Modern-day pirates took more than Jori Virtanen's friends; they stole his face. Not only does the 24-year-old former model have to confront months of reconstructive surgery, he discovers his previous life was as superficial as his looks. Jori struggles to make a new life for himself as an artist while evading the press. They expect a hero, but he knows the truth. His beauty masks a beast.
Olivia Howard's given up a normal life for her job, and the sacrifices are finally paying off. The 26-year-old talk-show host's ratings are heading to the top of the charts. Her dream is to make a difference in people's lives, but the studio wants mind fluff-like interviewing hot model Jori Virtanen. When Olivia learns the guy helped rescue passengers on a cruise excursion from kidnappers, she knows this is the story she needs to make her case. The only problem is the hero was injured, and now he's disappeared.
The more Olivia learns about the man behind the scar, the more intrigued she becomes. But Jori is no girl's happily ever after. Once she finds him, Olivia has to free his heart and help heal the beast.
©2014 Donna K. Weaver (P)2015 Donna K. Weaver
Winner of the prestigious 2015 RONE award for best New Adult Fiction.
I read this book first and really enjoyed it but then had the opportunity to listen to it. I wasn't sure at first about the reader and thought his voice might have been a little over dramatic but I quickly found it engaging and slightly haunting and a great voice for Jori's deep internal struggles. It really became exactly the voice I would imagine for Jori through his struggle, opening up and eventual triumph. As much as I enjoyed reading this book, I enjoyed it even more the second time while listening.
I enjoyed this book and found it engaging from the first pages. The pacing was comfortable, the narrator Tristan Hunt's reading and voice easy on the ears. I especially liked the way he acted out each character's voice. The story unfolded comfortably, no rushing, no lagging. Although full of many relationships and subplots, it was easy to follow and to become engrossed in the characters. The hero, Jori, was well developed, as were the other main characters: Elle, Anna, and Olivia. I particularly enjoyed the characterization of Anna, Jori's elderly landlady, mentor, and benefactress. Torn Canvas is an excellent read, especially when listening. I'm grateful the author gifted me a copy in exchange for an honest review, and look forward to reading her other work.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This story sucks you in from the first chapter and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the finale. I planned to listen on my way to/from work but ended up trying to find any reason I could to listen to just a bit more of the story. Each twist was believable and surprising. Weaver has created endearing characters that I feel in love with right away. Hunt brings Weaver's words to life.
I didn't want the story to end. I want to be friends and live alongside the fiction people and situations Weaver has created. Can't wait to read more from her.
I did not get to read book one of the set, but it didn’t stop me from loving the second! The characters are alive. The narrator made them seem real. The character development wasn’t too fast or lacking. The connection between Olivia and Jori was developed in a believable way so it didn’t make me think typical romance. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and will probably listen to it again soon.
I enjoyed the interactions of the characters. After Jori's facial injury during a pirate attack his life goes from tragic to terrific. Elle embraces Jori as a member of a loving family. Elderly Anna nurtures Jori's healing soul. Olivia's kind and thoughtful interactions stir Jori's true nature to break free from his painful past and yearn for a different future. Mark and Jori share the loss of Mark's sister Lynne, and then the sadness of Mark's parents sudden death. As Lynne returns from years lost on a desert island, she and Jori rekindle the lighthearted brother/sister friendship that started on a Pacific cruise in "A Change of Plans".
Tristan Hunt did a fabulous job. Olivia was my favorite character because of her love for helping people in meaningful ways. One of Olivia's talk show topics helped Jori with his nightmares of pirates and lost friends at sea while he struggled to put his life back together after an injury to his face ended his modeling career. Olivia and Jori develop an online gaming friendship in which they help each other through trying times and forshadowes their later relationship to become so much more.
When aged Anna is facing her last days, Jori was so tender and thoughtful of Anna. He shares meals and talks with her as a devoted son would to his beloved mother. During these last days they plan the opening of a school of art in her large home. and spacious grounds.
Donna was amazing as she dealt with some social ills of today. She wove the characters lives into a wonderful story of hope and also addressed the fallout these troubles can have in the lives of people in todays world. Emotional pain is the invisible wound of many people as they press on day to day.
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Even better than the first one, the narrator did an excellent job of bringing this story to life as It follows Yuri, a handsome strong man who struggles with his inner demons. After surviving a pirate attack Yuri is plagued by nightmares, his injuries destroy his modeling career, but he uses this time to follow his dream of being an artist. Olivia, a famous TV personality, sneaks under his armor as his heart decides to take a chance on love again.
It's a great book and well worth listening to.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I read it first and then listened to it. Ms. Weaver's storyline was enjoyable with some twists and turns. Tristan Hunt did an amazing job narrating. Thank you both for a job well done.
I love that this book showed another viewpoint of the pirate attack and explained more thoroughly what happened to the other characters during the years Lynn and Brayden were stranded. Donna is exceptional at creating excitement and mystery throughout the story.
The only reason I marked down the performance is that the first couple of chapters Tristan is slightly distracting in the way he narrated them. Although that distraction quickly disappears. It was also slightly confusing at the beginning when the book switched characters, but as soon as you realize the book is written from the viewpoints of both Jori and Olivia this book is very fun to listen to.
I really enjoyed both the story and the narrator. He added a lot of personality to Jori by just the tone of his voice. I might have a little bit of a crush. ;)
Aside from loving the voice, I was constantly interested in how this story would unfold. It held my attention throughout. I love redemption stories, and particularly those of the beauty and the beast type. My only complaint is that I wish the cover better portrayed how good of a story it is!
I read Torn Canvas when it first came out, and re-reading the book via the audiobook was a delight. The narrator added a depth to the story that I really appreciated.
Torn Canvas is a companion novel-slash-sequel to A Change of Plans, and boy does it deliver! I really loved book one, but I think I might love book two even more. Torn Canvas overlaps the timeline of A Change of Plans.
I love a broken character who has a fantastic character arc throughout the course of the novel. Jori provided all this and more. Jori has a troubled past, and uses that as an excuse to be less-than-honorable. He is the perfect example of a diamond in the rough, and by the end of the book I loved how he shined (although he still wasn't perfect). His struggle was real and raw.
One of my favorite parts of the story was the romance between Olivia and Jori. It developed slowly, over time, and in a very believable way, but still with plenty of happy-sigh moments. I loved Olivia as a character as well, and I loved how she was feisty.
A big pet peeve of mine is when companion novels repeat too much of the first book. The author balanced this perfectly in my opinion. I loved seeing where Jori's story intersected with Lynn's, but nothing felt like a repeat of old material. It was either mentioned super briefly, or felt new because of Jori's perspective. She also did a great job of telling enough about what had happened in A Change of Plans to be able to follow Torn Canvas, but not giving huge info-dumps that frustrated me because I'd already read book one.
Despite Jori's very sensitive issues, they were handled in a very PG-rated way. This book is a great, clean romance. Add to that an interesting plot and compelling characters, and pretty much all I could do was put on cartoons for the kids and keep reading until I had finished the last page.
I received an audio copy in exchange for my honest review.
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