Series: Connections #1
Published by InterMix, Penguin
Pub Date: May 7th 2013
Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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?
Connected is the story of a girl who fell in love with the man she would marry when she was five…then she lost him. But one night, years before losing him, she met a different guy, one with whom she connected with instantly and strongly. She ran from that connection before betraying her boyfriend, but now they’re meeting again, and this time there is no excuse for her to use to run from him.
Before we get started…take a moment to admire this SEXY cover. I just love, love, love it!
I loved the concept of this story, how we can meet our soulmate while dating the love of our lives. I think Kim Karr did a great job at respectfully transitioning Dahlia from relationship to the other. The grief and the emotions she feels for each guy does feel genuine. The sexual chemistry between Dahlia and River is certainly palpable. I also really loved all the people in their lives, and how amazing they were to them. I think the only place I struggled with at times was the dialogue. It felt a bit unreal to me or forced in a way. I wish it had been a little more organic, because I just don’t see people talking the way these characters do. It didn’t affect how much I liked the story, but it didn’t irk me enough to knock it down to a three star instead of four.
Connected has a few suspenseful moments and lots of sexy ones. I loved how much I would think about the book when I wasn’t able to read, like when I was working. I would just think about it while I sat at my desk, wishing I could whip it out right then and there, lol. The sexytimes in this book where DAMN sexy. And they’re not tame either, which was hot. ;D
The ending, which I thought was unexpected, really has me itching to pick up the sequel, Torn. I can’t say I saw it coming! But it’s going to make Torn REALLY interesting, for sure. This book isn’t perfect, but it’s addicting. So if you’re looking for something sexy and emotional with LOTS of musical references, give this series a shot!