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Does this look like a normal situation? So why expect a normal result?

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Kenzi grows up and, once she turns 18, the relationship between her and Toren starts changing. These two understand perfectly well how they will be crucified in their immediate social circles and yet the pull between them is so strong that the collision is inevitable. How will Kenzi's father react to his best friend being with his little girl?

Kenzi is a sweet and brave girl who follows her heart to get what she wants. Toren is a gentle soul who is all man with some savageness to him. I loved how he saw Kenzi and how fiercely he loved her. The transformation from caretaker to friend to lover was very well done. He is her first love and she is his, too. So not only would you be getting an awesome story to enjoy but also a satisfaction of helping an animal in need. I might have been itching, no joke. This was a buddy read with my friend AmyLouAldaMay. There was no bitching and moaning needed in this one but there's always next time.

Is it all a matter of social perspective? Once again I picked up a book based on its controversial theme more than anything else. The subject matter is skillfully handled so that I did 3. Despite being a taboo book, this book is more beautiful and warm than shocking, dark or gritty. But what I liked the most was that falling in love happened slowly and convincingly. Overall, this was a good read and I really enjoyed it.

Some parts were intense and gripping and those were the parts I loved the most, especially the first third and the last third of the book. The characterization and the writing are well-done. The characters are mature, likable and easily relatable. On the downside, the middle of the book was too slow and a bit boring.

The ending was a bit unsatisfying; it felt too rushed disrupting the flow of the story. Also, some of the secondary events in this book felt strange to me and were redundant or not detailed enough. However, there are no underage sex scenes in this book. View all 73 comments. This is gonna be a long one like maybe the longest I've ever written It had everything I could want in a book: engaging characters, one of which is an AWESOME book boyfriend ; , terrific writing, and a well developed plot line.

I highlighted so many parts of this book because of all the perfect moments there were. I know this book seems controversial, and if everything is taken out of context, it mi This is gonna be a long one like maybe the longest I've ever written I know this book seems controversial, and if everything is taken out of context, it might seem "creepy. It's far freaking from it. No, this author genuinely crafted a wonderful novel and made it clear that they really were soulmates.

One of the results is that she is much more mature than most of the people her age. You can tell the difference in how she thinks and even how she interacts with her best friend, Chloe. Growing up is about a lot more than age. Growing up is about the experiences you have, and Kenzi's had a lot. She isn't in that weird place that most teenagers are in where they are struggling to find themselves.

Kenzi knows what she wants. Because no, there's nothing wrong with wanting to stay home and take care of your family. Not at a all, it's a job too and with Kenzi's tender nature and already having experienced a "wild phase" by vicariously living through her parents, it makes a lot of sense. She doesn't see Tor as someone to love right away, but once she does realize it, she doesn't hold back.

Kenzi chases him and never wavers in her feelings.

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And what proved her maturity even more was her discussions with Tor. She laid out her feelings, and they talked about the problems and what they wanted. It never felt juvenile or like he was pressuring her. In fact, he's pretty torn up about it. But, at the end of the day, she knows it's Tor she wants and she sees him for what he's always been.

All I see is the person I've always loved and has always made me happy. I feel bad for the next few books I'll read because the bar is pretty damn high right now.

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He was absolutely incredible and I have many quotes to prove it and this is the narrowed down list. I mean how can you not swoon at these lines I want crazy fucking love. I want someone that'll never let me go. I want to wake up to my best friend every day. Maybe she always was. So pure and trusting. So all encompassing. I shouldn't be on the receiving end of that love from her at my age, but in all honesty, she's my first love, too. I can feel it, like a train with no brakes, coming faster and faster, straight for me.

Soon, it's going to crash, and it's not going to be pretty.

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I freaking LOVE this His response: "No, it's love. I only want her. That's it. Why is this a hard concept?! It's not like your dick will fall off if you don't use it every four seconds I'm tired of reading books where the guy physically can't keep it in his pants. He was so dedicated to Kenzi. And in regards to the other women in his life, I never really got the feeling he loved them.

Tor is simply tired of being overlooked. He had to give up his dreams in order to take care of his family when his father died, watching his friends go on and get famous without him. Then he gets his crush, which is Kenzi's mom, "stolen" from him by Asher, his best friend. I could see some people being bothered by this. But honestly, I didn't feel that he wanted Ember as much as he just didn't want to be second best. I mean, they were 15 years old. And I think from that point on, Tor just wanted someone he could trust and love, and know that he was this person's number one.

When he talks about these things later on, he says, "I'm not going to be anyone's second choice. I felt the same way with Sydni and Lisa his relationships before Kenzi. Personally, I don't believe Tor loved either of them. Again, he just wanted a connection. Even though Sydni's relationship with him spanned intermittently 12 years, I think it was a comfort thing. But with Kenzi, he knows he's her number one. She's been showing him since she was a little kid, and it's not weird or unsettling. It's all just really beautiful.

I totally understand the concept of not wanting the hero or heroine to sleep around after meeting the "one," but if the "one" happens to be six years old I think if he hadn't had relationships it would have been really strange. And like I said, he didn't love them, so I really didn't mind. He was all about Kenzi. We get a lot of great flashbacks of Kenzi when she was younger, and we get to see how non-creepy Tor was. It was one hundred percent normal.

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And while he takes some convincing because he is a really good guy and doesn't want to betray his friend like that , once their relationship does change, he doesn't shy away. He's with her. Full stop. I think it's awesome what this author did. It is not a conventional love story, but I felt it so deeply. She took such care with the characters and it seemed like every single word was carefully thought through. It was absolutely breathtaking. Now about the ending. While I do agree with others, I didn't love how long the separation was or some of the particulars around the reconciliation and I wished their HEA was longer, I was able to overlook it.

I think it was more realistic to give them that time apart because Asher would not have come around much quicker. I freaking loved him and his devotion to Ember! That's what he believes. View all 61 comments. Feb 12, Melanie marked it as dnf Shelves: buddy-reads , contemporary , read-in , romance. And like, I was looking for something taboo and smutty, so I was ready for it. The girl was going to be seventeen, which I get is legal in some states, but it still skeezes me the fuck out! And 2. Like, he was legitimately there the day she was born and given the title of godfather. And friends, life is too short for me to ignore this grooming ass behavior.

No, never. Like, I understand that this is supposed to be taboo, and I get that, but it was just too much for me and honestly made me a little sick to my stomach to read, which is really saying something. Whenever I saw a flashback coming, I just had such a gross and visceral reaction. I hated it, I truly hated it. Like, I hated it more than I have words for.

And I love myself, and I refuse to push myself through something I am truly hating. So, take my review with a grain of salt. But also, be aware that the grooming vibes are real and present in this story. View all 9 comments. I truly wanted to enjoy this one and yeah, there were some good parts, hence my three-stars rating. But when it came down to it, it was all anticlimactic and the sexual chemistry was lacking. This is my first book by this author, I think and I'm kind of doubting her other books. This story dragged too much and I felt like I was waiting for something big that never actually came.

Get it? I want you to be my last. I want you to be all the in-betweens. I want you. Just you. Toren is 15 years older than Kenzi and they're know each other from the day she was born but they have an amazing chemistry and that age difference really didn't bother me at all. Because I felt their love too. And I'm glad that they didn't make out with every 10 minutes like a bunnies so that's another reason for me to love this story. I loved every minute of this story. Kenzi knows what she wants, who she loves and so was Toren too.

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And in that case the heart always gets what it wants If you're okay with this age difference, I highly recommend this book. View all 36 comments. I wasn't the biggest fan of the only book I've read from this author, Storm , so when I realized that it was a spin-off after I was already reading it -- I was a little worried.

I loved Tor! He was amazingly sweet, and I so wanted him to get a HEA! This didn't feel dirty at all to me. Yes -- they loved each other instantly when she was born, but that love evolved as they aged. They were soul mates. It even got a little mushy, and I was ok with it! It was romantic! My only complaint is that I wanted some time after they got everything figured with them as a couple and interacting with others and their family.

I felt like the ending was a little too abrupt for my liking, and even though I liked the epilogue -- I'm greedy, and I wanted more! They have shared a strong connection since the day she was born, and that connection changed throughout time. It went from family to friend to more. One night their worlds are shaken when they both see each other differently.

They fight their attraction for a while, but eventually give in and build on that strong connection and fall deeply in love. There is some ex and family drama, as well as some hot sexy times It also went from flashbacks to present tense which I loved. Overall Pace of Story: Good. I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well see closure section. Instalove: No. They've known each other since Kinzi was born. H rating: 5 stars. He was sweet, he was sexy, he was loyal, and he saved abused animals I liked her. She was mature for her age, and I appreciated her desire to just have a family to love.

Sadness level: Low. No tissues needed. The h pursues the relationship at first. They have some hot chemistry and scenes. Descriptive sex: Yes Safe sex: Kind of. Mention of birth control, but I don't remember any mention of the H's previous practices or std status.

There is mention of the h going on a few failed dates nothing physical happening and the H not going out on any during the separation. I did feel like the ending was abrupt, and I would've liked to have some time to see them as an outed couple with other people though Safety: I'd say this is this should be Safe for most readers. View all 40 comments. Storm won me right away, Vandal had me on my knees, Lukas gave me hopes and feelings and Talon took my heart and breath away. So as you can easily tell I have high hopes every time I open a book written by Carian Cole because 1 she is one of my favorite authors in this whole wide world and 2 I always end up in love with her stories no matter what.

So how about Torn, you ask? I 'll let you know immediately. Tor and Kenzi are winners like the ones before them. Since the very first book I read by C Storm won me right away, Vandal had me on my knees, Lukas gave me hopes and feelings and Talon took my heart and breath away. Since the very first book I read by Carian Cole, I knew her writing was just right for me, what I didn't know back then was that she possesses a unique talent in storytelling, empathy.

It's not easy to write a story like Torn, so powerful, hinting on taboo, filled with suppressed feelings, pain, loneliness, love and hope. It's also not easy as a reader to read and enjoyed said story mostly because at some points you will feel weird about the history between the two main characters. Tor is a hero that will stick with you for a long time due to his beautiful and sorrowful soul.

Kenzi is beyond her years, that's true but still, an eighteen-year-old girl who has dreams and is entirely too much in love with Tor, her favorite person in the world who is always by her side and won't let her down no matter what. She is creative, sweet and has a huge heart full of love to offer and she won't take no for an answer, feisty and romantic like her parents. All in all this beautiful romance is so interesting and unique. I've never read such a story before and I'm impressed with the way everything was handled. I was mesmerized by their pure love and every little drama-filled moment and all the characters, not just the main couple.

It was an absolutely incredible storyline adorned with so many passionate scenes and some crazy feelings. I fell in love right away!!!!! With the whole family. Super adorable. It's so beautiful. He is such a caring and giving person. And excruciatingly romantic. I can't wait for Asher's story. View all 18 comments. I had to think long and hard on this review because I really wasn't sure how I even felt about the book, so I definitely didn't know what to say about it.

But after having it on my mind throughout the day this is what I've come up with I'm indifferent. It wasn't a bad book, but when I think back on it I can't really say my reading experience was a good one. And I feel like I need to say that the age difference and "uncle" factor had no affect on me not enjoying the book.

I know that most people I had to think long and hard on this review because I really wasn't sure how I even felt about the book, so I definitely didn't know what to say about it. I know that most people who didn't like this book had that one major problem with it, but for me that taboo part of the book is actually what drew me in.

My issues came from various other things that happened throughout the story. One being the length of it and how long it took for Tor and Kenzi to get together. I'm a book-a-day kind of person so the fact that this book took me two days to finish says a lot. I was losing interest the more I read because it felt like the same things were happening over and over again. I did, however, like the sexual tension that Tor and Kenzi had going on for awhile.

It kept me intrigued for a portion of the book when the were finally starting to admit to themselves that they had feelings for one another. I had hope that from there I would get more into the story, but sadly it didn't happen. Now here's the thing that kind of took the enjoyment of seeing these characters together away, though. The chapter headers. On many chapters there was a small portion that had a flashback to Kenzi as a little girl and Tor taking care of her. Seems innocent enough, until you add in the fact that sometimes those flashbacks came right in between some steamy moments.

I also didn't like how the secret surrounding Kenzi's mom was handled. I get that the author was trying to keep the facts hidden until the "big reveal" but the times when she was brought up just confused me. I honestly had to keep checking to see if I accidentally skipped ahead and missed something. It felt like there the story was taunting me like an annoying child going "I know something you don't know" over and over again.

One last rant, I promise But what is it with these non-endings lately? I've read so many books this past week where the ending was over way too fast and gave me no closure whatsoever. Torn was just the same and yet again I'm left thinking, what the fuck was that? One minute nothing is okay and the next you're turning the page to see everything resolved and over. I wanted more to come from the ending, and I definitely hated how Kenzi's mom was mentioned that one last time without giving us any facts about how that came to be. Okay my big rant is over and if you made it this far into my review I apologize for my bitching and whining.

Despite my issues, I will still recommend this book for all my fellow taboo lovers because I see that a lot of other people did enjoy it. I hope it will be more enjoyable for other readers to come. View all 41 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think it's safe to say this book had me torn!

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As I am certain that this was the intension of the author for me to feel this way. I can honestly say this is the first time I took so many notes while reading a book. A book that I should be enjoying! It was almost like I was trying to demystify the story and why I found it so problematic. Firstly, I must say that the writing itself is flawless and very concise. Each chapter started with a I think it's safe to say this book had me torn! Each chapter started with a small piece of their past. At first I found this very sweet and nostalgic, but then I quickly found it very distracting.

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It served only to remind me how Taboo their relationship is. Now the thing loved about this book are actually the things I thought I would hate. I am a total sucker for those. I can forgive a lot if the epilogue is good! Now the things I disliked were much more numerous: 1- The fact that her parents essentially gave their daughter Kenzi to Tor for him to raise her.

It was crazy! How finally at the end the father gets mad and goes after the hero, when it was basically the hero who did the heavy parenting. He would be on tour with his band and who was caring for her but the hero. One of which is a complete slut Sydni, that he just allows back into his life whenever she feels like it. He tells Sydni "Then we'll talk about maybe starting over when you get back home.

I want you to have a full STD panel done". Sounds like he is getting ready to hook up with her again and as this is after they start expressing their feelings for each other He just lets her leave. Like whatevs we can pick this up some other time. He just rolls over and let's things happen. Sorry but that does not scream endless love to me here at all. Correct me if am wrong here but she's been developing "assets" for a while and just when she is going to be 18 does he have this epiphany.

I call that weird. OMG,creepy gross! I should have started out with that one cause I was just ick for me. I know he did not act on them but he still had these feelings for her. Maybe but she was in town a whole month and she makes no contact with him? They just have this way of letting time go away without doing anything about their epic love. These two just went about their daily life Oh well I will get her back someday, I am sure he will be waiting for me.

I get it, he saves animals, he is a great guy. But do I need to see him go into endless places placing his life in danger to rescue abused dogs. Also, Pointless conversations he has with other women and other people. Just chapter of things that are not necessary to the understanding of the story. We are left to wonder about her mother. I know there will be another book, but honestly this was an important if not vital part of the story to be left unresolved!

For me it was just a 2 star read but I pushed it up a star because it was so well written. This book was missing the passionate conviction that would have me saying "YES now that's a great romance. Safety: no cheating. He has two other woman who he keeps hanging and she was dating another guy but after they are together they are faithful. He pushes her away and she goes away. Safe sex she is on the pill and he has been celibate for a long time. No condoms used. Now for those of you who have Loved this book and thought it was epic, that's great.

But these are my thoughts and I am entitled to them after I reading every single word in this book! As this was a very difficult read for me and I read it anyways, don't abuse my space here with negative comments and hate. I gave it a chance even though I knew it was not for me after the comments made by another reviewer. Thanks and as always happy reading! View all 75 comments. Also y'all know I love me a good taboo age gap but this one included a handful of underage kisses and that doesn't really sit well with me sooooooooo idk if I would necessarily recommend this one unless you think you can handle that.

Overall this book definitely delivered on da smutz but I wouldn't call it a new favorite. ALSO x2: Does anyone know who the male cover model is for this book? I want to know View all 3 comments. I loved this book on so many levels. First and foremost, it's really well written. The story is captivating and very intense. I admire Ms CC for deciding to touch the controversial topic of a big age difference in a relationship.

The author had found the perfect combination of sexual tension, heat and angst to keep you turning the pages. The cover draws you in from the start, and once you read those first few pages, it's hard to stop. Kenzi and Tor share a special connection. My little partner in crime for the past seventeen years. He notices how much she has grown into a sexy woman, and he gets physically attracted to her.

Proximity leads to intimacy, and intimacy leads to a relationship. He is not blood related to her, but they are very close. Are the feelings that Tor and Kenzi have for each other perverted? Is it normal? And that can only mean something really, really good, or really, really bad. Family, loyalty, and fate are tested in the pursuit of love. I just see you. I feel tortured. I feel unhinged with want for her.

I feel a deep ache in my heart that only she can soothe. The chemistry and blossoming relationship between Tor and Kenzi is wonderful. If you like a page turner wondering what's going to happen next with some steamy love mixed in I'm not going to say anymore because it will ruin it so just one click today and take a chance on this author because she will blow your mind! ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you. View all 22 comments. Reread August I still love their story. Some issues with the writing and thus the 4 and not 5 star rating.

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This is one of those stlries that can't be rushed, you need to savor every moment, to slowly take in Kenzi and Tor's journey, the turn from friends to lovers. Not once did it seem seedy or wrong. I'm not a religious person, but right now, I'm thinking she's right. It took a while to get past that for me. While nothing ever happened between them, he did seem bitter that his best friend got her and he didn't.

But I got over that, because when he was with Kenzi, he was so different. I loved him, the love he had for her, the all-consuming passion when he accepted what they had become. She wasn't weak or immature. Even the separation, while I didn't like it, it fit into their story. I was raised thinking of him as my uncle and he is my Godfather. Those memories can't be wiped away from our history. He's my dad's best friend. He's almost twice my age. But with each day that passes, those facts seem less valid to me, and the feelings I'm having for him are becoming much stronger than fake titles and age differences.

It's undeniable; our feelings for each other have changed. I'll also add that I didn't like view spoiler [the part about her Mother waking up. It was just a bit unrealistic for me. View all 19 comments. Thank you!! I've not read anything by this author before, but I have stalked the hell out of this book, and am keen to see what kind of journey she takes me on. TORN: This kicks starts off in the 'Prologue' holding an old letter in her hands that's stood the test of time. It also went from Past Tense to Present Time. My love, Walk in the rain with me.

Kiss me in the misty fog. Let me hold you all night under the hush of the wind. I'm waiting for you. Throwing pennies I'm wishing only for you. Always for you. Come back to me. I'll fight for you. I'll fight for us. Wish for me, too Words that are written on frayed parchment paper from the other half of her soul. The one man who held and loved her through every milestone in her life.

The only man that truly knows her. Tor was entrusted as Kenzi's godfather, the day she was born, born to parents under the age of sixteen, three best friends. He knew from that day onwards that he was a goner where Kenzi was concerned. A little tiny hand wrapped tightly around my finger huge eyes like gems staring up into mine and the first glimpse of what I could already tell was going to be a heart stopping smile. At that moment, a connection was born. That was it. She owned me. My niece. My goddaughter The love of my life Kenzi was born into the life of rockstars so was subjected to all the "sex, drugs, and rock n roll" all her life which has led her growing up alot faster than her friends.

Pinch me now because I'm not even that far into this and I've gotten zapped by those feels already. And that feeling never disappeared, they just kept coming and coming. God I love their dynamic friendship, love for each other, her little game of taking items of his to add to her ever growing collection, sweatshirts, tee shirts etc etc, even to when she was younger, at such a young age she clung to him, could see through him, understand him more than anyone else. I've spent almost eighteen years being there for you, Angel. Because I want to. No one ever made me or expected me to.

Your'e just where I always wanted to be. Am I scared? I'm petrified of what she's made me feel. He is 32 Attraction bubbling in the background that neither can deny or hide from it's there brewing to the surface. At last, from a mixture of financial necessity and the feeling that the punishment was already happening, Chris finished the book, which has since been published. The original Tumblr post remains online. For publishers, supporting a book accused of racism could seriously harm their reputation, yet the price of withdrawing one could be enormous.

Just bizarre. Does Paris know why they pulled it? They admitted this, because there are things like a racist character in the book. The author must be racist. That could be offensive. The idea that sensitivity is too subjective to understand, let alone enforce, frustrates many of those who campaign for it in the YA community. Rather than being a righteous mob trying to silence other opinions, they regard themselves as simple fact-checkers, providing a service that is welcomed by authors.

I recall a huge moment for me was reading about black ballerinas dyeing their pointe shoes to match their skin. Heidi Heilig runs a YA Facebook group with more than 1, members. She says that the community is much more moderate and reasonable than many outsiders have been led to believe. Far from being afraid of criticism, Heilig says that many writers in her group are eager for feedback on identity matters, and many writers from marginalised groups are happy to provide it without accusing anyone of anything.

None of this, of course, is seen by the outside world. That is the worst and last option. The first thing to do is try to help. Ellen Oh has been reluctant to talk publicly since her tweets about Blood Heir , for which she received death threats against herself and her family. She reported the worst cases to the police, and in the end deleted her social media accounts. Criticism is healthy, Oh believes, but she feels that outsiders have made things needlessly unpleasant. Mary Watson , a mixed-race author who grew up under apartheid in South Africa and now lives in Ireland, agrees.

I absolutely get that. Sophia Bennett , a British author, welcomes many of the changes in YA over the past five years, but sees a clear line that critics should not cross. There are other reasons, beyond the page, why the YA community might be upset right now. According to research by Melanie Ramdarshan Bold at University College London, after a period of rapid growth in the early s, the number of YA books being published in the UK peaked in , since when it has declined rapidly. In , the latest year in the study, just different YA authors were published in the UK, less than half the number of and fewer than in any year since , when the dataset begins.

Overall, sales of young adult fiction fell in the US last year, and in February the Bookseller revealed a very steep drop in UK sales, which are now at their lowest point for 11 years. There are many theories to explain this, including the idea that YA has become overloaded with social justice themes — although this was hardly a problem for The Hate U Give , a huge blockbuster by Angie Thomas, which concerns the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer. The YA wars may die out in the months ahead, as people grow weary of the arguments.

Or the conflict may appear to die out, if timid publishers purge anything that they can imagine being questioned. The wars may even spread. A petition demanded the withdrawal of The Cape Doctor by EJ Levy because of the way it handles the gender of its central character. Tynes was widely accused of racism. At the time of writing, on Goodreads, her book has received 1, one-star reviews.

She is now suing her publisher. If authors are only human and make mistakes that need to be corrected, then critics are also human, and must be ready to admit some mistakes of their own. In January, Kosoko Jackson was an authority on negative tropes in fiction.

In February, he was a perpetrator, as unreliable as everybody else. Ironically, it can even happen when writers argue over how to avoid stereotypes. Nothing is more normal than being wrong.