Torn by Mia Kerick

Vinny Bucci and Tommy Stecker are almost cousins. (Their mothers call themselves “sisters of the heart,” so that sort of makes them cousins, doesn’t it?) Since childhood, they’ve shared holidays and Sunday services and their passion for soccer. But now they’re eighteen, high school seniors, and what has always been devoted friendship—the next best thing to the family—has started to feel like something else. Something more….

Unfortunately, the Steckers can’t accept their son’s same-sex romance, and upon recognizing the teens’ mutual attraction, they push Tommy into dating a girl from church, then compel him to attend a Christian College far away from Vinny’s school. The Buccis and the Steckers—once a family of choice—clash over what’s right and go their separate ways.

Forced into separation, Vinny and Tommy are both devastated, but while Vinny hardens his heart to love, halfway across the country Tommy becomes emotionally and physically ill. Their passion for each other hasn’t diminished, let alone died, but they lose contact, and for the first time in their lives learn what it is to live with a broken heart.

Will Tommy and Vinny find their way back to each other, or will they accept the rules dictated by family and try to live severed lives, their love forever unfulfilled?

A Mature Young Adult Romance
Available on Amazon

“Laughter, tears, hard times and love”

Five Star Review on Amazon by AReads

Tommy and Vinny grew up together as ‘cousins’ with families sharing everything. Nothing ever stays the same in life and not everything is forever. This is a beautiful story of acceptance, family and love. It shows that family is not always the one you were born into – it can be the one you choose to be part of and with those that choose you. It’s a story about trying to do what is expected of you but in the process losing who you are. A wonderful book that you will not regret losing yourself in. Be ready for tears, laughter and of course, love.

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