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
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
All of it was enjoyable. It unfolds and really draws you in.
Both the leads
no but I will as they were both excellent
I am looking forward to anything similar from this author
"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!
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.
"Can't wait for the next in the series!"
This is my first Carian Cole book, and it prompted me to get the four in the Ashes & Embers series! I think that gives you an idea of how much I liked it. I was hesitant at first, not sure I would like the age difference between the two characters, but this slow burn between Tor and Kenzi just entrances you from the beginning. I really enjoyed the flashbacks of their lives, giving us the history of how things were and how things evolved into the loving relationship they have now. The internal fight that Tor had with himself put a very realistic view of how it would be in a situation such as this. I did find Kenzi at times to act a little desperate, but felt that with time, her maturity would catch up. For her age, she was old for her years. The understanding and friendship that Tor and Kenzi shared was incredible and made you route for them to succeed.
The supporting cast of characters in this were so important, especially loved Aunt Katherine with her calmness. I also loved Chloe, though wild in personality is able to be compassionate and give good advice to her best friend. I also enjoyed meeting Tyler and all the animals! Tor's love for the animal rescue melted my heart.
The narration of this book by Mason Lloyd and Noelle Bridges was phenomenal. They each brought the emotions up close so you could feel the love and the pain each character was going through. The dual POV with this team is highly recommended.
"If I could give Torn more than 20 stars I would!"
Sometimes you read a book or listen to an audiobook it throws you off kilter! Tilt’s your world, leaving you in a tale spin. Then rocking you to the core! That’s what “Torn!” did to me!
I was literally was flabbergasted by beauty, soul and passion that is Torn! I wanted to scream! Off the rooftops over and over till of your lungs hurt. With sheer gratification of reading this work of art! Oh and that small matter of taboo. At first I was concerned about the age difference. Plus the relationship that they had.
But since Carian Cole did a magnificent job executing this sensitive subject. I just had to marvel over her writing abilities.
Oh, those amazing flashbacks gave me chills. Chills to bottom of my limbs. Making my pulse erratic and my breathing to be off. Then hearing those words echoing in my mind. I was done for! A fully body mind, body and soul experience. Is what I had.
It just added another to the storyline which worked brilliantly.
If I could give Torn more than 20 stars I would! Simply a mind blowing Love story!
Just a full heart!
This is an Ashes & Embers spinoff. I wish Ashes & Embers was somewhere in the title so people know this. I found out by reading Amazon book reviews.
This book will push your moral boundaries. IMO you'll have one of three reactions:
1. Moral Disgust
Let's add a fourth:
4. All of the above...which are the emotions I went thru.
I can add a fifth emotion...IRRITATION. After listening for 6 hours I almost stopped because of Carian Cole dragging out the push-n-pull dilemma. So I took a break and when I started back listening to the second half the story picked up.
In previous books there is the mention of Asher's wife, Kenzie's mother...Ember. But only that she's not around and Asher is in a dark place. We do find out in this story what happened to Ember but no details. I've read that Asher's story is next so we'll find out exactly what happened to Ember.
I adored Torn and his family's dog rescue and shelter. There were parts of the dog rescues that tore up my heart.
I love this series. Corian Cole incorporates unusual real life issues with a fiction story that takes you thru an array of emotions. It's not about a band on tour (the band is in the background) it's about the lives of the band members and their family issues & challenges. The family also has a lot of love, romance, and sexy times.
Noelle Bridges and Mason Lloyd gave a great performance.
Worth a credit/$$ - I'm on the fence with this one, as I was with Vandal.
Simply amazing, well written & the narrators are my favorite, they drag out the emotions of the listeners by bringing this book to life.
Loved this book it made it cry for them and happy that true love can make everything wonderful
"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.
If u have listened to all 4 of ashes and embers torn gives u in site into the life of kenze and torn. Also gives a little clue and answers that couldn't be answered but now are so worth the listen all around the listen was so worth it I loved the narration by both carian cole did it again I look forward to any other books she writes and I will listen great heartfelt sorry
"the proverbial page-turner"
omg listened to whole thing In 2day.. couldn't stop.... soooooo good and bad and Intriguing
"Middle of the Road"
I love taboo or forbidden romance, so I scooped this up as soon as I found it but it was just good. It didn't sweep me off my feet and I actually skipped a few chapters. I kind of had a feeling where things were going and it was getting drawn out. I felt like an hour could have been shaved off and it would have been an even better book.
I liked the premise of being in love with your dad's best friend and I did connect with the main characters. I wish I would have figured out it was tied in with the Ash and Ember series because I probably would have listened to those first since there was so much mention of them but it wasn't difficult to get caught up just listening to this as a stand alone.
The narrators were good. I really like Noelle Bridges. She had that perfect young voice, but still was able to pull off maturity. Mason Lloyd wasn't my favorite. I kind of felt like his voice sounded too old for an early thirties guy but he is still a good narrator.
Credit worthy? If you have read the Ashes and Ember books and loved them, then yes. I would imagine this book will be great for you.
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