Review: Torn by Melody Anne (Torn #1)


Note: A review copy was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.

Torn is the first book in the series by the same name written by bestselling author Melody Anne. It's the story of twenty-nine-year-old Miranda Dagwood who has been married to thirty-two-year-old Mason Kendrick for a decade and is now engaged in an illicit affair with her boss, Kaden Alexander. So yes, there is cheating, and yes, I know there are readers who consider cheating in a romance novel a hard limit. While I do read books that have cheating in them, the extenuating circumstances--aside from the quality of writing, of course!--can make or break the whole reading experience for me. I am not a fan of stories that involve committed or married couples that cheat simply because they couldn't resist temptation. There's no excuse for cheating nor is there a way you can really justify it because you could get divorced first, but I want something more than plain ol' lust.

There was a bit of confusion when it came to the last names of the three most pivotal characters in the book. Miranda is married to Mason, whose last name is mentioned as Kendrick and while Miranda could very well be using her maiden name, she's called "Mrs. Dagwood" at one point in the story. Then there's Kaden who was "Kaden Kendrick" when he's first introduced in the book, but I'm guessing that may only have been an editing miss since he's referred to with the last name Alexander throughout the rest of the book. Now, since the book was released in April and this copy I read and am basing my review on was provided the author, I'm not entirely sure if what I had was the published version or an unedited copy. However, my final rating is based solely on the story and writing and was ultimately not affected by the last name issue, even if it did bug me to a degree.

Now that I've gotten the whole last name thing off my chest, let's get on with what I thought of the book. I've read Melody Anne's work before, so I already know that this author is quite capable when it comes to writing a story that's a cut above the rest. With this new series starter, she takes on a touchy subject, but she does it with a certain amount of sensitivity and honesty. She doesn't try to excuse what Miranda does or any of the other behaviors and actions that she displays. Miranda is far from perfect, but she also isn't some heartless vixen. We get the history of her relationship with both Mason and Kaden, as well as everything that's going on at present. This is the first in a planned duet, so it does end in a cliffhanger, with the second book, Tattered, to be released on July 17. Torn was a thought-provoking read, and one I suggest you give a chance. It gets four stars. ♥

Date Read: 12 June 2018

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