Series: Torn #1
Genres: Coming of Age, New Adult, Romance
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In K.A. Robinson’s USA Today bestselling debut novel, Torn, Chloe hasn’t had the easiest childhood. With a mother who was absent most of the time, she practically had to raise herself. Determined to start a new life and leave her demons behind, she heads to West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan. On the first day of classes, she spots a student who takes her breath away. Drake is a pierced, tattooed bad boy, and no matter how hard she tries to fight it, he’s all she can think about.
Drake has never cared about anyone other than himself, but when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, he is instantly drawn to her. Drake is left wondering whether this girl can take his cold, womanizing heart and alter him forever.
Falling for each other was never a part of their plan, and when it happens, things do anything but fall into place. Long-hidden feelings are revealed and friendships are tested to the brink as Chloe and Drake become helplessly entwined in each other’s love.
I had a hard time decided on what to rate this book, I was kind of leaning between “Just Okay” and “Liked It” and ultimately I decided that I would go with Just Okay. The book had a lot of promise to be good, but for me personally it just didn’t pull me in as much as I would like, although it was a decent read.
I think my biggest issue with the book was Chloe. I have no problem with her having a hard time deciding which boy she wants to date/be with. Love triangles are a staple in the romance genre, and I don’t mind them, if they are done right. But for me, especially since the book is told in Chloe’s POV the reader get insight into her inner workings, well let’s just say they did not sit right with me. For me it never really came off that Chloe was actually torn between Logan and Drake, she always knew that Drake was it for her, she just went along with Logan because Drake told her he would be bad in a relationship. Logan is suppose to be her best friend and yet she has no problem leading him on and letting him really believe there is something going on between the two of them. The whole thing just sat with me wrong, I didn’t feel for her, I actually started to dislike her. And when it comes to the heroine in a story, I can’t not like them.
But there were some elements that worked for me. There is a point where Chloe and Drake, early on, go to a tattoo shop together and the exchange is really interesting and revealing, I wish more of the story was more like that. Plus there is this whole secondary storyline having to do with Chloe’s past and her mother, and I there is a second book that I think is going to expand on that, and that book I really do want to read, because I want to see how things turn out with her mother. To say that Chloe’s only parent was a bad one would be an understatement, and I am interested to see what happens once she shows back up in Chloe’s life.
I am beyond happy that Logan was not the hero in the story, mainly because he was so freakishly overprotective that it drove me nuts. If any person (let along guy) talked to me the way that he talked to Chloe I would have punched him in the face, instead Chloe’s response almost always ended in her kissing him on the cheek even when she was super annoyed at him.
I liked Chloe’s best friend Amber a lot more than I liked Chloe, she was a good secondary character. So was Rachel, Chloe’s roommate. And Drake was not a bad character either, I felt like we didn’t get enough time with him though. The sex scenes worked pretty well. Overall I think the book was pretty decent, and enjoyable, like I said earlier, I think I am much more excited for the sequel then I am about this book. But if you like new adult, and have a thing for love-triangles then you should try out this book.