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Publisher's Summary

He's loved me since the day I was born. He's taken care of me. He's awakened me.
Tor is my father's best friend. Fifteen years older than me, he's always been my protector. The one I should never, ever want. But I was born to be his.
She's always loved me. She's shattered me. She's healed me.
Kenzi is my best friend's daughter. I held her the day she was born, and I never let go. She's forbidden to me. But she's the only one who really gets me.
We're slowly being torn apart by everything we love. Everything we want. Everything we desire. And now I want the one thing I can't have. I want her.
©2016 Carian Cole (P)2016 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Christine M. Butler on 02-26-17

Wow, just wow!

I honestly wasn't sure about this book when I picked it up, because the premise seemed a bit... skeevy. I hate to even say that now that I read it, but that being said, I'm so glad I gave it a chance.

This was a beautiful love story from start to finish, and it encompassed every kind of love, not just the romance of falling in love.

I both read and listened to this one, both ways are enjoyable, although the female voice in the audiobook added to my sketchy feelings in the beginning, because she didn't transfer to a more mature/less mature voice (real time vs flashback memories) for Kenzi. Hearing a "little girly" sounding speech pattern for a "mature beyond her years" 18 year old almost ruined it. I tucked that little issue aside though and just got lost in the story.

The questionable subject matter was handled so beautifully that any taboo feelings you might have had going in are washed away, and you can't help but wish for Kenai and Tor to get their HEA.

Absolutely lovely!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cheri on 11-17-16

Forbidden, Taboo, But Oh, So Right!

Who can say they've loved the same person in so many ways, all their life.

My first Carian Cole book and WOW did she ever enthrall me with a rare, unforgettable, one in million love story. It was taboo, walked the line, and seared a place in my heart. Hooked from the first chapter, glued to my headphones, I know, no matter how many more romance stories I listen too in the future, I will always remember this one vividly. While this story may not be for some, I LOVE It!

Some spoilers:
A well written, passionate, poetic, story that builds angst, chemistry, love and sexual tension by alternating between the past and present. We see Tor and Kenzi's love grow, and transform over her lifespan. He's been in her life daily from day one, and was there to take care of Kenzi when her parents had to be away. She's grown up thinking of him as Uncle Tor, but as she reaches adulthood her feelings grow deeper. She no longer thinks of him as the uncle who was there to kiss her boo-boos, read her a bedtime story, or help navigate her teen years, but rather as a man that makes her burn with passion and her heart flutter. The flashback scenes really show how much Tor cared and loved Kenzi throughout the years, and built the angst Tor felt for developing deeper emotional feelings for Kenzi. But as she matures, he cannot deny their connection, and the love they have for each other. Kenzi's becomes the one women who truly understands Tor, she loves him and wants to be with him. As they accept and give into their feelings, love and start a relationship, there is one hurdle in their way, not everyone will accept or understand their relationship. Their love will be put to the test, when the lines have been crossed, truth comes out, and friends feel betrayed.

The narrations was awesome! Both Noelle Bridges, and Mason Lloyd performance was flawless; they really delivered on all the various emotions, and characters.

Torn was an amazing one of kind romance that may not be for everyone, but was truly unforgettable, and filled with so many beautiful poetic words and quotes. Well worth the time, and credit! Carian Cole has a passion for animals and it radiates throughout the story. As a dog lover, I found these scenes just as touching and heart-warming as Tor and Kenzi's love story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Yvonne on 11-20-16

Great listen

Just finished listening to this and what a lovely story that I have no hesitation in recommending , but then I have loved all of Carina stories they are very different and written with passion , insight ..
I loved the animal rescue which sadly is far too common placed, so this had a pull on my heart strings ..... Tor , a gentle giant with standards and a fierce love for is "niece" but as you listen to the story Carina develops the characters with real warmth feeling , thanks for a great listen and loved the narrators as always

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5 out of 5 stars
By Trisha on 01-17-17


What made the experience of listening to Torn the most enjoyable?

All of it was enjoyable. It unfolds and really draws you in.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both the leads

Have you listened to any of Noelle Bridges and Mason Lloyd ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no but I will as they were both excellent

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to anything similar from this author

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1 out of 5 stars
By ***Casey*** on 12-11-16

long, drawn out and repetitive.

this book was frustrating to sit through. not a bad story line concept, but it dragged on constantly throughout each chapter with whiney repetitive doubts and insecurities. yuck! my pet hate. if your gonna be a big girl, make big girl decisions and stomp your foot until all the adults around you agree to see you and treat you like the big girl you proclaim to be.... then get some back bone and own that s#!t.
the whiney repetitiveness was no doubt made worse by the fact that i happaned to listen to the aidiobook instead of read this time. (i regually swich between options, depending on if im too busy to sit with a book or not) ordinarly i listen to enough of the sample narration to make sure I'm happy listning to the voice/s. but i skiped that step this time, and ended up with a female voice that for the most part was supposed to sound 18, only she sounded like she was in her 50's and speaking like a 14 year old.... the guy, his best description "fuddy duddy" his charactor was supposed to be 33. he spoke like a 17 year old dude but With the voice that gave the mental image of an old school principal. (this made the occasional F bombs he droped, a bit awkward). i feel a wave of exhaustion when i contemplate picking up another book from this author, but i will.
.. not right now (or any time soon). but eventually. each to their own though, if you try it, i hope you enjoy it. Lots of luck to the author with future books.

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5 out of 5 stars
By SamK on 02-06-18


6+ I love you the most stars!!!! EPIC BOOK HANGOVER ALERT!!! What an unforgettable, amazing, beautiful and passionate story! I LOVED everything about TORN, yet I don’t think I can find the right words to do express how I feel! Gahh! The soul searing connection between Toren and Kenzie wasn’t like anything I have experienced between two characters before. Their love and bond was predestined, unique, meant to be and EPIC!!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t loved a couple as much as I do these two for a very long time! What they had was just SO perfect, SO right despite their relationship being unconventional and taboo. I loved that this story was a gradual awakening of their feelings and there was nothing sordid or tasteless about it. I loved the flashbacks which were so poignant and heart warming. Carian Cole’s narrative was truly addictive and flawless. The story unfolded PERFECTLY and I was so close to having a heart attack as the story and emotions built up to their relationship being revealed!! But the aftermath was worth the temporary heartache I experienced! An unforgettable book that will stay with me for a very long time.

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