Book 53 of 2015: Torn Between Two Worlds by Lexi Ostrow



Her heart was torn differently than others, between two worlds. Her choice would affect her position in each.

Ciara Miller was born the same as others, but she got a little something extra. When she was younger she learned she was a Word Speaker, someone who could create life from stories. Her gift is incomplete until her 27th birthday, before then all she can create is things she, and others like her can see. Evil wants her gift as well and the characters she choses to create become her Guardians against the unseen attackers that want to use her skill. Just before her 27th birthday, fate has a surprise for her.

Stryder is a demon, created to be a backup plan for the Horseman of the Apocalypse, War. Since the day he learned he was nothing more than pawn he and his brothers had been seeking a way to betray hell and fight on the side of the angels. His world is torn apart again when he finds out he’s nothing more than a story and given the option to protect a human female, Ciara, or die.

Ciara hates Stryder for replacing her former Guardian. But she cannot deny the lust and connection that rocks through her every time they touch. She could deny it all she wanted, but she belonged to Stryder and when they find themselves thrown into a war bigger than them both she must choose between her reality bound heart and her fantasy bound soul to save them.

I received this book for free from the author for an honest review.

Torn Between Two Worlds is an erotic fantasy that is a part of the Guardian series. Technically, this is the first book, but you don’t necessarily have to read it first to get the concept of the series. It involves an epic prophesized war and the people chosen to fight in it: Word Speakers and their Guardians.

Word Speakers are humans with the ability to bring out a fictional character from a book they’ve read. The fictional character then becomes their Guardian. The duo of Guardian and Word Speaker become the fighters of the future. In order to find the right Guardian, Word Speakers are encouraged to look for more and harboring a sexual relationship to see if they are compatible. This also strengthens the bond between them.

Ciara is the most powerful Word Speaker in thousands of years. She’s a kindhearted person who has a strong familial attatchment to her Guardian. That is until he disappears and she’s presented with a new one. Stryder is a demon from a fictitious world only to be sent into the real one in order to protect Ciara. The problem? She doesn’t want him.

Ciara was a fairly interesting character. I didn’t feel very close to her, but she did do things that I could relate to. Even though she has a great strength as a Word Speaker, she honestly only wants love. That I can understand. Stryder is much the same. He’s a pawn in a fictional world only to be used as a pawn in the real one. He too only wants someone to grow old with.

Lexi Ostrow wrote a believeable romance with seriously steamy sex scenes. Even though the two characters are from two different walks of life and worlds, they worked together. Ciara wasn’t my favorite at first, but she did grow into something more closer to midway. She showed her strength in a different way. She wasn’t overly emotional, but had her moments. She was more of a logical character. Logical with a strong moral compass. I had to root for them.

The world of the Word Speakers is a bit complex, but interesting. I love the concept of bringing to life a fictional character. I’m just wondering how the war will turn out.

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