ARC Review: Tortured by Nicole Williams

Title: Tortured
Author: Nicole Williams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Female
Expected Publication: April 9, 2017


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.


ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Brecken Connolly was a young Marines on a one year deployment to the Middle East. Leaving behind his high school sweetheart, he promised her a ring upon his return. Unfortunately, fate was against them when he was captured and eventually murdered by the enemies.

Camryn Gardner life was supposed to be a happy one. But war ripped away her heart when it took Brecken away from her. Six years later she tried to move on but he was still haunting her. When he unexpectedly return from the dead, it became a torture as she was now a married woman.

When I first read the blurb, this book sounds like a potential emotional torture, so of course it lured me in lol! I can’t resist when there’s a promise of angst.

“You were what kept me alive in that hell. And you’re what will keep me alive in this one.”

Brecken was an easy to love character. During the six years of him being away, he had to endure unspeakable things. He was broken, yet still strong inside even with some demons still chasing him.

“I feel lost. My old life feels like a dream, and this one feels like I’m living someone else’s life.”

I am conflicted with Camryn. She was put in a difficult situation. While I understand some of her fears, it was also hard to take how frustrating she could be at some points.

Strength was an odd thing. The way it filled us one moment, leaving us at the next. I’d been the strongest person in the world before. I’d been the weakest one too.

There were a few heavy subjects in the story, but I wouldn’t call it a heavy book. The story started well with a good amount of angst. However, as it progressed there were some things that was just too obvious, but somehow the characters were oblivious to. Also, the ending felt a little rushed to me and not fully tied up.

Tortured is a story of two broken souls helping each other to break free from their personal prisons. It would appeal to readers looking for a romance with some angst.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.


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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets


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