When Alyssa Kendall meets Julian Turner their attraction is instant. They become inseparable until Julian takes a job in another city without telling her. Confused, desperately in love, and heart broken, Alyssa hardens her heart to men, while she still pines for Julian.

Years later she is working at a bar when Julian ambles in. Alyssa isn't interested, yet she can't help her intense desire. When Julian explains their relationship was too intense, and that he ran because he was scared, she gives him a second chance.

This doesn't go over well with her ex-lover, Christian, a violent man. When Christian realizes Alyssa is involved with Julian, he attacks her at the bar. The attack sends her to the hospital and leaves her with nightmares.

When it appears the police "accidentally" let Christian go free, Alyssa fears for her life. 

Then Christian attacks both she and Julian. When they discover Christian is being protected by the police, Alyssa turns to some tough friends for help. Christian is "taken care of." Julian and Alyssa leave town to be come a happy family. They have a child.

But Alyssa troubles aren't over, and when her best friend is murdered she is again pulled into the world of deadly revenge and retaliation. Leaving the care of their daughter to Julian, Alyssa returns to New York. Will Alyssa ever be free to enjoy her life with her husband and their beautiful daughter?

Torn is an apt title to this epic story that spans nearly a decade. It almost reads like two or three stories in one. The first third of the tale focuses on Julian and Alyssa's early romance then Alyssa's subsequent heartbreak. The middle portion deals with Christian and what a bad-ass Alyssa is. She's gutsy and ruthless and earns the respect of other gang types. It feels like the story should be over after Christian is dealt with, instead, years later, her friend is murdered.

Torn is an untraditional story in that the heroine is more heroic than the hero. She saves his life, saves her own life, plus takes out the bad guys. That part I kind of liked, which is why I'm torn about this review. 

The multi-faceted plot may have been too much giving the story a frenetic feel. The upside is that there is never a dull moment.

Book Blurb for Torn

Word Count: 56,798

Everybody falls in love and everyone gets hurt. Alyssa Kendall is no different. But what would you do if the love of your life was being held captive by a psychopath?

How far would you go?

Alyssa finds out just how far she’ll go for love, revenge and peace of mind. She’s not Torn between two men, but between the two halves of herself.

Which half will win? Find out in Torn.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2011 4.00