Released: August 5, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Penguin Group
On the Flap
The story before the love story….
When he lost the only woman he’d ever loved, it seemed there was nothing left to live for.
Even as a boy, all Ben Covington ever wanted was to spend forever with Dahlia London, the beautiful girl next door...then one life-altering decision tore them apart and he was forced to leave her.
Now, despite having returned to win her back, he’s still alone. She’s with someone else—someone she’s never going to leave.
Resigned to a future without his former girlfriend, Ben numbs his broken heart in a haze of liquor and women. But then the only woman who ever even turned his head while he was with his girl reappears unexpectedly. And he’s never forgotten their one incredible night together. But will Ben’s destructive behavior destroy his future with her before it even begins?
This story is unlike the others where the focus isn’t on a specific romance although there is one building. It’s the book we’ve all been waiting on and didn’t know it. With Dahlia’s heartache of losing Ben and then subsequent surprise of finding out he’s alive years later, we need this for answers. Although she’s happy now, what surrounded his decisions causing her such grief? The story focuses on Ben after his resurrection. With grandiose expectations of having everything back to normal after returning to California, he struggles with how much has changed. Life moved on without him and he can’t find where he fits. Instead of dealing with his issues, he creates more turmoil by surrendering to unhealthy ways of managing the pain.
While well written, for me, it was a difficult story to read. Karr has an incredible way of pulling one into a story and bringing these flawed characters to life. It’s no less true here. While a layered and complicated character, I’ve not liked Ben because of his traits. He’s so damaged he doesn’t see even with good intentions he’s caused repeated anguish to others all in the name of being a hero. Any time he has a scene with S’Belle, all I repeatedly think is ‘you cheated on Dahl with her’. I know, I have to get over it and by the end I did. In fact, it’s nice to see how several storylines are simultaneously intertwined, conciliated, and setting up for future books. I’m excited to see he finally gets a chance at love in the forthcoming Frayed. This story is all I desired it to be; a man who has to hit rock bottom before he can find redemption and hope.
Rating: 4 Stars
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