TORN FROM YOU
Love is like an avalanche. It hits hard, fast and without mercy. At least it did for me when Sculpt, the lead singer of the rock band Tear Asunder knocked me off my feet. Literally, because he’s also a fighter, illegally of course, and he taught me how to fight. He also taught me how to love and I fell hard for him. I mean the guy could do sweet, when he wasn't doing bossy, and I like sweet. Then it all shattered. Kidnapped. Starved. Tied up like a piece of meat then whipped. I was alone and fighting to survive. When I heard Sculpt's voice, I thought he was there to save me. I was wrong. Sculpt was there to break me.
*Warning: This book contains some disturbing situations, strong language and sexual content. No cliffhanger and next in the Tear Asunder series is Ream's story (the band's lead guitarist).
Review—Torn from You by Nashoda Rose
“I mean, Sculpt was six foot three and all muscle. He has what I call sexy bedroom hair, always a little messy with the odd lazy curl that falls over his face. And he had that ink running down his left arm to his elbow, which made the hot a scary, badass hot. Then put in the fact that he was in a band and did some illegal underground fighting…well girls were no doubt all over him, and I wasn’t ready to face the reality of what dating Sculpt entailed.”
Emily is a normal girl with big dreams of having horses and a farm, rescuing them from demise and nurturing them back to health. She also loves a man who has dreams of his own. Logan is a fighter by nature and singer by choice. With a voice that could melt any girl into a puddle and fighting skills that make it impossible for him to lose, Logan has every door open for him. But he just wants Emily, his “Mouse”. Little does he know, Raul, his father, sees her as a weakness…and way to get his prized fighter back…as well as a nice chunk of change in his sadistic and sick pocket.
Watching Logan take the stage and sing to her is Emily’s favorite part of being out. Watching him perform is like foreplay…except she never actually hears him. Emily is taken. Right from the bar where all of her family and friends are gathered. Now, she is just one more girl who will be sold into the underground world of sex slavery…until she hears the familiar voice that she not only trusts, but loves.
“When I saw him my heart stopped for a few seconds then started beating erratically. It was him but nothing in his eyes was the man I knew. He was cold and expressionless as he stared down at me. Not a glimmer of sympathy in his eyes. I recognized nothing of the man I had fallen in love with. Hope died as the realization hit me. He was part of this. He did this to me.”
How does the man that you thought loved you turn into a monster that you fear? Emily is stripped of everything she’s ever known about Logan—I’m sorry, Sculpt, or Master in just a short 15 days. Fifteen days is how long she endures the torture and humiliation of being held captive. She can’t fathom that a man that claimed to have strong feelings for her and that she loved would actually do this to her…but it was all a lie. Or was it?
“You will fear me, Emily. And if you don’t…I will make you.” His words were abrupt and unruffled. It sent shivers down my spine.”
“What remained was weakness. That was how I felt. Too tired to fight. Afraid to fight. And God yes…I wanted to be loved by him again. For him to hold me in his arms and take this nightmare away. Did I really think that? How could my mind even contemplate loving him after what he’s put me through? But I did. I couldn’t control it. He’d swept me up and taken possession of my heart, even though he was now ripping it to shreds.”
Oh Emily. Loving and fearing a man that has done everything to keep you safe…well, as safe as one can be when enslaved in a compound with a monster. How does one recover from that? Torture. Degradation. Humiliation. A slave. That is all she would be…broken.
“Some things can’t be repaired. You break them bad enough, they can’t be fixed.”
Except Emily is stronger than she thought…and after being rescued and two years of “healing” she can finally accept that she is stronger and better off. Logan is gone, she has her horses—her dreams come true, despite the horrors she endured. She was saved. But Emily will never be the same…and when a face from her past comes back in the picture, can Emily learn to let the hurt go and trust again? Love again? Even if it’s the very person who landed her in the hands of the devil himself…
“I knew I’d never be the same girl who walked into an illegal fighting rind and asked Sculpt to teach her how to fight. I didn’t know who I’d become or how I’d do it where I’d even go from here. What I did know was that I’d never forget.”
“In my head I knew the truth of why he had to do it that way, but I couldn’t let him in again. The trust. The laughter. All that had been good between us, it was tainted.”
“I walked into the bathroom and stared at myself for a long time in the mirror, unable to see who was looking back at me—the girl broken and lost to a man she fell in love with or a woman who learned to survive with a broken heart. Maybe I was a little of both.”
Okay, this story really grabbed me from the first chapter. I was so enthralled in what would happen next to both Emily and Logan that I didn’t even notice that I was only about 35% in when it climaxed. Seeing her be rescued…I thought that was it, and I was almost disappointed in the fact that it seemed so short. But, I was only a little over a quarter in. How could the story continue after that? Surely, she can’t endure much more, right? Wrong. Emily and Logan aren’t over after she is rescued and that isn’t the end of their story. I often wondered if I was just reading filler until the next big thing happened…but every sentence was essential to the true climax of Logan and Emily. I never once thought that the twist would play out the way it did. Great job Nashonda! I look forward to reading more because I have some serious questions that weren’t even close to being answered…I’m kind of upset about that (just sayin’). Logan and Emily are just the beginning of a series that I’m sure will be a hit. Already I’m jonesing for Deck and Georgie as well as Ream Kat.
**4 Trust is Earned, Not Freely Given Stars**
Nashoda Rose lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary (NA) romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave. Her novel “Torn from You” is the first in the Tear Asunder series. When she isn’t writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dog at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers on Facebook and chatting about her addiction—books.