Frayed by Kim Karr
Series: Connections #4
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 2, 2014
Format: eARC, 304 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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 he’s so deeply drawn to Bell Wilde that he’s thrown for a loop. Maybe it’s purely sexual chemistry that’s igniting their spark… or maybe it’s his second chance at love.
Bell Wilde has just gotten her life back on track and may not be up the challenge of Ben Covington coming back into it. However, once the spark is reignited…there’s no stopping it. But even if they both manage to pull together their frayed hearts, a secret from Bell’s past just might shatter them both.
I’m so pleased with this book! If you’ve read my reviews on other books in this series, you know I didn’t have the best feelings about Ben. I wanted him to find peace and a future and redeem himself, but I didn’t know if it would ever actually happen. But now I can report with absolute certainty, that my feelings for Ben have changed. He found a way out of the dark in this book and while he won’t be making any of my favorite book boyfriend lists anytime soon, I can he’s redeemed himself in my eyes.
Sometimes it really is all about finding the right person. That couldn’t be more true than it is with Ben and Bell. The passion he lacked with Dahlia was present in spades with Bell. They were perfectly matched – in and out of the bedroom – and I really enjoyed their story. Granted, I still take issue with him for cheating on Dahlia back when this all started, but I think I can look past it now. Regardless of how long they’d been together, they weren’t right together. There was someone better out there for each of them.
Ben began his path to redemption at the end of Blurred. He made a series of bad decisions over the past several years and he lost a lot over that same period of time. I did sympathize with him for all that he’d lost, but it didn’t excuse away the behavior. I was getting a little tired of looking backward with Ben and I’m happy to say this book didn’t have much of that. It was more about the future, save for a few flashbacks from Bell’s POV, which didn’t bother me at all. I liked Bell from the start. I wasn’t pleased to learn of her history with Ben at first, but again, forgive and forget… right?
Frayed really was about Ben and Bell dealing with their past and moving on together and finding a better future. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind, before or during this book, that they belonged together and would get there. Together Ben and Bell confronted the ghosts of their pasts and realized what they had, no matter how hard they tried to fight it, was something special. They were smoking hot together. The sexy scenes were SUPER steamy and the romance was heart-melting. They were easy to root for. Ben atoned. It was time he got a happily ever after.
The other thing I really liked about Frayed was that it gave me a chance to catch up on the lives of the other characters in this series. I loved each of them in one way or another and it was gratifying to learn where they are now.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, given my feelings for Ben at the beginning of this book, but I have to say this is one of my favorite books in the entire series. I loved the character development and the pairing of Ben and Bell. They gave me the warm fuzzies and often had me fanning myself from the passion. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a second chance story. I’m very happy with this book and I suspect other fans of this series will be as well.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.