New Release & Review: Cirque Act 1 by Ashleigh Giannoccaro

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Title: Cirque: Act 1

Author: Ashleigh Giannoccaro

Genre: Dark Romance

Release Date: September 15



A boy looked in a window, to see a naughty show
Through the pane of pain, the master clown did blow
The circus is a holy tent, the keeper of my rhyme
Where I forged my chains, creating this pantomime
Pretending to be normal, I wait until after dark
Then I paint the frown on, get a whore from the park
At the bottom of that bed was a darling in a chest
She watched with big eyes, horror hooking her from rest
She dances for the maniac, twirling on her strings
I will make her mine, sharing damaged things
I will be her riddle, she will help me grin
So why does she run away, she has to let me in
No one loves the clown, not even the midget
We’ve gone too far, she will know my secret
Love can break the hardest mask, I know this to be true
Nightmares have hearts too, I only needed you
I LOVED this book. Cirque was a dirty and gritty read that took us into Sivan’s somewhat depraved world. As a teen, Sivan gets a private show of an adult nature between the clown and trapeze artist. Sivan knew she shouldn’t be peeping and watching, but he couldn’t help himself. This was burned into Sivan’s psyche and twisted his mind for his future sexual encounters. Sivan had to become the clown, but he has to keep this part of him a secret. He later meets his sister’s friend Imogene who sparks something inside of Sivan. He later finds out that she has ties to the circus and Sivan is obsessed. Luckily for him, Imogene is battling her own demons and wants Sivan for her own. But their secrets become too much and they are torn apart.

I loved the gritty feel of this story. Sivan is such a complex character. He struggles with his own identity and the identity of his clown. We have just scratched the surface of this story with Act I. I can’t wait to find out what demons his sister Samantha has that makes her act the way she does. Why is she so destructive and hateful? What happened with their father? What happened between Sam and Gavin? I cannot wait to read Act II to get some of these questions answered and to see where Sivan’s clown takes him.

Reviewed by Shannon
LLEP Review Team



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About the Author


Amazon best selling author Ashleigh Giannoccaro lives In Jozi AKA Johannesburg South Africa with her high school sweetheart also known as her husband and two young daughters. She loves sunshine and psychopaths, her blood type is coffee and she has a pet Meerkat called Porky. She is a full time mom and author, and while she looks like the soccer mom on the surface her books are another story.

As a youngster Ashleigh grew up devouring thrillers and crime fiction, favouring Jeffrey Deaver all the while reading Sweet Valley High to fit in with her friends. When thrillers didn’t give her the love and the romance novels didn’t pack the punch she needed Ashleigh discovered the small genre of Dark Romance and her heart was happy. Here’s where the lines of right snd wrong get blurry and the bad guy gets the girl, Ashleigh found the perfect balance of what she looked for in a book. When the time came to write her own stories she knew exactly what they would be, dark and twisted with just enough love. Colour My Ugly was published in October 2014 and since then it’s been a whirlwind of words and adventure that included a trip to the Books Are Bigger In Texas signing in April 2016 and six novels beings let out into the universe to challenge readers and hopefully leave a lasting mark.

Her Colour Series novels are dark romance set within the lives of three crime families. She loves to make you fall in love with the villain, because after all they need love too. Three full length novels span three generations and challenge ideas such as nature vs. nurture. Sometimes Ashleigh conducts psychiatric experiments in between the pages, like that one time she let two sociopaths fall in love. To her the bad guy doesn’t need to be redeemed to get the happy ending.

The best selling Red Market Series followed when she teamed up with Mary E. Palmerin to see just how dark a love story could be. The series pushed limits that had never before been pushed and quickly become know as the darkest of the dark reads. The two book series was given best seller status by Amazon, even after ashleigh and Mary both believed it would be banned on release day. She still asks herself “who does that?” about this series quite regularly.

Now writing solo again Ashleigh has turned a poll she took about her readers biggest fears and turned it into a pyscho-erotic thriller about a clown. Cirque will make you forget how much you fear them and hopefully make you fall in love with the painted faces. A dark magical look inside the broken minds of two characters with the circus in their blood, Cirque is something completely different and new for Ashleigh.

When she’s not dreaming up crazy stories or creating villains for you to love, Ashleigh spends her time reading and supporting the Indie author community. Ashleigh has a passion for words and is constantly seeking new ones to read and write.

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