Rock star River Wilde brought Dahlia London back from the brink of hopelessness with his unwavering love and devotion. But their entwined history is about to test the strength of that love…
Dahlia was certain she had found true love and met her ‘Once in a Lifetime’ when she reconnected with River. But Dahlia’s world comes crashing down when someone from her past resurfaces, and all of River’s carefully hidden secrets are exposed.
River wants to show Dahlia that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass—it’s about dancing in the rain! But how many times can one broken heart be mended? Will River and Dahlia be able to face the turmoil together or will they be torn apart?
Torn by Kim Karr is the 2nd book in the Connected Series, this review may contain spoilers from the first book in the Series Connected as this is a Sequel and it is impossible to review this book without referring to book one. In Torn we continue the all encompassing love story of River Wilde and Dahlia London. In Connected we see they had a moment when they were younger but they always thought of each other even though Dahlia had a long term boyfriend turned Fiancé Ben. When tragedy happens Dahlia is so deeply depressed after losing Ben she doesn't know if she can go on. Eventually doing a favor for a friend and getting herself back out there she ends up meeting/interviewing with the long lost boy she met at the bar all of those years ago, the singer of a now huge band The Wilde Ones. They have a love that is so true, so real its amazing to see and read. When this is someone's new relationship after seeing how she was when Ben was killed you would never believe that River could be the love of her life but the truth is he always was no matter if they spent 20 minutes or 20 years they were made for one another. River is and will always been one of my #1 book boyfriends. He is sweet and possessive and vulnerable and hot all in one package. Then we get to Torn and we learn there are secrets that are coming to the surface and then Ben returns from the dead with secrets of his own. On top of it, it is amazing to see how clearly interwoven their lives are. I never saw something that came out in this book. I was SHOCKED the first time I read it and when I say shocked I mean SHOCKED. You never see it coming. You love to hate Ben, he had his ways and he was selfish and he was wrong and he was a young man who made many poor decisions but unfortunately he will see that his poor decisions always come with consequences even if you think you are untouchable. When you think you are so powerful you could do the things he has done to the people he loved and their lives would not move on. Dahlia must show River she wants him and only him at the same time not throw someone she loved what seemed to be her whole life in the trash no matter what he has done to her. But the truth is Ben isn't what she thought he was and Dahlia has to face that and go through the motions of life, love and forgiveness. Can she do this without putting River 2nd, can she do this and maintain the relationships she has built through time with Ben's family who are now her family. Can she prove to herself, River and Ben that she is all in with River, that she made up her mind and it is set with no reservations of her past entering her future. Can River sit by and wait and give her the time and space she needs to do this. Can he be understanding and confident he is the person Dahlia wants even though that is what she says because her actions show different sometimes. How much can one person take. There were times I was literally sick to my stomach waiting to see what would happen and Kim is amazing at making everything come full circle. I cannot tell you how much I love this series, how much I love River and love Dahlia. River's love for Dahlia is amazing and there was some times where I really wasn't sure they could make it. He proves through and through she is everything to him. I cannot comment further without spoilers so I will leave it to you but this series has it all friendship, love, complete despair, anxiety, family, hurt, deceit, but the love comes through on all aspects. If I could give this series 10 stars I would. I have read it 4 times and will continue to re-read whenever the mood strikes.
This review was prepared by Heather McLaughlin. An ARC was provided for an honest review.