Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: Torn by Carian Cole

** Please note: There is no underage sex in this book. This is a romance. **

He’s loved me since the day I was born. 
He’s taken care of me. 
He’s awakened me. 

Tor. My father’s best friend. 
Fifteen years older than me, he’s always been my protector. 
The one I should never, ever want. 
But I was born to be his. 

She’s always loved me. 
She’s shattered me. 
She’s healed me.

Kenzi. My best friend’s daughter. 
I held her the day she was born, and I never let go. 
She’s forbidden to me. But she’s the only one that really gets me. 
We’re slowly being torn apart by everything we love. 
Everything we want. 
Everything we desire. 

And now I want the one thing I can’t have... I want her.

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I just loved this book.  And yes I will admit it was the idea of a taboo romance that completely got me.  She is his best friend’s daughter, who is fifteen years younger than him. The girl that he has taken care of from the moment she was born. He has loved her, cherished her and protected her for the last 18 years.  But after reading this book it was so much more than a taboo romance. It is a beautiful love story between two people who were meant to love each other the way that Toran and Kenzi do.  They were menat to be together, soul mates if you will.  Regardless of how wrong it may have been to the people in their lives, everything about their love just felt so right.

What I think I loved about this book the most was the love between Tor and Kenzi.   He was just a fifteen year old boy when he found out that his two best friends were going to have a baby.  A few years later when their dreams of being rock stars ccame true he was the one who was always there t help them out.  He was there to care for Kenze while they were on the road.  I loved that this young man stepped up to the plate and helped his best friends.  But what I loved even more was how much this little girl had him wrapped around her little finger, how she had his heart from the moment he held her.  And I do not mean that in a creepy way at all.  Yes he was a surrogate uncle and would do anything for Kenzi but as you see throughout the years they have this very special bond and connection.  And I think that no matter what it has always been Kenzi for him.  Even if he didn’t know it.

Kenzi is now two months away from turning 18.  She has always said that she would marry Toran some day.  He always dismissed it as being a crush.  But as they have gotten older and still remained as close as ever, they have both come to realize that the love that they have for each other over the years has changed.  They have changed.  And while they are still the best of friends, there is so much more between them.  She gets him in ways that no one else does.  She loves him with everything she has.  She may be young but Kenzi has grown up in a world that makes her wise beyond her years.  They love each other in ways that may be wrong but if it is o wrong then why does it feel so right?  Being together could completely destroy any relationship that they both have with Kenzi’s father?  Will thy both be willing to take that risk?

This book was so well written that you never for one mintie felt that what Tor and Kenzi felt for each other was wrong.  It felt so real and just so perfect for the two of them to be together.  We get to see moments from the past between the two of them.  And in those moments you can feel the love and connection between the two of them.  This is why I felt that no matter who Tor was with over the years, Kenzi was always the one.  When you see the past and how much Kenzi meant to him and what he would o for that girl you just knew that she was meant to be his one day.  He just didn’t see it until she older or maybe I should say he didn't see it until the time was right.   I seriously loved that man.  He was just an amazing hero who has so much love for this girl.  He tried so hard to push his feelings away.  He was afraid of what the consequences would be but in a way he was also trying to protect her and make her see that she has so much more to look forward to in her life.  But Kenzi knew what she wanted and that is what I loved about her.  She knew how much Tor meant to her.  He was it for her and she didn’t back down. 

My God I loved this book.  This is the first book that I have read from this author and it will not be my last.  If a writer can take two people like Kenzi and Tor and make you feel every bit of love that they have for each other and make you feel and understand how much these two belong together then that is one amazing writer.  This is a taboo romance but it is so much more than that.  It is a beautiful love story between two people who have a love that is so deep, so raw and so intense, a friendship that is so special and connection that is felt deep within their souls.  What an amazing story of love and friendship.  I really cannot say enough about that book.  It will make you feel all the feels, all the emotions that these two characters felt.  And trust me you will be rooting for them!  A Must read.  

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