Author: Kim Karr
Series: Connections #3.5
Published by NAL
Release Date August 5, 2014
Genres: New Adult Romance
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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?
Oh Ben. Ben, Ben, Ben. I’ll be really honest here; in real life, I have no use for cheaters. It’s near the top of the list of unforgivable offenses for me. No way around it. However, in fiction, I have no problem with it. I am able to take my personal feelings out and just experience the world I’m temporarily living in. That being said, I never had any ill will towards Ben throughout Connected and Torn. Furthermore, I could see the bigger picture. Ben and Dahlia served their purpose, but they were never meant to me together. He was there for her in a time when she needed him most, and they grew up together, sharing all their firsts. But I truly believe they were both deluding themselves to think the relationship would last further than the friendship it had built its foundations. That’s why when she first saw River, the sparks were there. When Ben first saw Bell, the sparks were there. While we don’t yet know B&B’s full story or where it will lead, we know R&D’s. Had Ben not cheated and faked his death, thus losing any trust or love Dahlia had left for him, she would never have found her true soul mate in River. And that, folks, would have been a travesty. So that’s what I mean when I say I can take myself out of the situation and see the bigger picture. I am huge believe in things happening for a reason, and people having purposes, even if we can’t see through the pain to know the truth.
Blurred is the story of Ben’s road to recovery. He doesn’t receive absolution for the unsettling in his soul, but he’s getting there. What everyone needs to understand is that Ben is not a bad guy. The universe recognized that four souls weren’t where they were intended to be, so it threw them in each other’s paths. Should he have broken up with Dahlia before he was with Bell? Absolutely. Should he have been honest with her about everything that was going on in his life especially when it affected her? Without a doubt. But again, without those catalysts, there probably wouldn’t be a River and Dahlia because she and Ben would have stuck it out, continuing to live in denial, holding on to a past that was never going to be a future.
Ben is a man filled with regret and guilt; mourning the life he was so sure would be his when he returned from hiding. Not only had everyone gone on living, they had gone on living without him. Not being able to wrap his head around that, he sunk into a pit of depression. Plainly put, he hit rock bottom, and he hit it hard. Life in limbo, he heads to Australia to get his life back together and clear his mind. We are given a little more insight as to how he and Bell originally met and I look forward to getting the entire story as well as all secrets that aren’t being spoken. Bell has spunk and sass, but an unbelievably big heart. Combine that with all that Ben has going on and it’s sure to be a delicious collision!
As always, I loved the continuations of characters that are now smaller in role, but no less important in impact. You see everyone come into play in this novella, and it was the perfect pre-quel into Ben’s full length book. There were so many hints and clues dropped that I can’t wait to see how it all plays out. A few new characters that I can’t wait to get to know better. If her other books were any indication, I suspect to have my mind blown. Definitely read this one!
What if a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ could happen twice?
Suffering from a past full of tragedy, Dahlia London’s soul has been left completely shattered. Happily ever after is a far cry from reality in her world. But, when she is reconnected with her past, the bonds that form are irrefutable.
When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia’s life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soulmate.
Struggling with confusion as old connections fade and new ones begin, Dahlia’s grief begins to lift–but guilt remains. River wants to be the one to mend all that is torn within her.
But with a past that is never really gone, can their future survive?
Rock star River Wilde brought Dahlia London back from the brink of hopelessness with his unwavering love and devotion. But their entangled history is about to test the strength of their relationship
Dahlia was certain she had found true love and met her ‘Once in a Lifetime’ when she reconnected with River. But Dahlia’s world comes crashing down when someone from her past resurfaces, and all of River’s carefully hidden secrets are exposed.
River wants to show Dahlia that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass—it’s about dancing in the rain. But how many times can one broken heart be mended? Will River and Dahlia be able to stay together or will they be torn apart?
Connection Series Novella featuring Aerie Daniels and Jagger Kennedy (River Wilde’s cousin)
Jagger Kennedy never went looking for fame, he just fell into it. After scoring a major modeling contract, his clean-cut good looks and charm catapulted his career. But when his actress girlfriend breaks his heart, he moves to L.A. to try his hand at acting. He needs to make a change, and the last thing he’s looking for is love…
Aerie Daniels is a woman in control … until she meets Jagger. Her surprising connection with him leaves her stunned, and it’s unlike anything she’s ever felt. But just when she lets her walls fall, she makes a startling discovery about him that breaks her fragile heart into a million pieces.
To keep from losing the one woman he can’t bear to be without, Jagger is willing to give up anything—including his career. But even that might not be enough to regain Aerie’s shattered trust…
MUSIC HAS THE POWER TO HEAL ALL…BUT NOT ALL BROKEN HEARTS CAN BE MENDED.
Always in control, Xander Wilde considered life on the road to be a perfect fit for him. But when disaster strikes on the Wilde Ones’ latest tour, fate intervenes…and a newly single Ivy Taylor, the only girl he has ever loved, steps back into his life.
After moving past her painful breakup with Xander years ago, Ivy was poised to become the next big name in pop music…when suddenly she withdrew from the limelight—the same day she announced her engagement to her controlling agent, Damon Wolf.
Xander knows he should keep his distance. But once they’re on the road, he can’t resist pursuing her for a second chance. Yet a jealous Damon can’t let her go—and he’s keeping dangerous secrets that could destroy them all.
When the three of them come together, everything falls apart. But if Xander and Ivy can hold tight to the bond that connects them, they just might have a chance at reclaiming the powerful love they thought they had lost forever….
Frayed (Connections, #4) (9.2.14)
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 fiancée, 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.