it's a book I nevertheless enjoyed.

    Thank you to Abingdon for my free Advance Reader Copy of The Cutting Edge, which I received in exchange for an honest review to be written and posted by me within a certain timeframe.
  2. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 12, 2013
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 into the emergency room. She calls up from deep within herself the ability to hold herself together while seeing such brutality. What she later realizes is that she knows the patient, and the patient has been running away from her life in the small town of Springville for years.

    Leslie's mother is a character almost beyond description and is not the most caring or compassionate mother when she first sees the scars left by the assault to her daughter; all she can see is lost money. As hours turn into days and days into weeks, the police are stumped and not sure how to proceed.

    In the meantime, as Leslie vainly tries to end her suffering, she is engaged with a little patient in the same hospital who suffers similar pain. Is the pain merely skin deep or does it go all the way into the soul of the victim? Will those who did such a violent act ever be brought to trial?

    By the way, a high school flame comes to visit Leslie just after her first surgery and she is unable to view anything other than blue eyes. Leslie believes she is "ugly" through and through and if Hunter is interested in her it is a missionary date and nothing more, but is it? For those who don't know what missionary dating is, it is going out with someone for reasons other than relationship interest.

    So many characters bring this novel to life that the reader might even forget this isn't reality! Each time I started a new chapter the climax kept building as the reader knows that the antagonist isn't simply going to disappear. The questions beg to be asked of how will he or she be caught and brought to justice through good police work or cooking oil? Now you might want to know what I mean by police work and cooking oil, it is clue which will be understood once the novel is read!

    Since Leslie can no longer be a model and believes she has no other life beyond her past endeavors, as well as no high school diploma, what are her options? Where is her faith in the Lord and does she trust Him to bring about the healing of her heart along with the deepest desires of her heart?
  3. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Facial Attack, Rebuilding A Life Thriller
    October 31, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 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.

    Ace Collins understands that what we judge others by is the face. If the face looks good then we say the person is good, whether that is the case or not. Leslie is about to take over a prime perfume account and become what she always dreamed about: a supermodel. That dream is shattered by a gang attack and a beer bottle. Her face is badly scarred and irreparable. Now what does she do? And on top of everything her attacker wants to finish the job he started. I think this is a brilliant character study with the focus on beauty. Mr. Collins throws in all kinds of sub-plots that keep the story moving briskly As Leslie begins to move on with her life. Through Mr. Collins' excellent writing skills we come to understand Leslie and want her to be healed from her almost crushing pain. Mr. Collins has given us themes of devastating loss, and forgiveness and how we can deal with them. This is a fun read that gives us a lot to think about.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    What makes a woman beautiful?
    October 25, 2013
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a novel with a powerful message.

    Leslie is a New York model at the top of her career. When her agent suggests the next big step in her career is an advertisement that requires nudity, Leslie knows she needs to go home and talk to her parents. Her conservative upbringing makes faint warning bells sound. The flight puts her in her hometown airport late at night. While she waits for a taxi she is abducted. When she refuses their advances, one of the men takes a broken scotch bottle and attacks her face. She nearly bleeds to death before she is found.

    For Leslie, the struggles have just begun. Her perfect face was who she was. How can she live with her identity torn and deeply scarred?

    This is a powerful study in what makes a human beautiful. Others try to convince Leslie that beauty is within and that who she really is still resides within her. We follow Leslie as she is angry at God, as she wants to die, as she begins to come to understand who she really is on the inside. We endure her mother who groomed Leslie from birth to be the physically beautiful woman she could never be herself. We root for Hunter who loved Leslie in high school and loves her still. We observe with awe as Leslie meets a six year old girl who is so scarred on the inside Leslie can only weep. And we hold our breath as the slasher comes back to finish the job.

    This is a character driven novel as Leslie confronts so many issues when her life so dramatically changes. Reading groups would have a great deal to discuss. Is it healthy to place one's self value on something like appearance, or a job, or a husband? What do you do when that one thing is destroyed? How do you keep living and find new meaning to your life? How do you establish your own identity when a parent wants to force one on you?

    The writing is not eloquent. There are no memorable sentences. But the character issues carry the story along so well that you want to read to the end. And you are rewarded with hope for Leslie and others scarred so deeply.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
  5. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beauty is defined in this suspense thriller!
    October 17, 2013
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 would have thought of was perfection. Of course, rather did these fixes lead to bigger jobs, only bigger disappointments and lower self esteem. The fact was, a "look" couldn't be manufactured; it had to be a gift of birth.

    That is just what Leslie Rhoads had, the looks that most would die to have. No cosmetic surgery was necessary and a true moment of opportunity sat literally right in front of her. The opportunity most models wait a lifetime to get and only rarely do few ever find. Now on the cusp of making a decision that might change her career, Leslie begins to count just what the cost is for great beauty and looks. Passion Nights, a perfume company wants her to be their spokesmodel but the photographs and ads leave very little left to the imagination. Raised as the proverbial girl next door, she wonders just what kind of message would she be sending taking on this project and signing a multi-million dollar contract. Her agent Carlee Middleton, reminds her that this doesn't come around too often and it is a guarantee to launch her career as a model to heights she had never dreamed before. No more struggling to make rent or live in less than desirable areas, this would literally be a life changing. But she can't accept without talking to her parents, the voice of reason in her life. What would God tell her to do?

    When she arrives home from a late night flight from New York into Springfield, Illinois, the airport is mostly closed. Without wanting to wake her parents, she opts to call for a cab but since it's so late the cab will take awhile to get there since the driver is out on another call. When twenty minutes pass, Leslie sees an approaching unmarked car and believes that such a small town company has opted to send whatever they have left. Without thinking she opens the car door, only to be abducted from the airport by men she can't see. The only people who even know she is arriving home is her agent and it seems like that might be the last person who will ever know just where she went.

    The men who have abducted Leslie have no idea who she is, and had hoped merely to gain whatever money and items of worth from her before abandoning her at the side of a dark road. But when a search of her baggage reveals her face on the cover of a magazine, the men realize Leslie might be worth a whole lot more. When she fails to give them what they want, they decide to take it out on her in a dark alley, cutting her beautiful face with a broken bottle and leaving her for dead. What will her beauty be worth now?

    In the latest novel by best selling author Ace Collins, The Cutting Edge is one of those novels that once you pick up will embed its way into your soul. I literally inhaled this one and didn't realize that this novel is the sequel from Darkness Before Dawn. I remember reading a similar story that happened many years ago about a model who had her face viciously damaged and she was left for dead as well. I can't imagine the horrors she had to deal with much like Leslie's character whose whole life has been defined by her looks. Now she is left with nothing more but scars but it's the ones inside that may never heal. Can she find the beauty that lies within all of us before it's too late?

    I received The Cutting Edge by Ace Collins compliments of Abingdon Press for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed in this review are mine. I easily rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars because I believe it delivers more than just a great suspense filled story. There is a great message behind this story that is revealed by the time you get to the end, the one of what the true definition of beauty really is. Once again I feel that Ace Collins is definitely a "one to watch" author because everything he seems to do, turns to gold. He is utilizing his true God given gift of writing to transport us inside the story. It's compelling, believable and one that will stay with you long after you turn the final page. I simply can't wait to see what masterpiece he will create next.
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