Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Review: FRAYED by Kim Karr

Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: September 2, 2014

SYNOPSIS

The Connections series continues with this spin-off novel.

He didn’t think, he didn’t question—he just acted.
What she wanted, she took—without regard.
It was only one night, but it changed everything.

After losing his fiancĂ©e, Ben Covington is unsure he’ll ever love again. But when he sees Bell Wilde, he’s so deeply drawn to her, that he’s thrown for a loop. Maybe it’s purely sexual chemistry that’s igniting this spark between them...or maybe it’s his second chance at love.

Bell has just gotten her life back on track and may not be up for the challenge of Ben Covington. But once they’re reunited, there’s no holding back—even if a secret from Bell’s past just might shatter them both.



REVIEW

5++ A GORGEOUS SECOND-CHANCE STARS!

I just finished this book and I feel elated! I LOVED everything about this story and when I said that I mean everything. The scorching chemistry between the characters, their strong connection, the intense anticipation I felt for the story to unfold, and the ending all captivated me to no end. Frayed is definitely now my favorite book in the Connections series, it just completely stole my heart.♥

I first met Ben Covington in Connected and since then I've been very intrigued and eager to read his own story because I always felt in my heart that he deserved to have one for all that he's gone through. In Frayed he's finally a new man; after hitting rock bottom his life has taken a complete new turn making him learn from his loses, pain, and mistakes. He underwent an amazing and very inspiring transformation throughout this series that now culminates with this book since in Frayed he finally gets his well deserved second chance at happiness.
"For a minute I can't help thinking about how damn lucky I am to have gotten a second chance at life. I was a dead man, a man who then lost sight of what mattered and then fell over the edge. But somehow after everything I went through, I was tugged back up by life and able to land on my feet."
Ben was incredible in this book! I loved all of him: his sexiness, his flirting, his charms, his humor, his dirty mouth, and even all of his flaws. He's not a perfect character and for that I loved him even more because that made him more real to me. With the heavy past he carries I admired how he stayed on his feet and how reflective he was about everything going on in his life. At the same time, I loved that he took risks. Risks of going after what he's been missing all along regardless if that conflicted with his mind.
"Our history is sordid, maybe even tainted, but in this one moment of clarity I don't give a shit."
Since their time together Ben has never been able to forget Bell Wilde. There connection has been engraved within himself since then and for that he hasn't been able to let memories of her go. Now that she's back into his life he can't stop thinking about her or deny how much he wants her and needs her in his life. . .
"She opens her eyes and there is no denying it. It's the way she looks at me, has always looked at me. As though she gets me. It makes me want her as I've never wanted anyone."
Now the beautiful Bell Wilde is a combination of sweet innocence and provocativeness and I really liked both sides of her. Within her innocence she was also quirky, funny, and witty and made me laugh so much. With her sexiness I loved how she drove Ben crazy without even trying because she was that much crazy about him too. But Bell also carries a heavy past and as much as the idea of being with Ben may bring her joy, pleasure, and hope it also promises to bring back painful memories. Nevertheless, how can she stop that strong pull inside her? How can she deny herself something she's been wanting and dreaming for so long?
"Something about him makes me want to give myself over to him in any way he wants. I want to be anything he desires, everything he needs-I want to be his dream girl."
The chemistry between Ben and Bell is out of the charts H.O.T. There was no denying how much these two characters desired each other as I felt all the fire and passion between them with every word  and action. Kim Karr was exceptional at creating those moment and making them vivid, meaningful, breathtaking, and just perfect. She totally made me fall in love with Ben and Bell not only for their exquisite chemistry but also for their beautiful connection which ran deeper than lust and was so mesmerizing to me.
"What I feel when I look at her winds me. It's more than just lust and desire-it's a need to make her part of me."
This book has to be the longest novel from all in the series. It's very thorough in describing the emotions, reflections, struggles, and everything happening with these amazing characters. I really felt like I got to know them by heart by the end of the book and I really loved that.

After reading every book in this series I can now say that Ben and Bell might be the most broken characters in the series. Their story in my opinion is the most complicated and painful making their love story forbidden and almost impossible. So the fact that there's so much against them but they still take the risks and go after what they want elevated their story to new levels for me and for that adore this book. Moreover, Kim's gorgeous writing evoked so many emotions in me and made me appreciate the beauty of imperfections and mistakes which may not only serve as lessons learned but as steps to find the most beautiful and perfect paths in life.

This story made me cherish happily ever afters even more now because everybody deserves to have one no matter their stories. So when Ben and Bell finally got theirs I was beyond thrilled and in tears for what they got was everything I wished for them and so much more.♥
"The part of me that I thought died a long time ago didn't. I just couldn't find it. That's how I feel about her. She's my missing piece-my Rosebud."
A total MUST read from me! I recommend reading this series in order to appreciate the connections between events and characters from all the books. So by the time you read Frayed you'll be able to connect all the dots and love this series as much as I do. :)


Favorite Quotes:

"Thinking past wrongs and forbidden fruit-none of that matters when I remember the night we shared."

"Our history is sordid, maybe even tainted, but in this one moment of clarity I don't give a shit."

"She opens her eyes and there is no denying it. It's the way she looks at me, has always looked at me. As though she gets me. It makes me want her as I've never wanted anyone."

"Don't let the past dictate the future, okay? We'll work it out. I promise."

"I have this need to have you in my life. I don't understand what i is, but I know I haven't felt more whole or more alive in a very long time than I have with you."

"Something about him makes me want to give myself over to him in any way he wants. I want to be anything he desires, everything he needs-I want to be his dream girl."

"What I feel when I look at her winds me. It's more than just lust and desire-it's a need to make her part of me."

"I liked knowing we're both a little frayed."

"The part of me that I thought died a long time ago didn't. I just couldn't find it. That's how I feel about her. She's my missing piece-my Rosebud."

CAST 

TEASERS
 


Connect with Kim Karr on:

CONNECTIONS SERIES
#1 - ConnectedAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#2 - TornAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#2.5 - DazedAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#3 - MendedAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#3.5 - Blurred: Amazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#4 - FrayedAmazon US * Amazon UK
  
  


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