Rating: 4.5 stars
Full disclosure – this is a novella and the author says it is an optional read. However, I highly recommend you read this before reading the first book in the series, TORN FROM YOU. I will explain more in my review below, but just know after finishing Torn Form You, I found that I was so glad I read this novella first.
This is a quick read and it tells the story of how Emily and Sculpt meet and how their relationship grows. It’s sweet, it’s sexy and it has a huge cliffhanger. Sculpt is an illegal fighter who also happens to be the lead singer of a band. No one knows anything about his past or really anything about him. He is closed off and he doesn’t share much, let alone smile. Oh yea and he’s scorching hot.
Emily is trying to regain the self-confidence and self-esteem she was never given when she was younger. She is trying to make it on her own and be independent. Oh and she wants to learn self-defense so she goes to the one person she knows who can teach her how to fight…Sculpt.
“It means I don’t screw around. No games. You’re into me, so now I’m taking you.”
Their story is sweet and I instantly fell for these two. I loved Sculpt because as much as I thought he was going to be a man whore and player, he wasn’t. When he knew he wanted Emily, that was it for him. No games, no beating around the bush. He wanted her to be his and his alone. Their relationship took time to build but it was done so well – they were friends, they were cute. And then when their feelings came out, the chemistry was scorching hot.
“I kiss you Emily…there’s no going back. No other guy kisses you, touches you, or gets to taste what’s mine. I don’t share.”
And then the cliffhanger comes that has 1-clicking Torn From You immediately.
★ ★ ★
TORN FROM YOU
Rating: 4 stars
Holy shit. I had no idea what to expect when I started this book but I was shocked! Not only was Emily kidnapped, beaten and starved, but Sculpt had something to do with it. Now this is the first of these type of dark romances that I’ve read, so keep that in mind as I review this.
I was terrified for Emily. Here she was this normal girl just having a night out with her friends and listening to her boyfriend sing her a song. She turns to go to the bathroom and then black…until she wakes up in a grungy, stale basement. She is then starved and beaten before being tied up and humiliated. Just when she didn’t think things couldn’t get worse, she heard his voice. The man she fell in love with. The man who took her for ice cream and played her the guitar. The man that gave her confidence and made her feel beautiful. But he wasn’t there to save her, he was a part of it. He watched her get beaten and he did nothing.
So that all happened in the first few chapters of the book. I was just as confused as Emily. After reading With You, I was so convinced what Sculpt (real name is Logan) and Emily had was real. I honestly believed he loved her. So I was left scratching my head wondering what the hell was going on. And then things get more confusing for Emily (and me) when she becomes Sculpt’s sex slave. Yes you read correctly – sex slave.
I had tried so hard to stop feeling anything for this man who shattered my heart and now…now I wanted him to make love to me. It was sick. I was sick.
I’ll let you read it to see it all play out but I was in a constant WTF state throughout her whole time being held captive. I truly didn’t want to believe that Logan was the bad guy. I truly wanted to believe that there was some massive plan that Emily didn’t know about it. But the things he said and the way he treated her made me doubt him and everything I believed they had. And then shit hit the fan and Emily escaped.
He’d swept me up and taken possession of my heart, even though he was now ripping it to shreds.
But I wanted Logan to save me. I wanted the man I fell in love with to carry me away from this place.
And I wanted him to carry me away…and then…then I wanted to kill him.
Two years passed…and Sculpt returns. I did not blame her one freaking bit for being closed off and scared of him. Yes, he had a hand in her escape from her misery, which means he was trying to save her, but he also watched while she was abused and did nothing. She had all these conflicting emotions when he resurfaced. She felt hatred and anger for trusting him and believing that he loved her. She felt embarrassment and humiliation for still lusting after him and still wanting him.
I couldn’t yet register that he was here, in front of me, after two years. Three things crossed my mind. Run like hell. Beat on him, or leap into his arms and kiss him.
But Logan is ready to prove himself to her and claim what is his. He has always loved Emily and refuses to take no for an answer. He knows he has a lot to prove to her and he knows that he needs to earn her trust, but he’s prepared to stay and fight for her. At this point I had no idea how to feel – I was conflicted just like Emily was. The rest of the story is Logan fighting for Emily and Emily letting her walls break down.
“You hate that I wasn’t your knight in shining armor. You hate that I made you fear me. But don’t run from the truth, Eme. You want to hide behind your Lego blocks and not take the chance at being vulnerable again.”
This was one of the first dark, captive romances that I have read, but if anything it made me think and see that not everything was black and white. I really enjoyed this story and felt like the author nailed all the emotions that Emily would go through.
But, to be honest, I was a little thrown off when the author switched to Logan’s POV, not only because it didn’t seem to fit in the story and seemed like random placement, but because it was told in 3rd person perspective, which is opposite from the rest of the story which is told from Emily’s first person perspective. I felt like these parts made me pause rather than feel like it was a natural part of the story. I think this story had the potential to be amazing, but it was missing that something extra to make it amazing. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it a lot – I just didn’t love it. And for the life of me I can’t seem to put my finger on what it is that it is missing. I’ll let you decide for yourself.
Before I end this review, I just want to say that although With You is an optional prequel novella, I highly recommend you read that before reading this book. I feel like it is necessary to see Emily and Logan together before she is kidnapped. It added to the complexity of this story and makes Emily’s feelings for Logan in this book that much more understandable. I feel like because I read it first, I was fully able to appreciate this book and the story.
★ ★ ★
WITH YOU (#0.5) – Emily & Sculpt
TORN FROM YOU (#1) – Emily & Sculpt
OVERWHELMED BY YOU (#2) – Kat & Ream
Available in 2014 – Add to Goodreads