On the surface, Giselle Duzido could be called many things.
Sassy, determined and breathtakingly beautiful.
But one thing that would never come to tongue, is broken and fragile; because she’s learned to keep that part of herself locked up tight.
Career-wise? She’s flourishing. Social status? Almost famous!
She may look just like another twenty-something woman, searching for that earth-shattering love…
But it’s all just a camouflage.
Sometimes hiding in plain sight works and other times it doesn’t. Unlike a Gecko that can camouflage itself within its surroundings, we as humans attempt our own version of blending in to our current environment. Giselle has been living a life that is preserved as amazing and glamorous from an outside perspective, but underneath the surface she is hiding her true self from everyone around her.
Giselle is currently living in New York City and organizing her most current store. Her fashion line has been booming with the stores in Sydney and Los Angeles. The New York store is putting her clothes on the map as a new and upcoming designer. This wasn’t always her life. A few years prior she was in a relationship with a man, whom she thought was the man of her dreams. After a year and some of being together, the relationship became different. Love was there, but not tender and sweet. It was fearful and submissive. Conner her boyfriend took being a possessive boyfriend to a different level.
She escaped. Not unscratched. Those around her became casualties in the processes. Now her past has come back into her life and she is trying to overcome it. But inside of facing her fears, she is running. Running physically and running emotionally. There has been only one person that can see through her façade. Draz.
Draz is the bass player, in a small indie rock band. They are known more in the underground music committee, then anything main stream. He is rough, tough, and scary as hell. Giselle and Draz know each other, because their best friends married one another. The physical attraction between Giselle and Draz has always been there. Their relationship has been rocky. With hurt feelings and unforgiving words it has made it difficult for Giselle to find comfort in Draz as a friend on anything else, regardless of the connection they may have.
Draz ends up becoming a pivotal figure in the book. He helps Giselle physically, emotionally, and mentally overcome her demons.
There are so many different figures in Giselle’s life that at times no one is sure who to trust or who to run away from. The only person (as a reader) you are rooting for the entire time is Draz. He is the quite but strong type. Those are always the ones that are the most perceptive.
I love Kathleen Maree’s writing. She writes love stories that don’t need sex or graphic descriptions to be full of enjoyment. Her characters are fully developed where you can honestly see so many layers of them. Her plots keep you interested and engaged in a suspenseful way. If you haven’t read her series Cut, (which is where these characters originated from) you are missing out. This book has added so much depth to Giselle and Draz. Understanding their past and how they have moved forward with their lives was eye-opening and appealing.
HIGHLY recommend! Gripping, suspenseful, entertaining, and lovely!
Just for the writing, characters, plot, and sensitive topic, you NEED to Read this BOOK!
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Warnings: Physical and emotional abuse. Woman being held emotional captive by a significant other. Female being physically abused by lover. Rape, attempted rape, and attempted murder.
From the earliest age I was a born storyteller. Ask my parents and they will tell you I had a gift for making a simple event seem like an elaborate one. Purposely? No. Innocently? Yes. It was my imaginary world that initially led me to believe I wanted to be an actor. All of that role playing and living in fantasy… it was an obvious direction for me. However, becoming quite uncomfortable with the limelight quickly saw that dream diminish.
Over the years I turned my world of fantasy into stories, and eventually began writing them down. Before I knew it, ‘Cut’ had been completed.