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I Belong

Review: Blurred by Kim Karr

BlurredTitle: Blurred

Author: Kim Karr

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Connections (Novella #3.5)

Publication Date: August 5, 2014

Format: Ebook, 145 Pages

ASIN: B00J8V3S1U (Intermix/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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?

Quick & Dirty: This book was such a huge disappointment. I actually wish I had skipped this one and just read the next book in the series.

Opening Sentence: From the start I had it all—a caring mother, a hardworking father, an older doting sister . . . everything a boy could want.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

What would it be like coming back from the dead? Ben Covington can tell you that it sucks. Three years ago he had to fake his own death in order to protect himself and everyone he cared about. He never thought he would ever be able to come back, but circumstances changed and he was able to return to his former life. But nothing about his old life is the same. The girl of his dreams and the only woman he has ever loved is with someone else. He tries to win her back but he fails and then real tragedy struck his family. Everything is in shambles and the only way he knows how to deal with his pain is by numbing it with alcohol and women!

But a blast from the past walks back into Ben’s life in the form of Bell Wilde. They had one hot night together in college and neither of them have ever forgotten it.

I was really looking forward to reading Ben’s story. In the previous books he is such a mystery and I found him to be a very intriguing character that I wanted to get to know better. After reading Blurred I can honestly tell you that I have never been so disappointed in a character. I pretty much despised him and after finishing this book there was nothing I liked about him. I understand he is going through a lot and has to deal with so much heartache, but the way he dealt with it was juvenile and honestly just ridiculous. He has the worst “poor me” attitude through the whole thing that never seemed to get better. Then there was the fact he would screw pretty much any girl that would walk into his line of vision. I don’t mind players but I want to read about reformed players that have fallen in love with their soulmate, not a guy who is sleeping with a different girl each chapter! At the moment there is very little I liked about Ben and I have a feeling that isn’t going to change in the next book.

You get to see the beginning of what could turn into a relationship between Ben and Bell. I guess they could be cute together but I feel like they just have too much twisted history. I get that their one night stand was a long time ago and they are very different people now. But with everything that has happened with all the different people in their lives, I just feel like they both would be better off with a fresh start with someone new.

I felt like this book was such a big letdown for me. I thought that Ben’s story had so much potential with the big case he was part of and I was really hoping that would be the main focus of the story. Instead the majority of the book was all about how much could Ben screw up his life before hitting rock bottom. I thought the sex scenes were way too frequent and overdone to the point I didn’t even find them sexy. I ended up skimming through the ending because I just didn’t want to read anymore. This entire series has been very up and down for me. I enjoyed a few of the stories but for the most part I have been disappointed. This was by far the worst book in the series and the only reason I’m going to attempt to read the next book is because it’s in my review pile. I personally can’t recommend this book, but if you like the series you might enjoy it.

Notable Scene:

I’m mentally scolding myself when the elevator doors slide open and I lift my bowed head. Needing to look twice, I can’t believe who’s walking my way. Her hips sway in her tight little dress and she walks like a runway model in those high heels. My heart pounds at the mere sight of her. I prop a foot up against the door and watch her slow her pace. She fumbles around in her purse and when I clear my throat she looks up. Our eyes meet, but she quickly drops her gaze. Keeping her head down, she continues to walk in my direction. I catch her peek up a few times from under the curtain of red hair now shielding her face. I stifle a laugh. She knows I’m watching her, there’s no way she can’t. When she walks past me I consider putting a foot out to stop her, but she takes a step back and pauses right in front of me. She doesn’t look at me, but her lips straighten into a thin line. I can’t help but grin. “Can I help you?” I ask.

Her mouth falls open, but no words escape. She immediately closes it. Crossing my arms over my chest, I have to drop my head to stop from laughing at her pouty lips. She tucks a lock of that long red hair, no longer wild, but smooth and straight, behind her ear and when she looks up her emerald green eyes bore into mine. The hallway is so quiet I can hear her breathing, or maybe it’s mine. She points to the door I’m leaning against and asks, “Is that room 1516?” Her voice is mildly shaky.

I swivel my head to look at the number, even though I already knew it was. I shove my hands in my pockets and tilt my gaze to hers. “I believe it is, S’belle Wilde.”

Connections Series:

1. Connected

2. Torn

2.5 Dazed

3. Mended

3.5 Blurred

4. Frayed

5. Flawed (TBA)


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


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