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“Are you his willingly?” Jackson demands, his blue eyes as dark as the clouds above our heads. “Tell me. Are you?”

Jackson Vale. My boss’s rival and the man I’ve thought far too much about since we were introduced last week.

Of all the - “I’m not his,” I sputter indignantly. “I’m just his employee. He doesn’t own me.”

And for some reason this sets off a flare of intensity and...satisfaction? in Jackson’s expression. That’s it, I officially give up trying to understand any of this.

But then Jackson leans over and speaks so softly in my ear I can barely hear it above the falling rain. 

“If you belonged to me, Miss Cruise, you wouldn’t look so disgusted. True ownership goes both ways. I would own you, but you’d own me, too. A concept I’m sorry to say Bryce Gentry’s never understood.”

My breath hitches and I pull back from the intimacy of his voice on my ear, only to get lost in the dark blue of his eyes. 

“Let me go,” I whisper.

He does, but before he turns to go, those brooding eyes pierce me one last time. “I’ll be seeing you again soon.”

And then he turns and is gone into the rain-soaked street, leaving me behind, breathless and confused.

Warning: Contains triggers and dark themes which may be distressing to some listeners.

This book is a dark romance with no cheating. It is the first book in the Cut So Seep duet.

©2018 Stasia Black (P)2019 Stasia Black

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  • Bette
  • 01-12-2019

Terrific Story & Narration🎧 Dark & Intense!

Wow, this book blew my mind, it is well written and well told. Stasia Black takes you out of your comfort zone with this intense and dark story. This not a feel good type of story, it is the opposite of that, yet I could not put it down, I had to know what was going to happen next. The characters are complex and well developed, I had a love/hate relationship with the lead female Calliope “Callie” Cruise, she had a lot of great attributes, she was smart, strong, but she also had her weaknesses, mainly her insecurities which caused her to make poor decisions at times. She has had terrible experiences with men and history has a way of repeating itself. She pushes away the best thing to walk in to her life away, Jackson Vale, my favorite character in the book. I am looking forward to learn more about him in the next book, I am hoping he gets what he wants. Then there is Callie’s boss Bryce Gentry, a twisted man who is manipulative and evil. He is a man of power, does and gets what he wants. Stasia Black, thank you for this terrific story, I am looking forward to what happens next, I am rooting for Callie and Jackson.

I listened to the Audible edition, Lacy Laurel and Scott Rider are fantastic narrators and voice artists. The characters are brought to life, each given their own voice and personality. Lacy’s portrayal of Callie was spot on, she captured all her emotions and projected them into her performance, great job covering the rest of he characters as well. Scott portrayal of Jackson was spot on, you could hear how much heart he put into it. Each are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this terrific listen🎧

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  • Sara
  • 30-04-2020

This Bitch!

SPOILERS: Airheaded, ditzy, horrible life choices, repeatedly. whiney, again, repeatedly. Learns the hard way EVERY time. She literally gets naked with a bunch of old men voluntarily, with dangerous men, then tries to be the damsel in distress..gets raped. Is surprised! Then she thinks: Hmm maybe I should have walked away. Not the first time this has happened to her, she's an abuse victim from an early age but STILL trusts them. Gets gang raped. I can't believe how stupid she is. AND she's fighting for custody of her child. Then the gang rape scene goes on FOREVER. Theres not enough warning I can give for this book.

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  • Megan Wells
  • 02-12-2019

Dark story with very broken characters

This book was dark! You know how sometimes dark doesn’t always mean daaaark but this book was. Callie is a single mother fighting for custody of her son. She doesn’t have the money to get a good lawyer, so she takes a job where she knows she’s going to have to do some things she doesn’t want to. It all kind of tailspin’s from there. She realizes she is in way over her head with her crazy boss.

There are triggers in here. Quite a few actually so take that warning seriously.

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  • Joe
  • 27-04-2020

Not Dual narration.

I am so tired of dual narration turning out to be single. I'm sick of wasting credits. I prefer dual narration. The story had holes, it was extremely hard to finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-2020

Cut so deep

I like the book. It was very well written. I think every women should read the second book. I was scared that if would not end well, I know that real life doesn't alwAys end good, but I want my books to end well. Life is hard enough without having to read about somebody else's life ending like shit. It is ok if they have to go through some shit, but I want their life to end happy.

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  • IceWanda
  • 19-02-2020

DARK!!! Goes to points of no return... Be warned!

This story is very dark. Will leave you disgusted. Not sure how the next book will take this feeling go away.
She's too much of a victim. One thing after another. Keeps going.

She's not too smart and is naive so her decisions are quite questionable. Story starts with her signing a contract without reading after her boss asked her to strip at her interview. Duh! This sums up her intelligence. It's hard to root for her because of this.

Most of the book is inner monologues ... so much detail... bla bla bla... more than necessary at times. This slows down the progression of the story. At times its frustrating.
The story is dark ... goes to points of no return. Be prepareider to have more air time. Mostly its Lacy Laurel. All the emotions are captured so well.
Had I known it was this dark, I wouldn't have chose this book. Now that I have come this far... I'm going to Book 2 because I need this disgusted feeling to go away.
I don't recommend this book unless you like DARK books.



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  • Jenny_15227 @AudiobookObsessionReviewer
  • 31-12-2019

Well done all around

While I was a little put off by the early job interview scene, I soon found myself truly invested in the story. The realness of the love for her child, the want for a better relationship with her sister, the challenge of working through past mental/physical abuse, and her desire/ motivation to do better for herself & her son.

Be warned though, what's advertised as dark is painfully dark at times. While reading certain scenes may have been hard, hearing the narrator portray the scenes got extremely difficult. Kudos to the range of this narrator.

The twist in the final epilogue perfectly tees up the next book. I'm ready for it.

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  • Jo Shepherd
  • 02-12-2019

talk about cut so deep!! sheesh..

the author has cut me into little pieces.. next book in the series HAS to put me back together.. it just has to

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  • B. Roscoe
  • 03-01-2021

Callie Gets Swept Into A Deviously Dark Game!

A Former Beauty Queen Hopes To Put Her Crown Behind And Be Appreciated For Her Brain, But Instead Finds Herself A Pawn In A Deviously Dark Game Without Rules! Callie’s Story Will Have You On The Edge Of Your Seat As She Gets Caught Up Between Two Old Rivals And Doesn’t Know Who She Can Trust.


Trigger warning: includes sensitive issues such as non-consent.

Calliope Cruise, twenty-two, once had big dreams. She is the rather unhappy victim of her good looks, however, along with some youthful mistakes. Her beauty and figure have the unfortunate consequence of men ogling her. Men and women alike either presume the worst in her or accuse her of trading on her looks. Her own parents don’t even give her the benefit of the doubt. She had done the beauty pageant circuit when she was younger, which only resulted in alienating her thirty-one year old sister. For years Shannon has judged her, but Callie can say little in her own defense. She hails from a small town and began pursing her dream of a career in robotics at her local community college. Catching a lucky break, she was accepted as a transfer student at Stanford, where she now has just a semester left to finish her robotics degree. But she gave up that dream when Charlie came along. Her two and a half year old boy is the joy of her life, but his arrival was unplanned, putting all her dreams on indefinite hold.

David Kinnock, forty-two, has suddenly decided he wants custody of Charlie despite never wanting to be his father. His wife Regina, in her late thirties, happens to have a nice trust fund and seems to have taken an interest in Charlie. If Callie cannot afford a good attorney, she might lose custody of Charlie altogether. As devoted as she is to her son, lawyers are quite talented at taking out of context, exaggerating, misrepresenting, misconstruing, and outright lying. And a good lawyer could tear Callie apart in court. A custody hearing is approaching. If she wants to win she needs to hire a good attorney, but that might just be wishful thinking.

Today Callie just hopes to make the rent. She lives with her sister Shannon, on whom she depends to help care for little Charlie, in the Bay Area just south of San Jose. With her legal bills stacking, rent, and student loan repayments, she needs to put her waitressing behind and earn a decent income. Some creative resume writing skills land her an interview for the personal assistant position of Gentry Technologies’ CEO – Bryce Gentry himself. Gentry Tech is a Fortune 500 company. They work primarily with government contracts – military applications of drones and robotics. The idea of working for the man who, along with Jackson Vale, is famed for developing a real-time reaction simulation algorithm while studying at MIT has her thrilled. Roughly thirty-one and a bachelor, Bryce’s incredible good looks are breath-taking and his gaze is magnetic, but her initial good impression doesn’t last long. Bryce Gentry is just like all the other men that have seen her as an object. And maybe worse. But with the custody hearing approaching, Callie has no choice but to accept the job no matter the unorthodox job requirements.

Jackson Vale, thirty-two, is the CEO of CubeThink. He is disciplined and controlled, and better with code than with people. They are a big player in commercial drones and have become a household name. He is most well-known for his accomplishment with ridiculousrobots.com – when he was only seventeen. Raised in the foster system, he had a hard time until he was taken in by his foster dad at age eleven. Mr. Kent had given him direction to channel his trouble-making tendencies, introducing him to robotics. But when his dad died during Jackson’s sophomore year in college, he fell into bad habits and spiraled out of control.

Bryce and Jackson have a history together. They met at MIT when Bryce was a freshman and Jackson a sophomore, and they did more than just create algorithms. They seemed to get into a bit of trouble together. They had a falling out, though, each going their separate way. Even in business, they manage to avoid one another for the most part, with Bryce focused on military applications and Jackson on the commercial side. It is known that Bryce’s ex-fiancée had been seen on Jackson’s arm, so one might easily deduce some tension lingers between the two. When Bryce arranges a very private lunch meeting with Jackson and orders Callie to attend without underwear, all sorts of questions logically arise.

Callie’s story is a deep, dark dive into a twisted game without rules. She has to battle her past and make peace with her sister while trying to make a good enough living to be able to afford to fight for custody of Charlie in court. The deck is stacked against her and she has nobody on which to rely. She soon finds herself torn between two men, neither of whom she can trust. This story starts out rather shocking, but be forewarned: it gets worse. Pushed in all directions, Callie is tested. She has a choice to make, and consequences she must learn to live with either way. Although the story concludes in book two, Break So Soft, it ends in a good place as the story transitions.

There is plenty of angst throughout the story. There are steamy moments as well as terrifying ones. Great chemistry develops between Callie and one of the men; their connection is palpable. It is easy to root for the couple, but somehow the plot seems to overpower the relationship and it doesn’t feel quite as personal as one might hope.

A few issues merit mention. First, Callie’s age doesn’t seem to match up with how far she is in school. At twenty-two now, she would have been pregnant at nineteen, sometime during her second semester at Stanford. So she would have transferred when she was about eighteen, and presumably started full time at her community college at sixteen. It is possible but a very tight timeline and unusual, and there is no reference to that here. Next, Bryce Gentry’s company name is inconsistent. Bryce Information Technologies is referenced twice earlier in the book, but two latter references to the company name it Gentry Technologies. The abbreviated name used throughout the book, however, is Gentry Tech.

The former beauty queen hopes to put her crown behind and be appreciated for her brain, but instead finds herself a pawn in a deviously dark game without rules. Callie’s story will have you on the edge of your seat as she gets caught up between two old rivals and doesn’t know who she can trust. This story is well-written and plot-driven. It is complex, layered with mystery. Thoughtful and intelligent details give an authentically tech vibe. The characters are carefully crafted and unique. The story is written in first person in Callie’s POV, with the exception of Epilogue II. I rate this book four stars.

As for the Audio: it is well-performed and consistent with the book.

I received an advance copy of this book and audiobook am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Sholene James
  • 22-12-2020

Another blonde

So annoying!!! Why would this book come up under black romance if the lead was gonna be just another pale blonde. Good God there are hundreds of thousands of romances, do ALL of the leads have to be blonde white women???? No one else has a whirl wind romance and falls in love? 😤😒 I want my credit back

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  • Audio Crazed Mari 🎧
  • 20-12-2019

A dark story

Those who enjoy dark stories, this is definitely for you. It's not for the faint of heart. There is no HEA. It's book 1 of a trilogy. The writing was done well, the characters were not flat, and the narration was really good.


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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 21-02-2021

A tantalizing dark tale

This story had everything I could want in a story. Personal struggles that are easy to relate to. A mother torn between work life and home life. A surprise hero that will make you drool. I could not get enough of this story. I never wanted it to end. Calliope is a strong woman who has just had very bad luck in life. Just when she thinks her luck is about to turn, she has to make another tough decision. Until Jackson Vale is introduced to her, Calliope is just trying to make it all work. When Jackson enters her world, her life is about to change drastically!

Lacy Laurel and Scott Rider performed this story amazingly. They brought these characters to life. Lacy narrated Calliope as I imagined her. Lacy was able to bring out the strength in Calliope as well as her insecurities. Scott has an easy to get lost in voice that made every male character swoon worthy. I hope to hear more from both of these narrators.

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  • AJ
  • 29-10-2020

Ok But!!

The internal monologue from the main character is very long winded and boring and could be reduced by half and as a woman I would never let a boss do to me what Callie’s boss does to her. I get she’s trying to keep her head above water plus the fear of losing her son to his dead beat father but come on she could get him done for sexual harassment. (Moan over lol)
I really enjoy books with more character interaction and this book just doesn’t have that. Also beware the main character Callie deals with sexual abuse so if this a trigger for you don’t listen to it.

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  • Mrs c j Chedd
  • 06-10-2020

painful to listen too

this would have been a good book,but hated the way it was narrated didn't finish

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 23-06-2020

Dark and twisted

This one is very dark and gritty, enjoyably so. It also gale you on an absolute journey of twists and turns. Can’t wait to listen to the next one

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  • Ginger
  • 21-06-2020

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Stasia definitely knows how to write a dark, gritty, intense story of how someone who is in dire straights can be used, controlled and manipulated to their will. When trust doesn’t come easy, sense of worth has diminished and the reason, purpose to live has been torn from your life.
Lacy & Scott really made this story come to life.
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  • chez
  • 10-06-2020

Not sure

Narration was reasonably OK, but I'm not sure about the story. I liked the idea of the storyline, however the main character Callie just didn't appeal to me. She just seemed to stumble into so many terrible situations whilst proclaiming her independence and strength, with stubborn pride sabotaging herself. I get the need to fight back, but she could have fought better. She has a sad backstory which should have been emotive, but somehow didn't inspire these emotions in me. Jackson was the one positive that she could have used to help her, but didn't.
I am going to listen to the next book, because I want to see this go somewhere positive.

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  • Lisa Pain
  • 07-06-2020

Great book!

The start of this series was absolutely superb. I loved all three main characters, especially Jackson. Callie is a great character who is strong and sassy and deserves a lot more than life has dealt her. Gentry is the real bad guy who eventually breaks her and she then rejects Jackson. I have already purchased the next book as I can't wait to find out what happens in the concluding book. The narration in this book is superb, her voice is great. close your eyes and listen to this book you won't be disappointed.

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  • Cindy
  • 20-04-2020

Cut So Deep

Cut So Deep wasn't quite what I was expecting it to be. When it started out, I thought it was going to be about a hot and kinky office romance between a boss and his personal assistant but then it went in another direction and was about a custody battle and then it got twisted and went pretty dark. It's a good start to what I expect will be an intense series. I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in this trilogy. Lacy Laurel did a great job bringing this story to life. Scott Rider did well in Epilogue II which was all he was in, but I expect we'll hear a lot more of him in Break So Soft.
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  • Delia Chavez
  • 25-03-2020

This Book is Dark!

Wow, this book was dark and intense it really takes you through it. I could not stop listening I cant wait to listen to book 2 🎧AudiobookObsession

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