on March 22, 2013
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Erotica, New Adult, Romance
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What if a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ could happen twice?
Suffering from a past full of tragedy, Dahlia London's soul has been left completely shattered. Happily ever after is a far cry from reality in her world. But, when she is reconnected with her past, the bonds that form are irrefutable.
When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia’s life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soulmate.
Struggling with confusion as old connections fade and new ones begin, Dahlia's grief begins to lift--but guilt remains. River wants to be the one to mend all that is torn within her.
But with a past that is never really gone, can their future survive?
I loved this story.
I loved the beginning because it made me cry and I don’t cry easily at books.
I love the middle because it was sexy and flirty and made me smile.
I loved the end best if all.
I yelled and stomped my feet.
My hearts was racing and I couldn’t close my mouth.
I don’t like cliffhangers. Sometimes they are necessary to the storyline. Sometimes the cliffhanger can leave you thinking WTF just happened. I had no idea that was coming. OMG REALLY?
Unbelievable and amazing are the two words stuck in my head.
“I never imagined I could feel so connected to anyone as much as I feel connected to you. I knew I loved you from the moment I saw you. How could I not? Loving you is as easy as breathing.”
Dahlia London is a college student and she’s in love with Ben. They’ve been together forever and are perfect for each other. He loves her. She loves him. They’re best friends.
One night she meets River Wilde, a local rockstar, at a club.
There’s an undeniable connection between the two.
Dahlia walks away.
Ben is ripped away from Dahlia and one of the most traumatic scenes I’ve ever read in a book. The scenes leading up to and after are amazingly heart wrenching. I was gutted. Never have I felt so upset since reading Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. It was as if my real life Ben was ripped away from me. Dahlia’s life as she knows it is no more. Her best friend and lover are now gone. Not only does she have to grieve but she has to figure out how to live again. For me, this part of the book was the hardest. Losing my husband is only second to losing one of my children. I just cannot begin to fathom how I would continue. Reading about Dahlia’s journey was incredibly hard and very well written.
As with any loss, time continues to move forward. Eventually, Dahlia begins to live again.
River once again makes an unplanned appearance in her life. This time the connection is undeniable. This time there isn’t really anything standing in their way.
“I feel like fate has brought us together again. I also believe that one night, so long ago, just wasn’t the right time for us. But tonight is.”
So my question for my readers is:
Can you have two soul mates? Can you fall in love twice?
In my mind you only have one soul mate. But that doesn’t mean you can’t love many. Dahlia struggles with letting Ben go and allowing herself to be with River. She wants him. He wants her. They are in love. They’re soul mates.
One of the things I really liked about River is that he never tried to replace Ben. He allowed Dahlia time she needed. He was so understanding and caring about her feelings towards Ben. It really showed what a great person he is.
River is a famous rocker and music is an important element in the book. There is a playlist at the beginning of the book and each chapter corresponds with one of those songs. This was the first time I had seen something like that and I thought it was a brilliant idea. I also loved the cameos of Kellen and Jake!
Connected switches POV and I really love when authors give us that extra insight into both main characters. I feel like it’s that added depth that can make or break a story. Getting inside River’s head was exactly what I needed and didn’t even realize I wanted.
But then…OMG the ending was something I didn’t see coming. I was so completely and totally shocked. I was once again emotionally twisted and HOLY CRAZY OF ALL ENDINGS!
Awesome first book!
So excited for the book Torn!