Author: Nashoda Rose
Series: Tear Asunder # 0.5 & #1
Release Date: December 20, 2013
Genre: Dark Romance, Erotic Romance
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Sculpt is an illegal fighter.
He’s also the lead singer of a local rock band.
No one knows his real name.
And from the moment I met him, he made me forget mine.
In order to convince Sculpt to give me self-defense lessons, I had to follow his one rule—no complaining or he’d walk. I didn’t think it would be a problem. I could handle a few bruises. What I hadn’t anticipated was landing on my back with Sculpt on top of me and my entire body burning up for him.
I tried to ignore it.
I failed of course. And having a hot, tattooed badass on top of me week after week, acting completely immune to what he was doing to my body—it was frustrating as hell, so I broke his rule—I complained.
Then he kissed me.
Torn From You
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.
I was alone and fighting to survive.
When I heard Sculpt's voice, I thought he was there to save me.
I was wrong.
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“I’m not something to win, Sculpt.”
“Yeah you are, Mouse. You’re a trophy. I’ve known that for weeks.”
From the beginning, I knew there was something about these characters that would make it easy to fall in love with…and I was right. Nashoda’s writing draws you in from the first page, and before you can even blink or wonder what happened, you are completely entrenched in the story. You are sucked into the world of Emily and Sculpt. Yes, you read that right. Sculpt. Though that isn’t his real name, there isn’t much we DO know about him. Sculpt is a man of mystery, but what you are given will make you fall in love. Emily falls hard and fast and it’s completely believable. He’s the combination of ALL my favorite Alpha heroes from other books, all wrapped together in one deliciously hard body of a man. Fighter, rocker, lover; Sculpt has it all. Or does he…
Emily was very endearing to me. I understood her insecurities, her need to stand on her own two feet. These two together? Steam was pouring from the pages! As this is only a prequel, and as the author states in the description, be prepared for one hell of a cliffhanger! No worries though. Book one released on the same day. This is a quick read, but one that will stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
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Not a glimmer of sympathy in his eyes. I recognized nothing of the man I had fallen in love with. Hope died as the realization hit me. He was part of this. He did this to me.
Whew…well, now that the rollercoaster has come to a stop and had time to marinate for a few hours, I can begin to explain what this book did to me. For starters, while you don’t HAVE to read the prequel, With You, to understand this book, in my honest opinion, you NEED two. I whole-heartedly believe that if not read together, this impact of this story and everything that goes on will not be as significant to what you feel. You NEED the prequel to have the insight of what WAS rather than what IS. Sometimes in situations, everything is as it seems, but more often than not, it isn’t. You hold out hope, your desires are quashed, and nothing seems right with the world any longer. With You was the perfect breeding ground for the foundation set up for Torn From You. Because of this, you feel the desperation and the disappointment all the more.
It was like the world became a safe place the moment he was inside me. As if he was mine and I was his and nothing around us existed anymore.
As we know from the end of With You, Emily is head over heels, body and soul, in love with Sculpt. Her super-hot fighter/rocker/lover is about to take the stage when a cloth is placed over her mouth. We fade to black in one story and wake up to the light in another. Except there IS no light; only darkness. There’s only the despair that comes from being kidnapped and essentially thrust into the sex slave/human trafficking world; all against your will. All the while, the love of your life, the supposed protector of your heart, stands by and not only does nothing, but assists in the operation. In the destruction of your soul and everything you hold dear. Gone is the life you knew. Gone is the security you thought you had. Gone is the faith in the one person you thought would always hold your heart in the highest regards.
I walked into the bathroom and stared at myself for a long time in the mirror, unable to see who was looking back at me-the girl broken and lost to a man she fell in love with or a woman who learned to survive with a broken heart. Maybe I was a little of both.
It is SO terribly hard for me to talk about how this book made me feel without giving anything away. Because one of the elements that made this book so special was the continuous hopelessness as you tried to figure out what was going on. It’s impossible to talk about half of the book without ruining the first part. So I won’t. Just know that good and bad and everything in between, I loved it ALL. Sometimes dreams are squashed in order to build new ones. And sometimes the truth you thought turns out to be something else entirely.
“I like how you shake in my arms. It’s like your body can’t wait to be with mine. It’s known. All this time, it’s known you belong to me.”
One thing I loved about this book was the foundation Nashoda set up for all the secondary characters. There was JUST enough of their involvement in the story to entice me to want more. The second book will be about Ream and Kat, and I have NO DOUBT it will be explosive! There is also, from what I understand, a spin-off series in the works for four of the other characters. There are so many possibilities with all the characters in the Tear Asunder series, and without the fantastic storytelling in Torn From You, none of that would be possible. If you are a fan of CJ Roberts and Pepper Winters, but also like a side of swoon, these are the books for you!
I closed my eyes and inhaled him. He was part of me. Logan had never left me. And I knew that even if I denied us, I’d never get him out of me. Love didn’t work that way.
The blindfold was soaked by my tears. The pain had gone . . . No, it was there; my mind had faded it out in order to survive. What remained was weakness. That was how I felt. Too tired to fight. Afraid to fight.
And god yes . . . I wanted to be loved by him again. For him to hold me in his arms and take this nightmare away.
Did I really think that? How could my mind even contemplate loving him after what he’s put me through? But I did. I couldn’t control it. 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.