Saturday, September 6, 2014

REVIEW ~Frayed by Kim Karr~

Title: Frayed

Author: Kim Karr
Series: Connections #4
Release Date: September 2, 2014

My Rating: 5 Stars
The Connections series continues with this spin-off novel.

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.

From the very beginning on the Connections series I couldn't find enough redeeming qualities in Ben Covington. Did I feel for him, and hurt for him? Of course, but I also couldn't stand him. I have no idea why though. I wasn't just what he had done to Dahlia and his family, or his attitude. There was just something missing. After I read Blurred, the prequel to Frayed, I was still having trouble wrapping my head around Ben being the next hero in this amazing series. Don't get me wrong, I wanted, and to an extent, needed to love Ben. I just wasn't sold yet. And you best believe that chapped me. But, near the end of Blurred I could see a glimmer of what Frayed was going to turn into. I saw the redemption and healing about to take place. Leave it to Kim Karr to take a character that I had no connection to and didn't care for all that much and mold him into a special place in my heart. 

I've done a complete about-face where Ben is concerned. Thanks to Bell Wilde. She was his redemption, and he was hers. She was that missing piece I couldn't find in the earlier books. When they came together in Frayed, despite the devastation and heartbreak, they stole into my heart and made me feel every square millimeter of their love and strength. It may sound silly, but really you should be used to hearing me wax poetic about this series. Frayed is no exception to that rule. 

Bell and Ben come head to head to face their demons, heal their hearts and move on. Bell thinks she can move on without closure and without Ben. He's out to prove her wrong. To him, she's the best mistake he's ever made and he can't get enough. To her, he represents a past of pain, and emptiness. When Bell gives in to Ben's advances she finds the heat and all-consuming lust still there. When they begin to wonder if it's more, the past comes knocking and when the secrets are spread on the table it may catapult these two star-crossed lovers into an abyss they may never recover from. 

Bell struck a cord with me from the very first book. I knew she had a dark story to tell and a pain to heal. I never expected the emotional punch to the gut this book delivered though. It was one of those books where just when you think they destruction is over, it's not. True to her style, Ms. Karr puts you through the wringer. But with high risk of your heart being smashed to smithereens, comes a high payout of the ending these two deserved. With each book I fall deeper and deeper into this fantastical world of coincidences and heartbreak, love and fate. And I can't help but wallow within these pages each time I get a new one in my hands. Frayed will forever be the book that blindsided me with its brilliance. And at this rate I'm going to have to find some way to bribe Kim Karr to make this the never-ending series, because there it no way I will ever get enough!

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Links to Buy:


Connected (#1): Amazon | B&N | iTunes
Torn (#2): Amazon | B&N | iTunes
Dazed (#2.5): Amazon | B&N | iTunes
Mended (#3): Amazon | B&N | iTunes
Blurred (#3.5): Amazon | B&N | iTunes
Frayed (#4): Amazon | B&N | iTunes

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