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From New York Times & USAToday bestselling author, Nicole Williams:
When he left for a twelve-month deployment, she knew it would feel like forever before they saw each other again. She didn’t realize how right she was.
When Lance Corporal Brecken Connolly gets taken as a POW, Camryn hopes for the best but steels herself for the worst. In the end, steel was what she needed to survive when he didn’t. She moves on the only way she knows how—gilding herself in more steel.
Years go by.
She builds a new life.
She leaves the old one behind.
Until one day, she sees the face of a ghost on the news. Brecken seems to have risen from the dead, but she knows she can’t perform the same miracle for herself. While Brecken was held in a torture camp for the past five years, she’s been trapped in her own kind of prison. One she can’t be freed from.
The man she mourned comes back to join the living, but the girl he wanted to spend his life with isn’t the same woman he comes back for. Brecken isn’t the same person either. The past five years have changed them both. While he’s determined to put the pieces back together, she’s resolved to let hers rot where they shattered.
Broken or not, Brecken wants her back. He’ll do anything to achieve that. Even if it means going against the warden of Camryn’s personal prison—her husband.
***May contain sensitive content for some readers.***
5 incredibly tortured stars!!!
One of Nicole’s best yet! This book had me gripped from the very first chapter, heck, the first page. I found myself flipping to speed the story up and then slowing to a crawl to savor the raw, torturous parts. This book had everything I love…angst, secrets, heartache, characters with meaningful pasts, swoony and sexy moments. Brecken was perfect in every way and I fell in love with Keenan. Camryn and her situation were captured just right, giving the reader a glimpse into why she reacted and made the decisions she did. A truly strong heroine. What more can I say besides you need to read this book! Maybe stock up on some tissues or chocolate, first. You’re going to need it.
Powerful Story, Beautifully Written
Tortured lived up to its name! I felt tortured with heartache right from the start of the book. On the surface it began as a sweet story of first love being tested by time and distance. Brecken goes off to war leaving Camryn worrying about his safety, while he worries about leaving her with no one to protect her from an alcoholic and abusive parent.
"Worry as I unloaded the groceries. Relief as I started the laundry. Anxiety as I ironed shirts. Excitement as I checked the mail. Hopefulness as I started dinner. Hopelessness as I set the table. Emotions were a strange thing. How they could propel you forward one moment, only to bury you in an unmarked grave the next."
When the worst happens, Camryn is forced to find her own way to get by and continue on with what she has left of her life. To me, she proves her strength in every move and choice she makes and she is faced with lots of very difficult choices at such a young age.
“Our scars prove we’re strong. They testify to what we can endure. It’s not weakness carved into them—it’s strength.”
Both Brecken and Camryn are kept prisoner in a way and to deal with this they keep their own secrets. It's only when they are able to shine light on their own chains and scar that they can move towards any freedom.
“I’m a man. Staring at a woman I’ve loved, trying not to break down in front of her broken body.” His voice broke, matching the look on his face. “Trying to be strong when I’ve never in my life felt weaker. Trying to look like I can handle seeing her like this when I can’t f*ing handle seeing her like this.”
I absolutely loved this beautiful and beautifully written heartbreaking and honest story. There are definitely some tough to read parts but handled so honestly. I fall more and more in love with this author with every book of hers that I pick up. I look forward to discovering more of her books and handing my heart over to her to destroy (and hopefully heal again). I've just added this author to my 'must-buy', 'one-click', 'don't-even-read-the-blurb' list!
“You know where you’re going?”
His head nodded beside mine. “I’ve always known.”
My hands went behind his neck. His skin was warm and familiar. “And where’s that?” He exhaled against my skin as he closed the bedroom door. “Toward you.”
Beautiful Second Chance Story
WOW!! This book is everything. I haven't read a book that pulled this much emotion from me in such a long time. Not surprising, it was another Nicole Williams book, Collared, that last tore my heart out. Tortured surpassed that, with my heart stuck in my throat for almost the entire book. It was the prefect mixture of heartbreak and unconditional love.
Nicole's writing is superb, as always. You can feel the love shared between Brecken and Camryn, the torment and sadness that each has endured for the last six years they were apart.
Within the first few chapters, my heart went through an emotional wringer. Brecken completely captured my heart with his unconditional love for Camryn.