Author: Carian Cole
Series: Devils Wolves #2
Release date: June 26, 2017
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from L. Woods PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth… except me.
My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.
He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal. I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too. everything…
Last year I read Carian Cole’s Torn, and I love the beautiful, heartbreaking story. In Torn there’s the absent brother of Tor, Tyler and with Tied, the second book in the ‘Devils Wolves Series’, we get his story. It’s not as taboo-ish as Torn, but certainly not less painful. I love Taylor and Holly, and how they both overcome their past.
“For so long I wanted to go home and be with my family again, and now that I can, it’s all gone. Time has taken everything away from me.”
Holly is a happy young girl when she is taken by a monster. The ordeal leaves her scarred, both physically as mentally. During her absence, the world has moved on without her, and Holly is struggling to find her place again. She feels like she belongs nowhere, the only place she feels safe is with Tyler, the man who rescued her from hell.
Tyler has moved away from society when he found out the consequences of his actions. Not that he could have stopped it from happening, but to this day he feels it’s his fault. Holly is on the back of his mind since he rescued her, but he knows he has to stay away.
“You deserve better. You need better.” “I don’t. I need you.” He shakes his head back and forth. “It’s just wrong for us. Trust me.”
From the outside Holly looks fine, she’s adjusting to her new life and has even friends and a job. But on the inside, she isn’t doing well at all. She has the feeling she has to thank Tyler in person for rescuing her, and when she finds him a lot clicks into place. Tyler isn’t looking for company, especially not the company of the sweet, damaged girl he rescued, but she’s hard to resist. Both Holly and Tyler have suffered and they recognize a kindred spirit in each other. They make life easier and brighter for the other one, and you can’t help to root for them.
Oh Holly… Poor sweet girl, she has been through hell. I’m glad the author only drops little hints of what exactly happened to her, but knowing that is enough. I don’t even want to imagine what she went through, and sadly it didn’t stop after her rescue. My heart broke for her, as adjusting to her life was difficult to say the least. Tyler lived in his own prison, his personal hell. I love how Holly pulled him out of it, to see him become human again. The ending was perfect for this couple, and I can’t wait what the future books in the series will bring.
“I’m not lost anymore. I’m finally home, where I’ll be safe, warm, and loved by this beautiful man fate handed to me…and I’m going to make him smile every day for the rest of our lives. Fairy tales do come true. You just have to believe.”
I love Holly and Tyler, I give Tied 4.5 stars.