Review~ Torn by K.A. Robinson

Review~ Torn by K.A. RobinsonTorn
by K.A. Robinson
Series: Torn #1
Published by Atria Books
Release date : May 7th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 268
Format: eBook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link)

Chloe hasn't had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past.

On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.

Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.

Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold-hearted womanizer and change every part of him?

Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink.

*From Goodreads

Also by this author: Twisted
Also in this series: Twisted

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.



Well. I haven’t the slightest idea where to start. I am pretty Torn (HA!) on how to express my feelings about this book. There are quite a few things I liked, but also a few things I didn’t. So, let’s just break it down.

*Slightly Spoilerish

Chloe, with her tragic past and two close friends, has no thoughts on guys or dating. Until meeting Drake. As the two grow closer, Logan confesses his feelings for Chloe and in turn, is put in the middle between the two. In her decision to choose, she ends up tearing everyone apart. Including herself.

I can see a lot of people having issues with this. Cheating and a love triangle. I don’t mind these things in books, because they happen. They’re real and not every relationship is sunshine, rainbows and roses. Yes, they have their ups and downs but being able to see a relationship build itself back up from something like this, or just seeing how an author will handle their characters in these situations, is something not a lot of them are willing to do. Robinson does an awesome job at it. While there were a lot of clichés and it is pretty much your standard NA formula here, Torn is different too.

Regardless of all the stupid decisions that Chloe made, I really liked her. She was funny, witty and just different. Yes, with her traumatic past (which was told UPFRONT. Thank you, for that) she has her insecurities. She is just trying to the make the best out of her life and situation. You can’t help who you love– and although I wanted to straggle Chloe for majority of the book due to her stupid thoughts, decisions and for actually falling for Drake, you can’t help but almost feel sorry for her.

Now, for the boys. To be quite honest, I didn’t care either one of them. Drake, with his tattoos, multiple piercings and band; was a womanizer and man whore. Not only that, he was a hypocrite and led Chloe on just as much as she led on Logan. I was rather pissed that he had nerve to get onto Chloe and be all kinds of “torn up” about her and Logan together, when he told her to be with him. His “excuse” for his man whore ways was just that, an excuse. There could be some legit reasoning behind it, since I have seen people with addiction problems move to something else to satisfy themselves once they quit. Logan, was always so hot and cold. Loving, sweet and “perfect” at times to- controlling and angry the next. I hated that he told Chloe to “stay away” from Drake on more than one occasion. How about NO. The whole best friends become lovers thing isn’t MY thing and I am only a fan of it in two cases, so he had that going against him from the start.

The situation. The first and biggest mistake in my opinion that Chloe made, was getting with Logan. You can just tell from her inner monologue that she doesn’t really want to be with him and frankly, had he not confessed his feelings for her from the get go, the thought never would have crossed her mind. Of course she doesn’t want to hurt him, that’s obvious, but she was the one the was suffering in that situation. I can’t help but wonder if she did this because that is what she’s use to. On top of that, there were several times that she could have come clean, but didn’t. Bye-Bye pity. Yet, she knows what she did is wrong and feels the guilt and knows she is selfish.

The resolution. I had to applaud her for walking away from both. She needed to get her shit together and even though she should have done that– months before, she was in the right mind to do it then. As I mentioned, I didn’t care for either guy, but between the two I am glad she got with who she did in the end.

Overall- I thought this was a well written, angst filled story about a girl with issues and trying to find her ground. Not for everyone though. I’m curious to check out Twisted after that small cliffhanger ending.

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7 thoughts on “Review~ Torn by K.A. Robinson

  1. Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

    Great review! I don’t mind cheating in a book except when it is supposed to be a romance. Sometimes that bothers me. However, the cheating in this one wasn’t my issue. I didn’t care for Chloe because of all the stupid stuff she did. I agree with you on the guys. Drake was such a hypocrite and told her he can’t be with her but didn’t want her to be with anyone else. So annoying! I also didn’t care much for Logan and his possessiveness, even when they weren’t dating. I did like Twisted and Chloe in that book better so I will be curious to see what you think 🙂

    1. tonyalee


      Yeah, she did a lot of pretty stupid crap. I was SO frustrated with her at times. I got my approval email for Twisted this morning so I will be starting it soon 🙂

  2. trishhannon111

    NetGalley turned me down so I was selfishly hoping that this one sucked! I reluctantly have to admit that I like the sound of it. I don’t like cheating, who does? But it happens and the fallout can make for interesting reading. Interesting that despite all the clichés that it still comes across as a bit different. I’m intrigued.

  3. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    Great Review! I have Torn for review from NetGalley! Too bad both guys weren’t very appealing ugh! Drake sounds especially annoying! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’ll be better prepared when I jump in to this one!

  4. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I just want to say that I love this: Cheating and a love triangle. I don’t mind these things in books, because they happen. They’re real and not every relationship is sunshine, rainbows and roses. You are absolutely correct. People who abhor love triangles, well. It’s real life and people get stuck between others sometimes. It’s realistic which is why they don’t bother me. Great review Tonya. When I get time (psh, what’s that?) I may need to check this one out further.

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