Monday 23 January 2017

Release Day Blitz, Review & Giveaway ~ Torn Between Two (The Torn Duet #1) by Mia Kayla

Torn Between Two (Torn Duet #1) 
by Mia Kayla
Release Date: January 23, 2017


Book Description:

I believe in fairy tales — the kind where a knight in shining armor sweeps me off my feet. Coming from a broken home, fairy tales housed the hope I clung to. Never in my life did I imagine two knights coming into my life— two knights that wore very different armor. A rockstar versus a lawyer. Fast and furious versus deliberate and calculated. Intense and passionate versus strong and devoted. Chaos versus stability. I fell in love with one in the craziness of a concert. I fell in love with the other in the silence of his compassion. And now I am Torn Between Two. 

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 3.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“What did you take…”

Mia Kayla is a new to me author and this was a book that called to me on the synopsis alone, I am a sucker for a love triangle. It took me a little while to get invested in this book but I have to say, by the end I found myself itching for book two.

“I wasn't this girl, unstable and weak. I prided myself on always making the right choices, concise decisions. But I was also never the girl who rock stars called.”

Sam, in the beginning, I felt was a strong character, she knew what she wanted, she had her standards and wasn’t afraid to stick to them, but all that changed when she came face to face with the man that she had idolised for years and years. Sam was a pastry sous chef and was working until she could enrol in a Cordon Bleu school to refine her art. She was career minded and had high aspirations as to where she could get to once all her training was over. One night, Sam was presented with the opportunity of a life time, one that most never get and she grabbed it with both hands. Having watched her favourite band in concert, she follows the band to a club where they are letting their hair down. When she comes face to face with the man that she has been fantasising about for years though, the air crackles and it doesn’t seem to be one sided.

“He tasted like cigarettes, beer, and one hundred percent bad boy.”

Hawke was a bit of a flaky character, but in the first instance he did seem to be sincere with his feelings towards Sam. At the end of the day though, he is a rock star. He is on tour, he is away a lot and seems to enjoy the trappings that fame, fortune and the music industry in general bring him. But, can he change? Does he want to change? This man is troubled though, he has a very tight circle of people he trusts else he trusts no-one. His family life was awful and he is still feeling the repercussions to this day. His past just doesn’t seem to want to let him go.

“Because…I’m lonely.”

Sam meets Josh while shopping for shoes and I have to say, Josh is adorable with a capital A. Even though he comes from an affluent family he is determined not to be tied to their apron strings or be their puppet and as such is putting himself through law school, if it means topping up his coffers selling shoes at Niemen Marcus then so be it. Josh is the complete opposite of Hawke, he is sincere, grounded, charismatic and has a great sense of humour.

Sam, having just met Hawke and not sure where she stands, friend zones Josh but throughout this book there is no denying just how head over heels in love Josh is with his best friend. As the synopsis states…

“A rockstar versus a lawyer.
Fast and furious versus deliberate and calculated.
Intense and passionate versus strong and devoted.
Chaos versus stability.”

This is a duet and book two, Choosing Forever releases on 13th Feb, just in time for Valentine’s Day and you will want it with grabby ends as this book ends. Mia Kayla delivered an addictive read, one I didn’t want to put down even though in the first instance I struggled with the writing style. For me, the choice is easy, or at least on a common-sense scale, should be easy but there is something about Hawke that really got to me. Despite his seemingly ambivalent attitude towards Sam, I am sure that for him, his feelings are honest and true or at least as honest and true as he can give and there was something about him opening up to Sam that just may have melted my heart towards him. But the few and far between texts, calls and booty calls constantly seemed to undermine that.

“Every part of me believed that, this time, maybe he wasn’t playing a part. It wasn’t just an act, and he was seeing me for real. Just maybe.”

I cannot wait to see where this story goes, what will Sam do or has her choice already been made for her?

“Life’s a box of shit sometimes.”

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Coming Soon:


Choosing Forever (Torn Duet #2) by Mia Kayla
Release Date: February 12, 2017

Book Description:

Life is made up of choices. Single choices like bricks laid out in a path. A path that leads to your future. At twenty four years old, I would have never guessed I would be stuck between two men—two men from opposite spectrums of the universe. Their lives, their worlds, their demeanor is as different as the darkest of nights and the lightest of days. I love them both, but I have to choose. There is only one choice I can make. And I choose forever.
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    About the Author:

Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois. Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end. She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them. 
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