Friday, June 13, 2014

Book Review: MENDED by Kim Karr - Giveaway

Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: June 3, 2014



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....



After reading the previous books in the Connections series I was eager to know Xander's story. He was always so funny, upbeat, and such a good brother to River and support to Dahlia that I loved him already. His story surprised me and made me love him even more because for a man so caring he didn't have it easy but he was strong enough to endure it all. ❤️

Everything starts when Xander finds his true love in Ivy Taylor early in life. They fell for each other instantly and shared a passion for music that only intensified their connection even more. Their years together then were full of love and promises of a joyful future away from their realities. Regrettably, tragedy and circumstances broke them harshly apart and killed all possibilities for a future together. Hence both were left heartbroken and with no other choice but to move on with their lives without each other.

Twelve years pass and destiny crosses their paths again when Xander is the manager of the band The Wild Ones and Ivy has her own career as a music singer. The connection they once shared is still there and more tempting than ever; however, there's a lot of resentment and other individuals preventing a reconciliation. But their desire and longing for each other are too strong so even when truths are said and secrets are revealed rescuing their love may seem tough but not impossible for the unique connection they share.

I loved this story, it was filled with delicious tension, passion, courage, and a beautiful message about forgiveness. Besides the pain of losing the love of his life once, Xander also carries guilt in his unhealed heart. That guilt and his unconditional love for others captivated me. He was such a selfless character and always put others before him even when it pained him. So in my heart he was more than deserving of happiness and I wanted badly for him to finally find it with his dear Ivy this second time around.

But before the happily ever after there's got be some good drama and this book really delivered it. The twists in this story came so unexpectedly to me that I was hooked! Not only this story was about a second chance romance but also about strong family bonds making everything more real, intriguing, and touching.

Did I mention I love Xander? I DO and all sides of him! His passionate love for Ivy, his genuine love for his family, and his determined mind to achieve even the impossible were all compelling to read about. His charisma and sexiness were also to die for so it was completely understandable how Ivy could never get over him even after so many years. He was just the perfect catch!

This is my fourth book in the Connections series and I love how all the characters come together in each book. Mended brought everybody back so I got see to see River, Dahlia, and the whole gang again and I loved it! That's something I appreciate about this series the not having to say goodbye to the characters of each book because their stories continue in some way in the next books. So it's truly all about connections with the Connections series. ❤️

Mended was just another beautiful story by Kim Karr. It was gripping, touching, and I loved Xander's bravery and good heart. I can't wait to read more about him and Ivy in the next books in this incredible series!

Favorite Quotes:

"It's hard to believe two people could ever want each other as much as we do."

"She takes my breath away with just one look."

"With his first grin in my direction-I melted. When he first played his guitar for me-he scored my mind. When he first kissed me-he stole my heart."

"I want to be near him. Then every time I am near him I teeter between love and hate."

"I have to cross my arms to keep my hands from clutching her face and just kissing her for the sweetness that I see in it."

"I pause for a minute to look over at her, and it hits me. After all this time it's not that I couldn't love someone, that I wasn't capable-it's that the one I needed wasn't there for me to love."

"The way her body reacts to my touch, the need between us-it's raw and real and I never want it to end."

"Xander Wilde the boy may have broken my heart once upon a time... but Xander Wilde the man, is the one who mended it."



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

Find Kim Karr on:

#1 - ConnectedAmazon * Amazon UK * My Review
#2 - TornAmazon * Amazon UK * My Review
#2.5 - DazedAmazon * Amazon UK * My Review
#3 - MendedAmazon * Amazon UK
#3.5 - BlurredAmazon * Amazon UK (Aug 5)
#4 - FrayedAmazon * Amazon UK (Sept 2)

Paperback copy of Mended


  1. awesome! Thank you. I hope this is International?

  2. thank you so much for this giveaway and I LOVE THIS SERIES by KIM KARR <3

  3. Thank you so much for this giveaway!! I really want to dive into this series!!

  4. I've read the first two books this one sounds really good I can't wait to know Xander a little bit better. Thanks for the chance

  5. Thanks for the chance to win this book, I have all of her books as e books but I would love to have one physically in my hands!

  6. I want to read this book soooo badly!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Thanks for the chance!!! *fingers crossed*

  8. I love this series! Thanks for the chance!

  9. Thanks for the chance! :) - Sanne -