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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

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Winner of the prestigious 2015 RONE award for best New Adult Fiction.

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Torn Canvas, Beautiful Art

Wow, it's been a while since I got so absorbed in a story that I had to pause life so I could immerse myself in another world. It may have gotten a little ridiculous because I could not turn off the audible book. Instead of doing what I had scheduled for yesterday and today, I have been cleaning, decorating, driving, anything I could to keep the book playing on my phone! The book has some great, unexpected turns. I became a bigger fan with each chapter.

This is one I'll buy to keep on my shelf, and I may listen to it again! Loved the author's detailed descriptions, realistic, flawed, but good characters. I'm still on a high from finishing this great story. Loved it!

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Tristan Hunt is Jori

What about Tristan Hunt’s performance did you like?

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.

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Great story, excellent reader

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.

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Great story with a great reader

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.

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A must read!

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.

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Spellbinding!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Torn Canvas the most enjoyable?

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".

Which character – as performed by Tristan Hunt – was your favorite?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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You should read this book!

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.

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Great read

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.

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Great Story!

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.

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Love the Beast

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!

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