Rock star River Wilde brought Dahlia London back from the brink of hopelessness with his unwavering love and devotion. But their entangled history is about to test the strength of their relationship
Dahlia was certain she had found true love and met her “Once in a Lifetime’ when she reconnected with River. But Dahlia’s world comes crashing down when someone from her past resurfaces, and all of River’s carefully hidden secrets are exposed.
River wants to show Dahlia that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass—it’s about dancing in the rain. But how many times can one broken heart be mended? Will River and Dahlia be able to stay together or will they be torn apart?
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Much like when I read Connected this spring, I’m left feeling a bit conflicted after Torn. But not in a bad way. It just made my head spin a bit. And I’m not sure what to make of all of it. So at the end of Connected, we’re obviously left with a pretty big twist. I remember having a weird feeling something like that was coming … and then the book just ended and I was all “whatthehellnoooooo” wondering what was going to come of it all.
I was a bit concerned of what would happen with River and Dahlia. I knew they were in a good place and I didn’t want this new revelation to come about and screw everything up. Nothing drives me battier than drama for the sake of drama. Of course, I don’t want to read about normal people doing their laundry and dishes and stuff, but sometimes one too many miscommunications and fights ending in walking out get to me. Kim did a great job of balancing the drama. You could relate to the emotions of the characters, and what they were going through–all of them–but just when I was starting to feel like knocking some damn heads together, they pulled it together and trusted, talked, understood, moved on, and often times … sexed. Hey, everyone deals with built up tension differently.
Torn picks up right where Connected ended. And there’s a lot that happens right from the start. While River and Dahlia’s relationship is hotter than ever, and they’re going to be married, the whole Ben thing really puts a new spin on what the hell is going to happen to their relationship. I’d really loved Ben in the beginning of Connected, and while I knew he served his purpose for that story, I was definitely worried about the purpose for this book. I would understand Dahlia’s reluctance and perhaps wishy-washiness, had that happened, but I was SO happy the direction that Kim took this. I think it was believable and honest. It was heartbreaking, though. I felt for Ben. So much. But also for Dahlia. And River. And Grace. Everyone was so affected by this. And while I appreciated how it played out, I was kinda sad, too, sometimes.
No matter what happened, there was an honest struggle. It was between Ben and Dahlia, or River and Dahlia, or Ben and River, or River and Xander, or River and the band, or Dahlia and Grace, or Serena and Trent, or Serena and Ben and Dahlia, or Bell and Dahlia. Seriously, there was a lot of pain in this story, but different pain than in Connected. And I felt pulled in every direction.
I will say, even though I know there’s more to Ben’s story, I did think he just sort of dropped off a bit abruptly. And I get that. I’m guessing it’ll come to serve a greater purpose. So I’m interested to see what happens there. I have a hunch we’ll see more of Bell there, as well. I’d had a pretty good idea of that in Connected and wasn’t shocked to see their “twist” in Torn. The same goes for Trent and Serena. I felt like what was happening was bigger than maybe it was, and so when that part just ended, I was left to wonder more…
As for the major storyline and plot, I realize I’m super vague, and some of the saddest and most heartbreaking, or even just crucial moments I won’t even cover because I think they’re best to just read and have them take you over as you’re going along. I even tried to pull some quotes out that I had marked along the way, but even so, I felt those might’ve given away too much in terms of what to expect, and I just hate doing that. So readers, you’re on your own here! :)
Overall, I enjoyed Torn and loved seeing where the story went, and it was certainly a complete rollercoaster, filled with tension, drama, heartbreak, sadness, love, hope, steam, all of it. There wasn’t an emotion missed while reading this. Connected and Torn can be read sequentially, and if you weren’t to want to continue, I’d say you’d be content to stop there; however, with the other novellas Kim plans to write, I personally can’t wait to get inside the head of these other characters. I’ve connected (heh) to them plenty from the first two books that I need more of their story, and I’m guessing you’d think the same! :)
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As tension fills the air between us, I watch him, still unsure about what to do. After a few more seconds of unbearable silence, I close the distance separating us and stand directly in front of him. Avoiding eye contact he leans forward, setting all four legs of the chair down. It kills me to be standing here like this, unable to touch him. I want him to talk to me. I have to break the silence. So I ask, “Do you know your brother’s passed out on the couch?”
“Yeah, well he did his best to keep up with me,” he says, setting his beer bottle down next to at least a dozen others. Cocking his head to the side, he just barely glances at me. “So where does all this leave us?”
I answer in complete honestly. “The same place we were yesterday. I know we both have issues to work out, but I’m not sure talking about them anymore tonight is a good idea.” Then I grab his hand and pull him out of the chair. He comes willingly. A bag of ice falls to the ground and I notice his other hand is wrapped in a kitchen towel. I swipe his hair from his forehead and try to look at him, into his eyes, but they are unfocused and the skin around one is slightly discolored. I cup his face and he closes his eyes. I run my fingers around the outline of his swollen bruise. “Does it hurt?”
“Nah, not anymore,” he shrugs.
I lift his hand and can see that it’s also swollen and bruised. “God, River, is it broken?”
He laughs slightly before saying, “You know, I have no fucking idea, but it hurts like hell. Xander had me move my fingers and when I did, he told me to suck it up.”
I carefully caress his hand and bring it to my mouth, softly kissing it. “You can’t go after Ben every time you see him. Fighting with him isn’t going to change anything.”
“Might not change anything, but makes me feel a hell of a lot better.”