Thursday, October 10, 2013

Torn by Kim Karr + Featured Freebie

Torn (Connections, #2)
Release date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Penguin 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Connections #2

Rock star River Wilde brought Dahlia London back from the brink of hopelessness with his unwavering love and devotion. But their entangled history is about to test the strength of their relationship…

Dahlia was certain she had found true love and met her "Once in a Lifetime’ when she reconnected with River. But Dahlia’s world comes crashing down when someone from her past resurfaces, and all of River’s carefully hidden secrets are exposed.

River wants to show Dahlia that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass—it’s about dancing in the rain. But how many times can one broken heart be mended? Will River and Dahlia be able to stay together or will they be torn apart?

My Rating: 5 Roses

Darkly romantic and deeply emotional, Torn was a brilliant follow up to Connected. The romance was hot and the drama was intense and I absolutely loved it!

Dahlia went through a lot in this book. At the end of book 1, she had gotten herself together and moved on from her past. Only to have her past dive right back into her life. She was definitely strong in dealing with it all. Despite all the emotions that were overwhelming her, she refused to let anyone make decision for her and stayed true to what she wanted. I liked her in book 1 and I liked her even more in this book.

River was just as wonderful. He's still his sweet self, totally adorable and swoon-worthy. But, the reemergence of Ben hit his crazy button. He gets jealous and insecure, terrified that Dahlia will go back to her first love. It made him get possessive and quick-tempered. But, despite all that, he was still the sweet and loving River that we all fell for in book 1. We find out what secrets he's been hiding and why. It might have bothered me that he kept things from Dahlia, but his reasons were legitimate and he never intended up purposely hiding things from her. He was just put in a very bad position and he did his best with it. So, rather than getting annoyed by it, it made me like him better. We get a deeper look into him and see more sides to him. And, seeing then all made me adore him even more.

The romance was on fire. Dahlia and River's chemistry is even hotter in this book, with all the intense emotion circulating around. It was fan-your-face hot when these two went at it. There were definitely obstacles in their relationship in this book. Dahlia has to get past her confusion and River has to get past his jealousy. But, what made these two so sweet together was that, despite all the fighting and drama and secrets, they never doubted each other's feelings and never gave up on each other. It was so sweet and that's what makes this couple so brilliant.

At first, I kind of wanted to smack him. First, for doing something so stupid as to fake his own death, which ended up hurting all his loved ones. Then, for being so flippant about the girls he was using as a replacement for Dahlia. They all have feelings, too. Then, for having the audacity to think he could just return to his old life and have Dahlia fall back into his arms. And, finally, for what he did when he was still with Dahlia and who it was with. I sincerely feel like he needed a reality check. And, he got one. But, beyond those annoyances, we see that he's also rather sweet and he really was devoted to Dahlia, in his own special way. I ended up liking him enough to be curious about what happens in his story, which we'll be getting in a later book. We'll see how he manages to redeem himself.

The plot was faced paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The drama had me on the edge of my seat. The emotions were deep and real and I felt every one of them. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. I can't wait to read more from this series.

Torn was a perfect sequel and a fantastic New Adult read. I absolutely loved this book! Fans of Connected, you won't be disappointed with this continuation of River and Dahlia's story. And, for those you haven't started this series, you really should, because it's amazing.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Nessa Cavanaugh, psychology student, knows how to stay on an even keel. Despite the urging of her mother and her academic advisor to get a life and have some fun, “all work and no play” sums up her plan to survive her grueling internship year at a children’s hospital. She doesn’t want to end up like her father, whose constant ups and downs broke her family, and avoiding unnecessary emotional entanglements is a must.

Then she (literally) runs into Dr. Aron Lindstrom in the middle of her disastrous first day on the job. The attraction is instant—and terrifying. Nessa knows she should stay away—especially when she finds out he has a reputation for being a player—but Aron is brilliant, intense, and as sexy as they come. When he challenges her to take a chance on him, her plans to stay focused on work start to crumble.

But what begins as passion takes on a dangerous edge, becoming an emotional roller coaster that’s frighteningly familiar. As things spiral out of control, Nessa must decide whether she should hold on for the ride or run … even if it means leaving her heart behind.

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