Connected: The Connections Series

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What if a “Once in a Lifetime” could happen twice?

In Dahlia London’s world, happily ever after is a far cry from reality. Her soul has been left completely shattered by tragedy. But a surprising reunion with someone from her past is about to give her a reason to love again…

When rock star River Wilde comes back into Dahlia’s life, their super-charged connection runs deeper than either of them ever expected. ...

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What if a “Once in a Lifetime” could happen twice?

In Dahlia London’s world, happily ever after is a far cry from reality. Her soul has been left completely shattered by tragedy. But a surprising reunion with someone from her past is about to give her a reason to love again…

When rock star River Wilde comes back into Dahlia’s life, their super-charged connection runs deeper than either of them ever expected. The more time they spend together, the more intense their relationship becomes, and Dahlia believes at last she has found her soul mate.

But as old bonds fade and Dahlia’s grief begins to lift, her guilt and confusion remain. River desperately wants to be the one who mends what’s been broken—but with a past that refuses to stay buried, is it possible for their future to begin?

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What People Are Saying

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Praise for Connected

“I was pulled in from the first word and felt every emotion…An incredibly emotional, romantic, sexy, and addictive read.”—Samantha Young, New York Times bestselling author of Down London Road

“Emotional, unpredictable, and downright hot.”—K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths

“This book had all my favorite things. Sweet, all-consuming romance, smart and real characters, and just enough of every emotion to keep me unable to put the book down. This was one of those holy-smokes kind of books!”—Shelly Crane, New York Times bestselling author of Significance

“It’s been two weeks since I finished Connected and Dahlia and River are still in my head.”—Bookaholics Blog (5 stars)

“I am now in awe of Kim Karr.”—Shh Mom’s Reading

“I can’t say enough about this book! I LOVED IT! You will be sighing, swooning, and smiling often but you will also be crying, yelling and you will have your jaw drop to the floor once or twice.”—The Book Enthusiast

“I can’t wait for more of [Karr’s] books!”—Aestas Book Blog

“Grabbed my attention and held onto it from beginning to end…The romance, the heat, the angst, the storytelling and the characters are all captivating and very well-balanced.”—Bookish Temptations

“A sexy, emotional and wonderfully romantic debut…Kim Karr has a fantastic ‘voice’ which will only continue to grow and refine.”—Swept Away by Romance

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451468277
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Connections Series , #1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 198,379
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Karr lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for books and recently decided to embrace one of her biggest passions—writing.  Connected is her first novel and the first in her Connected series, followed by Torn

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Out of My Head

October 2006

Walkingthrough the Greek-lettered doors of Kappa Sigma, I felt like I'd just stepped onto a movie set. It was Halloween, everyone was wearing costumes, holding red Solo cups, and dancing ... well, not everyone.

I looked twice to be certain, but sure as shit, there was a large, dark blue ice luge in the center of the living room. The guy at the bot tom of the channel was my boyfriend, Ben, and the person in line be hind him was my best friend, Ae rie. I didn't go to a lot of fraternity parties, and looking at the two of them now, I knew why.

Frowning at the two drunken idiots on the receiving end of the ice luge, I headed toward the kitchen to grab a beer. As I crossed back into the living room, I saw Ben sucking on a lime and squinting his eyes with his nose scrunched as he moved his head from side to side . While shaking my head, I passed by a couple playing beer pong and laughed. Clearly she'd had a few too many drinks.

Noticing me, Ben shot a wicked smirk in my direction and crooked his index finger, gesturing me toward him. He strode a few steps closer, his gaze holding mine as the crowd cleared the way.

Standing face-to-face, I could see that his forget-me-not blue eyes were slightly hooded, allowing me only a glimpse ofhis dilated pupils. But his sly grin was still present, meaning he was in a somewhat coher ent state of mind.

Raising an eyebrow, I pointed to the dark blue ice sculpture. "Hey, how many times did you hit that?"

Feigning confusion, he raised his hands palms up. "Not sure," he

said as he cocked his head to one side while shrugging his shoulders.

Ben took the cup out of my hand and set it on the table beside us. He snaked his arms around my waist and pulled me to him. "Hey, Dahl. What took so long?" he asked as he placed his strong hands on my behind.

Wrapping my arms around his neck, I rested my forehead on his

chin and let out a slow sigh. "Photo shoot took longer than expected. Drake had a meltdown when the models' outfits weren't the shade of purple he'd asked for."

Ben groaned and dipped his head to kiss me. 'Drake's a fuckin' pansy-ass. He'd better hope you find a new internship for next semes ter because he's really starting to piss me off."

Flinching a little at his words, I leaned back to place my hands on his hard chest before looking into his slightly glazed eyes."Ben, prom ise me you'll stay away from him."

"Will do. Promise, Dahl." He chuckled, the smell of alcohol strong on his breath.

I sighed and ran my hands up to his hair, combing my fingers through it.

Looking at me with concern, he whispered, "You okay?"

"Of course. The wrong color purple isn't really the end of the world."

He studied me and hesitated before responding. “Dahl, you know that’s not what I mean.”

I stiffened. I knew what he meant, but I didn’t want to talk about the anniversary of my parents’ death.”

"Ben, I'm cool. Let's have a good time," I muttered. I broke our embrace, grabbed my beer, and looked around the room for Aerie.

Ben nodded, his sly grin returning while he watched me chug the entire contents of the Solo cup before chewing on the ice cubes. Beck oning me to the center oft he room, he pointed to the luge. "This way, gorgeous."

Having refilled our drinks, we stood at the liquor-filled ice dis penser.The party was in full swing, and I watched Ben hit the luge yet again. When I excused myselfto use the restroom, I glanced around at the crowd and pushed through the chaos. There were wall-to- wall people in every room. I stumbled into a tall guy with red hair, and I knew he was beyond drunk when he tried to kiss me.I shoved him and giggled when he tripped over his own feet and fell on his ass. I contin ued making my way to the stairs. They were filled with students drinking, making out, or doing way more than I ever needed to see.

The room smelled like alcohol mixed with sweat, and I suddenly felt like I couldn't get out of there soon enough. Weaving around the crowd on the stairs I was thankful to finally make it to the bathroom.

After splashing my face with water, I headed to Ben's room for a much-needed mental break. This particular day was the hardest one of the year for me, but being around friends always seemed to help me through it. As I headed toward his bed, I noticed the tickets he had given me this morning. I knew he meant well by buying us Greek tick ets to see one of my favorite bands, Maroon 5. He thought he would brighten an otherwise dark day, but I couldn't go back there.

Sighing, I threw myself on the bed. Yes, he meant well and here ally wanted to be the one to take me there, but he knew I would never go back. I've told him this.The U2 performance was the last concert I went to with my family before my mother, aunt, and my father died in a small crash coming home from Mexico.

I’m not sure how long I stayed in his room thinking about my parents until I finally decided to rejoin the party. I first stopped in the kitchen to grab a third beer, and then headed back into the living room. All the lights had been turned off and orange candles glowed everywhere as the sound ofhaunting music filled the room.

I felt a strong arm wrap around my waist and Ben nibble on my ear. "Where you been, Dahl?"

"Just grabbing a beer,"I answered, holding my Solo cup up in the air and twisting around in his arms.

Loud screams pulled my attention back to the ice luge where Ae rie was jumping up and down, grabbing her throat, and squealing in pain. Motioning my head toward her, I set my cup down on the banis ter. 'What's she drinking?"

Clutching his arms tighter around my hips, he pulled me closer. As he slipped his long fingers inside the waistband of my black leggings, he fingered the lace of my panties and whispered in my ear, "Don't know." Then he placed one ofhis legs between mine and asked, "Want some?" I shook my head no but was nearly panting as I responded. "I promised Aerie I'd go with her to the bar and listen to some new band.

One of us should stay somewhat lucid-at least until we get there."

He trailed his hands across the top of my panties; the fingertips of his one hand grazed from my backside across to my hip bone. Before I knew what was happening, his fingers started drifting down into the front of my pants.

"I didn't mean the luge," he said coyly before plunging his tongue into my ear and grinding his hips into mine.

I pulled back from him and removed his hands from inside my leggings. I needed to stop this very public display of affection before I couldn't. I brushed his blond hair away from his seductive blue eyes and asked, "You coming?"

Grinning fiendishly, he answered, "I hope to be soon, gorgeous!"

I laughed and shook my head. “Ben Covington, you’re impossible.”

I reached around his neck and tugged his head down to mine, connecting my mouth to his.

Ben pulled his soft lips from mine and groaned in my ear. "My room now. I need to fuck you."

I leaned back and stared at his incredibly irresistible grin. Summoning all of my willpower, I tried to decide what to do.

Before I could respond, Aerie tugged my ponytail. She swayed slightly and slurred, "There you are, girlfriend! You ready?"

Separating myself from him, I shrugged my shoulders and mouthed, "Sorry. Rain check?"

He exhaled and muttered under his breath to Aerie, "Nice fucking timing."

Aerie, being Aerie, thumped him in the forehead."Watch the language, asshole," she quipped as she reached for my arm.

Leaning back toward Ben, I gave him a swift kiss. With Aerie forcefully tugging me toward the door, I managed to say, "Meet you back here later."Walking backward and giggling, I blew Ben a kiss and waved goodbye.

Rocking back on his heels, he stood with both hands in his pockets while biting his lip and shaking his head at me .


The cool night helped to settle the heat Ben had ignited. Sounds of Halloween echoed from every direction as we walked down fraternity row. We only took a taxi part oft he way; then we walked the rest. Once we got out of the taxi, I glanced at Aerie, or more specifically, at her devil costume. She must have been plastered when she got ready because it wasn't something I could have ever imagined her wearing: a very short red sequin dress, a devil tail, high heels, and all the accessories to match. It could barely pass as an acceptable red-light¬ district ensemble-let alone a Halloween costume.

As we walked toward the bar, I grabbed a stumbling Aerie by the arm before she landed on her ass. “Have a nice trip?” I laughed, knowing full well she didn’t like to be made fun of but not really caring.

Aerie shrugged, pulling her beautiful wavy blond hair back and fastening it with the clip she had been fishing out of her purse when she missed her step."Be nice," she quipped, stopping me so she could readjust her shoe. "At least you can't call me a nonconformist!"

I never told Aerie that Halloween was the anniversary of my par ents' death. Ben was the only one who knew I never wanted to camou flage my feelings with a costume.

I sighed and wrapped my arm around her shoulder and put on my very best Vincent Price voice from "Thriller." "Ahhhahhahaaahaaa, you know I never conform. It's against my religion."

We continued walking-Aerie in red high-heel vixen pumps, me in black Converse sneakers- and she tripped again, leaving her shoe be hind her. "Aerie, really, I think your outfit could have done without those shoes. They're too big, you dum bass."I turned around and picked up her shoe. "What size are these?" I asked, squinting to see inside.

"Don't worry about it; it's not like you'd ever wear them anyway, Miss I-Always-Have- to-Wear-Comfortable-Shoes.It was the only pair of red shoes left, and one size too big is hardly an issue when they match your outfit perfectly," she announced, yanking the shoe out of my hand. "You know it's all about the look. I'd sacrifice comfort for style any day. Ahem ..." She cleared her throat while looking down at my shoes.

Shaking my head at her, I couldn't help but roll my eyes. "What¬ever."

I walked a little slower so she could keep her shoes on. Aerie said in a much sweeter voice, "Thanks for taking me out. Now, come on. Let's get moving a nd have some fun. It's girls' night out after a ll, a nd I have a broken heart to mend."

I gave her a little smile as I squeezed her arm. "Sweetheart, I think you start ed the mending process hours ago!"

Arie shuffled down the sidewalk to hold her shoes in place, and I knew this was going to be an interesting night. Aerie, my best friend since freshman year, broke up with her boyfriends like I changed the flavor of my coffee creamer-often.

Aerie was type A, even though you would never have known it from her drunken state. She strove for perfection-not just with herself-but with her boyfriends. Which explains why she broke up with her last boyfriend yesterday. Tonight she was looking forward to new options, and I was looking forward to hearing a new band.

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

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    The first book in Kim Karr's Connections series, Connected featu

    The first book in Kim Karr's Connections series, Connected features the romance of of young woman whose life is marred by tragedy and a rock star she has a connection with. Karr throws readers head first into Dahlia's life and the life of rock star River Wilde. Every girls dream to meet and fall for a rock star. If readers are looking for a book that ties everything up in a neat little package, this isn't it. If readers are looking for a book featuring a soulful connection between two people from two different walks of life, this is it.

    What I liked:

    I knew going into reading this book that I might have an issue with it. I don't think this happens very often, if ever in real life. How many rock stars even have the time to talk to someone off the street so to speak, not many if any. So I was bound and determined that this book would an unrealistic read at best and one I probably wouldn't like. I would have to say that Karr really changed my opinion of what I thought rock star romances were all about. She gives readers a couple that have this uncanny relationship. They just get each other. They are so soulful and right for each other that the reader can easily forget that they probably would never meet in the real world. It just doesn't even matter.

    River was certainly not your average hero. He has a few moments where he lets it go to his head a little bit... who wouldn't? He could have any woman he wants, but when he meets Dahlia, it's all over. She ruined for anyone else. They have this instant vibe between them. It's like they are held in this bubble and the world keeps on going around them, but they are somehow suspended in time. Dahlia knows she can't act on these feelings because she has someone and she really does love Ben in a sense it just isn't the same with River.

    Years later they meet again. Dahlia has suffered some pretty profound tragedy by this time and River only wants to take the pain away. The way that he gives her the time she needs to grieve would make anyone's heart flutter. Rock stars are cast as materialistic and superficial, well somebody forgot to tell this character, because he is anything but... Karr does such a great job of making this connection apparent to everyone who comes in contact with these two characters. They were made for each other, no doubt about it.

    I kept waiting for the conflict. For that thing that happens to drive them apart. I had no idea this one ended in a cliffhanger until the end and I was basically stunned by how quickly things take turn. Karr certainly wasn't scared off by the fact that some readers don't like cliffhangers. I will admit that I am one of those readers. But this one might have changed my mind a little bit. The cliffhanger made sense, there I said it. I thought the cliffhanger actually worked in this case and it totally made me want to jump into the second book.

    What I didn't like:

    I still have issues with the rock star meets regular girl theme, but I was able to suspend that attitude for this book, because Kim Karr was able to make me believe it could work if you have the right connection. Most readers are thinking... I want to connect with a rock star! LOL.

    Bottom Line:

    This a really special relationship. These characters will speak to anyone who thinks love at first sight is possible. A great read!

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Connected is painfully emotional.  This gripping tale had me sob

    Connected is painfully emotional.  This gripping tale had me sobbing as my heart was breaking.  It takes an enormous amount of talent to evoke emotions in readers.  Kim made me feel more emotions than any other author ever has.  I cried so hard that I went through half a box of tissues.  It was soo worth it to see an amazing love story unfold.  I was connected to the characters in this story and wanted more than anything for them to get their happily ever after.
    Dahlia is destroyed when Ben is taken from her in a ruthless act of violence.  She becomes severely depressed and does not leave the house for more then a few minutes for almost two years.  She can’t sleep.  She can’t eat.  She is pale and frail and a shadow of what she once was.  If it was not for Ben’s mother Grace, his best friend Caleb, and Aerie, Dahlia may have just let herself die.  She felt like she had nothing to live for.  Her parents died in a plane crash and her closest relatives had all passed away.  She was truly alone.  She had the most passionate night with Ben before he was killed and she clings to that memory and to the bracelet he gave her with the promise that he would love her forever no matter what.
    Thank goodness for Aerie.  Aerie finally pushes and prods and gets Dahlia to pick up her bootstraps and start to move on.  Aerie convinces Dahlia that here life is not over.  Aerie is so excited when Dahlia agrees to do an interview and photo shoot of River Wilde.  River is Dahlia’s one and only crush from college.  River is about to be a big time rockstar and Dahlia is convinced that he will not even remember who she is.  She is shocked to find that he does remember who she is and that he felt the connection too.  The connection that she felt that night in college where he kissed her.  She never felt anything like that before in her entire life.
    "But it wasn’t just a kiss.  It was so much more.  When our tongues met it felt like our souls connected with each other.”
    An awe-inspiring love story begins as River and Dahlia fall madly in love with one another. They have a love that I envy.  The love that one can only hope to find once in a lifetime. They have the kind of love that gives me hope.  I fall hopelessly in love with River and my heart is filled with warmth and happiness because of the undying love that he has for Dahlia.  He loves her so much that you can feel it in your soul.
    “As I continue to watch her with amazement and wonder, I no longer simply see rain falling from the sky.  In my mind the drops have become the tiny wishing wells she once described to me and they are gathering all around her.  I have this overwhelming urge to grant her every wish.”
    Of course you wait for the bottom to fall out and eventually it does.  All I can say is thank goodness that the sequel to this book Torn is out already or I would have went crazy.  I needed for River and Dahlia to have their happily ever after.
    In the sex department this book is scorching.  River and Dahlia have an insatiable appetites for each other.  He can never get enough and she is right there with him.  You may want to walk into another room when you get to the good stuff because your face will be flushed and your girl parts will be looking for some relief.
    Kim had me on an emotional roller coaster unlike anyone that I have been on before. She made me want to find the connection that Dahlia and River had for myself.

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

    Dahlia thought her life was as complete as it was going to get.

    Dahlia thought her life was as complete as it was going to get. She had gotten through some hard times in her past, but she had her best friend and lover and they were moving towards their future together. Not even a chance meeting with a man she felt an immediate connection to stopped her. She loved Ben and her life was at his side. Until a fateful night where everything went wrong and she lost the one person who had kept her together through her darkest hour.

    Going through the motions but not truly living for a period of two years, Dahlia slowly but surely found the strength to take the first step into a new life without her Ben. And although she knew that the steps would lead her to the man she never forgot, she was not expecting her world to turn on its axis at that moment.

    I have to admit that I was a little hesitant about the story because I've read so many books with a similar concept. However, Kim Karr did an amazing job on this one.

    Heartbreak. Desolation. Sorrow.

    Lust. Trust. Elation. Uncertainty.

    This story had it all and I enjoyed it immensely.

    I loved the way the author went about telling River and Dahlia's story. After experiencing some of Ben and Dahlia's relationship and seeing how deeply connected they were, I wasn't sure how Kim Karr would pull it off. Especially since I find the connection between two characters in a romance to be essential.

    I didn't need to worry because with every moment that passed between them, I felt River and Dahlia's connection grow and deepen. Every event, every touch, look or interaction the author brought to the page was put into place to bring the utmost impact in the reader. From their initial meeting to their second chance encounter all through their confessions and ultimate acceptance of the love they shared. Every little thing flowed seamlessly and I couldn't ask for anything more.

    I enjoyed watching them getting to know each other. With flirtatious banter, honest dialogue and lustful encounters River and Dahlia connection shined through. I'm glad that she brought along the doubts, hesitations and even some guilt into the mix. It made their struggle, especially Dahlia's, more real to me.

    Needless to say that they chemistry was HOT! Man that first night they met the sexual tension could cut glass - it was that good! But as much as I liked that, I mostly enjoyed their easy camaraderie and the emotions they portrayed whenever they were in a room together. Once emotions other than lust came into play, their chemistry skyrocketed and I was sold.

    I was cheering them on. There were times I wanted to throttle them, comfort them and just tell them to get a room. I loved watching them grow as individuals, especially Dahlia. I don't think I would have been as convinced about their relationship if it wasn't for the fact that they came into themselves and accepted who they were, past and all.

    There other elements into the story too but those you would have to experience for yourself so you can truly grasp the entirety of what this story entailed. As the first installment into River and Dahlia's story, Connected was a fantastic read, I could only imagine what's in store for them after this.

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