Kindle edition, 288 pages
Published: October 1, 3013
Source: Ebook - Own
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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 is not 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 stay together or will they be torn apart?
PLEASE DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE READ CONNECTED & TORN. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.
Recap of Connected (Book#1)
It took Dahlia two years to get herself back out into the real world after the death of her fiance Ben. This event was so traumatic for Dahlia that she has just stayed isolated in her & Ben's house. Now her first assignment back on the job is to interview River Wilde of the Wilde Ones which Dahlia had meet 5 years prior at a college bar. Their connection was instant but she was with Ben and ran from those feelings. Now Dahlia does not have to hide that connections anymore. River knows exactly who she is the moment he sees her and the connections is still there. Through a series of events Dahlia moves in with River and the relationship is amazing and going great.
While I was not as captivated by Connected as I wanted to be, Torn made up for it.
Torn (Book #2)
Ben Covington is not dead, he has just been in hiding. (Side note - I wonder how many readers will recognize the name "Ben Covington" from the show Felicity). Now for most people it would be tragic enough to see your fiance killed right in front of you but for Dahlia it is something she will never forget. Dahlia lost her parents, her uncle & only had Ben and his family for the longest time. She lost everyone she ever loved. Finding out that Ben is alive has Dahlia's head spinning. River is unsure what this will mean for Dahlia & his future together but he knows the connection has always been there and that they have loved each other since the night their eyes meet at the bar.
Ben is a reporter and to further his career took a risky proposition. Then it all fell apart and to protect himself and Dahlia he had to die and go into hiding. Now that the FBI have everything under control Ben may return to his old life but his old life has moved on without him. Dahlia is mad as hell that Ben who supposedly loves her so much would put her through such an ordeal, even if it is to protect her. Ben made a choice and put them in danger, then he made a choice to leave and not even give her the chance to go with him.
Of course this puts a strain on River & Dahlia's relationship. River becomes very possessive of Dahlia. I like this side of River because even though River knows that Ben loved her there are things that River found out that makes him know that Ben never deserved her. River is stressing about the upcoming tour which he does not want to do, even though Dahlia is going with him. Dahlia is trying to convince River that they will be okay and Ben coming back has nothing to do with the love she feels for him. Ben is wedging himself into anywhere that he can to get between the two of them and make waves so that Dahlia will leave River and go running back to him.
What a mess, right. So River is keeping things about Ben from Dahlia because he does not want her to choose him because of them. River wants her to choose him because her heart belongs with him. Dahlia does not want to lose the relationships she has with Ben's family if she chooses between them. Ben wants her to see it was for her own protection. Dahlia just wants it all to stop. And basically runs away from it for a little while.
In the end Dahlia will let her heart choose & while doing so she will uncover all the terrible lies and secrets that have been withheld from her. Will she make the right choice?
I absolutely love Dahlia. She is stronger then she even realized. She has awesome friends that are a great support group for her & River loves her more than life itself. I also love River for all the reasons Dahlia loves River. He makes her laugh and smile, he protects her & shows her unconditional love. That is defiantly rare & I don't think I felt that connection and love with her and Ben. Dahlia & Ben share a comfortable love, full of friendship and understanding but not that passion & intensity that Dahlia and River have. I think everyone will be TEAM RIVER for this read but maybe I am a sucker for a hot rocker with a loving nature.
I looks like there is scheduled to be 6 books in the series, publication dates running through 2015. So be on the lookout.