Connected by Kim Karr
Series: Connections #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: March 20, 2013
Format: eBook, 364 pages
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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 soul mate.
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?
I’m kinda kicking myself for taking so long to begin reading this series. I’ve seen it around and read some great reviews about it, but just never jumped in for some reason. When I was offered a chance to read and review two of the upcoming titles, I decided to dive right into the series and get caught up before reading the new books.
Connected is a beautiful story of second chances. Dahlia’s fiancé Ben, the man she’s been in love with all her life, is murdered and she’s left trying to put the pieces of her life back together without the one person who has always been there for her. She decides to embrace every day and take the opportunities presented to her. It’s one of those opportunities that brings her face-to-face with River Wilde, the rock star she had an intense first meeting with a few years ago. Even though she was committed to Ben, she’s never really stopped thinking about River and things pick up quickly between them as they both get a second chance at love.
I loved Dahlia and River. Their chemistry was intense and it was obvious how much they cared for each other. There was a bit of drama with their new relationship, but most of it was from outside sources. Dahlia’s guilt and grief adds to it, of course. But the main focus of this book truly is on the relationship growing between Dahlia and River. For some reason, despite how much I liked the characters, this just wasn’t enough for me. I felt like the book moved VERY slowly at times and it was difficult to remain focused on the story and the emotions. I expected more feels from this one because of the nature of the story, but while I enjoyed it, it just fell a little short in the feels department.
This is one of those cases where I wish I have half-stars because, while I believe Connected deserves three and a half stars, I just can’t round it up to four. I enjoyed the characters and the passion they shared. The second chance at love was beautiful. But, I just felt like the book moved too slowly to really be considered a four-star read for me. There are a couple twists that sucked me in and surprised me and the intense cliffhanger ensured I would continue on this series. I mean, I HAVE TO know what happens next.
While the small details about this story might escape me after some time, I know the characters won’t. Connected was a good, enjoyable and sometimes emotional read. I just wanted a little bit more. But don’t let my expectations keep you from reading this one. Seriously.