Torn (Connection #2) by Kim Karr
Released: October 1, 2013
Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Rock star River Wilde brought Dahlia London back from the brink of hopelessness with his unwavering love and devotion. But their entangled history is about to test the strength of their relationship
Dahlia was certain she had found true love and met her 'Once in a Lifetime’ when she reconnected with River. But Dahlia’s world comes crashing down when someone from her past resurfaces, and all of River’s carefully hidden secrets are exposed.
River wants to show Dahlia that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass—it’s about dancing in the rain. But how many times can one broken heart be mended? Will River and Dahlia be able to stay together or will they be torn apart?
First, you must read Connected before reading Torn or you will be completely lost and miss out on so much. Also you won’t want to read further on this review unless you’ve read Connected because it will inadvertently give away spoilers to it.
Small recap from the first installment in the series: Dahlia London has had more than her fair share of tragedies; the loss of her parents and aunt in a plane crash, the loss of her uncle, and then the murder of her fiancé in front of her. She spent two years more or less drowning in her depression and who can blame her. Then on her first work assignment back into the real world she has to interview River Wilde. She had met him at a bar one night in college and had an instant connection but walked away because she was with her boyfriend, Ben.
When River saw her at the interview, he knew he wasn’t going to let her go a second time. Dahlia stole his heart five years previous; he had even written a song about her which catapulted the band’s fame. He spent the next several months bringing her back to life; loving and cherishing her. Everything was going great between them until they day they intended to elope.
They received a call that would disrupt their bliss and turn their world on its axis. Ben is alive. Even worse he thinks everything will go back to how it was before his disappeared. As a young and aggressive investigative report, he was in over his head when writing a story about a drug cartel. Ben Covington had to make it look like he was dead and then leave in order to save his and Dahlia’s lives. He has spent nearly the last three years just trying to survive in New York. Once the cartel members were arrested, he was able to go home. Although he knows Dahlia is in a serious relationship with someone else, Ben still thinks she’ll come running. Unfortunately not everything goes as planned.
This book is the final in Dahlia’s story…and what a fantastic story it is. This last half of their story is filled with a copious amount of dissent and drama so be prepared for more tears. By the end I had to wonder how much more can life throw at Dahlia before she completely breaks. The interesting thing is she has grown stronger because of River and when she starts to shatter; he is there to remind her of her strength.
They have a great deal to overcome both as individuals and a couple. She faces the return of Ben and how their relationship will turn out. River faces an upcoming tour he doesn’t even want to do. There are jealousies on both sides. To top it all off there is infidelity, a baby, and a death. Needless to say once again when I thought something was going to happen a certain way, there was an imaginative twist. The relationship between Dahlia and River is truly magical and fairytale-esque. It’s beautiful and inspiring to see love overcome heartbreak and despair.
I was left curious about just one thing but I bet it gets explained in the next book in the series. What was Xander’s full problem with Dahlia? Seeing as his story is next with the spring release of Mended, I can’t wait to read what happens.
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.