Published by Self-Published on 04/09/2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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.
Tortured is an excellent name for this book, because it describes precisely how I felt the entire time I was reading it. And I know that sounds like something I would say about an awful book, but that’s not at all the case.
This book was so well-written that it was painful, because I felt everything. It was too real. Way too real. It made me feel way more than I was comfortable feeling, especially since reading is my escape and my happy place. This book was so good and honest about what it was that I didn’t enjoy enjoying it. Does that even make sense?! No! I sound like a lunatic.
When I picked this book up, it was impossible to put down. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and at several points even felt sick with the overwhelming dread and sense of foreboding that I was feeling. I still feel it in my gut. My heart rate still feels slightly elevated. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt so much fear at the turn of every page. It felt like I was jumping at every little bump in the night. The suspense and waiting for the other shoe to drop was honestly pretty draining.
Why does Nicole Williams have to be so good at what she does?
Reading is my escape from the ugliness of the world so I usually avoid it in books. I gravitate toward light, fluffy, and happy. None of these words can be used to describe this book. And even though I might have a stomach ulcer now, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Because while, yes, I did feel hopeless, sad, tortured, angry, hurt, and heartbroken, I also felt so many good things. Hope and love were the prevailing ones. Unconditional, beautiful love.