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.
So good. SO SO good. That’s all I can really say about Tortured. I was tortured! I couldn’t put it down. Every time I picked the book up, I read consistently until I happily finished. And you know what? I laughed, I hurt, I sympathized, and I yearned and to me? To me that makes a damn good read.
When I think of Nicole Williams I think of Jude. But now? Now I think of Brecken and Camryn and Keenan and how my heart just aches for the both of them throughout an ENTIRE book. It’s a whole different level of angst I never thought I could feel. It’s amazing!
The story was predictable. For that, I four star. Don’t hate me, but it was. I guessed a lot of the scenarios and outcomes way before they even happened. But nonetheless, I couldn’t put the book down. I just couldn’t. I was so entwined with these characters that I just couldn’t put them away.
There’s scars and healing and there’s sacrifice and there is strength and love and suffering and all of the good stuff that makes us just so emotional. I’m so proud for Nicole. This book will be a favorite of many.