Book Title: Kept from You (Book 4: Tear Asunder)
Author: Nashoda Rose
Genre: Erotic Romance
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Cover photo: Copyright © 2016 Wander Aguiar Photography (http://www.wanderbookclub.com)
Model: Nick Bennett (https://www.facebook.com/nickbennett6/)
Cover design by: Kari Ayasha, Cover to Cover Designs
A first kiss that changed everything.
He was the most feared guy in high-school.
Guarded. Angry. A fighter.
But when I caught him watching me with his captivating green eyes I saw something more. Something protective and kind.
He warned me to stay away from him.
Until I didn’t and he kissed me. A knee weakening, body tingling kiss that left me breathless. And scared the hell out of me.
He warned me never to come near him again or next time he wouldn’t let me go.
That was eleven years ago.
We aren’t teenagers anymore. He has probably forgotten me. He’s a famous rock star now. I’m a dance instructor with a broken dream and desperate for a job.
So, when we cross paths again I don’t expect him to remember me.
And his warning eleven years ago? I’m about to find out exactly what that meant.
Kept From You has a different feel to it than the previous three books in Nashoda Rose’s Tear Asunder series, which makes sense because Savvy Grady and Killian Kane share a past, and even though it was only one moment…one interaction eleven years ago, they left a mark on each other – one that couldn’t be erased regardless of their contrasting lives or the 11 years they spent apart.
Killian “Kite” Kane has always been the one band member I could never get a handle on; he’s a walking contradiction because in some respects, he’s open and honest. fiercely protecting those he loves but then he’s also extremely private, locking down his emotions and hiding behind his anger and torment, working hard to not form attachments to anyone who could destroy his heart and soul even more than they’ve already been. What interests me most about Kite is that he seems so calm and controlled most of the time, but what readers realize in Kept From You is that he hides behind a wall of numbness, keeping his volatile emotions in check as much as he can without exploding in a way that could destroy everything he worked so hard to overcome.
Savvy Grady tries to see the best in everyone, so despite her fear of teenager Killian, she was still drawn to him and wanted to find his “good bits” underneath his dark and dangerous demeanor. But 11 years ago, neither Savvy nor Killian were in a place to explore their unexplainable connection and because of his past, Kite didn’t want to destroy the innocent girl who calmed him in ways she couldn’t begin to understand but would have an opportunity to explore many years later.
One aspect of Kept From You that stood out for me as a reader is the symbolism of the orchid Killian gave Savvy when they were teens and the flawed pot it was placed in and continued to grow in 11 years later due to Savvy’s care and her desire to keep a bit of Killian with her at all times. Killian gifted Savvy with the flower as well as gave her Orchid as her nickname because it represents her exotic and graceful beautiful despite the circumstances she was raised in and had to endure. Then, when they reunite, Savvy ties Killian to the damaged holder, recognizing his ability to survive despite the outside forces as well as his own guilt and demons weighing him down.
Nashoda Rose does a great job of illustrating the reasons behind Kite’s closed-off demeanor and because readers learn of his inner struggles through his own voice, it’s easier to understand why he tried his best to not taint Savvy when they were younger and even at the beginning of their second chance.
For 11 years, they were kept from each other due to unpreventable circumstances and feelings of inadequacy and rage and even though Killian tries the hands-off approach when Savvy re-enters his life, it’s clear that what’s always been between them is worth the risk and that as long as Savvy can endure Killian’s overprotectiveness and the secrets that he has yet to share, they may just be the balm one another needs to move forward, forgetting about the past and fighting for a future that has limitless possibilities because Savvy and Killian would do anything to tie their good bits together into a life that sets them free and makes them whole and watching them give into those feelings and find what they need in each other was worth the journey!
4.5 Poison Apples
Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave.
When she isn’t writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dogs at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers and chatting about her addiction—books.