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But holy heck, if you're a parent, especially of girls, you may want to pass on this one. Or if you're a teacher, or a grandparent, or a counselor, or CASA volunteer ... yeah. The hero falls in love with a girl he's known since her birth. He's a second father to her, except that as she grows to 17, they fall in love and lust.
You know, that could happen. The major problem is just when I thought okay, I can do this, the story would flash back to him comforting her as a toddler or changing her diaper, or holding her in his arms as a small child. And then the 'ICK' factor would hit, and hit hard!
Just too much verging on pedophilia/child abuse/call it what you want. Creeped me out.
?Once you’ve lost someone you love with no explanation, no closure, no end – you’re stuck in a torturous limbo. You don’t know if you should hang on to that ray of hope that they might come back or give in to your grief and accept that they’re gone. So you teeter between both until you slowly go insane."
I mean, see? This book is full of quotes that just kept me highlighting and falling in love with all the characters. Kenzi is a very wise, old soul. She’s only eighteen years old, but her confidence and personality was awe-inspiring. I wish I was like her when I was that age. One thing I truly adored about her character was that she never, not once, wavered from her love to Toren. She knew what she wanted. There was no back and forth from her. It was just Tor. That’s it.
"Remember when I was little i used to tell everyone I was going to marry you?"
I actually really liked being able to read about Kenzi as a kid with Tor. Some people might be “weirded” out by it, but to me it just confirmed that they had a strong connection. They were literally two souls, tethered together since she was born. You could feel the connection.
"After eighteen years, I seriously thought I knew everything about Tor. But cracks spidered through the wall between us and glimpses of him have seeped out through his words. He’s sensual. He’s lonely. He’s possessive. He’s playful. He’s romantic. And he’s afraid of getting hurt."
And then things changed. Now, this was a relationship eighteen years in the making, but nothing happened until she was eighteen. They kissed when she was seventeen. But there was no longing or lusting until she was of age. Things just happened between them, maybe the universe decided it was time. That aspect was another thing that made me love the book even more. It’s not like Toren spent eighteen years just counting down until he could have Kenzi. In fact, Toren tried ignore their connection. He didn’t want to lose her or his best friend. He didn’t want to come off as creepy.
“Oh yeah?” his voice is low and sexy and it does indescribable things to my insides. “Who am I?”
“Did you forget?” I ask playfully, leaning a little closer to him, his hand on my neck pulling me forward, gently coaxing me even closer. “You’re the man I’m going to marry someday.”
When they first started to explore this relationship between them, I was squealing with joy. I was rooting for them. I was so happy. Every time they kissed, touched, laughed, I was rooting for them. I wanted them to get together. I needed them to be together.
“I really love you, Tor.”
"She says it like she’s declaring the sky is blue. Without one tiny shred of doubt in her mind. Like she knows it’s what my heard needed to hear."
They were perfect. This book was perfect. The only complaint, which a few other people have mentioned, is that when they are together out in the open, we only get to read a little of that. I would have loved to read more about their time together. Maybe we can get an extra epilogue? Or a short novella? 😉
If you’re nervous about this book, don’t be. It’s totally worth it. I promise.
I’m a big man, muscled with long hair and tattoos. I love pets and beat bad guys abusing dogs I rescue. Handy I can repair your ride. I love babysitting and took care of my niece from her birth till teenagehood. If you can’t sleep I could serenade you as I was in a rock band. Responsible and selfless I gave up my dream to take care of my family once my dad died.
I’m lonely and looking for my last relationship as I’m tired of meaningless sex. I want someone to love me for me and help me rescue abused animals.
OK, that’s not in the book but in a nutshell, this is Tor. What would you do if you read such add in your local newspaper? Answer right away and catch the guy , right? Right? Tor is best book boyfriend material. I still love Lukas to death, he is my favorite of Carian’s heroes but Tor really was a close one.
What I loved in this book:
-The main characters.
I won’t say more about Tor because I could go on and on but he was not the only loveable main character. Kenzi was a sweet girl, very easy to like. She is young, younger than Tor by fifteen years but she knows what she wants. Like Lukas in Ashes and Embers series, she’s wise beyond her age. She’s always been surrounded by adults. From a very young age she went on tour with her famous parents seeing some drunks or drugged people. Now she only wants to settle down, have a family to care for, a house and some pets. She does not dream of fame or travelling or living the classic college girl’s life.
-The childhood memories.
Each chapter begins with some memory retelling, be it from Tor or Kenzi’s point of view and they were super cute! I melted on the spot so many times… Let me give you a taste: Kenzi is five years old and Tor is twenty. He’s just lost his dad and is in Asher’s house, so sad. ”Come on Kenzi, it’s time for bed. Uncle Tor needs some time alone” “No…” She climbs onto my laps and hugs me. “He can’t be alone, mommy.” … “Uncle Tor?” she whispers when her parents are gone? “Yeah?” “Your Daddy went to Heaven?” I take a deep breath. “That’s right, Angel. He did.” She hugs me tighter. “Don’t be sad. We can share my Dadd.” Awwww, cuteness overload!
-The connection between Tor and Kenzi.
She was the center of his world from the first instant, he did so many sweet things to make her happy. He dried her tears, he gave her a bunny, rescued her from prom night gone bad,… He was her hero, he was her “uncle” without blood ties, her friend and later…
They want to be together but Tor fought his feelings so hard! He wanted to be the noble man, not the one who “betrayed” his best friend. ”If we care about each other, love each other and want each other…is that wrong? And if it is, then why? Because of our ages? Because he is my dad’s best friend? Because he’s taken care of me? Do thos things make it wrong …or do they actually make it more right? Why is it acceptable to get involved with a total stranger, who could do any number of things to hurt you or betray you, but not get involved with someone who has cared about you since the day you were born?”
My only complaint? The middle of the book felt “slower”. In the beginning of the story Tor and Kenzi realize their feelings are changing. From then on both battle with what they should do and what they want to do. Then, it slows down and I found it lightly repetitive in some ways but that’s just to gain momentum in the last part of the book and end on a perfect epilogue.
Carian Cole remains one of my “to go to” authors when I’m in the mood for beautiful romance stories filled with amazing guys, loveable heroines, adorable pets and the right amount of angst.
This is AMAZING! It has it all in here and most importantly the writing is OUTSTANDING.
If I had to complain about something it would be that I hate time lapse endings and the wait our h made the H do was just not necessary to me but I didn't write it did I lol. I want a connection like these two have, one that is just undeniable and enduring.
I've read it numerous times and always love every sentence of it. So YES i recommend it! I want more of these two. I beg for a short story of them in the future (please, please, please).