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.
*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
I adored Nicole Williams latest book Tortured. It was one of her books that pull you in from the first moment you start to read it and makes you feel all sorts of emotions. The storyline is such that you need to read knowing very little so I won’t say much more about it. What I will say is that is was an emotional, raw, heart-breaking, intense, and moving read with angst, pain and hope.
“I never asked to be the world’s hero. All I ever wanted was to be yours.”
My heart went out to Brecken and Camryn they were selfless characters doing what they needed to do to protect someone or for the greater good. I think the title it was perfect both characters were tortured for different reasons in different ways with different results. It was something that made the connected they shared even after all the years apart stronger and undeniable.
“There was love, and there was what we had. It was the kind of feeling that couldn’t be substituted or faked. It was the kind that spanned time and distance.”
If I were to say anything about this book, it would be that I would have loved to know what Brecken was thinking. What he felt when he returned and found the love of his life, the person that his mind focused on when the unthinkable was happening to him was not only with someone else, but also stuffing her own tortured. He came across as such a resilient man, even after all what he had suffered. But with all that being said I still loved this one.
“That I lived. That I bled for what I believed in. That I fought for the people, I loved.”
I love they way it ended just how it should be although my heart was in my mouth for a while towards the ends. This story is beautifully written and one of the reasons I had so many highlights. Every word Nicole wrote pulled me in and held on tight until the last page. As always I loved that you never know what you’re going to get from this author, and the main reason I will read anything she writes from light-hearted to intense and poignant. This book is a must read.
Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost& Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.