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Published by: Self Published
on April 9, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 saved 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.
I never should be surprised when I read a Nicole Williams romance, and yet, here I am trying to process everything that I’ve read in her latest one, TORTURED. I’m dead! My heart has been completely obliterated, torn to shreds, stomped on, and smashed to pieces. You know it’s coming. You know that this book will affect you in some monumental way, but then it happens and you are as STUNNED and as SHOCKED as ever. This is the absolute BEAUTY to Ms. Williams’ writing. As many books as I’ve read that cut me to the absolute core, Nicole Williams still holds the ability to knock me off of my feet. This incredibly emotional, second-chance romance brought forth SO MANY feels and SO MANY emotions, you will NOT know what to do with yourself when the very last page is turned.
“I’d give you the shirt off my back, the air in my lungs, the last drop of blood in my veins.”
OMG! What a story people! What a story! My heart is still aching, my breath is still heavy, my soul has been crushed and put back together. Brecken and Camryn will steal your hearts and NEVER give them back. These two and their brutal love story will stick with you for years to come. I won’t bore you with reiterating the synopsis, but take the impact that the blurb had you and multiply it by a thousand! You know by know that TORTURED will slay you. You know that it was crucify your heart and soul, but what you must have faith in, is that Nicole Williams will carefully mend you back together to make you whole again. I promise you this. She will not do this, however, until she tortures the shit out of your heart! It’s beautifully brutal, incredibly poignant, and emotionally driven. It’s EVERYTHING you want in a Nicole Williams’ romance. Yes, your heart will break, but by the end it will be as full and as vibrant as ever. Take a chance with this love story. Don’t be afraid of it. Embrace it with everything you have in you. You WILL NOT regret it.
My head lifted. “There is an explanation.”
“You don’t owe me one.” His head barely shook. “And it doesn’t change the outcome.”
Brecken did half a turn, motioning at the house behind me before indicating at me. “You belong to someone else now.”
I couldn’t deny it.
Yet I couldn’t confirm it either.
“It’s okay,” he continued, his throat moving. “I’m happy to have you in my life. In whatever capacity I can. Even if it’s saving my ass every once in a while when I flambé my scrambled eggs.”
I stood from my seat and moved beside him. Regardless of everything else, he was alive. “I’m happy to have you in my life in whatever way too. Even if it’s saving my ass from something else.”
His shoulder touched mine. “I’ll save your ass from whatever you need saving from.”
“Hero complex?” My eyebrow lifted at him.
“Far less noble,” he replied, his eyes dropping behind me. His mouth stretched into a grin. “You’ve got a nice ass. Totally worth saving.”
Elbowing him, I feigned appall, but he saw through the act.
“I better get going. I don’t want to overstay my welcome.” He moved down the steps, holding the handrail as he took them backward. “Let me know what you decide to tell Crew. If you decide to tell him anything.”
My arms folded as I moved to the edge of the porch, watching him lower himself one step at a time. “Things between Crew and I are—”
“Complicated. Yeah. I was listening. I know that.” Brecken stopped when he stepped onto the pathway. “I don’t want to make things more complicated for you, so just let me know how I can do that. Unless you want me to complicate things for you, then by all means, let me know how I can do that as well.” He was joking, the glint in his eyes told that, but he wasn’t entirely. His face told me that.
When I went to reply, all that came out was a sigh.
“Listen, you’re with him. I know you’re his wife.” He was staring at me, still holding onto the handrail. Not able to let go. “If he wants to hear me say that to his face to make him feel better, I will.”
“You know what question Crew will follow up with.”
He nodded once. “If I’ll respect the fact that you’re his wife.”
My silence was a confirmation.
“Well, that’s simple,” he said, his voice sounding like the one I remembered. It didn’t waver. It didn’t rasp. Brecken’s eyes didn’t leave mine as he backed away. “I’d tell him that I have every intention of showing him the same amount of respect he showed me when he moved in on my girl weeks after my fake execution.”