In celebration of the paperback releases of Connected and Torn, author Kim Karr is hosting an event called LOVEFEST! Here on the blog, I have a review for Connected, which I really enjoyed, and there’s also a giveaway!
I’ve just finished Connected, and HOLY CRAP, what. an. ending! Now that is the way to end a book with a bang. I already knew there would be a dreaded cliffhanger at the end of Connected, but it still blew me away! Loved that ending, and I’m dying to read Torn right away, but for now, my review!
Dahlia London has a great life–she’s got a loving boyfriend, she’s doing what she loves–and she never thought she could have wanted anything different until she meets River Wilde. Gorgeous, rock star River Wilde. As soon as their eyes meet, they form a connection, something deep and real… but Dahlia has a boyfriend. Their chance encounter seemed like a once in a lifetime thing. Dahlia walked away from River before anything could happen between them, but five years would pass before they ever saw each other again. During those five years, Dahlia’s life is shattered the day her boyfriend Ben is killed in front of her.
Connected was a bit hard to get into in the beginning. I couldn’t relate much with Dahlia and the story didn’t grip me until the scene where Ben is killed. From here, the book picks up and pretty quickly I was immersed in Dahlia’s story. She’s been dealt such a hard hand in life–she’s lost everyone she loves: her parents and now her boyfriend. She’s broken and torn up about Ben’s death, and it’s a long time before she goes back to reality. And one reason why she’s getting back up on her feet is River. Dahlia never thought she’d see River again, the man who awakened things in her that were never awakened before, not even by Ben. But now Dahlia has an opportunity to see River again, and she takes it.
“I feel like fate has brought us together again. I also believe that one night, so long ago, just wasn’t the right time for us. But tonight is.”
River and Dahlia’s reunion is so sweet. It’s so obvious that they adore each other, and it was as if the past five years never even passed. They still have that fierce connection between them, and it’s so easy for them to fall into conversations and relate with one another. Music is a huge part of the book, and not just because River’s a rock star. Music is also a part of Dahlia, and I loved reading about their connection over it. And soon, Dahlia and River fall head over heels in love with one another. Dahlia still can’t forget Ben, but she’s moving on–Ben will always have a piece of her heart, but she’s making room for River in it.
Oh my goodness–River is just the sweetest man ever! I thought he was the kindest person ever (who more than occasionally is dirty) for not trying to replace Ben. He knows how important Ben is to Dahlia, and instead of trying to take over who Ben was to Dahlia, he supports her in everything and helps her move on. River is the first to fall for Dahlia, since he has no reservations, unlike Dahlia. His words and actions are so heartwarming–River is really just the SWEETEST!
“I never imagined I could feel so connected to anyone as much as I feel connected to you. I knew I loved you from the moment I saw you. How could I not? Loving you is as easy as breathing.”
Most of the book is told through Dahlia’s POV, but then for the last maybe 30%, we’re treated with River’s POV, which I loved! I connected with him much better than I did with Dahlia. I just overall liked River more–Dahlia I’m on the fence about. I didn’t love her but I didn’t hate her either. But *sigh* River is just completely swoonworthy!
“Just know you’ll always be my once in a lifetime.”
Connected is a wonderful love story filled with passion and a little heartbreak. I didn’t LOVE it as much as I wanted to, but I had a fantastic time reading. And oh my god, that ending! Even though the book is a 3.5 for me, that ending is definitely worthy of a 5.
Reading Order: Connections series
#1 ~ Connected: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Torn: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Dazed: My Review • Ebook • Goodreads
#3 ~ Mended: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3.5 ~ Blurred: Ebook • Goodreads
#4 ~ Frayed: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#5 ~ Flawed: Goodreads (2015)
#6 ~ Perfected: Goodreads (2015)
Kim Karr is giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card, 5 Signed Book Plates and 10 Paperbacks of CONNECTED (to be mailed directly from Penguin).