Author: Kim Karr
Series: Connections #3.5
~ SYNOPSIS ~A Connection Series Novella featuring Ben Covington
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?
~ REVIEW ~
I will start right off by saying that I highly recommend you read Connected and Torn (books 1&2 in The Connections Series) before reading Blurred. Everything will make sense and have a more profound meaning.
“Blame is a strange thing; it consumes you, haunts you, takes over your life.”
Ben was probably at one of his lowest points in his life. He wasn’t living, but merely existing. He was lost, hurt, broken, and angry with how everything had unfolded. Now see, THIS is why you MUST read Connected and Torn. In those two books, we got to see a side of Ben (and a situation) that probably made a lot of readers angry, but it was also what set the very important backstory to this book. I never once hated Ben. Yes, he made mistakes and hurt loved ones, but I always felt bad for him, I guess. I could tell there was so much more to his story than what we got. And boy, was I right.
“New beginnings. New life.”
In this novella, we got to see Ben find his path in life and get back on track. Mind you, it was far from easy, but slowly, he grieved everything and everyone he’d lost. We got in Ben’s head. I felt his pain, his anguish, his loss. Sigh. This book was brilliantly written. In MY eyes, Ben has totally redeemed himself. I am a strong believer in second chances and I am extremely happy to see that Ben is on the path to his second chance.
Now, while there were some HOT scenes in Blurred, Ben didn’t really develop a steady relationship with anyone. Like the synopsis states: “The story before the love story...” We saw him mend certain connections he had, but he didn’t really get THE girl. However, we got to see his past with her – how they met and how they got to where they were now. Suffice it to say, I’m definitely looking forward to Frayed, which is THEIR story whereas Blurred was BEN’S. I guess you could say Blurred was a very much needed introduction to Ben’s Happily Ever After………with Bell.
As always, this was a well written book that allows the reader to have a complete visual and understanding of everything that’s happening. It takes a talented author to develop a character like Kim Karr did with Ben’s. She took him from being someone who wasn’t the most popular or liked, into someone that the readers can’t help but root for. So seriously, give Ben a chance. You won’t be sorry. Great work, Kim!
“With each step I took, I couldn’t help but notice that her eyes were locked on mine…green to blue. In them I saw a reflection from so long ago, of a memory I’ve never forgotten. And although I wasn’t available to her the first time we met, and I wasn’t in the right mind space the second time we met, I think everything is different now, And I can honestly say…the future has never looked brighter.”
~ PURCHASE LINKS ~
♥ Connections Series ♥
CONNECTED #1: http://amzn.to/SGQKBy
TORN #2: http://amzn.to/1wadOrL
DAZED #2.5: http://amzn.to/1kiz220
MENDED #3: http://amzn.to/1hrEmeE
FRAYED #4 (Pre-Order): http://amzn.to/1h6pmYZ
~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~
I live in Florida with my husband and four kids. I’ve always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, I wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. I went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise my family. I currently work part-time with my husband and full-time embracing one of my biggest passions—writing.
I wear a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of the family. However, I always find time to read. One of my favorite family outings use to be taking my kids to the bookstore or the library. Today, my oldest child is in college and my twins are juniors so they no longer go with me on these outings. And although I don’t need to go to the actual store anymore because I have the greatest device ever invented—a Kindle, I still do. There’s nothing like a paperback. So now my four year old and I make dates out of going to the bookstore–it’s time I love and cherish.
I like to believe in soulmates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. I love to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart. <3
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