Torn from You (Tear Asunder #1) by Nashoda Rose is a complicated love story with some very dark elements.
Love is like an avalanche. It hits hard, fast and without mercy.
At least it did for me when Sculpt, the lead singer of the rock band Tear Asunder knocked me off my feet. Literally, because he’s also a fighter, illegally of course, and he taught me how to fight. He also taught me how to love and I fell hard for him. I mean the guy could do sweet, when he wasn't doing bossy, and I like sweet.
Then it all shattered.
Kidnapped. Starved. Beaten.
I was alone and fighting to survive.
When I heard Sculpt's voice, I thought he was there to save me.
I was wrong.
(It is highly recommended to read "With You" the novella first).
*Warning: This book contains some disturbing situations, strong language and sexual content. Over 18 years.
Torn From You read like two different stories or at least, there were distinctly two parts. Part one focused on Emily's time in captivity. Part two re-entered Emily's life two years after captivity. I agree with the recommendation to read "With You" first - it provides the background you need to connect to the couple. If you don't have this connection, you'll find it difficult to make it through the first half of Torn From You.
Then be ready for the first half of the book to be dark - disturbing and pain-filled, to be exact. Readers are immersed into a world of human slavery. A lot happens and nothing is really as it seems. You are aware of this - that there's more than meets the eye - but until the very end, readers are left as much in the dark as Emily. I had so many questions and not quite enough answers.
The characters were well done. There were some instances, particularly towards the beginning of the book where the writing seemed disjointed, but the story itself pulls you into flipping pages as fast as possible. Readers will be swept into the mystery and suspense -never knowing what's coming- much like watching a train wreck you can't stop.
Then part two comes two years later when Emily has begun putting her life back together. She's finally starting to heal when Logan rides back into her life. Now she's torn between the love she still feels for Logan and the memories of what he'd done to her. But Logan is determined she know the full story. By this point, I was going crazy to know the full story too!
When it's all laid out on the table, these two lovers find that the path to love is not always easy. This book is not a sweet love story but I enjoyed it. It was gritty and real and perhaps their love is all the more strong for the pain and struggles they went through. One thing is true: Logan never gave up on Emily even when everything else in his life was imploding.
4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us through NetGalley. Many thanks.