I absolutely adore Carian Cole! Her books aren’t just romances but lessons in love and acceptance. She has a special ability to pull her readers into the reality her characters are living so you feel each moment so keenly it’s as if they were your own experiences. I can’t begin to explain the emotions that coursed through my heart while reading Tyler and Holly’s story. This was one of those books that completely captivates you until the very end. I was unable to put it down and was devastated when it ended.
Tied was so much more than I expected. The author set it up so that the reader goes in blind, not knowing what monsters lurked in Holly’s past or the torment she endured. What I did know was that I was oddly fascinated by Tyler. After reading Torn, I wondered about the reclusive and presumably demented man who lived isolated in the depths of the woods and enjoyed terrifying people when they got near him. Upon learning why he was so lost, I couldn’t help but feel protective of him. All I could think about was how different his life might have been if others had only shown an ounce of compassion when tragedy struck all those years ago.
And then there’s Holly, this bright but broken light in the midst of the darkness. Her story broke my heart. I have a little girl of 8 with blonde hair and blue eyes who kept creeping into my thoughts throughout the book. And I hugged her extra tight before sending her off to bed the night I was reading it. I can’t imagine the horrors that Holly had experienced nor could I wrap my head around the effect the tragedy surrounding her had on her family. I hope that I would have the strength to love and cherish my child no matter what. It was heartbreaking watching Holly and her family struggle to find their way back to normal and find acceptance.
I loved Holly and Tyler’s easy friendship and solidarity. They were both scarred on the inside as well as the outside. It was only natural for them to be so drawn to each other. I was grateful Holly had Tyler, her prince, to help her find peace within herself to feel normal again, and that Tyler finally was able to accept love. He struggled for so long to even have a relationship or find comfort in the love of his family. It was only through their shared pain that they were able to let the past go and find themselves again within each other.
I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this book other than I had hoped for more of Holly and Tyler’s story. Isn’t that how we all feel when we love and connect with the characters of the books we love? I was excited to see that there’s a bonus story available directly from the author, but I would have loved to see an epilogue or maybe a part 2. While they found their happily ever after with each other, I wanted to see how Tyler and Holly rebuilt their lives and relationships with others. I’m hopeful the author will provide more detail in future books in this series as we read about Tyler’s siblings.
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.
I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.
Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.