Cutting Cords

Cutting Cords[Read] ➫ Cutting Cords Author Mickie B. Ashling – Tbjewellers.co.uk 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 girlfr 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 Sloan is smart, sassy, and a brilliant graphic artist, he s also a pothead with severe body image problems Cole, a former major league pitcher, has his own personal crisis he s going blind Sloan and Cole are suffering on so many levels, they might not realize that the ultimate salvation could be within each other s arms.

MICKIE B ASHLING is the pseudonym of a multi published author who resides in a suburb outside Chicago She is a product of her upbringing in various cultures, having lived in Japan, the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East Fluent in three languages, she s a citizen of the world and an interesting mixture of East and West Since , Mickie has written several dozen novels in the LGBTQ genre which have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, and German A lot of her backlist is Under Construction as she slowly transitions from traditional publishing to representing herself Her goal is to have most of her novels back in the universe by the end of CONTACT INFO Email mickiehling gmailWebsite mickieashlingBlog mickiebashlingFacebook facebook mickiehlingTwitter MickieAshlingBookBub.

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  • ebook
  • 252 pages
  • Cutting Cords
  • Mickie B. Ashling
  • English
  • 03 June 2019
  • 1615810927

10 thoughts on “Cutting Cords

  1. says:

    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 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 he cut himself and also know he is no painslut The BDSM part to this book was interesting Personally, I found Max to be a bit predatory yet in a seductive and okay way I m glad he ended up being a good guy Still, his misunderstanding of Sloan caused me a bit of fury Since I ve tried impact play to replace the cutting when I was younger and learned quickly it didn t do it for me, I could easily predict Sloan s response.Cole is another character I understand and this time, empathize To loose one s sight is a complete horrifying thought for me For Cole, it s a complete game changer No pun intended His response to it and how he interacts with his family and friends is better than I actually would have anticipated His interaction with Sloan was maddening at times What confused me about this story was how quickly it resolved One minute Cole and Sloan were just coming together and then it s a happily ever after What just happened blink blink This book is highly recommended to m m readers who enjoy angst and a coming out of the closet theme The kinky BDSM is just a bonus

  2. says:

    What an excellent story Everything Mickie B Ashling writes is so beautifully put together, the lengths she goes in researching topics always means I learn something fascinating and it adds a dimension to her stories that I definitely appreciate.There s an interesting twist here which I can t discuss without using spoiler tags, but the whole thing was really nicely done and made for a truly creative story.I did the audio version and John Solo was spectacular as always Gah, his Max voice was so What an excellent story Everything Mickie B Ashling writes is so beautifully put together, the lengths she goes in researching topics always means I learn something fascinating and it adds a dimension to her stories that I definitely appreciate.There s an interesting twist here which I can t discuss without using spoiler tags, but the whole thing was really nicely done and made for a truly creative story.I did the audio version and John Solo was spectacular as always Gah, his Max voice was so hot I seriously got shivers soooo good

  3. says:

    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.

  4. says:

    I enjoyed the characters in this book They were flawed and real.

  5. says:

    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 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 from his father s influence He has a history of drug abuse and possession arrests, and he also has a history of cutting Neither issue has disappeared from his life, but he s trying to keep his drug use and his cutting minimal The problem occurs the moment he meets Cole and has to listen to his verbally abusive tirades Cole is losing his sight due to retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease, and he s struggling to cope with his impending blindness Its cost him his career in baseball, and it looks like it s going to cost him muchHe finds it extremely difficult to cope with the thought of going blind, and even though he s working with a blind psychologist at the Lighthouse Institute, he finds the disease demeaning He refuses to tell anyone about it, except for his parents and fianc , Julianna He definitely will not tell Sloan No how, no way Apparently enemies attract, because the chemistry between the two men explodes one night when they are arguing, and Sloan ends up giving Cole a blow job Cole has always refused to acknowledge his attraction to men, but now he has onething to struggle with besides his impending blindness The two start a push pull relationship, alternating between being hot for each other and Cole being frosty and aloof In the meantime, Sloan has met a professional photographer who wants to give Sloan work as a high paid fashion model Sloan, who has major body image issues, refuses to believe that anyone can desire him for his looks, but he does enter into an affair with the photographer Just onething to complicate his life, and then the photographer turns out to be into BDSM and tries to make Sloan believe that pain is the answer to his problems This story had a lot going on, but to be honest, I never felt the romance In fact, when Sloan finally declared that he loved Cole, it made sense that the declaration wasn t even to Cole himself They were two polar opposites, and it is remarkable to me that this story can even carry the label M M romance It waslike M M sex with a little bit of BDSM and a little bit of M F sex thrown in, exploding into a mish mash of subplots woven together by a miserable SOB who was going blind and an amoral young man who needed constant stroking The only thing that kept me from giving this one star is John Solo s narration He had a much wider range of vocalizations than he has had in any of the other audiobooks I ve heard him narrate Although I didn t like the voice he gave Cole, it was actually perfect for Cole s abrasive personality After I finished the book, I discovered that this is the first in a series It s definitely one I will not read or listen to, and I can t honestly recommend this story as an M M romance 1.5 stars

  6. says:

    I enjoyed this book a lotso 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

  7. says:

    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 forthan 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 .And that s ultimately the problem There is a hell of a l 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 forthan 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 .And that s ultimately the problem There is a hell of a lot going on in this story The author has a lot to juggle and unfortunately the end result doesn t meet the promise of the premise.The hodgepodge leads to awkward character development, the barest of world building, and a rushed romance The dialogue is stiff and stilted Honestly, I couldn t connect to any of these people In fact most of them annoyed me most of the time Cole is a cheater he cheats on his girlfriend and, then, on Sloan Cole uses his girlfriend, even when he has a hard on for Sloan he cheats on both of them until he realizes that she doesn t love him in the right way, and that Sloan meansto him But Cole keeps insisting he isn t gay Oy vey.And Sloan has such self esteem issues Between the cutting, the drugs, the self hate, it s hard to imagine what Cole sees in him Oh, yeah He has a nine inch dong Whoop dee doo.And their parents well, their fathers come out the worst here They are two pushy, overbearing, harm inducing people They were given short shrift in the story even though they seemed to be the source of most of the guys problems The issues raised in the story listed above are heart tugging and important But I can t confuse the issues with the characters These guys aren t real at all, they didn t read like real people to me They relike vehicles used to expound on the important issues This is ultimately why the book didn t really work for me and why I couldn t buy into the romance part of the story.I ended up skimming through the second half, but I don t think I missed much, it s pretty boilerplate Nor do I feel a need to read anyin this series From what I ve read in those story blurbs, the soap opera grows to even greater eye rolling proportions Not for me

  8. says:

    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 feelsympathetic to the 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 feelsympathetic to the character of Sloan than to Cole I actually do like the choice the author made, presenting the novel through two different narrative view points Sloan s POV in the story is told in first person narrative, while Cole s is in third person Unfortunately, when writing the third person narrative the author appears at times to slip out from Cole s POV and in and out of the POV some secondary characters Not only is that disconcerting and messy but it lessens the power of the narrative choices, I think There is also weakness common with authors that have little experience or poor editing proofing advice, imo too much telling, not enough effort put into building their showing skills Add that to the inconsistent way the characters conduct themselves, and Cutting Cords is not winning me over

  9. says:

    3 1 2 StarsThis was really good I was engrossed with Cole Coming to terms with losing your eyesight, that would be hard.I liked that he was having to work at accepting it He wanted to make sure he was independent when the day came, but he was still half trying to deny that it was ever going to happen.Sloan I enjoyed also Cutting is a hard concept to find written well This was done pretty well, without being to over the top.The kinky wile good, I just wanted to get Sloan out of there It did 3 1 2 StarsThis was really good I was engrossed with Cole Coming to terms with losing your eyesight, that would be hard.I liked that he was having to work at accepting it He wanted to make sure he was independent when the day came, but he was still half trying to deny that it was ever going to happen.Sloan I enjoyed also Cutting is a hard concept to find written well This was done pretty well, without being to over the top.The kinky wile good, I just wanted to get Sloan out of there It didn t seem like it would be a healthy choice for him BDSM is not for everyone, and I never felt like it was right for Sloan But the little bit of scenes there were, were good I also, didn t like him being with someone else.The ending was lacking It just wrapped up to quick and easily Idk how I think it should have ended, but not quit so abruputly.Solid read Very enjoyable

  10. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 3.5 stars.Overall, I really I enjoyed this book It wasn t until about halfway through that I began to have a few niggles I didn t have problems with Sloan getting together with Max it wasn t cheating b c Sloan and Cole weren t in any sort of relationship and they had only hooked up a couple of times I think it was the actual scenes they had I generally like BDSM, but here it left me feeling sort of let down and uncomfortable at times I think because it seemed to me like Max and Sloan we 3.5 stars.Overall, I really I enjoyed this book It wasn t until about halfway through that I began to have a few niggles I didn t have problems with Sloan getting together with Max it wasn t cheating b c Sloan and Cole weren t in any sort of relationship and they had only hooked up a couple of times I think it was the actual scenes they had I generally like BDSM, but here it left me feeling sort of let down and uncomfortable at times I think because it seemed to me like Max and Sloan were developing aserious relationship than he and Cole ever had until the very end In fact, we never really see Sloan and Cole s relationship much at all Sorry if this doesn t make sense it s very hard to explain unless you read it Like I said though, this only takes up about a fourth of the book so I really liked it overall

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