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.
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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.
- Cheri "I'm a Romance Junkie! Love Whispersycn Deals! Tips I use: Sort reviews Most Recent; play with narration speed, some narrators sound better."
TORN.. BUT THE HEART WANTS WHAT THE HEART WANTS
It was a forbidden romance.. taboo, controversial, unique and bravely written about because this is a love story that defies 'the norm' and pushes moral boundaries and you're either going to understand why these two characters fell in love or you're going to be grossed out by it.
Tor's best friends were rock musicians who, at aged 15, enlisted his help to look after Kenzi - their baby daughter.. making him her godfather and surrogate uncle who, throughout the years, was there every step of the way. First words, first steps, first period, first boyfriend.. and, as it turns out, her first lover too. Tor was there for them all - and he was also the only person that was consistently there for Kenzi. Now successful rock legends Ashes & Embers Kenzi's parents were gone so much that her life became moulded around all the things Tor.. her favorite person in the whole world. But then one night after a bad prom date Tor would come to Kenzi's rescue and an innocent walk down memory lane sparked a new feeling between them.. desire - desire that, no matter how much they tried to ignore or fight it, would bring them the greatest highs and the lowest of lows.
Torn is a great title because it doesn't only reflect Tor's feelings but also the listeners too because I was constantly confused as to whether their relationship was a natural and normal progression or whether it was taboo unhealthy and wrong. But Carian Cole put in scenes and sentiments that were heartfelt and so meaningful that I couldn't deny the rightness of their relationship and love. There were glimpses of Tor's past with her parents and their shared pasts together which highlighted their 15 yr age differences in paragraphs before selective Chapters. Thought provoking dual POV storyline, enjoyable, pushes boundaries, sex, tender touching scenes and great narration - it's a listen that'll be hard to forget.
Worth a credit? I'll be honest that there were times that this listen didn't sit well with me but the heart wants what the heart wants I guess and who are we to judge what's right or what's normal? And, as Carian Cole so wisely wrote: Why is it acceptable to get involved with a total stranger, who could do any number of things to hurt you or betray you, but not get involved with someone who has cared about you since the day you were born? It's all a matter of social perspective? end quote. So my perspective is that Yes this was a creditworthy listen.