Sunday, December 22, 2013

Torn From You (Tear Asunder #1) by Nashoda Rose

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.

I was alone and fighting to survive.
When I heard Sculpt's voice, I thought he was there to save me.

I was wrong.

Type: Dark Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Torn From You was quite the fucking story and not at all what I was expecting. It had my mind and emotions all over the damn place and I loved it! It's one that, well, it's hard not to go all spoilery on so lets just say it threw me for some major loops that knocked me on my ass and had me doing a full out I hated characters, I loved characters. I loved to hate some of them. Contemplated neutering others with a rusty knife. I teared up. And chuckled and sighed as things moved along. And by the end I was ready to grab up the next book and cursing the fact that it's not out yet.

Now, this hero. After I got over wanting him to die a long agonizing death--preferably with his balls no longer attached to him-- for betraying the heroine and being part of the sex slave group that kidnapped her...turned out to be a pretty great hero. I know. I sound completely fucking whacked out saying that. But. Really. Amazingly. He won me over and the romance between him and Emily turned out to be a sweet one even if it was rather...broken and damaged. And Emily was a heroine with some impressive strength. She goes through hell and claws her way back from it. I didn't love all of her actions but I did understand her--as best I could. Both completely won me over in the end and had me cheering. Things get nicely steamy too as they work through their pasts and try to move forward and grab on to something more.
"How long are you guys staying?" I asked, uncertain what Logan's plans were.

"Not sure yet, sugar," Crisis replied. "But I'm liking staying here if it means I get to check out two hot chicks every morning." Crisis winked at me, but when he looked at Logan, he was backtracking. "From a distance. Like a mile. Maybe ten miles. Fuck, sorry sweet stuff, but not going to admire you at all. I'll just admire Kat." 
There's a lot going on in this one. It never over shadows the main couple, their ordeal and romance, but it's nice support and added some excellent layers to the story. The secondary characters--his bandmates and her friends--were really...interesting and pretty entertaining. Their nicknames might be a bit on the ridiculous side--Crisis, Ream, Deck, Kite-- but I can't flipping wait to see how all of their stories unfold. They added needed humor to a heavy setting, some extra sexual tension and drama and there were just some damn nice set ups and teasers that really peaked my interest in each of them.

While Torn From You could have used a little more polishing to make things flow a bit smoother in spots and there were a couple editing blips I'm definitely going to be reading more from Rose. Logan and Emily's story was so unique, twisty and just pulled me in completely. I really found them fascinating. Seeing how they dealt with some really fucked up things and came out okay on the other side...eventually. If you like contemporary romance and some dark and twisty this is one to check out.

Have you read Rose? What did you think?
What was the last book that really surprised you?

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