Author: Kim Karr
Genre: NA Contemporary
Series: Connections (Book #1)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Format: Paperback, 368 Pages
ISBN-10: 0451468279 (NAL/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0451468277 (NAL/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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?
Quick & Dirty: Steamy new adult read with great characters and lots of potential. There were parts of the story that were slightly repetitive and I would have liked more sub plots, but I am eager to see where the rest of the series goes.
Opening Sentence: This is the best place on earth.
Dahlia London has a past full of loss and pain. Her parents passed away when she was in high school, then her fiancée and long time childhood friend is murdered right in front of her. She has been left broken and she doesn’t think that she will ever find happiness again. But fate works in mysterious ways and she runs into River Wilde, a boy she met years ago at a bar. She has an undeniable connection with him, but at the time she was happily in love. She resisted the temptation to get to know him better and left the bar without saying goodbye. Even though it was a long time ago she never forgot that night and the way he made her feel. Seeing him again is like all that time never passed and their attraction is strong as ever. But can Dahlia get over her tragic past and open her heart and let someone else in that could potentially break her again?
Dahlia was a very sweet girl that really has had bad luck in her life. She never really learned how to deal with the grief of losing her parents, then when she loses the love of her life, she just falls apart. She goes into a deep depression and only time seems to help. After a couple years the sadness starts to lessen and she eventually reunites with River. I really sympathized with Dahlia’s situation; I don’t think I would have acted a whole lot different if all those things had happened to me. That made it easy for me to connect with her and I really liked her as a character.
River Wilde is pretty much the epitome of a gorgeous guy. He is the lead singer in a band with a hot body and killer good looks. But the best thing about River is that he is modest about his fame and fortune. He is confident, yet not cocky and I really liked that. The way he treats Dahlia is just adorable, and I really loved them together. They do fall in love very quickly, but in all honesty, I can see why you would fall for someone like River, he was just so perfect.
I had a love/hate relationship with this book. First let’s talk about the things I loved. The characters were great, both Dahlia and River were easy to like. They had great chemistry and their romance was sweet, although it happened very quickly I still felt that they had a believable connection. Karr did a fantastic job making the book steamy and full of sexy times, but unfortunately that was pretty much the basis of the story. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, it was very intriguing and a great set up, but the middle of this book was really boring. I felt that for about half the book I was hitting the repeat button. It was pretty much just sexy times for a big portion of the book and don’t get me wrong, I like steam, but I also like to have a subplot that helps to keep the story interesting. Towards the end the story the book actually comes back to life and you are left with a pretty big cliffhanger so I am really interested to see what happens next. Even though this book had some major flaws, I found it to be an overall good read. I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a good contemporary with lots of steam and a hint of mystery.
Easing his way through the crowd, he removed his beanie and ran his hands through his hair. When our eyes 18 connected it felt like minutes, but only seconds passed. Suddenly I felt an electric pull forcing me to keep looking at him. Everything I felt indicated he was dangerous. I knew I should look away, walk away, but I didn’t. I couldn’t. He was just too alluring.
He was finally close enough that I could tell his gleaming eyes were green. I was instantly drawn to his smile. It wasn’t a full smile, more like a half grin emphasizing his dimples. His skin was smooth with no facial hair and that made me weak in the knees. His full lips were begging for a kiss. I’d never looked at a guy like this before, not even Ben. So why was I eyeing him this way, and why was I unable to avert my gaze?
Aside from his overall sex appeal, his clothing made him even more irresistible. He wore faded jeans, a black Foreigner concert T-shirt, and black work boots. I had to laugh a little when I saw the concert T-shirt because I was wearing one, too—my dad’s U2 T-shirt, knotted on the side hanging off my shoulder.
2.5 Dazed (April 1, 2014)
3. Mended (June 3, 2014)
3.5 Blurred (2014)
4. Frayed (September 2, 2014)
5. Flawed (2015)
6. Perfected (2015)
FTC Advisory: Penguin Intermix/NAL Trade provided me with a copy of Connected. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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