Connected (Connections #1) by Kim Karr
Released: May 7, 2013
Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: 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 soulmate.
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?
Dahlia London has had a tremendous amount of heartache in her lifetime. We quickly learn in the book she lost her parents and the rest of her family at an early age. After reading the synopsis I assumed this is her huge tragedy, I was wrong. The next life altering event is revealed in chapters 3 and 4. The tears were involuntary while I engrossed in her anguish. She’s a strong person who becomes completely broken; however, she does begin mend her shattered heart and to live again.
An up and coming musician, switching from low level indie fame to more mainstream, River Wilde is still the man pining after the girl who got away. Even with his wealth, he retains his laid back personality albeit with a few adjustments.
They met one night in their college days at a bar for moments and had instant chemistry; the kind you know is rare. When the two have a chance meeting several years later, will he finally get his girl? Will she be able to resist him a second time?
The first part of the book went quickly. The middle dragged a little for me, but that’s mostly because I couldn’t enjoy the pure bliss between Dahl and River; I was constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. It’s really such a sweet and unadulterated relationship between the two. They’re such kindred spirits. I was a little surprised that the last 20% or so of the book is from River’s point of view when the entire first part is from Dahlia’s but I suspect it’s to set up some more tumult in the next book, Torn. This last part of the story picks back up and is lightning fast. There quite a bit of forward progression with the timeline, which makes it nice to see how Dahlia is healing and moving on with her life. Then comes the epilogue…Pardon my French, but holy shitballs! I’ve read a lot of books in this genre so it’s difficult to surprise me but this one does it. The plot starts to head in the direction I imagined and then there is a whole other twist. I have to say it left me speechless.
Thank goodness I have the next installment ready to go because I would have to indulge in some heavy anxiety cleaning otherwise. This is truly an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end, with the highs touching the sky and the lows taking you all the way down. Dahlia and River have a tangible connection and the story is moving. Just wow!
Rating: 4.5 stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.