Received from NetGalley for an honest reviewGoodreads Description
Chloe hasn't had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past.
On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.
Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.
Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold hearted womanizer and change every part of him?
Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink.
Torn was a quick read. I liked it, but did not love it. Torn is considered “New Adult” I’ve read a bunch of books in this genre this past year, it seems to be the new hot thing!
I’m not sure what my stance is, I’m Torn.. haha! That was a great joke. #notreally. You see, I’m seeing a trend, and I know I’m not the only one who’s seeing this. I find the New Adult books seem to be focusing mostly on the sex. Which is fine, it's a nice change from the fade to black scenes you always see in YA. I admit, as a new adult, I had a ton of sex but I also had a lot of other New Adult like stuff going on in my life too.
This leads me to my # 1 issue with Torn. Chloe heads off to College with her best friends Amber and Logan. West Virginia University. Well, they all live in the same Coed Dorm. They drink, party, go to class ect… Where and what they drink and hangout is explained in detail, but class wise??? Maybe I missed it somewhere, but I have no idea what classes they were in. What were they majoring in? I knew Logan took more classes than Amber and Chloe, that’s it. I just felt that a little more detail about the actual college experience would have made everything seem a little more realistic to me.
Chloe, she’s had a rough life. Her mother is horrible. I don’t think I ever fully connected with her, but I did understand her. She makes mistakes. Lots of mistakes but she’s young, and human so that’s to be expected. She’s a little clueless about some things though. Mainly her friend Logan’s feelings for her.
I feel like that’s not all that spoilery to mention because the blurb does mention long hidden feelings are revealed. I bringing it up because the main focus of this story really is the love triangle that forms between Chloe, Logan, and Drake (hottie the the tats)
I think Logan’s over protectiveness towards Chloe often resembled that of a creeper at times. But over all he’s a nice guy. Drake though, he was my favorite character. He seemed to the most real out of the bunch. There is definitely some hotness that goes on here.
Lots of it… this leads to my other issue. This paragraph may be slightly spoilerish, but not really, it won’t ruin the story for you. I promise, but feel free to skip reading it if you are worried.
Drake, he’s a player… he’s with different women all the time. He had tattoos, he’s the lead singer of his band… he’s in no way hurting for a piece. Ya know? Well, when Him and Chloe finally get to sink there teeth into each other, he asks her if she’s on any birth control, which she replies yes. So in it goes. No condom. No mention of putting one on. That annoyed me. He’s a campus boinking machine! Not only that, he has a past of being mixed up on drugs. Jeesh! Wrap that thing up! He’s sexy as hell, yes, but it gave me the skin crawls just thinking of what he could be passing on to her.