He’s loved me since the day I was born.
He’s taken care of me.
He’s awakened me.
Tor. 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. 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 that 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.
Please come back to me, I beg silently.
Please always love me the most.
- This story was not at all what I expected, and now that I'm finished reading it I can't image that it could have been any other way. This is my first Carian Cole book, and I so loved her writing.
- This is a love story, absolutely. It's not dark, or twisted, or gritty. That's what I had expected it would be, and I am so happily wrong! It was romantic, and sweet, and poetic, and heartwarming, and hot, and it had me grinning like a big-grinning thing. Ms Cole takes us on a journey, slowly revealing Tor & Kenzi's relationship, showing us their bond, their past, and making me hope for their future. One of my favourite things about this story was how poetic Tor was, and how sweet they were to each other. Every turn the story took, I was still smiling.
- This relationship could have made me super uncomfortable. Like, some things are just not ok, and apparently this one doesn't cross that line for me. It flirts with the line. It dances on the line and probably jumped into not ok territory a time or two, but I wanted Tor & Kenzi together. I couldn't imagine anyone better for either of them, and I was cheesy-cheering for them the whole way.
- Ms Cole took the time to let Kenzi grow up. I liked that.
- There are dogs. And an animal rescue. And a kitten. And bunnies. So of course I was going to be in for the duration. And the way Tor went all hero and saved Diogee!
- When Asher loses his shit. That part was so painfully real - the way they hurt each other, the things they say, it all hurt but it couldn't have gone down any other way.
- The scene where jealousy rears its ugly head. It all felt a little immature and unneccessary and ugh.
- Tor comes across as a bit of a puss at times. The Ember thing, the Sydni thing, the Lisa thing... like, he never went after what he wanted. Just let shit happen and accepted that this was just the way it's gonna be.
In the end, I loved him anyway, but early on in the story I was side-eyeing him kind of hard.
- Is this going to be a series? Because if not - what's the deal with Ty? We got the very briefest glimpse of him when he helped Kenzi, and when Asher called him a psycho, but that's all. I want more Ty! And on the other hand, I hope it's not a series because I hate getting in on the start of a series and then having to sit around for a year for the next part.
Beautifully written, sweet, suspenseful, slow burn and just generally glorious. And sure, a little bit disturbing, but disturbing is my jam so this was a great read for me.