Author: Nicole Williams
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 22 March 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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 a tough one to review due to the subject matter within the narrative. However, Tortured does prove that true love can overcome any obstacle of which Camryn and Brecken have more than their fair share.
Childhood friend to High School sweethearts Camryn and Brecken have their future laid out before them, although the only way to make their dreams a reality was for Brecken to enlist. Their small town and family situation make it impossible to plan for their future any other way; enlisting also fulfills Brecken’s adventure seeking white knight syndrome personality. Promising Camryn his return Brecken leaves her to fend for herself during his deployment. Unfortunately, his deployment soon turns disastrous when he is captured along with a few of his squadron. The terrorist cell publically beheading the
Camryn has a turbulent home life with a physical and emotionally abusive father, something she hides even from Brecken. To be honest, I didn’t fully gel with Camryn, I couldn’t understand why she accepted the abuse she suffered through moving from her father to her ‘husband’. I kept trying to put myself in her shoes, thinking what it would be like to face the future without the man she loves while carrying the last little piece of him within her. I could understand the need to be away from her father but it was a case of ‘out of the frying-pan and into the fire’.
Although Brecken more than made up for my lack of connection to Camryn. His resurrection and re-introduction to their small home-town a spark of hope in Camryn’s bleak future. Although it also created additional strain on her already volatile home life. While Brecken had his own issues to overcome due to his time as a POW, His unwavering love and adoration of Camryn some through the narrative. Their connection timeless and unbreakable *swoon* I can only dream of being loved like that.
Tortured is emotional and poignant; Nicole Williams takes your heart and smashes it to smithereens before slowly super-gluing it back together piece by piece, although now distorted it is infinitely stronger.