Book Review – Torn by Carian Cole

Posted 08/25/2017 by Cezanne in Review /// 2 Comments ///

Book Review – Torn by Carian Cole Title: Torn
Author: Carian Cole
Series: Devils Wolves Series #1
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: August 28, 2016
Genres: New Adult Romance, Romance
Page Count: 444
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He’s loved me since the day I was born.
He’s taken care of me.
He’s awakened me.

Tor. 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. 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 that 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.

** Please note: there is NO underage sex in this book. There is NO incest or blood relation in this book. This is a very slow burn romance. This is NOT an MC Club book. This is NOT erotica. This book is intended for readers 18 years and older **

** Portions of sales of this book are donated to various pet rescue organizations.**

“I love you the most.”

I am coming off such a book high now. Torn by Carian Cole was beyond what I expected. Torn was addictive. I adored Toren and Kenzi’s story. Their story was sweet, a bit angtsy, and just beautiful. I was left misty eyed and with a cheesy grin on my face. I was almost hesitant to read this book but Carian Cole wrote a fantastic story that tip toed the line of forbidden, but without the “ick” factor.  She executed the story in such a way, that it made you want to root for the characters.

“I think all relationships start with an invisible line, and even though we can’t see it, we all know it’s there because we can feel it. We respect that line because it keeps the bounds of the relationship intact. The line guides us within our relationships and dictates who is our friend, who is our family, who is our lover, who is someone we can or can’t trust. The line between Tor and I is somewhat unique, because it criss-crosses between family and friend, and just now it blurred into something I can’t quite describe. I’m not sure where our line is anymore, or if I even want a line at all.”

Toren and Kenzi did not have your typical love story. Their relationship began from the moment she was born.  Toren was best friends with Asher and Ember, Kenzi’s parents. His friends becoming parents at the young age of 15 puts Toren in the unique position of becoming not only her godfather but also her pseudo uncle, and her protector. Other than her parents Toren was the one constant in her life. When her parents were off on tour, Toren took care of her. He loved her dearly and Kenzi reciprocated the love.  There was no part of their lives that did not include the other. Over the years their relationship changes and develops until they became the best of friends and ONLY friends. From talking about boys to her fears, Kenzi was able to talk with Toren about everything and anything. They always had a special relationship, but it wasn’t until Kenzi was about to turn eighteen, did their relationship begin to change. 

“I refuse to let my eyes lock with hers. I don’t want to see what’s there, or what might not be there.” 

“The taboo of what could be hiding in the depths of him awakens a part of me that feels like it’s been waiting, patiently, silently for him to come.”

Toren was one of the sweetest bits of contradiction. He seemed rough on the outside, but he just loved his motorcycles, his tattoos, his family, and saving animals. He was absolutely loyal and he simply wanted someone to share his life with. He never expected to find that type of connection with his best friend’s daughter. Kenzi was not your typical teenager. She was much more mature, more level-headed and more honest with her feelings. She was caring, honest, loved her friend’s and family fiercely. She was not raised in typical way by typical people. She was raised by kids and they all grew together. Yes there was significant age difference, no doubt, but their experiences with each other were unique.  This made her so unique. It made the feelings they felt for each other unique and almost pure. 

As the story progresses you are given glimpses of their relationship throughout the years. You would think these glimpses would feel dirty or wrong in some way knowing what you know in the present but they don’t. If anything they are testament to connection these two people share. I loved the chemistry between the two characters. It was something Toren tried to fight and tried to deny, but it was nearly impossible. He knew how people would see it, how people would judge it and did not want that for Kenzi. For her family, which was just as much his family. They were like puzzle pieces that fit together, it may have felt wrong but it just seemed right. Their romance happened authentically. It was sweet and yet sexy as hell. I appreciated that there wasn’t drama, just for the sake of drama. The story did tackle all the real hurdles in their relationship and took each head on.

I highly recommenced this book. It was easy to fall for these characters and their world. Even though this is Toren and Kenzi’s story, you get a glimpse of the their family/friends from the Ashes and Embers series and of her parent’s Asher and Ember. I am hooked and I am so anxious to read more about Toren’s family and Kenzi’s parents.

About Carian Cole

have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts.

My first novel in the best-selling Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published in September of 2014. I have many books and sequels slated for this series. My new spin-off series, Devils Wolves, launched in 2016 with the best-selling novel, Torn. There are several books planned for this series as well.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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2 responses to “Book Review – Torn by Carian Cole

  1. Hmm, I’m not sure that this would be my jam, but I can appreciate an author who is careful with volatile subject matter. I’m glad you enjoyed.

    • Cezanne

      It was surprisingly good. I think you could possibly like it, she did a great job of keeping you engaged and only slightly “taboo”.