Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Review: BLURRED by Kim Karr

Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: August 5, 2014


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?



There have been so many fascinating characters in this Connections series and one of the most complex and interesting to me has been Ben Covington. Since finishing Torn I've been eager to read his own story because he has not had it easy one bit since this series started. He has made life changing decisions that yes affected others but ultimately affected him too in bigger and more painful ways. 
"Rock bottom. It's a phrase I never thought I'd use to describe myself, but it's the only that fits."
I've always liked Ben; he's funny, sexy, smart, driven, sweet, goodhearted, and a very human character. I never had a problem seeing the good in him even after everything that it's his story. When tough decisions had to be made, when heartbreak was the only option, when pain and disappointment were the only outcome, and when all hope seemed completely lost my heart ached for Ben. So I understood his anguish and where he was coming from with his foolish and reckless behavior. Having read Blurred now my views about him are just confirmed, Ben is a beautiful broken hero in need of his happy ending and that's why I'm team Ben.♥
"I think about my life and the choices I've made, finally understanding I can't change any of them. I can only move forward, which I'm trying to do each and every day."
Blurred was a great read and I really enjoyed it. It was my chance to get into Ben's head and see and feel what's really like to be him. For a character that has gone through so much he copes the best way he can. In dealing with life and trying to put everything in order he's constantly reminded of his past and some unforgettable memories that sill haunt him. . .
"Here scent drove me crazy. It created urges in me no other girl should have been able to provoke. Seeing her made me feel like the devil was really trying to fuck with me."
How do you rebuild your life after loosing everything? How do you mend your heart after so much heartbreak? Those are Ben's struggles and I got to experience them right along with him in this book and it was sad but also promising. Promising because this was Ben's chance to turn his life around, learn from his mistakes, and visualize a better future for him. At the end he does all of those things and finishes this story with high hopes for better things and ready to start his new beginning. A beginning that will include Bell and I can't wait to read it in Frayed!! :D
"I think everything is different now. And I can honestly say. . . the future has never looked brighter."
I recommend reading this series in order for better understanding and to avoid spoilers because Ben's story is connected to the other books. If you're new to this series or haven't started it, I really recommend it! It's a compelling, exciting, unexpected, and beautiful overall story about how tragedy, love, sacrifice, and hope connects the paths of many fascinating characters. ;)

Favorite Quotes:

"Rock bottom. It's a phrase I never thought I'd use to describe myself, but it's the only that fits."

"The forbidden fruit was already bitten and I knew I needed to stay far away. One night with her had fulfilled every fantasy I ever had but I couldn't risk my future on a fantasy."

"I watch the sky come alive with so many vibrant hues, starbursts of color, and showers of light. And as ribbons of smoke blur the sky, I can say for the first time in a long time, my path is clear."

"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."

"I think everything is different now. And I can honestly say. . . the future has never looked brighter."


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 * My Review
#3.5 - Blurred: Amazon * Amazon UK
#4 - FrayedAmazon * Amazon UK (Sept 2)

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