What if you were in love with heaven and hell?
Cassia Delamore is a foster kid. Shuffled from home to home all her life after losing her mother, she’s never known her father, nor what it feels like to be loved. She hopes to start a new life in the idyllic town of Heaven. She has a plan: graduate high school, pack her bags, and leave her tragic past behind her.
Yet fate is about to turn Cassia’s life upside down. On her first day of high school, she meets two very different men . . . bad boy Thames, who possesses a fiery temper, and cool Cairo, captain of the football team and all-around hero. But there’s more to these men than meets the eye. As Cassia grows closer to the boys, she discovers a world of angels and demons fighting for the souls of mankind. Cassia finds herself immersed in a holy war that isn’t hers, torn between Cairo and Thames in a love triangle straight out of a storybook.
Will Cassia taste forbidden fruit? Or will her epic romance end in a dark destiny?
With a summary like that, how could you not be interested? I loved this book! At first, it had me thinking about Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore (because of the angels and demons and nephilim). At the same time, though, it’s a refreshingly new story, entirely its own.
I had a really hard time picking a favorite character with Torrent, mostly because I formed a bond with each of the three main characters, almost right away. If I had to pick one (and I usually do), I would say it was Cassia this time. Even with everything she went through with her last foster parent, Eric, she didn’t just curl up in a ball and shut down. She was a very strong character (no, not just a strong female – I know what you’re thinking). Cassia was able to do what she needed to in order to have her fresh start. I really admire that.
I loved the trio dynamic! I guess I see it as a little bit of a love triangle but not a lot. There are definitely feelings all around but it plays out well. I don’t feel like anyone really goes home brokenhearted.
The ending wraps everything up well but, as with all books where I fall in love with the characters, I am left wanting more. I want to jump back into their world and see what happens (especially with Thames!). I can’t wait for the next book 🙂
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As if that wasn’t enough, we have Megan here with us today to talk about her book and the inspiration behind it 🙂 So, welcome, Megan! Thanks so much for talking with us today!
Ginger Mom: I love the idea of Heaven and Hell personified (is that the right word?) in this book as two men. Where did you come up with that idea?
Megan: I think everyone in life has to choose between the dark and the light – but there’s more gray areas than we like to believe. Cairo’s not all good, and Thames isn’t all evil. Both boys have got good and bad qualities to them. Cassia just has to pick which one is best for her.
Ginger Mom: Did you feel Cassia’s abuse from Eric was essential to her character or is it like you said when we spoke about Rhodi’s Light (it being a cause/issue that you are passionate about)?
Megan: I have loved ones in domestic abuse situations, and it’s so hard to watch. I also know survivors of sexual abuse. I didn’t know how much Cassia suffered at the hands of Eric until I wrote the actual chapter where she tells Cairo what he did to her. I never planned that . . . it just happened. The character wasn’t willing to confess until she was sure she trusted me. It sounds strange to someone who’s not a writer, but when a character opens up to you, it’s special, you know? Like finding a hidden part in someone you always knew was there, but couldn’t describe until now.
Ginger Mom: That makes a lot of sense. You aren’t so much creating Cassia’s story as you are just telling it the way it happened. Great answer! So, did you have a favorite character in Torrent? One whose story was more fun to tell?
Megan: Thames was my favorite. He’s so mischievous and rambunctious. Cairo has an obsession with following the rules. Thames doesn’t care about rules as long as he doesn’t get caught.
Ginger Mom: Yes! That was one of the things I loved about Thames 🙂 So, are there plans to keep this series going?
Megan: There are plans for a sequel! It will be called Torture. That’s all I’m going to say about it!
Ginger Mom: That answer, in itself is torture 🙂 So, is there anything else you’d like to say before we go? A new book, perhaps?
Megan: My dragon shifter book, Song of Smoke and Fire, is coming out a month after Torrent. It’s a romance based on a Polish legend. Early reviewers already love it, so be sure to keep an eye out when it releases on Halloween.
That sounds so exciting 🙂 I can’t wait! And thank you so much for chatting with us today!
There you have it 🙂 Happy Friday!