Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mended (Connections #3) by Kim Karr: ARC Review

Blurb:

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....


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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.

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Review by Michelle:

Xander Wilde has always intrigued me throughout Kim Karr's Connections series. From his first encounter with Dahlia, to the rough patch the two had for a while, to the mention of his past with a woman named Ivy, I have been chomping at the bit to get to know this man. Mended is finally my chance to get the scoop on River's mysterious, overbearing, opinionated big brother.

This story is just what I expected. Xander is a bit of a control freak that can come off as a jerk sometimes but really he is a great guy that will do absolutely anything for the ones he loves.

My dilemma was that, as a huge fan of the series, I completely adore River (and Dahlia) and although I really enjoyed Xander and Ivy's story, it just wasn't the same connection for me both individually and as a couple. There were quite a few times that we encountered River and Dahlia along Xander's journey and each and every time I was reminded of that spark I felt for them while reading their story and their undying love for one another. Xander and Ivy were engaging characters with an amazing and beautiful story of reconnection and love that stands the test of time, but I didn't feel the same elation, the same tingle, as I have had with the previous books. River and Dahlia are an unforgettable couple that I would consider one of my favorites. Xander and Ivy have the bond, the chemistry, the history, and the unwavering devotion to skyrocket them up my list of favorites as well, but for me it just wasn't quite the same.

Another thing that I absolutely loved about River and Dahlia's story was the shock factor. Both books chronicling their journey had some really astounding twists and some startling revelations. Mended, while a sweet and touching story about second chances with a few great surprises, just didn't have the same jaw-dropping quality that I have come to love and appreciate in this series.

One thing that is certain about this story was that I was hooked from the very beginning. The prologue sets the perfect tone for the rest of the book introducing a young love to last a lifetime. From this point on it was a very late night as I just had to see how this story unfolded and what would be the resolution to 12 wasted years.

So overall, was I disappointed? Not at all. Kim Karr never fails to give us an emotionally charged, absorbing love story with charming, endearing characters. After all, it's not really her fault that she came screaming out of the gate with a couple of truly incomparable characters that set the bar impossibly high for any other couple and story to follow.

Mended truly is a wonderful romance and I cannot wait to read the rest of this outstanding series.

Rating: 5 Stars

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