December 30, 2013

Book Review: Torn From You by Nashoda Rose

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Love is like an avalanche. It hits hard, fast and without mercy.

At least it did for me when Sculpt, the lead singer of the rock band Tear Asunder knocked me off my feet. Literally, because he’s also a fighter, illegally of course, and he taught me how to fight. He also taught me how to love and I fell hard for him. I mean the guy could do sweet, when he wasn't doing bossy, and I like sweet.

Then it all shattered.

Tied up like a piece of meat then whipped.
I was alone and fighting to survive.
When I heard Sculpt's voice, I thought he was there to save me. I was wrong. Sculpt was there to break me.

*Warning: This book contains some disturbing situations, strong language and sexual content.

No cliffhanger and next in the Tear Asunder series is Ream's story (the band's lead guitarist).

Torn from You (Tear Asunder, #1)Torn from You by Nashoda Rose

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is going to be one of those reviews that is hard to write without giving away any spoilers. So....I think I'll try to stay away from specifics of the story and just concentrate on how I felt about this book. It's really pretty simple: I loved it!

The male character, Sculpt, is an alpha male, bad boy rocker, underground fighter. I mean, what's not to love? But he sounds a little too good to be true, right? So of course when the main female character, Emily, is kidnapped and forced into a sex slavery situation, and all of a sudden her boyfriend Sculpt is there too, Emily automatically assumes he's there to rescue her. Ummm, yeah, not so much. I knew he had to have a flaw! ;)

Anyway, I love dark romance/erotica books, and books that deal with kidnapping, or stockholm syndrome. This book had pretty much all of that, but didn't dwell on it for too long or bog down the whole story line by overdoing. There was just enough to be horrifying and to convey what Emily went through, and then it moved on. I thought the pacing of the story was spot on, and everything was allowed to develop naturally.

The secondary cast of characters is amazing. And I love their names: Deck, Ream, Crisis, Kite, Kat, Georgie. I hope that each and every one of them gets their own book and story, because I would read them all!

I will say that while this book can be read as a stand alone, there is a prequel novella titled With You that I highly recommend you read first. I actually read Torn From You first, and then went back and read the novella, and I wish I had read them in opposite order. With You gives you so much more of an in depth understanding of Emily and Sculpt's relationship, and helps build the foundation of their relationship that was missing in this book. It will help you "keep the faith" a little bit more, if you know what I mean.

My only complaint about this book was very small. However, it is a pet peeve of mine so it bugged the heck out of me, even though most people probably never noticed it. The two main characters say each others names constantly! Like, in nearly every single sentence of dialogue. And they use so many variations of their names that it's a little crazy. Em, Eme, Emily, Mouse, Sculpt, Logan - it was just too much. If some of that was edited out, I feel like the story would have flowed perfectly.

Anyway, loved this book - can't wait to read number two in this series!

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I looked at Logan, my body beginning to shake as I realized wherever we were was not a place I wanted to be. His hands gripped the steering wheel so tight that his knuckles turned white, and I could hear the leather crack beneath the pressure. It scared me. No, it terrified me.

He got out of the car as did the two men in the back, and I sat with my knees to my chest watching as he spoke to them and nod toward the house. Both men disappeared inside, and Logan stared at me through the windshield. It was like he was unable to move, his body stiff and looking every bit the fierce fighter, not the gentle rock star who wrote me a song I never had the chance to hear.

He strode toward me, and I wanted to disappear into the leather seat. I couldn’t control the trembling, and it made me angry that Logan would see it. I wanted to be tough, to have him feel nothing but anger from me, but the panic treading across my body was too overpowering.
The door flung open. “Out.”

It took me several tries to unclip my seatbelt, because my hands were shaking so badly. When I finally did, he snagged my forearm and pulled me out. “Do exactly as I say.” His voice was low as he spoke. “Don’t look at anyone. Eyes down at all times, and do not speak unless asked a question.”

“Where are we? Logan? Please why are you doing this to me?” I couldn’t help it. The words tumbled from my mouth in quick succession. What little connection I felt he tried to make shattered the moment Logan grabbed me by both shoulders and shook me.

“Don’t you get it yet, Emily? Raul owns you. He’s ruthless, and he’ll break you down, torture you, and when you beg him for mercy he’ll torture you some more.” His bruising fingers tightened, and I winced. “Do not fuck this up.”

I broke. I couldn’t help it, and I hated myself for falling so low as to let him or anyone else see me do it, but for that one second I let the fear take hold of me as I said, “I’m scared.”

Logan stared at me with eyes that were cold, dark, and without a spark of . . . anything. “You should be.”

Meet the Author

author pic tourNashoda Rose lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary (NA) romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave. Her novel “Torn from You” is the first in the Tear Asunder series. When she isn’t writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dog at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers on Facebook and chatting about her addiction—books.

Fun Facts about the Author:

  1. On Valentine’s Day when I was fourteen my dad was taking me out for dinner and instead drove up the driveway of a horse farm. There in the field was a big chestnut horse with a pink bow around his neck. It said, ‘To my daughter on Valentine’s Day Love Dad.’ I had my horse Sunny for twenty years.
  2. I was eating chicken wings one day and suddenly I stopped, put it down and never touched meat again for 19yrs.
  3. My mom used to give me what looked like the ‘bowl’ haircut when I was a kid. UGH.
  4. I cut off a police officer making a left hand turn when I was 16 years old. He wasn’t happy and gave me a reckless driving charge.
  5. Really rare…my horse Nash was born a twin out in my back field.
  6. I can make the best French Onion soup and grilled cheese, but that’s about it.
  7. I’ve had my hands inside my Newfie’s and Yorkie’s abdomens. Yep, I assisted in spaying them and did all their sutures.
  8. I’m terrified of flying. I mean completely petrified. I had to go to the hospital before one flight because I was so stressed out my jaw locked shut. I still fly as I never want it to stop me from enjoying life, but damn it sucks.
  9. I hand raised several baby raccoons over the years for my work. One of them never left. I named him Buddy and had him for seven years. He had a cat door in my window to leave whenever he wanted. He never did. Buddy slept in bed with me, loved to have a shower, opened the fridge and cleaned the cats. Also, he used a litter box. Buddy died of a kidney tumor ten years ago and I still miss him to this day (But I never want another one, LOL).
  10. I did my course for dog Massage Therapy.
  11. I went to boarding school for two years and loved it. I also worked there in the summers looking after the horses as it was also a camp.
  12. I’m not a shopper. Don’t like trying on clothes or shoes or looking for that perfect outfit. But I do love purses.
  13. I smashed my car into a hydro pole when I was in my late teens. The wires fell on my car and I was so scared I jumped out. A big big no no. The cop couldn’t figure out how I was still alive. When she looked down at my feet, she saw I was wearing rain boots. They saved my life.
  14. When I’m feeling down, I buy a fish. A live fish. Currently, I have three fish tanks at work and three at home.
  15. Writing about men with tattoos has made me want one, so I’ve finally decided on the perfect image to get on my side. A calligraphy style horse head.
  16. I have a scar on my left leg from a German Sheppard bite and another running the length of my right outer thigh from a coat hanger sticking out of a garbage bag.
  17. I love to try to fix everything myself. So, I was re-flooring my spare bedroom and ripping out the old carpeting when the X-Acto knife slipped and went straight into my upper thigh.
  18. Never been married. Just haven’t met the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with. Oh well, book boyfriends are hot. Bonus…I can make my own book boyfriends.
  19. I’d rather swallow a box of nails then do any kind of public speaking.
  20. I have a Red-footed Tortoise named ‘Bucket’.

Music is the perfect way to drive my emotions into what a particular character is feeling. It is rare I’ll write without music on in the background and so my playlists are enormous. These are so of my favorites I listened to while writing “Torn from You”.

"Goodbye (feat Islove)" Glenn Morrison
"In My Veins (feat Erin McCarley)" Andrew Belle
"Anything" Hedley
"I Want You" Andrew Allen
"Wake Me Up" Avicii
"This Is What It Feels Like" Armin van Buuren
"Skinny Love" Birdy
"Desperate Measures" Marianas Trench"
"By Now" Marianas Trench
"Overjoyed" Machbox Twenty
"Alive" Krewella"
"Can't Breathe" Fefe Dobson
"Cross my Heart" Marianas Trench
"Stutter" Marianas Trench
"Stay" Rihanna
"Viva La Vida" Coldplay
"I'd Come For You" Nickelback
"Family" Noah Gundersen
"Lego house" Ed Sheeran
"Cut" Plumb
"Walk Away" Ben Harper
"Ever After" Marianas Trench
"Into your Arms" The Maine
"Invisible" Skylar Grey
"Miserable at Best" Mayday Parade
"Cruise" Florida Georgia Line"
"All of Nothing" Theory of a Deadman

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After ten years as America’s sweetest celebrity chef, Naomi Whitehouse is enjoying life out of the spotlight, back in her hometown of Summerville, Georgia. She’s opening a pastry shop with her sister, housesitting for her snowbird parents, and reconnecting with her roots. Life is good until she runs into her high school sweetheart, Jake Hansen, a sexy firefighter who gives her a reception chilly enough to freeze a forest fire. If Naomi wants her homecoming to remain all cupcakes and sugar cookies, she’ll have to win Jake over. But how can she earn his forgiveness when he won’t even speak to her?

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A southern girl, born and bred, Jessie loves writing Southern romances with just the right amount of sizzle, and hopes you'll enjoy her stories set in the fictional town of Summerville, Georgia."

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Alexia “Lexi” Hanson moved across the country to rebuild her life after the attack that almost destroyed her. She enjoys the simple things in her beach cottage. Life is finally complete.

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