Review: Torn by Carian Cole

Torn Torn by Carian Cole
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay... this review is for the parts that DIDN'T involve the MC Club/Pet Rescue aspect. While cute and amazingly altruistic, those details were absurd and I just couldn't take them seriously.

"I'm just waiting for the one that makes me feel like forever wouldn't be long enough." - Tor

I'm apparently one messed up sonofa-. Seriously, because I would have to be after reading this story and loving its theme. Toren and Asher are BFFs. So when Asher and his lady love, Ember, have a baby at the ripe old age of 15, choosing him to be her godfather is a no-brainer. And boy did baby Kenzi change Tor's life forever. He was like a second father to her, good ol' Uncle Tor. However, time flies when you're having fun and Kenzi isn't a baby anymore. She's on the cusp of womanhood and starting to see Tor in a whole new light.

"The line between Tor and I is somewhat unique, because it criss-crosses between family and friend, and just now it blurred into something I can't quite describe. I'm not sure where our line is anymore, or if I even want a line at all." - Kenzi

Now she's got to open Tor's eyes and make him see that she's the only woman he will ever need.

Usually this sort of circumstance carries an ick factor, but the story was tastefully written in this regard. I couldn't help but fall for these characters, feel hope for their flourishing relationship, and root for their happily ever after. I may have cringed a bit with all of the flashbacks because they strengthened the taboo vibe but at the same time I appreciated them because it also provided character depth, added dimension to their relationship, and strengthened my bond to their story.

"I am your forever, Tor. And you're mine." - Kenzi

There were a few loose ends, such as the time between Ember waking up and the aftermath. I'm not sure if this time will ever be covered in a future book. It left the ending feeling a bit unbelievable. I also would have wished to see this couple co-exist out in the open with their families. Their entire relationship was in secret and it would have been nice to see them accepted and loved. Ah well. If you're a fan of "no-no" books and taboo reads, TORN is a story that can deliver.

Release Date: August 29, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance - taboo
POV: Dual - 1st person
Heat: 3.5 out of 5
Type: Standalone - Book 1 of the Devils Wolves series

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