Author: Kate Givans
Series: Tortured #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Drama
A contemporary romantic drama about loss, healing, and love's ability to reach beyond scars and secrets, no matter how deep or hidden.WARNING: This book is intended for 18+ readers ONLY. Potentially triggering content and concepts in books to follow.More than a year after the death of his best friend, Josh is still tormented by the past. Everything changes when free-spirited Willow barges into his life. She challenges him, helps him feel something other than the overwhelming pain, sadness, and anger.There’s just one problem.Underneath that carefree spirit, Willow is elusive and secretive. Josh believes she may be fighting a few demons of her own, but he harder he tries to uncover the truth, the more she pushes him away.Can Josh get her to open up before it’s too late? Or will he discover that some secrets are better left untold?
When not writing, this gypsy-hearted wife and mother of five can be found guzzling coffee, day-dreaming, dancing for no reason at all, playing with the voices in her head, watching her favorite shows (Originals, Grey’s, OUAT, The Following), listening to music, and reminding herself to “breathe.”
There are certain stories that leave you feeling empty, that touch your soul and rock you to the core in ways that are not always pretty. Tortured is one of those books, its roughness, sadness and broken characters will touch every fiber of your being only to leave you speechless and alone. (In case you are wondering why the three and a half stars, I'll get to that ASAP).
After losing his best friend, a visit to the psyquiatric ward and almost losing himself, Josh is somewhere between life and a dark place when he meets Willow. This carefree, mysterious, crazy girl will help him to heal. With her company he will want to live and love again. So far it doesn't sound so bad, doesn't it?
Ok, the book has a great idea behind it; the rhythm helps to create the right atmosphere and I think the plot is well thought. You can feel the sadness, the depression, the loneliness. What I mean is that the author does an excellent work describing the feelings and making you believe in them. The writing is really good.
However, there were things that felt way out of line. Willow is a character I couldn't figure out and I didn't like at all. I could feel sorry for some of the stuffs she had to go through, but there is a point where crying without giving reasons is annoying. And she is a total mystery for most part of the book and I can’t handle that, I need to know why characters act the way they do.
And the part that almost makes me throw the book away (or my reader) was the END. WHY???? Why such a cliffhanger, there are so many things unsolved and loose ends. I know I'm only going to read the next book to find out what happens but if you hate cliffhangers and waiting... STAY OUT OF THIS BOOK.
Overall, I really like the general story. Josh is a character I can relate with and the passing is quite fast. It has a mature tone, with some sex scenes that are well written. If it wasn’t for the end and Willow I would have enjoyed it more.