Torn by Jennifer Armentrout
Series: Wicked #2
Published by Indie
Published on: July 19, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, New Adult
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Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.
Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.
Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?
But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.
Wicked, by this author was a favorite of mine when I read it. It’s been awhile since it was released, and I waited a bit impatiently for the sequel. Finally,Torn was released and it was really worth the wait for me. These two books do go in order, with one more to go to round out this trilogy.
Ivy Morgan is a Fae hunter in New Orleans. She works with a group called The Order, that spend their time in the pursuit of eradicating Fae. She can see past their glamour, as can the others in the group. In Wicked she met Ren Owens, an Elite member of The Order. His relocating to New Orleans is due to a mission to kill the female halfling that the Prince of the Fae is looking for so he can procreate with her. In doing so, it would cause a major change in the world as we know it, and probably the downfall of mankind. It’s really hard to write this without spoilers, so I am going to leave it at that. At least about that part. As far as Ivy and Ren, they are now involved in a pretty intense relationship.
Ivy isn’t your typical heroine of this type of book. She’s got wild red, curly, hair that drives her crazy mostly, and she thinks that she could never live up to what Ren has dated in the past. She’s smart and an intense hunter. On Ren’s part, he thinks she’s beautiful and pretty much adores her. Tink. He’s a brownie and he lives with Ivy. He is Barbie doll sized and flies around her apartment, never leaving, lest he become a target of the Order Ivy works for. She’s breaking all kinds of rules having him live with her, but they are friends now, even though he is buying everything he can from Amazon-on her credit card. He’s got an obsession for troll dolls, and loves anything Harry Potter, Twilight, and Walking Dead. Accordingly, he watches those movies/shows relentlessly. Now that Ren knows about him, he too is breaking all the rules. They have a hate/hate relationship, but he tolerates him for Ivy’s sake. If you can’t tell, Tink is one of my favorite parts of this trilogy.
This sequel took different direction from the first book. Instead of Ivy hunting the streets relentlessly, this time around Ivy is trying to solve a mystery, all the while trying to escape the Fae’s attention. This investigation takes her into the Fae world far more than she wants, and was the cause of much of the action, angst, and excitement of this story. Nothing formulaic about this trilogy so far, and that is a big plus for me. On top of that, Ivy and Ren’s relationship ramps up, with chemistry off the charts for them. Because of circumstances, they are apart for a portion of the book, but due to the story line that couldn’t be helped. Still, I would consider this a paranormal romance, as much as it is urban fantasy.
Any paranormal book set in New Orleans is the perfect setting, as far as I am concerned. Add in the Fae, Fae hunters, a couple with major chemistry, and a brownie with an attitude and it’s a winner for me. So yes, this was a winner, and I look forward to reading the last book. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait quite so long for the next one. Recommended to adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance readers.
I always find New Orleans to be the perfect setting for PNR novels, too. Have you read Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters? There’s quite a few of them, but I enjoyed up to book #11. I read Wicked a couple of years ago and have mildly enjoyed it. I loooooved Tink. Lol.
I am glad to hear Torn was a good sequel! I own Wicked, but haven’t read it yet. So I didn’t fully read your review as I don’t accidentally want to spoil myself for book one, but it really sounds like a good series. thanks for sharing your opinion on this one 🙂
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I’ve really struggled with whether or not I want to start this series but seeing your reviews really makes me want to.
I have been meaning to get to this series and now I feel like I deprived myself seeing your fun review. Tink sounds great and I love that he annoys the hero. 😉
Everyone is liking this series. Plus you know I love the NOLA setting!!
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I’m glad to see that the tension between Ivy and Ren is ramping up! I liked those two! And that the story is different from the first, solving a mystery.
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I have read some of JLA’s books, and loved some, and not loved others… I think this series is one for me,though, Lorna 🙂 Great review!
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Love her work but have yet to read the first book in the series. Oh NOLA. Yea, I usually love PNR/UF books set in that city. Makes me want to read it more. Brilly review.
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