Released: June 3, 2014
Genre: Erotic romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: MUSIC HAS THE POWER TO HEAL ALL…BUT NOT ALL BROKEN HEARTS CAN BE MENDED.
Always in control, Xander Wilde considered life on the road to be a perfect fit for him. But when disaster strikes on the Wilde Ones’ latest tour, fate intervenes…and a newly single Ivy Taylor, the only girl he has ever loved, steps back into his life.
After moving past her painful breakup with Xander years ago, Ivy was poised to become the next big name in pop music…when suddenly she withdrew from the limelight—the same day she announced her engagement to her controlling agent, Damon Wolf.
Xander knows he should keep his distance. But once they’re on the road, he can’t resist pursuing her for a second chance. Yet a jealous Damon can’t let her go—and he’s keeping dangerous secrets that could destroy them all.
When the three of them come together, everything falls apart. But if Xander and Ivy can hold tight to the bond that connects them, they just might have a chance at reclaiming the powerful love they thought they had lost forever...
This is the third full novel in the Connection series. You don’t necessarily need to read the first two to understand this installment but I would recommend reading them to see the bigger picture as to how and why the various characters interact the way they do. Plus they are also great stories.
Xander Wilde is the brooding older brother of River Wilde. He’s been the manager of The Wilde Ones since the inception of the band. He’s also been known to be quite moody and needs to control as many of the variables as possible. He definitely doesn’t like change. Xander once had a relationship with Ivy but that’s all in the past, in the years since he’s only indulged in a string of meaningless flings.
Although the music of her youth was alternative, Ivy Taylor is known to her fans as a pop star. It was the idea of Damon Wolfe; she follows her agent and now fiancée’s advice only to find that he doesn’t really want her performing much at all. He prefers her to be at his beck and call. She knows their relationship is a sham but her mother has fiscally backed her into a corner and it seems he’s her only way out that is until The Wilde Ones need a temporary front man. The only issue is she has to work with the boy that broke her heart.
Xander and Ivy have spent the past dozen years apart but they both know they’re meant for each other. In a series of miscommunications, both purposeful and not, they must find a way to work with each other. Xander needs the band to survive; it’s what he has dedicated his life to. Ivy needs a new start and a means to get out from Damon’s rule.
First I can’t get enough of this series. It’s full of emotions, romance, and strife; it’s very much the adult fairytales I love. I didn’t know how much I’d like Xander’s story since early on in he was such a jerk to Dahlia, but I have to tell you I love it. In many ways the emotions are more intense, we get to see just how much guilt and responsibility he feels to many life altering events he never could control. It’s amazing to see how comes to life when in the presence of the feisty platinum blonde who has owned him since they were kids. Their story is so powerful and full of passion, it’s difficult to put the book down. And in true Kim Karr fashion, there’s a twist in the plot you will never see coming. While satisfied with the story, in the end I always want more and yet again can’t wait for the next in the Connections series.
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.