Monday 1 September 2014

Blurred (Connections #3.5) & Frayed (Connections #4) by Kim Karr - #bookreviews
Blurred (Connections #3.5)


A Connection Series Novella featuring Ben Covington

The story before the love story….

When he lost the only woman he’d ever loved, it seemed there was nothing left to live for.

Even as a boy, all Ben Covington ever wanted was to spend forever with Dahlia London, the beautiful girl next door...then one life-altering decision tore them apart and he was forced to leave her.

Now, despite having returned to win her back, he’s still alone. She’s with someone else—someone she’s never going to leave.

Resigned to a future without his former girlfriend, Ben numbs his broken heart in a haze of liquor and women. But then the only woman who ever even turned his head while he was with his girl reappears unexpectedly. And he’s never forgotten their one incredible night together. But will Ben’s destructive behavior destroy his future with her before it even begins?

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy from NAL Trade
Genre: Adult Contemporary 
Part 3.5 in a series and needs to be read as a series 

My Blurred Mini Review ...

This review is going to be short and sweet just like this novella.  At first I wasn't sure if I was going to ever like Ben since he did not win me over in the first couple of books but in this novella we get to see a bit more behind the elusive Ben and why he made the decisions he did.  

Ben did start to grow on me throughout this novella as well as the idea if Ben with Bell.  

I really think Kim Karr is fabulous with out she has set up this series and all the characters.  With this novella we get to see into Ben more and find more pieces of the puzzles of the entwined lives of all the key players in this series.

4 Blurring Thumbs up!!
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Frayed (Connections, #4)

Frayed (Connections #4)


The Connections series continues with this spin-off novel.

He didn’t think, he didn’t question—he just acted.
What she wanted, she took—without regard.
It was only one night, but it changed everything.

After losing his fiancĂ©e, Ben Covington is unsure he’ll ever love again. But when he sees Bell Wilde, he’s so deeply drawn to her, that he’s thrown for a loop. Maybe it’s purely sexual chemistry that’s igniting this spark between them...or maybe it’s his second chance at love.

Bell has just gotten her life back on track and may not be up for the challenge of Ben Covington. But once they’re reunited, there’s no holding back—even if a secret from Bell’s past just might shatter them both

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of NAL Trade
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Part 4 in a series 

My Frayed Review ...

I am an absolute fan of this series but I sadly have to say that I did not care for this book as much as the others.  I think after reading Blurred it was over redundant with Ben.  I did start to like Ben in Blurred but I found Frayed was just a longer version of Blurred with the addition of Bell's POV. 

I did like Bell in the previous books even though she was a bit too sheltered from her family but she had many qualities that had potential and Kim Karr did a good lead into Bell's life with the other books tying in with this book but this book ended up still falling flat for me. 

As we start to read this I have to admit that Bell's hot and cold mood swings and her secret holding got a bit old for me.   Plus she was holding a grunge on Ben when she pursued him knowing he had a girlfriend at the time plus he didn't even know her secret that caused her so much pain so I didn't see how that was fair (Hmmm I guess I'm turning Team Ben here... who knew).

I don't know if I'm reading too many books which is started to get me jaded or what but lately the story lines of pure assumptions where she thinks he is with someone else and vice versa are driving me batty. I want more from books than this story line and the gem of miscommunication.  I do still like Kim Karr and I did like this book I just didn't love it as much as the others.  This rant is really just a rant but unfortunately this book is what through me over my edge as I have just read it too many times. 

I know I was reading the ARC version so many of the errors may have been fixed with more editing but it was hard to read for me because one of the things I adored most about Kim Karr's books was her genius way at organizing all the details of her tangled web of all the characters but this book had many time line and wrong name errors that it threw me.  I hope it is the case of not the final edit not the case of too many details have finally gotten to hard to keep on top of.  

Even though this was not my favorite of the series I can't wait to find out the secret behind Caleb. 

3 Fraying Thumbs up!
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