Author: K.A. Robinson
Format: eBook and Paperback (coming soon)
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: YA Romance / NA Romance
Series: The Torn Series # 2
Best Read in Order: Yes
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About the Book:
Chloe and Drake have found their happily ever after… Almost.
When Chloe’s mother comes back into her life with a bang, it sets off a chain of events no one could have ever expected.
Everyone has their demons, and Chloe and Drake’s hit them with a vengence.
Sex, drugs, money, a crazy ex, and Rock n Roll…. Can they survive it all?
Things are beginning to feel a bit… Twisted.
Picking up almost instantly after Torn, Robinson again throws us into the very confused life of Chloe. While she and Drake are working on their ‘relationship’, she needs to leave town for a family emergency. Again, I was hoping to see more of the background that would give viable reasons for the conflict between Chloe and her mother; and only a little piece of that came forward. Additionally, Chloe is again in another ‘love triangle’ which gets a little old as she was obsessing over Drake in the first book.
This book felt rushed, there was not a great deal of development with the newly introduced characters, and the only truly ‘adult’ person was an aunt who often ran interference between Chloe and her mother’s drama. Robinson seemed to have taken a step back in time with this book: both characters and language are far younger and more immature, although their situations are often those of far older people.
Drake is whisked off on tour, only to resume his “bad boy” ways, forgetting Chloe and his feelings for her and then dulling that pain with drug use. At this point, I wanted to put the book down and walk away. There were far too many crisis points for characters and the relationships, and no real resolutions. I had hoped that my affinity for the characters, and their emotional development would have me more engaged, alas these multiple roadblocks of distance, conflicts, drugs and death all had me hoping for some sort of actual resolution or real emotion that I could tap into.
Again: Chloe is less than empathetic, and frankly none of the characters were very likable or real to me, and still I read on in the hopes that one would stand out. Unfortunately, none did, and this story was more twisted and fractured for me than torn. There are people who want something to entertain, that moves forward quickly without great emotional involvement and they will love this book. Sadly, it was marginally worse for me than Torn, although I will not be reading more of the series, it wasn’t a hopeless book. Beta readers and a good editor could have moved this from passable to good, removing a love triangle and cutting back on the devastating dramas that happen would have gone a long way.
I received an eBook copy from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.