Ever been torn between two lovers? That’s Ricky Comparetto’s problem.
It’s 1995, and Ricky is making his very first trip across the pond with his best friend. Ricky, hungry for love and looking for it in all the wrong places, finds it in the beach city of Brighton. His new love has the curious name of Walt Whitman and is also an American, which only serves to make him sexier and more intriguing. By the time Walt and Ricky part, promises are made for a reunion in Boston.
But the course of true love never runs smooth. In Chicago Ricky almost immediately falls in love again. Tom Green is a sexy blue-collar beast with the kindest heart Ricky has ever run across.
What’s he to do? With a visit to the East Coast on the horizon and a new love blossoming in Ricky’s home of Chicago, Ricky truly is torn.
Happy July! Because of the holiday weekend, I’m going to post my review a few days earlier than I normally would, so this will be a (hopefully rare) non-Sunday book review.
So I will start off by confessing that I wanted to review this book solely because of the cover. Seriously, take a gander at that baby. It. Is. Stunning. However letting that beautiful piece of art suck me in was a very, VERY amateur move on my part, but it happened nonetheless. So when I started reading? Yeah I hadn’t even read the blurb.
Now let me say that love triangles are NOT my thing. My anxiety goes through the roof making decisions in my own life, but having to make decisions in my readerly life about which love interest I’m rooting for? No, I just can NOT handle that level of stress. So when my dumb self decided to read the blurb and realized what I was in for? I was sooooo nervous. I wanted to love this book so I very, very cautiously opened the first page and…
No, I didn’t fall in love on page one, but as I read through, I fell. And here’s the crazy thing about it, I fell in love with the words despite the fact that not only is it a love triangle, but the more I read the more I felt it wasn’t a classic romance… and I appreciated that! If you know me at all, you know romance is my happy place, but the relationship between Ricky and his BFF as well as the immense character growth we get to experience with Ricky transformed this, to me, into more of a work of literary fiction.
Don’t get me wrong, some key romance points are there from the adorable, awkward initial interactions, to the strong chemistry pulling them together. And as I reader I definitely felt torn, just as the title describes between Walt and Tom, exactly as Ricky was.
I will say that while I definitely recommend Torn, if you’re looking for the typical romance, this isn’t it. Brace yourself for a bumpy (and hilarious!) ride that still delivers a satisfying HEA, but breaks some of the romance stereotypes.
Thanks to Ninestar Press and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book.