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I Belong


Early Review: Mended by Kim Karr

MendedTitle: Mended

Author: Kim Karr

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Connections (Book #3)

Publication Date: June 3, 2014

Format: Ebook, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451470672 (Intermix/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451470676 (Intermix/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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…

Quick & Dirty Mended was the perfect blend of Karr’s wonderful sexy writing and an intriguing plot. This was by far the best book in the series!

Opening Sentence: A black Jetta with heavily tinted windows swerves around the corner and comes to a stop in front of me, blocking my path as I walk through her school parking lot.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Xander Wilde is extremely controlling and has his life planned out. He loves being a manager for Wilde Ones, but when something happens to his lead singer right in the middle of their tour he is stuck in a bind. They need a new lead or the tour is going to have to be cancelled and the only one willing and available is the only girl Xander has ever loved. But years ago he let her go and he broke her heart and he hasn’t seen her since. He knows that he doesn’t deserve a second chance but seeing her again has brought up all those old feelings and he can’t help but try to peruse her again.

Ivy Taylor’s life hasn’t turned out quite like she planned. She always wanted to do music for a career but after her devastating break up with Xander when she was younger she took a different road. Instead of doing the soulful music she loved she became a rising pop star and started dating Damon Wolf, a very prominent man in the industry. Eventually they become engaged and she quits her music career. She thought she was happy until she runs back into Xander and realizes that the life she has isn’t the one she wants. But cutting ties with controlling Damon is harder then she thought it would be and possibly hazardous to the people she cares about most.

Ivy had her good and bad qualities, but her flaws left her with lots of room to grow. She is very talented and even though her family didn’t treat her very good growing up she still helps support them in any way she can. She is very insecure when it comes to men which is understandable after the relationships she has been in, but I also felt she was a little naïve at times. She is very self-sacrificing and will go to great lengths for the people she cares about in her life and I found that admirable but also frustrating at times. She doesn’t communicate very well and that leads to unnecessary drama. Overall, I liked Ivy and felt that she was a easy character to connect with.

I am going to be honest, I wasn’t really a huge fan of Xander in the first two books in the series because he always seemed like a jerk. But luckily you get to see a whole different side to him and I ended up really liking him. Yes, he is very controlling and doesn’t always think about what his actions will do to others, but deep down he is a very caring person that has a lot of regret. He blames himself for a lot for the bad things that has happened in his life even though it really wasn’t his fault, and this just broke my heart. The more I got to know Xander, the more I liked him. His has that protective streak that seems to run in the Wilde family, but he also has a jealousy problem as well. He doesn’t always control his temper the best, but in the end I felt he was a very realistic character. I was glad that I got to know this side of Xander, it made me understand him so much better.

Mended was the book I have been waiting for ever since I started this series. Karr does such an amazing job writing sexy times in her stories, but in all the previous books that was really all there was. In this book there is actually a very interesting sub-plot that kept me much more intrigued with the story. I loved that you got to reconnect with the characters from previous books, but it was also really refreshing to have new characters enter the story. This could easily be a standalone if you don’t want to read the previous books. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series and hopefully they continue to get better. I would recommend you give this one a try if you like lots of drama, passionate romance, and an intriguing plot.

Notable Scene:

“Right. Okay, see you tonight,” I say and end the call. My head is spinning from knowing that after all these years I’m actually in the same place she is. I want to talk to her, tell her everything, but I can’t see how that would change anything anyway. Glancing behind me, I catch another glimpse of the two of them that turns my stomach. He’s such a slimeball. Since his father was hospitalized and he took over the business, he’s been scooping up labels, tearing them apart, and rebuilding them with bands he thinks are better fits. My guess is he picked up Jane’s label— that’s why he’s here. I heard they were having some financial difficulty, and he’s just the kind of bottom- feeder that would want to capitalize on being not only Jane’s agent but now also her producer. The sight of him touching Ivy makes my skin crawl.

Damon Wolf, now turned music mogul, is the agent to a select few stars. Damon Wolf—two of the last words my father spoke to me before killing himself, and I never knew why. Of all the guys in the world Ivy had to end up with— why him? I look up and they’re gone. I’m anything but relieved, though. Rubbing my chin, I’m antsy, agitated, pissed as hell, but I feel more alive than I have in years.

Connections Series:

1. Connected

2. Torn

2.5 Dazed

3. Mended (June 3, 2014)

3.5 Blurred (August 5, 2014)

4. Frayed (September 2, 2014)

5. Flawed (TBA 2015)

6. Perfected (TBA 2015)

FTC Advisory: Intermix/Penguin provided me with a copy of Mended.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

 

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