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Torment: Part One

(The Bleeding Hearts #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,551 ratings  ·  706 reviews
Torment Part One is a dark, taboo, age gap, MC, contemporary romance.

How did I get here?
Broken, bruised, and mentally shattered.

For most of my life, my older stepbrother, Shay, was my hero, my rock, and my best friend. The one I knew I could always rely on.

For many years, I accepted everyone and everything around me. But as I grew up, the veil was lifted, and I slowly came
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published January 18th 2021 (first published January 14th 2021)
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*debut awesomeness*

This book comes with a warning... and fairly so.
If a 23-year-old guy who spanks and then smoothly proceeds to bring his 16-year-old stepsister, who he has known and cared for since she was a 7 year-old kid, to orgasm doesn't sound a little disturbing, then I don't know what does. 👁️👁️

The corners of his mouth curled up in that rare, beautiful, familiar smile I liked so much, only this time, it felt a little ominous. “Last night... you understand why I did that to you?”
At the
TJ ☾
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
me about shay:


this book made me feel so weird, i loved it. i can't think of how to wrangle this into a real review so I'll just leave my thoughts as play-by-plays (warning: spoilers below)




→ has Mina's mom never read an MC romance before? how has she been caught so unawares? this behavior is embarrassing


→ this book does a great job of walking the line between vaguely inappropriate and downright predatory. there's a real subtly to it. in all the flashback scenes, intellectually I know what's
5 stars


Man oh man, I don't know how I manage to stray further from god every day.

This book was wrong on so many levels I can't even...

First of all, this is not a romance. It took me way too damn long to realise and now that I have, I am bathing in the afterglow of reading about all of these disgusting ass relationships.

Yes, Yes I know. This book is:
➥ completely taboo
➥ manipulative as all hell
➥ includes grooming of a young girl
➥ the "hero" (Shay) is obsessive to the point WHERE EVEN I
3 1/2✨

”You don’t need me, you need a therapist!”

shay : a manipulative son of a bitch
me : u need help dude
shay : a controlling psychopath
me : leave the poor chick alone
mina : yelling at shay for beating the shit outta some poor kid just cuz he held her hand
me : hell yeah girl don’t take his bullshit
shay : puppy eyes
me : i’d like to hug him now. MINA FIX THIS

the quote above is this book in a nutshell

anyway, this started out sweet. but i came in w/ as dark of an expectation as possible. so
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
Holy shit!

This is a debut?

Dylan Page came out the gate swinging, y'all!!

I can't remember the last time a debut had me this fucked up! My head and my heart are all over the place. Sure, I want to beat the shit out of most everyone in this book, but I'm absolutely obsessed with this story!

I want to hug the heroine, Mina, and never let her go. This poor girl got the shit end of the stick! She's constantly manipulated from a young age and forced into an unhealthy, toxic relationship where she acts
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
2.5 stars

not as sordid and twisted as i thought i was gonna get. not that grooming and child porn are things to sneeze at. but ive seriously mentally prepared myself for something worse and more disturbing than this.

regardless, i found this rather bland. not a fan of the narrative style in which the story was told (flashback chapters, looongg paragraphs, little dialogues). it didnt make me care, and the romance left me feeling cold.

hero was obsessive, manipulative. heroine was confused by the ch
Drethi Anis
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Shile (Hazard's Version) semi-hiatus
4.35 stars

“No one loves you more than I do.” He turned his head so that he could look into my eyes, his nose barely touching mine. “You know that, right?”

Run Mina! Ruuuuuunn!!!


First of all, I wouldn’t call this a dark romance! This is Dark! Pure darkness, mind fuck! And of Course this is a debut and the author doesn’t have like a gazillion books waiting for me to read. GAAAAHH! The gods of great dark books are against me.


GAAAAHHH!!!! I feel abused by Shay and everyone else in this book. The
Torment was my anticipated, expected psychological read adding taboo-ness which had me so much invested in the story. It's a step-brother and step-sister madness. A step-brother who pushes all boundaries unexpected and 100% obesessed and possessive of his step-sister.

Mina Westberg and Shay O’Hare were only 7-years and 13-years when they thought they found the missing pieces of their life. They simply fit and fill the empty spaces. A strong bond which exceeded protection and more interfering of
First things first, where the hell is the sequel???

(view spoiler)

Holy crap, talk about abuse, manipulation and how twisted a person can be! Shay, you sick motherfucker, get some help!

Despite being frustrated with Mina most of the time, I'm rooting furiously for her because I can see how trapped she is, caged by an obsessive love and suffocating sick protectiveness.

I have to say, there was some telling at the beginning that distracted me. I kept going back to see if what I w
Mar 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: greatest-series
"I hope one day, you’ll forgive me, Sweetness. I never wanted to hurt you. I just… I-I wanted us to be forever…”💔

I'm honestly speechless. This book was amazing to read, from page 1 until the end. I couldn't put it down and had to read book 2 right after to know what happened. So this review covers both books.

This is the story of anti-hero Shay, who falls in love with his step sister, Mina. He was a monster, dominating, possessive, manipulative, controlling, and selfish in his love over Mina. No
Ms reads a lot
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-romance, hated
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That's it, I'm over with this book.

This was another book about obsessive, stalking semi-bullying that didn't quite hit the mark. Although some authors master this trope beautifully, this one squandered the opportunity to create something memorable.

The chapters after the first one intrigued me so I continued to read, but I didn't find anything interesting after that. Because the writing was substandard soon after, the plot was virtually non-existent and what little story there was wasn't thrilli
Mar 08, 2021 rated it did not like it
•Minor Spoilers• (not really)

This book was SO BAD!
Oh my god I don't even know where to start!
First off every single character got on my last nerve they genuinely all sucked! The mom was a joke, the step dad was a woman beater by day and a useless ass by night who literally could not control his son 99% of the time, Mina was a literal stupid bitch and omfg don't get me started on Shay! ( I will literally ramble on and on, he infuriated me beyond belief like he's a damn fictional character but Ist
Carla Bulian
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4,5. My heart is still racing for this book!
What I just finish read?
It’s worth the reading!
☽ mira

“ You’re a little ray of light, Mina. A ray of light in all of our dark, shitty lives...”

guys idk i'm a mess tbh. i thought sleeping on it would help me decide but i'm stuck. I LOVE this book i thought i was gonna lower my rating because the back and forth flashbacks irritated me but you know what mira shut the fuck up, respectfully.

anyway spoilers ahead, ya babies leave.

dylan page needs an award because i was rooting for shay THIS WHOLE time but out of nowhere keenan legit made
DNF for now

I think you should be in a certain mood for this book and I’m pretty sure I’m miles away from that mood. This was a ‘it’s me not the book’ kind of situation.

I went into this completely blind and I gotta be honest I didn’t know who I rooting for more, Shay or Keenan.

(view spoiler)

I’ll probably pick this up another time. The storyline got a little too borin
Now I understand the tittle:”the bleeding hearts”. They are really bleeding . I have no words to describe how fucked up everyone is. If I could describe Shay in four words, would be manipulative, possessive, intelligent and a psychopath.

“Last night... you understand why I did that to you?”
At the mention of the spanking, I blanched a little, shaking slightly as his hand shifted so that he was holding my chin in his fingers. “Yes,” I breathed, my voice lost.
“Because you were being smart with m
Niki {Just lost her husband & going on semihiatus}
I have so much swirling in my head right now, I don't know what to say. I can't put my thoughts and words in order, right now. All I can say, is poor, poor Mina. I heart has been breaking for this precious girl the whole time. I have such a heavy feeling this is not going to have the happy ending I want it to. ...more
Trigger Warnings: (view spoiler) ...more
Precious ✨
I’ve got heart palpitations.. this book is stressful and not conducive to my college assignments. Looking at myself in the mirror, like “who are you?” 😭

I’m immediately on my way to the next one and trust no one. Not even my ship. 😫 I’m so worked up I don’t even wanna hope there is some HEA.

36 hours later: I am here to give me a sloppy review of my feelings.
I will start by saying what you have probably already read in other reviews... this is not a happy love story. The blurb was accurate and in
The Romantic Rush Blog
What a spectacular and original debut! Torment is unexpected, emotionally intense, psychologically riveting, and captivatingly dark. With every passing I was more intrigued, more emotionally invested, thoroughly consumed. This is not like any MC story you’ve read, and I could not put it down.

I don’t want to say much about this plot, other than you should check your expectations at the door. This story made me twitchy. Mina’s story is more than complicated- a young woman who came of age surround
Lori [semi-hiatus]
Review for complete duet

Update after some deliberation.
I actually agree with the way Dylan ended the book, and it's the only way she could have done so to redeem Shay. So I am very happy with that.
That being said, this book needs a solid warning upfront that there is no traditional HEA, maybe not even a HEA at all depending on your perception.
As such it shouldn't be labeled a romance, rather just a love story.
If you want to know how it ends, check the spoiler tag at your own discretion. Bu
Feels like an elaborate fanfic inspired by Madeline Sheehan’s Undeniable. Good writing but OH GOD the contents were SO disturbing. I can’t call this a romance or even a dark romance because it feels more like a super realistic, super cringey portrayal of a predator groooming his prey since she was very young. I don’t know what is more chilling, his actions or the fact that EVERYONE around who witnessed the grooming (even her own mother) did NOTHING to extricate her from the situation. They were ...more

It's touch her and I will kill you type romance.

BTW whose in team keenan?? (Maybe my sanity self but my insanity self love seeing shay possesive side too.)
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Update to give this 5 💫 like wtf was I thinking it’s crazy the amount of times I come back to this book and still think about it.

If you want a side to pick good guy bad boy there really isn’t one

IMO both Kennan and shay are having a interest in Mina at a early age for her. And just because it’s not sexual didn’t mean it wasn’t going to be .. and they both knew that

So when you really think about it Kennan isn’t that good

my heart broke for mina’s mother and if anyone treated my mother that way
Jun 08, 2021 rated it liked it
The ages are making me uncomfy, but I’m still having fun with this toxic mess 🤯😌
Heart-wrenching emotion

4.5 stars

A very moving story with a depth of feeling, it recounts the coming of age of Mina, altruistic, mature, and light-hearted, within the MC lifestyle and her dysfunctional family. Her main relations include broody older stepbrother Shay, riding name “Manic”; his enemy, her friend Kennan; her mother and stepfather Jake.

Torment Part One teaser

The plot line covers Mina's formative years from age 7 to 17 in episodes of present and past culminating into an explosive cliffhanger tying the two p
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m not even sure where I’m going to go with this review. This books has blown me away. Dylan Page is .. I think I’m in love with her. Okay so - the book, I’ll start there.

Our main character is Mina and the book flashes between her growing up from the age of about 6, We get chapters of her as a young teen all the way through to the present - age 16/17 where the story really starts to get twisted and you’re left with a whole lot of W.T.A.F
As with every great storyline the build up in this has
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book other than it's the best MC romance I've read so far. It's in the same level as Undeniable (Even better IMO), and I think it's this author's first book... waw, just waw! I can't wait for the second installement, and for all what this author will write in the future. ...more
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