Torn (Torn Series #1)by K. A. Robinson, Emily Durante (Narrated by), Sean Crisden (Narrated by)
Chloe hasn’t had the easiest childhood. With a mother who was absent most of the time, she practically had to/i>
For fans of Colleen Hoover and Sylvia Day, a passionately intense love story about two people with battered souls who are thrust together unexpectedly, leaving a profound impact on each other’s lives. The first book in the Torn Series.
Chloe hasn’t had the easiest childhood. With a mother who was absent most of the time, she practically had to raise herself. Determined to start a new life and leave her demons behind, she heads to West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan. On the first day of classes, she spots a student who takes her breath away. Drake is a pierced, tattooed bad boy, and no matter how hard she tries to fight it, he’s all she can think about.
Drake has never cared about anyone other than himself, but when Chloe grabs the empty seat next to him in class, he is instantly drawn to her. Drake is left wondering whether this girl can take his cold, womanizing heart and alter him forever.
Developing feelings for each other was never a part of their plan, and when it happens, things do anything but fall into place. Long-hidden emotions are revealed and friendships are tested to the brink as Chloe and Drake become helplessly entwined in each other’s love.
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My friends often tell me that I would be late for my own funeral. As I heard someone knocking on my dorm room door, I rolled over and glanced at the clock. My eyes widened at the time and I scrambled out of bed thinking they’re probably right. I ran to the door and threw it open, only to see my best friend Logan staring at me with amusement on his face.
“Good morning Chloe. I see you’re going to make us late, as usual.”
Logan was one of the most attractive guys I had ever seen. With his sandy blond hair, blue eyes, and ripped body, he’s every woman’s wet dream. The fact that he was one of the sweetest people I knew just gave him extra points. I had no doubt that he would have several women chasing after him once they noticed him around campus.
“Oh my God, I can’t even be on time for our first day!” I shouted as I made my way around my room hunting for something to wear. I quickly found an old pair of jeans and a black Stone Sour T-shirt that I had thrown down beside my bed. I ripped my pajamas off and threw them on my bed before jumping into my jeans and shirt.
“Well at least you had on underwear and a bra before you did that,” Logan mumbled, staring at me with a devilish look in his eyes.
“Very funny, Logan. It’s not like you’ve never seen me in a bikini. Underwear and a bra are pretty much the same thing.”
I rushed over to my dresser and grabbed my brush, running it through my hair before pulling it into a low ponytail to keep it out of my face. It was a good thing I wasn’t the type of girl who messed with makeup much, or we really would have been late. With my blond hair, blue eyes, and blemish-free fair skin, I was often referred to as a porcelain doll by my friends. Not that I was pretty, just average enough to blend in with every other female out there—at least that was my opinion anyway.
The only thing that could possibly make me stand out on a campus full of thousands of blond girls was what my other best friend Amber liked to refer to as my blond rocker-chick look. While most girls around here wore the cute pink look or the camo look, I preferred to take a darker approach to life: almost every shirt I owned had some kind of rock band on the front and I had both of my ears gauged out slightly. My hands were usually covered in rings and I felt naked if I didn’t have at least five rubber bracelets on each wrist. I liked my look, but Amber had always insisted I scared more men away with it than she could count.
I grabbed my bag off the desk and headed out the door, locking it behind me.
“Seriously Logan, I am so sorry. I was sure that I would be up on time today. I guess I didn’t hear my alarm clock again.”
He looked over at me and grinned. “I wouldn’t expect anything less of you. The fact we managed to end up in the same dorm is probably a blessing. Without me as your unofficial alarm clock you really never would make it to class.”
I linked our arms together as we stepped out of our dorm and headed across campus to our first class. “What would I ever do without you as my hero?”
“Hmmm, I’m going to guess you’d be late every day.”
I elbowed him in the ribs. “Thanks Logan, you’re the best.”
We made it into the building and found our classroom with only a moment to spare. Glancing around the room we found two empty seats in the last row and quickly sat down, hoping the professor at the front of the room wouldn’t notice our almost late arrival. As I sat my bag on the floor, I glanced at the guy sitting next to me and my heart nearly stopped.
I had never seen a man as gorgeous as he was in my entire life. Whereas Logan was all light and sweet, he was the physical embodiment of the stereotypical bad boy. His hair was so dark it could be considered black, and it hung down into his eyes and around his face in a shaggy yet attractive mess. I couldn’t see the color of his eyes, but they looked as dark as his hair.
I noticed that he had piercings in his eyebrow and his lip, as well as a few tattoos poking out of his shirtsleeves on both of his arms. As I stared at the tattoos, I wondered if he had any others hidden under his shirt. Not that I was the type to fall for the body-modification, bad-boy type—despite my own appearance—but this guy could have worn his hair dyed pink and in pigtails and pulled it off looking hot.
As if he somehow sensed my eyes locked on him, he glanced up at me. I quickly looked away, blushing furiously that I had been caught staring at him. I chanced another glance and saw he was still watching me, which made my blush deepen. He must have noticed it from the smile appearing on his face as I quickly turned away from him again.
The rest of class, I refused even to look in his direction. I listened to the professor go over everything, taking notes when I thought I needed to. Before I knew it, class was over and I was putting my books into the bag sitting at my feet. As I threw my bag over my shoulder, I noticed my hot neighbor already walking out the door. I stood and headed out of the building with Logan by my side.
As we made our way down the stairs I saw him standing only a few feet away from us smoking a cigarette. I noticed him smirking at me out of the corner of my eye. I kept my focus on the conversation I was having with Logan as we made our way past him, refusing to give him the satisfaction of catching me staring at him again.
“Hey, do you know that guy?” Logan asked when we were out of earshot.
Lost in my thoughts, I looked at him confused, “Who?”
“That guy standing back there, he keeps staring at you.”
I glanced over my shoulder to see him referring to the hot guy still standing there smoking, still staring at me with that damn smirk on his face.
“Oh, I have no idea who he is,” I said as I turned away from him before he could notice that I was blushing from being caught yet again.
Logan and I finished the walk across campus with an easy silence. It had always been this way with us, I always felt comfortable and safe with him as long as we had been friends. He transferred to my school our freshman year of high school and was assigned the seat next to me in Mrs. Jenkins’s English class. We had instantly bonded over guessing whether her hair was real or a wig and the rest was history.
We had spent every moment of high school attached at the hip, which had caused problems with some of his old girlfriends. They were convinced that we were secretly together or that he had a crush on me. We had always laughed the rumors off, but I had felt guilty more than once about ruining some of his past relationships.
Our next class, Spanish, went much like the previous one, except the hot guy was nowhere to be seen. I actually felt kind of relieved, seeing as every moment I was within a mile of him my cheeks were permanently red. I had no idea what my problem was when it came to him. I did not get flustered around men, yet with one look he could almost bring me to my knees. I needed to get a grip.
Once the professor dismissed us, we headed across campus to grab some lunch. Logan and I had nearly identical schedules on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but our Tuesday and Thursday schedules were totally backward from each other. My only saving grace was the fact that his first class on those mornings was at the same time as mine, so I knew he would make sure I was up and out the door on time.
I glanced up at him as we grabbed our food and headed toward an empty table to eat. He really was gorgeous, even as his best friend I had noticed this. Truthfully, when I had first met him, I had a slight crush on him, but after getting to know him so well, my feelings had changed from a crush to friendship. Without him around, I really would be lost.
When the time came to apply for colleges, I had flipped out for weeks until I knew that we would be going to the same college. I had kept up a perfect 4.0 GPA all through high school so I had several options available, but Logan was determined to attend West Virginia University and I wanted to be with him. When we both received our acceptance letters in the mail on the same day, I had rushed to his house and tackled him with excitement. I knew college would change us both, but I hoped that we would always remain best friends. I don’t think I could handle it any other way.
“What? Do I have food on my face?” he asked as he wiped at the imaginary food on his chin.
“Well, because you have been staring at me for the last five minutes.”
I grinned up at him. “Sorry, I was just thinking about how I would be lost without you here with me. You know that right?”
He pulled me into a tight hug. “Don’t ever worry about that Chloe, you will always have me. We will be old and gray and still together.”
I hugged him back. “I’m glad. Hopefully my future husband and your future wife won’t mind us being permanently attached to each other.”
His face grew tight at my words and I looked at him in confusion. “What’d I say?”
His face quickly relaxed and he smiled at me. “Nothing, I was just thinking that you will never find a guy good enough to be your husband. Speaking of guys not good enough, what was up with that guy who was sitting next to you this morning? He was staring at you like he wanted to eat you alive.”
I rolled my eyes. “I have no idea what you’re talking about. He wasn’t staring at me. He just happened to look up when we did. There was no way a guy like that would ever be interested in me.”
He frowned at my words. “Chloe, you’re crazy. Any guy with eyeballs can see how beautiful you are.”
I started to give a sarcastic reply, but he cut me off.
“That is, until you open your mouth. Then they run in terror.”
I punched him in the arm. “I have a wonderful personality, thank you!”
He laughed at my disgruntled expression. “I’m just kidding. In all seriousness though, you really are great Chloe. I hope you’re right about him not being interested in you though, I don’t like him.”
I laughed. “And you would know you don’t like him how? You’ve never even talked to the guy.”
“I don’t have to. I know his type, the whole bad boy vibe he puts off. He’s probably a total womanizer and you’re better off if you stay away from him.”
“Seriously? Why are we even talking about this? The guy isn’t into me and that’s that.”
If only I’d been so lucky.
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Logan and I parted ways after lunch. He had another class and then planned on spending the rest of the afternoon downtown applying for jobs and I had promised to meet up with my other best friend Amber after her last class. Amber and I had been friends since middle school, bonding over our mutual taste in heavy metal instantly. Whereas Logan and I were close, Amber was like my twin, on the inside at least.
Her features couldn’t have been more different from mine if she tried. Her skin was a naturally tanned color and her hair was a dark brown. She had these amazing green eyes that could make anyone do her bidding, and a perfect size-six figure. My blond hair and blue eyes were nice, but I often felt boring and self-conscious when I stood next to her. The only thing I had going for me when she was around was my D-cup breasts, which might bring me attention from time to time, but they tended to get in my way more than anything.
Even with her amazing looks, she was one of those people who had a heart of gold; not only was she gorgeous on the outside, but on the inside as well. She had always been there when I needed her, and I loved her for that. There were few people who could put up with me like she did on a full-time basis.
I sat on the bench outside her building for a few minutes before she emerged, shielding her eyes with her hand from the sun glaring down at us. She noticed me and waved, walking over to where I sat.
“Hey girl! How’d your classes go?”
I smiled and we started walking toward our dorm. “They were good, a bunch of boring stuff over and over mainly.”
She nodded as she walked alongside me. “Yeah mine were the same. I’m so glad we decided to only take a few classes this semester until we get adjusted.”
She and I had both decided to go easy on the classes our first semester and squeezed by with the bare minimum to be considered full-time students, unlike Logan, who had enough classes for two people.
“Anyway, have you seen some of these guys walking around here? I think I’m in love!”
I laughed at her boy craziness, but a certain tattooed guy popped into my head. “Yeah, I noticed a couple.”
She stopped dead in her tracks and spun to face me. “What? You noticed someone? I thought for sure you were a nun in hiding!”
I elbowed her in the ribs. “I am not a nun. There just hasn’t been anyone to catch my interest. We can’t all be as boy crazy as you are.”
“Whatever. So, who is this guy?”
I fidgeted a little and glanced at my shoes, which was a total mistake. Amber knew the shoe staring was my thing when I was trying to keep something from her.
“Don’t you dare look at your shoes, woman! Spill!”
I sighed and looked up at her. Her eyes were practically glowing with excitement, waiting for me to spill my guts to her. “I don’t know his name or anything. He is just a guy who was sitting in the seat next to me this morning.”
She raised her eyebrows at me. “And what does this mystery guy look like?”
I glanced around, making sure that no one was around us before answering her, “He’s cute I guess. His hair is so dark it’s almost black, and he has these beautiful, piercing eyes. Oh, and these really hot piercings in his lip and eyebrow. And he had some tattoos poking out of the bottom of the sleeve of his shirt, but I couldn’t tell what they were.”
Cute was the understatement of the year, but I wasn’t about to start gushing at his hotness in front of her—she really would combust from the excitement—so I kept it to the bare minimum.
As I spoke I saw her mouth dropping in slow motion. “You don’t like just any guy, you like a bad boy. Holy shit, I’m pretty sure hell just froze over, my little Chloe crushing on the bad boy!”
She pretended to faint and I elbowed her again. “Shut up. I don’t like him, I just find him kind of attractive. What is this, middle school?”
She busted out laughing at me, “Touchy aren’t we? Sorry, I’ll stop bothering you about the tattooed, pierced, and kind of attractive bad boy.”
We started making our way across campus again and were nearly to the dorm before she spoke again. “So I know it’s a Monday and all, but some girl in my English class invited me to a party across campus at one of the sorority houses. Will you please come with me? I need my wing woman!”
“I really shouldn’t. I still have a couple boxes to unpack, but I’m sure your roommate would be glad to go with you.”
She looked at me with those big green eyes and her lower lip sticking out in a pout and I started feeling guilty. “Please, Chloe? I saw Chad today and I really need a night out. We won’t even have to stay late, I promise!”
The Chad she was referring to was the ex-boyfriend she had been with since the summer before our senior year. He had seemed like a really good guy and I had truly liked him. That is, until she surprised him by stopping at his house one day unannounced and catching him in bed with Carrie Jenkins, head cheerleader and the biggest slut in town.
The weeks following had been brutal. Amber had never seen it coming, and neither had I for that matter. After countless nights of staying in her room all night with tubs of ice cream and enough tissues to keep Carrie’s bra stuffed for a year, I was finally able to coax her out of her house just before we moved into our dorms. I knew Chad was here on campus as well, but I had hoped that she wouldn’t have to see him, at least for a while.
I sighed and pulled her into a hug. “All right, I’ll go, but only because I have that super cute dress I’ve been dying to wear.”
She squealed and started jumping up and down. “Yay! And I love that dress, I told you so when I bought it for you! Plus, I have the cutest shoes to go with it!”
She grabbed my arm and pulled me into the dorm and up to her room. As soon as we were inside she started rummaging through boxes in her closet and pulled out a pair of killer red heels.
I smiled as she handed them to me. “Thanks. I’m going to head to my room and try to get the rest of my stuff unpacked before tonight. I’ll meet you back here around eight o’clock?”
“Okay, that works for me.”
I gave her one last hug before leaving and making my way up to the floor above where my dorm room was located. Even though Amber and I hadn’t ended up being roommates, fate must have been smiling on us. Logan, Amber, and I had all ended up in one of the few coed dorms on campus. We were stacked on top of each other with Amber on the first floor, me on the second, and Logan on the third. It was good to know if I needed either one of them they were just a set of stairs away.
I unlocked my door and stepped into the havoc I had left in my wake this morning. Groaning, I started gathering my dirty clothes and throwing them into the hamper by my closet. After I had managed to find my floor, I moved on to the boxes stacked against the wall. Did I really want to unpack all this stuff? That was a dumb question, of course I didn’t, but I couldn’t very well live out of boxes for the next year. I grabbed the top one and started unpacking the clothes inside. I had already put most of my clothes away this weekend, but there were still a couple of boxes like this one with the sweatpants and baggy shirts I used as pajamas sometimes.
I managed to get a couple boxes put away before my phone started playing “Blood” by In This Moment and I grinned as I grabbed it off the bed.
“Hey Logan, find any jobs?”
He groaned in frustration. “I’ve already applied to half the town, so I’m sure I’ll find something. There are still a few places I want to check out though.”
“That’s cool. I’m trying to get the rest of this crap unpacked. I was going to suggest you come over and help me, but I guess that idea is out.”
He laughed at me. “Yeah, I think I’d rather be applying for jobs than helping you put your underwear away. Actually, on second thought . . .”
“Well, when you put it like that, I can’t really blame you. If you’re free before we leave you should come with Amber and me to a party at one of the sorority houses.”
“I think I’ll pass on this one, but just be careful. Don’t leave your drink alone, and if you need me to come get you just call me, okay? You know I worry about you.”
I rolled my eyes at his words. “Yes, Dad. I promise to be good.”
“I’m serious, Chloe. I don’t know what I’d do if something happened to you.”
“I know that, and I promise I will be careful. I should probably go and try to get the rest of these boxes sorted. I’ll call you when I get home, promise.”
“All right, just remember to call me later or I’ll be beating on your dorm room door in the middle of the night in only my boxers.”
I laughed at him. “Well, as much of a thrill as that would give the girls on this floor, we wouldn’t want that. Talk to you later.”
I hung up and threw my phone back on the bed. I loved how protective Logan was of me, even if he made me feel smothered at times. He had always been this way, and it made me feel safe to know he was always there for me.
I managed to get all my boxes unpacked with a little over an hour to spare, so I decided to take a shower. Grabbing my bathroom bag, I made my way to the showers, which were almost completely empty with the exception of a few girls standing by the sinks. Not wanting to push my luck, I took the fastest shower on record before heading back to my room.
I left my hair in a towel to dry as I dug through my now excessively cramped closet to find my dress. I found it pushed against the back wall and quickly started trying to pull it out before any of my other clothes could drag me into the mess and hold me prisoner for eternity.
When I managed to untangle it from the disaster that was my closet, I held it up in front of me and smiled. I had to agree with Amber, the dress really was gorgeous. The bottom was skintight and ended several inches above my knees. The top of it was a halter top with a built-in bra, which was lucky for me since the back was too low cut for me to wear one. It wasn’t my usual style, but I loved it.
I quickly squirmed into it before pulling my hair out of the towel and running the brush through it as I blow-dried it. My hair was almost to my waist and took forever to dry, so I rarely spent the time required to blow-dry and straighten it, but tonight was my first college party and I wanted to look my best. After I got my hair under control, I started applying my makeup. My roommate, Rachel, walked in just as I was finishing and flopped facedown on her bed groaning.
“Rough day, Rachel?”
She groaned again and nodded. “Remind me again why I signed up for all these classes?”
I laughed as she rolled over to face me.
“Hot damn woman, you look amazing. And FYI, if that dress comes up missing and finds itself in my closet, it wasn’t me. I swear it.”
“Thanks for the warning. I know how these things grow legs and walk straight into someone else’s closet, but mine usually end up in Amber’s somehow.”
“So where are you headed looking like that?”
“There’s some party at a sorority house Amber is dragging me to. You’re welcome to come if you want.”
She considered my offer for a minute before shaking her head. “No thanks, I’ve had a rough day. I’m just going to curl up on my bed and read. I don’t think I could take on a party tonight if I tried.”
I had seen Rachel’s schedule the day we moved in and I knew she wasn’t kidding. Her days started first thing in the morning and except for lunch, ran solid up until early evening. The girl was crazy in my opinion, but her parents had pushed her to take everything she could.
Rachel was what you would call a sexy nerd. She was one of the smartest people I had ever met, but with her long red hair, perfect face, and amazing figure she was a total babe by anyone’s standards. When I had first met her, I was terrified she was going to be one of those self-absorbed girls, but with her down-to-earth personality, I had liked her within the first ten minutes.
“All right, but next time you’re going with me even if I have to drag you.” I glanced at the clock before slipping into my shoes and heading for the door. “I don’t think I’ll be out late, but if I am I promise to be super quiet when I come in.”
She grinned up at me. “Don’t worry, I’ll probably still be between the pages with a certain Mr. Maddox. Lord knows I can’t put him down once I start.”
I laughed at her current book obsession as I walked out the door. “Can’t blame you there. Later.”
I made my way back down the stairs carefully so I wouldn’t break my neck in Amber’s amazing but super high-heeled shoes. As I reached her room, I knocked once before heading in.
“Hey! What the hell? Oh, it’s just you. Don’t do that to me!” Amber yelled as a welcome.
She was standing in just her bra and a super chic miniskirt, staring at her closet like the perfect shirt was about to jump out at her.
“I have nothing to wear!”
I raised my eyebrow as I pointed at her closet. “You have about a million shirts in there, surely you can pick out something.”
She finally pulled out a cute yellow tank top and threw it over her head. “I guess this will do. Come on, we better hurry or we’ll be late.”
“Can you even be late for one of these things?”
She rolled her eyes as she breezed by me and headed out the door. “I don’t know, but if you can, Lord knows you would be.”
I tried to smack her, but my heel caught on the carpeting in the hallway and I nearly fell down.
She started laughing like an idiot at my usual clumsiness. “That never gets old. Seriously though, gravity has never been kind to you.”
I stuck my tongue out at her back as we made our way out the door and across campus to our first college party.
Meet the Author
K. A. Robinson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Ties series and Breaking Alexandria. She lives in West Virginia.
Emily Durante has been narrating audiobooks for over ten years and is also an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook director. She has been acting since the age of seven and has performed in a number of stage productions at the professional, collegiate, and regional levels.
Sean Crisden is a multitalented actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has recorded audiobooks in almost every genre, from science fiction to romance. He has also voiced characters in numerous video games and appeared in many commercials and films, including The Last Airbender.
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Review: I loved this! Do you know when you need to go to sleep at night so you try to even though you want to stay awake reading, and the characters cant seem to leave your imagination so you are left staying awake far longer than you intended anyway? Yep I am sleepy, suffering from a book hangover today. Chloe is a girl with a lot of sass. She has been damaged and is doing her best to live and keep the people around her happy. She sees Drake for the first time and electricity is sparking from the first moments their eyes connected. Drake is hot in the bad boy kind of way. Chloe somehow makes him want to be a better man. Chloe had a mom that should have been arrested and charged with abuse and neglect. She is a terrible person who should not of had the privilege of being a mom. Chloe finds comfort growing up in her two best friends, Logan and Amber. Amber's mom and dad love Chloe. The relationship between them was a reminder how families are what you make them. Drake has also had his fair share of pain. Despite his pain, you are still wanting him to be the solid rock for Chloe. The sex in this was sweet and sexy. K.A. Robinson often gave me the chills in her writing style. This book is an all out 5 stars for me. This has some great elements, there is a love triangle, the hot bad boy, the cool best friend and the damaged vixen. You are left anticipating the next book Twisted which has a release date in late April.
I've heard so many good reviews on this book! Everyone was raving about how amazing it was. Unfortunately, I did not fall in love with it as everyone else has seemed to. In fact, I found myself wondering why it was as popular as it was as I read. There were moments when I was reading that I just could not go on because I was so frustrated with it. Probably my biggest problem with this book is the characters. I just . . . I couldn't find one thing I liked about Chloe or Drake and I really hate to say that. I wanted to like them but they made it very hard. Chloe was just terrible. She was extremely judgmental and indecisive. She was so immature and just all around mean to her friends. And, apparently, she was completely blind to how others felt about her. It was painfully obvious how much her best friend liked her and she remained blissfully oblivious until after he had to tell her. And even after that, she continued to lead him on and tease him! Drake was supposedly the "bad boy" of the book. However, he wasn't "bad" at all save for his appearance. Chloe was all too happy to write him off as too dangerous to date even after his actions proved otherwise. She immediately assumed he was a terrible person because he had a tattoo and a couple piercings. I couldn't even root for their relationship because I didn't care much about either of them. Drake was just plain boring and I didn't understand him at all and Chloe...well, I've explained that already. I wished I could say otherwise but I just really can't. Another thing that was bothering me throughout this was just how stiff and cliche everything was. It felt like the author had taken lines from every single NA book out there and strung them together and forced them into the characters mouths even if they didn't fit or work with a scene. The things they said to each other were terribly awkward and I didn't understand how either of them fell for the other. The book was so focused on the non-believable love going on between Drake and Chloe that the plot was thrown to the side. A good and interesting story line was set up but the author never did anything with it. It went nowhere and had basically no relevance to the book but it should have. I really, really wish I had better things to say about this book. It was not my cup of tea but that doesn't mean other people won't love it! I had wanted to love it when I began reading but was let down. I can only hope that the next book in the series makes up for this one!
I really enjoyed this book. It is a relatively short book at around 170 pages but once I started reading and got into the story, I had a really hard time putting it down. The characters are believable and you find yourself feeling the emotions that each one of them are feeling. This is definitely a book that I would recommend to others.
I really enjoyed this book it was a page turner for sure. It doesn't hurt that I'm from West Virginia either. I can totally relate to a lot of things in this book. It shows WV can enjoy the sounds of rock music. Not everyone is a hillbilly or country music fan. :-)
Great story. Got a little too back and forth but overall great read. Loved the characters. Will be getting the second one right now.
It's good but this book could have been finished in one. I dont get the need to turn books into sequels that we have to wait months for. There wasnt much of a story line to turn it into two books. What happened to the stand alone novels?
Torn, along with its sequel, Twist were sent to me by Atria almost two months ago. I was so excited to pick up this new adult series because I have read such amazing reviews of it and also because Atria sent me one of my all time favorite New Adult books "The Sea of Tranquility". Unfortunately Torn was a horrendous experience. The plot lines, the characters, and their relationships were so shallow and fake that I couldn't even make myself believe that they are true. I like to think that in some alternate universe, these characters actually exist in real life but the absurdity of the plot and stupidity and lack of depth of the characters ruined that whole idea for me. On top of all that, I felt that this New Adult book was just too adult. New Adult books are mature YA books, meaning stories about people in college and their twenties. Books like The Sea of Tranquility, as well as Slammed do this description justice. However Torn was just an outright adult book to me. Nowadays most New Adult books are mislabeled and should actually belong to the Adult genre. I really disliked this book but the high ratings of it kept me going.. however after finishing it I am definitely not going to pick up the second book. This book was made up of a bad plot, shallow characters, and horrible cliches that made me cringe throughout the whole novel.
Loved this book! I fell in love with drake and his charm just like chloe did (:
Loved this book!!! But I must say... UGGG!!! It was so angsty. It's like we all knew from the get go that she belonged with Drake, not Logan but watching Chloe figure it out for herself was not only painful but heartbreaking. It's definitely worth the read. Plus after this one, you get to enjoy Twisted. Great series!!
I loved this book! The characters are well developed and I could not put it down. Can't wait to read more K.A. Robinson.
I just couldn't stop reading...
Am loving this series!
A very good love story
Not a bad read/story. I thought their was too many sub-plots happening too quickly between Chloe, Drake and Logan. At times I felt like I was reading excerpts from 'Easy', 'Melt Into Me' and other recents 'Fab' reads. Will take a cjance on Book 2 when it comes out.....Rated 3.5 LOVEANDLIVETOREAD!!!!!!
It was ok. It did remind me of a watered down version of Thoughtless. No one writes like Stephens, though. Ill definitely get the sequel.
Reviewed by Rachel Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Debut novels are always scary… You never know if you are going to love them or want to throw your kindle against the nearest wall. I. Loved. This. Book. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good love triangle, so sue me. Chloe was a very damaged and real character. As usual with most NA books, she has a lot of past baggage—baggage that her friend Logan is only too excited to help her with. You see, he’s been in love with her for years, but the timing has always been off. Now that they are away at school he’s ready to give it a go. But is she? The lines become blurred when all of a sudden Chloe meets Drake. Drake is your usual bad boy. But after saving Chloe a few times, she starts to fall for him, knowing that he’s probably the worst sort of person to fall for. I enjoyed Chloe’s character, though at many points I wanted to shake her. Drake was an awesome bad boy, he’s in a band, he’s super protective and so attracted to Chloe he cant’ see straight. Logan. Sigh. What to say about Logan. I feel like he got the crappy end of the deal. I HOPE that Amber and he end up together because he really needs his own happily ever after. I didn’t appreciate how Chloe used him to get over Drake. And I really didn’t like how Logan basically knew it but grasped what straws he could grasp. All in all it was a great quick read.
I don't know where to start with this one. I actually had no idea about K.A until one day I was looking for something new to read and came across Torn. I read some reviews on it but decided I wanted to find out for myself what it was about. This story pulled me in right from the start. Everything about it I loved. The character were real, and thats hard to do. Being an author I know this but when I picked up Torn. I wasnt judging the book through my author eyes, I was enjoying it as a reader. Ever since then, I've read everyone of K.A Robinsons books. They just suck me in. Belive me, if you haven't read this book yet I suggest you get it now. You'll fall in love with Drake Allen and Choles story! :)
Good read. Have to admit I was kind of rooting for Logan, Drake just never grew on me.
I have this series but it has a different cover. Almost bought it again lucky I check my library first. They should work on this problem this is not the first time this has happen. I did enjoy reading this series.
Torn by K.A. Robinson Rating 4 Stars Summary: Chloe hasn't had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past. On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it. Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place. Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold hearted womanizer and change every part of him? Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink My Thoughts: This is my first K.A. Robinson book. I wasn't sure what to expect going into it. I started reading it last night and finished it this morning. I enjoyed the story, although it was a tough one. I am not a reader that is against reading a story that involves cheating. I think that if the author does it correctly then the reader is going to feel everything that the characters are going through. To me as a reader that is the most important part about reading. I want to connect to the characters and feel everything they are feeling. K.A. Robinson did that for me. I felt everything that Chloe was feeling. I felt the love she had for her friends, the indecision she was faced with, the guilt, and the passion. Cheating is something that will bring emotion out of everyone. It might be hate, rage, or disgust, but it is still an emotion. I felt all of those thing and more. I completely understand the title of this book. That is exactly how Chloe feels the entire book. Talk about angst. She was constantly second guessing her feelings to try and make everyone else happy. In the process she ends up hurting the ones she holds closest to her heart. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series.
I am so sorry to say that I didn't care for this novel. I had high hopes going in, but my own life experiences, values, and beliefs just didn't mesh with some of the events in this story, and because of that, I personally didn't fall in love with it, which is okay, but always makes me feel bad. Unfortunately, I really didn't care for the characters. Logan, though his heart is in the right place, is a controlling young man. His anger gets the better of him on a few occasions, and he's much too pushy for my liking. I get that he's fallen in love with his best friends of four years--that's the best kind of relationship stepping stone, but When a person is obviously, obviously drunk, I truly believe you need to take the high road, ignore their pleas, and NOT sleep with them. I feel like that is taking advantage of a person who isn't in their right mind, and it rubs me the wrong way--I lost some respect for Logan and Chloe due to their antics, but especially for what they do when one or the other is under the influence of alcohol. Drake was enticing to me as a reader at first. I like the bad boy image, but any man who pushes a woman away, tells her to date someone else, and then openly pines for her loses my respect quite quickly. Let alone that he then sleeps with Chloe on multiple occasions while she's dating Logan, well--again, I need my characters to take the higher road. I can understand a one time mistake--passion getting the better of a person, it happens... but after all the guilt, to go ahead and do it again a few months later, well, there is no excuse for that. Not for any of the characters. Chloe ticked me off more than anything in this novel, and it started when she was nearly raped and refused to report it. I'm sorry, but this is close to my heart and you have to get over yourself and go to the police. Ladies, if anyone ever attacks you, you can't just think about your own embarrassment--you have to think about the potential other victims this man will set his sights on AFTER you. Do the right thing and report it. Sure, it's going to be an awful experience, but so was almost being raped. Think about the other woman you can save by being the bigger person. In this instance, Chloe's decision, and Drake's for just going along with her decision, turned me off immediately. From there, I just felt Chloe strung the men in her life along, trying to keep both, eaten up by guilt, refusing to come clean about it all... and as reader, I had no sympathy for her. And I couldn't believe that there wasn't really much fall out when everything finally came out into the open. Chloe is definitely at fault, but in the end the other characters are even more sorry than she, and that just didn't work for me. The novel also doesn't have closure. I'm used to cliffhangers, but I wouldn't say this is a cliffhanger, at least, it's not for me. Instead, it just felt like the novel ended with the appearance of another character we've heard little about, and so there truly isn't an ending, which left me a bit unsatisfied. I'm sorry to say that this novel just wasn't for me--it had potential, but the characters and events just weren't for me.