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Cut So Deep (A Dark Billionaire Romance)

Love So Dark, Book 1
Narrated by: Lacy Laurel, Scott Rider
Series: Love So Dark, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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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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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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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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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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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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erotic, dark, intense

Callies been used all her life! She's blonde, naive, with a body that men crave. How far will Callie go to fight for her son? She needed a job. Becoming PA to the ruthless, Bryce Gentry was challenging with his head games, and exposing her. When she met Jackson Vale, she had a different vibe from him, he actually cared. Not just about the sex, he realized how smart she was, he wanted her to work at his company. What does she have to do to get away from the hold of Bryce? Bryce manipulated Callie, trying to break her emotionally and physically . Stasia Black wrote this story so deep, very dark, sexy, erotic, and steamy. It's not a fairytale love story.
Lacy Laurel tells the story with emotion. She shows the despair, anguish that Callie is going throughout the story. Scott Rider has the deep, sexy voice as Jackson Vale, but He's not introduced until the last chapter. 🎧audiobookobsessionreviewer🎧

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Brutal

SMH!!! Stasia Black's story is compelling and devastating... it will take your breath away. Calliope is a single mother...a woman who has been very emotionally hurt most of her life. These experiences lead her to make disastrous decisions which impact her young adult life. Her "boss" Bryce Gentry is pure evil.

Pay attention to the warnings the author provides before you listen...if you like dark romances that "blow up" the envelope, this audiobook is for you. Any performance by Lacy Laurel is definitely worth the credit....she's amazing!!

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Definitely Deep and Dark!

This story tells of a girls real down on her luck when she keeps falling into bad situations.

I got rather frustrated with her by the end. But it all keep me sucked in cause I wasn’t sure what would happen to all the characters next!


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Dark Romance with powerful performance!

Wow! This was the first audio that I listen to with Lacy Laurel and Scott Rider (who doesn't appear until the very end Epilogue 2 btw). It is a very dark book, it has triggers and it isn't for every one. I read it shortly after it came out in print and so I was excited to listen to it as well. Holy moley does Lacy hit you with an emotional punch in this. The dark emotions that Callie feels in this are just...powerful. It is a difficult book to listen to at times because of everything that Callie has to go through. The hatred you feel for Bryce, the desire for Jackson is all there in her words and performance. I really hope the other books are coming to audio with this duet! The final epilogue which you get from Scott in Jackson's point of view is fantastic. I love his deep voice. I can't wait for more!
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Good book

Another amazingly dark read by Stasia. Intrigue, dark, intense and hot. Lacy & Scott did an awesome narrating.

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Oh my Gosh How annoying frustratingly weak and..

I get that this girl is young a very afraid to loose her son and she has been sexually abused in the past but that should teach how screwed up ken and the works can be. how do we as woman not learn how jacked up men and woman can be WoW just wow. Theres good really dark and intriguing books that i really like and enjoy that are also very messed up but this book is straight up jacked!! because the woman is so freaking ignorant and dumb! This book is not only majorly fucked up but the author made this woman so dumb ignorant and a huge dumb blonde push over.
Its extremely annoying and frustrating.
She lets men run ALL OVER HER but the man that is good to her she does everything she can to push him away.
its like Really!?!?
She makes ridiculously straight up stupid choices and gets herself into the most horrible shit.
This book makes woman seem so freaking dumb!!!!!!
How anyone could really not get annoyed with this crap I will never understand.
And the repetitive zero zero zero zero zeros zeros etc etc etc. Oh my god i wante to throw my phone!!!!

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  • Mari Garcia
  • 12-20-19

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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  • 12-15-19

No sweet romance here!!

This book is brilliant. It’s rough and gritty. It’s written very well and Lacy gives a fantastic performance. I can’t wait for the next book. Hopefully justice will be served.
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  • Mickey
  • 12-14-19

Dark

This book has some dark moments, but the strength the heroine presented is awe inspiring. Lacy does an excellent job with the emotional roller coaster of this heroine, and keeps you entertained throughout. The epilogue with Scott’s narrative was just as good. I can’t wait for book two to come out in audiobook format.
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  • Thais Dematte
  • 12-02-19

Not for me, but a good book anyway

Wow this is NOT for me. I like dark themes that doesn't envolve torture and extreme cruelty. The blurb is a snippet from the book, it wasn't a synopsis at all and I hate when authors do that, I had to skim through the reviews to read a decent blurb, but when I finde one, I like it.

Ok, so you have two guys taking advantage of a single mom desperate for money. Yeah, it was a uncomfortable listen for sure, I have to skimmed some parts because I didn't have stomach for it. It doesn't have torture, but the heavy humiliation and bad treatment of another human being is STRONG. It's abuse after abuse, there is nothing consensual about this.

My rating is no lower because I didn't like the story, it wasn't for me, but I can see people liking it. And it's no higher because it was so unbelievable, the characters actions often made role my eyes in exasperation. I know this is fiction, but I did suspend my desbelif and even so didn't work. It was too much.

The narration is solid, I like both narrators and I they did a good job creating different voices for each character. I had to speed up Lacy Laurel's narration and slow down for Scott Rider so it got a little annoying. But overall it was good.

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