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How steamy is it? Hot Damn

Publisher's Summary

He's loved me since the day I was born. He's taken care of me. He's awakened me.

Tor is my father's best friend. Fifteen years older than me, he's always been my protector. The one I should never, ever want. But I was born to be his.

She's always loved me. She's shattered me. She's healed me.

Kenzi is my best friend's daughter. I held her the day she was born, and I never let go. She's forbidden to me. But she's the only one who really gets me.

We're slowly being torn apart by everything we love. Everything we want. Everything we desire. And now I want the one thing I can't have. I want her.

©2016 Carian Cole (P)2016 Tantor

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Forbidden, Taboo, But Oh, So Right!

Who can say they've loved the same person in so many ways, all their life.

My first Carian Cole book and WOW did she ever enthrall me with a rare, unforgettable, one in million love story. It was taboo, walked the line, and seared a place in my heart. Hooked from the first chapter, glued to my headphones, I know, no matter how many more romance stories I listen too in the future, I will always remember this one vividly. While this story may not be for some, I LOVE It!

Some spoilers:
A well written, passionate, poetic, story that builds angst, chemistry, love and sexual tension by alternating between the past and present. We see Tor and Kenzi's love grow, and transform over her lifespan. He's been in her life daily from day one, and was there to take care of Kenzi when her parents had to be away. She's grown up thinking of him as Uncle Tor, but as she reaches adulthood her feelings grow deeper. She no longer thinks of him as the uncle who was there to kiss her boo-boos, read her a bedtime story, or help navigate her teen years, but rather as a man that makes her burn with passion and her heart flutter. The flashback scenes really show how much Tor cared and loved Kenzi throughout the years, and built the angst Tor felt for developing deeper emotional feelings for Kenzi. But as she matures, he cannot deny their connection, and the love they have for each other. Kenzi's becomes the one women who truly understands Tor, she loves him and wants to be with him. As they accept and give into their feelings, love and start a relationship, there is one hurdle in their way, not everyone will accept or understand their relationship. Their love will be put to the test, when the lines have been crossed, truth comes out, and friends feel betrayed.

The narrations was awesome! Both Noelle Bridges, and Mason Lloyd performance was flawless; they really delivered on all the various emotions, and characters.

Torn was an amazing one of kind romance that may not be for everyone, but was truly unforgettable, and filled with so many beautiful poetic words and quotes. Well worth the time, and credit! Carian Cole has a passion for animals and it radiates throughout the story. As a dog lover, I found these scenes just as touching and heart-warming as Tor and Kenzi's love story.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Cyndi
  • Beautiful Michigan
  • 09-10-17

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

I enjoyed this book very much! Talk about foreplay.... 80% of this book is build up. I love the Ashes & Embers series and was a little disappointed to see there was a new series out by this author when I was waiting for more in that series but then I started this and realized this book is from the same world and we get a little visit from almost everyone in the Ashes & Embers series too! When I first realized where this book was going I thought the age gap was too large and the history was to much like family but the author changed my mind completely. I love that she goes back and forth with peeks from the past, that helps understand the history between these characters. This book was sweet & sexy all in one! I can't wait for more from this author.

The narration was great too!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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MORAL TURPITUDE?

This is an Ashes & Embers spinoff. I wish Ashes & Embers was somewhere in the title so people know this. I found out by reading Amazon book reviews.

This book will push your moral boundaries. IMO you'll have one of three reactions:

1. Moral Disgust
2. Sympathy
3. Understanding

Let's add a fourth:

4. All of the above...which are the emotions I went thru.

I can add a fifth emotion...IRRITATION. After listening for 6 hours I almost stopped because of Carian Cole dragging out the push-n-pull dilemma. So I took a break and when I started back listening to the second half the story picked up.

In previous books there is the mention of Asher's wife, Kenzie's mother...Ember. But only that she's not around and Asher is in a dark place. We do find out in this story what happened to Ember but no details. I've read that Asher's story is next so we'll find out exactly what happened to Ember.

I adored Torn and his family's dog rescue and shelter. There were parts of the dog rescues that tore up my heart.

I love this series. Corian Cole incorporates unusual real life issues with a fiction story that takes you thru an array of emotions. It's not about a band on tour (the band is in the background) it's about the lives of the band members and their family issues & challenges. The family also has a lot of love, romance, and sexy times.

Noelle Bridges and Mason Lloyd gave a great performance.

Worth a credit/$$ - I'm on the fence with this one, as I was with Vandal.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Brittany M
  • SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States
  • 07-15-17

Major Book Hangover

So, normally I just rate the books after I finish them and rarely do I feel inclined to leave a written review these days. THIS book, however, left me with so many feels that I had no choice but to write a few words down just so I could prolong the wonderful afterglow from listening to this story.

Initially, I thought the main draw to this story would be the "taboo" aspect of the romance - but it was so much more than just a story about a younger girl and an older guy. Tor and Kenzi's history was beautifully woven throughout the story in brief flashbacks which did not detract from the present tense.

I really enjoyed the slow burn of the push and pull during the first half, and the spice of the second half of the story was even more fun to listen to. I will definitely be revisiting this story again soon and I look forward to reading Tyler's story next.

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Wow, just wow!

I honestly wasn't sure about this book when I picked it up, because the premise seemed a bit... skeevy. I hate to even say that now that I read it, but that being said, I'm so glad I gave it a chance.

This was a beautiful love story from start to finish, and it encompassed every kind of love, not just the romance of falling in love.

I both read and listened to this one, both ways are enjoyable, although the female voice in the audiobook added to my sketchy feelings in the beginning, because she didn't transfer to a more mature/less mature voice (real time vs flashback memories) for Kenzi. Hearing a "little girly" sounding speech pattern for a "mature beyond her years" 18 year old almost ruined it. I tucked that little issue aside though and just got lost in the story.

The questionable subject matter was handled so beautifully that any taboo feelings you might have had going in are washed away, and you can't help but wish for Kenai and Tor to get their HEA.

Absolutely lovely!

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can't get enough

I can not put into words how much emotion in felt listening to this book. Carian is a superb writer who makes you connect to all the characters not just the main ones. The way she handled this taboo subject was nothing short of class. can not wait to read more from her

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what a dream come true!!!

well this was a dream come true...I can't believe what a great book this was and I lost almost two nights of sleep for it but I absolutely loved every minute...I never thought it was possible for tor and kinsey to find there HEA but I'm so happy they did...I went thru times of tears not seeing how this could possibly work for then but I'm so glad I was proven wrong. I made me wish for a hot Mr. tor for myself....I'd definitely love to read more of this author books . I definitely give this book a BIG 10 stars......love Tor ....the most...wow!!!! just so HOT!!!!

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If I could give Torn more than 20 stars I would!

What did you love best about Torn?

Sometimes you read a book or listen to an audiobook it throws you off kilter! Tilt’s your world, leaving you in a tale spin. Then rocking you to the core! That’s what “Torn!” did to me!

I was literally was flabbergasted by beauty, soul and passion that is Torn! I wanted to scream! Off the rooftops over and over till of your lungs hurt. With sheer gratification of reading this work of art! Oh and that small matter of taboo. At first I was concerned about the age difference. Plus the relationship that they had.
But since Carian Cole did a magnificent job executing this sensitive subject. I just had to marvel over her writing abilities.

Oh, those amazing flashbacks gave me chills. Chills to bottom of my limbs. Making my pulse erratic and my breathing to be off. Then hearing those words echoing in my mind. I was done for! A fully body mind, body and soul experience. Is what I had.
It just added another to the storyline which worked brilliantly.
If I could give Torn more than 20 stars I would! Simply a mind blowing Love story!



Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just a full heart!

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Great Book

Love the story. It has a nice flow. If I were going to change anything it would be having more focus on the dynamics of the healing and moving forward once the father is aware of the relationship between his daughter and best friend. The author could have actually moved into a sequel with that part and I would have bought it too.

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Love it!

This is my first time listening to this author and I'm so glad I did!! She is right up there with my favorites; Julie Garwood, Lisa Kleypas, and Nora Roberts! Will definitely be getting more of her books!!

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  • Yvonne
  • 11-20-16

Great listen

Just finished listening to this and what a lovely story that I have no hesitation in recommending , but then I have loved all of Carina stories they are very different and written with passion , insight ..
I loved the animal rescue which sadly is far too common placed, so this had a pull on my heart strings ..... Tor , a gentle giant with standards and a fierce love for is "niece" but as you listen to the story Carina develops the characters with real warmth feeling , thanks for a great listen and loved the narrators as always

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  • Trisha
  • 01-17-17

Brilliant

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

All of it was enjoyable. It unfolds and really draws you in.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both the leads

Have you listened to any of Noelle Bridges and Mason Lloyd ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no but I will as they were both excellent

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to anything similar from this author

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  • Pen Name
  • 08-03-18

Incredible!!!

Both Incredible and powerful love story. Could not put it down! Highly recommended!!! Loved it!

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  • Lisa-Marie Taylor
  • 04-14-18

amazing... beautiful LOVE story.. true connection.

Oh how I love this book. Tor is so adorable... yes he is tough.. an alpha.. a protector.. but also the sweetest.. the beautiful things he says.. and how he lives Kenzie will melt your heart...

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  • Laura Bethany Allen
  • 10-19-17

Amazing!!

Can't believe it ended so soon, devastated. Loved every minute of this book never wanting it to end. Will be a re-reader for sure!

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  • Margarida
  • 07-15-17

great story

I loved it and love the characters they were real and adventurous and kept true!!!!!!

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  • Ajp
  • 06-04-17

Loved the audible version of this wonderful book

I loved reading Torn originally so just had to purchase the audible version and I wasn't disappointed. The characters come to life even more so thanks to the wonderful narrators. I can't wait to read and hear future books by Carian

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  • hadziah
  • 03-17-17

whats not to love?

my first Carian Cole book! & I want more!

storyline might be considered a taboo but it actually is about falling in love (innocently) & how 2 ppl love each other and how their love changes and forms into something beautifuls. love carian's books!

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  • Deabates
  • 12-08-17

struggled big time

struggled to get into this book
not sure i want to bother with the next one might get a refund

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  • Dim
  • 02-05-17

Tacky

I am not a fan of tats and long hair but managed to imagine someone else as the main character. The story line is surprisingly good but the voices are not. The female suits the character but her male impersonations sound like Beavis and Buthead. The male voice sounds like something out of the 1950s. The romance scenes are well written. I'm going to give Storm, another book by this author a go.

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  • ***Casey***
  • 12-11-16

long, drawn out and repetitive.

this book was frustrating to sit through. not a bad story line concept, but it dragged on constantly throughout each chapter with whiney repetitive doubts and insecurities. yuck! my pet hate. if your gonna be a big girl, make big girl decisions and stomp your foot until all the adults around you agree to see you and treat you like the big girl you proclaim to be.... then get some back bone and own that s#!t.
the whiney repetitiveness was no doubt made worse by the fact that i happaned to listen to the aidiobook instead of read this time. (i regually swich between options, depending on if im too busy to sit with a book or not) ordinarly i listen to enough of the sample narration to make sure I'm happy listning to the voice/s. but i skiped that step this time, and ended up with a female voice that for the most part was supposed to sound 18, only she sounded like she was in her 50's and speaking like a 14 year old.... the guy, his best description "fuddy duddy" his charactor was supposed to be 33. he spoke like a 17 year old dude but With the voice that gave the mental image of an old school principal. (this made the occasional F bombs he droped, a bit awkward). i feel a wave of exhaustion when i contemplate picking up another book from this author, but i will.
.. not right now (or any time soon). but eventually. each to their own though, if you try it, i hope you enjoy it. Lots of luck to the author with future books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-18

The best ever book

Best romantic book that i have read in a long time. Best book love it

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anna Vardaro
  • 06-21-18

Amazing!

This is my first book from this author and it was amazing! The characters and the storyline was just raw and real! Can't wait to read more from this author.

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  • SamK
  • 02-06-18

EPIC!!

6+ I love you the most stars!!!! EPIC BOOK HANGOVER ALERT!!! What an unforgettable, amazing, beautiful and passionate story! I LOVED everything about TORN, yet I don’t think I can find the right words to do express how I feel! Gahh! The soul searing connection between Toren and Kenzie wasn’t like anything I have experienced between two characters before. Their love and bond was predestined, unique, meant to be and EPIC!!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t loved a couple as much as I do these two for a very long time! What they had was just SO perfect, SO right despite their relationship being unconventional and taboo. I loved that this story was a gradual awakening of their feelings and there was nothing sordid or tasteless about it. I loved the flashbacks which were so poignant and heart warming. Carian Cole’s narrative was truly addictive and flawless. The story unfolded PERFECTLY and I was so close to having a heart attack as the story and emotions built up to their relationship being revealed!! But the aftermath was worth the temporary heartache I experienced! An unforgettable book that will stay with me for a very long time.

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  • chevy
  • 11-26-17

Love story

A beautiful love story.
Not a huge fan to the narrating being read by two different people however I can see how it needs to be read like that and I got used to it
Overall thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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  • Tom
  • 03-30-17

Amazing story

She was born to love him .Their love was epic l cried, laughed & hoped.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-14-17

good book

realy good book. and is read well. . . . . . . . .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • audieJ
  • 11-23-16

Very hot, sexy and great story

This story is about a God father who is Torn and God daughter who is Kenzi that fall in loves with each other just before her 18th birthday. Torn knows Kenzi from the day she was born. He was there for her when she needed to be look after when her parents where off on the road with their bands. Something happens to Kenzi's mum. But will they be able to stay together or will they be torn apart. Kenzi dad is Torn best friend. Will Kenzi's dad accept that they are together or will he not. The sex scenes are hot. 5 out of 5 from me.

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