Frayed: The Connections Series [NOOK Book]


He didn’t think, he didn’t question—he just acted.

What she wanted, she took—without regard.

It ...
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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 fiancée, Ben Covington is unsure he’ll ever love again. But he’s so deeply drawn to Bell Wilde that he’s thrown for a loop. Maybe it’s purely sexual chemistry that’s igniting their spark… or maybe it’s his second chance at love.

Bell Wilde has just gotten her life back on track and may not be up the challenge of Ben Covington coming back into it. However, once the spark is reignited…there’s no stopping it. But even if they both manage to pull together their frayed hearts, a secret from Bell’s past just might shatter them both.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The fourth Connections new adult novel (after Mended) is angst-filled and compulsively readable. Nearly six years after Ben Covington and Bell Wilde shared a night of passion, they run into each other at an awards banquet. Ben wants a relationship. Bell reluctantly acknowledges their fierce sexual chemistry, but insists on a no-strings-attached, friends-with-benefits arrangement or nothing at all. Determined to change her mind, Ben begins a concentrated plan of seduction involving erotic role-playing, romantic dinners, and light domination. But it turns out that Bell is hiding a huge secret that will almost certainly derail their budding relationship. Karr’s world is filled with imperfect yet relatable characters, a familiar but well-written story, and hotter-than-hot sex scenes. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698163065
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Series: Connections Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 4,541
  • File size: 1,007 KB

Meet the Author

Kim Karr is the New York Times bestselling author of the popular Connections series, including Connected, Torn, and Mended. She 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.
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  • Posted September 19, 2014

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    I have absolutely loved the Connection series by Kim Karr, espec

    I have absolutely loved the Connection series by Kim Karr, especially the guys.....River Wilde is to die for in Connections and Torn, I loved Jagger in Dazed, and then Xander Wilde completely stole my heart in Mended.  That leaves one other guy that has made an appearance in almost every book....Ben Covington.  Originally, I so did not like Ben.  The novella Blurred gives you insight into Ben's side of the story and by the end of Blurred he had gone a long way to redeem himself in my eyes.  I even felt like I understood where he was coming from.  Finally, in Frayed, Ben Covington and Bell Wilde get their own story.   I have had kind of a love-hate relationship with Ben Covington over the course of this series, and by the end of Frayed he had completely won me over.  He still had his moments of jerkdom in this novel also and didn't handle some things the way I would have liked to have seen, but the fact that he's not perfect is also what makes him appealing.  Bell or S'Belle as Ben calls her, I just loved.  She was sweet, feisty, and passionate.....and I felt so bad for her for what she'd been through in her past and for the things she went through in this heart broke for her in some parts and them did the happy dance for her in others.

    The story itself covers a lot of the background history from the other novels and the characters from the other novels in the series are also part of this story, which I really liked, and I enjoyed getting to see where they were in their lives and relationships.  Of course there is hot sexy romance, something Kim Karr does so well.  The ending was very satisfying and the epilogue even more so.  While River and Dahlia's, and Xander and Ivy's stories remain my favorites, I did enjoy Ben and Belle's story very much and was happy to see where Kim Karr took these two characters in this installment and I can't wait for the next book in the series to release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Ben gets HEA

    I liked that Ben did find happiness...after all he did give up his girl to save her and I felt in the first book he did really love her.
    But moving on... love River with Dal.....but we don't get enough of the rest of their story .... she miscarries and then. ,,,
    The book was rushed in the end. We go through meal by meal for the first 300 pages then she tells him.....and has the baby
    Was expecting more between the brothers and Ben before accepting... that was way to easy. River was pissed when Dal wore his clothes.... and then his sister gets with him again.?
    Also what was the deal with Romero, Tate and Caleb (the jump drive)????
    Hopefully more to come because there has to be more to those stories......
    Your origional plan was one final book to bring all characters to an end?...was this it?
    Hope not, there feels like more to come
    I enjoyed the series just hate the time between books

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  • Posted September 10, 2014

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    Ben finally gets his HEA!

    Ben finally gets his HEA!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014


    Unchains u and leaves

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    To person

    Look at you.

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  • Posted September 6, 2014

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    From the very beginning on the Connections series I couldn't fin

    From the very beginning on the Connections series I couldn't find enough redeeming qualities in Ben Covington. Did I feel for him, and hurt for him? Of course, but I also couldn't stand him. I have no idea why though. I wasn't just what he had done to Dahlia and his family, or his attitude. There was just something missing. After I read Blurred, the prequel to Frayed, I was still having trouble wrapping my head around Ben being the next hero in this amazing series. Don't get me wrong, I wanted, and to an extent, needed to love Ben. I just wasn't sold yet. And you best believe that chapped me. But, near the end of Blurred I could see a glimmer of what Frayed was going to turn into. I saw the redemption and healing about to take place. Leave it to Kim Karr to take a character that I had no connection to and didn't care for all that much and mold him into a special place in my heart. 

    I've done a complete about-face where Ben is concerned. Thanks to Bell Wilde. She was his redemption, and he was hers. She was that missing piece I couldn't find in the earlier books. When they came together in Frayed, despite the devastation and heartbreak, they stole into my heart and made me feel every square millimeter of their love and strength. It may sound silly, but really you should be used to hearing me wax poetic about this series. Frayed is no exception to that rule. 

    Bell and Ben come head to head to face their demons, heal their hearts and move on. Bell thinks she can move on without closure and without Ben. He's out to prove her wrong. To him, she's the best mistake he's ever made and he can't get enough. To her, he represents a past of pain, and emptiness. When Bell gives in to Ben's advances she finds the heat and all-consuming lust still there. When they begin to wonder if it's more, the past comes knocking and when the secrets are spread on the table it may catapult these two star-crossed lovers into an abyss they may never recover from. 

    Bell struck a cord with me from the very first book. I knew she had a dark story to tell and a pain to heal. I never expected the emotional punch to the gut this book delivered though. It was one of those books where just when you think they destruction is over, it's not. True to her style, Ms. Karr puts you through the wringer. But with high risk of your heart being smashed to smithereens, comes a high payout of the ending these two deserved. With each book I fall deeper and deeper into this fantastical world of coincidences and heartbreak, love and fate. And I can't help but wallow within these pages each time I get a new one in my hands. Frayed will forever be the book that blindsided me with its brilliance. And at this rate I'm going to have to find some way to bribe Kim Karr to make this the never-ending series, because there it no way I will ever get enough!

    Happy Reading!
    *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014


    I thought ben was a jerk in the other books but i learned to locw andappreciate him in this story. What a perfect match of bell and ben. I laughed and cried. It doesnt get better than that...cant wait dor the next book...please hurry

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

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    I¿m so pleased with this book! If you¿ve read my reviews on othe

    I’m so pleased with this book! If you’ve read my reviews on other books in this series, you know I didn’t have the best feelings about Ben. I wanted him to find peace and a future and redeem himself, but I didn’t know if it would ever actually happen. But now I can report with absolute certainty, that my feelings for Ben have changed. He found a way out of the dark in this book and while he won’t be making any of my favorite book boyfriend lists anytime soon, I can he’s redeemed himself in my eyes. 

    Sometimes it really is all about finding the right person. That couldn’t be more true than it is with Ben and Bell. The passion he lacked with Delilah was present in spades with Bell. They were perfectly matched – in and out of the bedroom – and I really enjoyed their story. Granted, I still take issue with him for cheating on Delilah back when this all started, but I think I can look past it now. Regardless of how long they’d been together, they weren’t right together. There was someone better out there for each of them. 

    Ben began his path to redemption at the end of Blurred. He made a series of bad decisions over the past several years and he lost a lot over that same period of time. I did sympathize with him for all that he’d lost, but it didn’t excuse away the behavior. I was getting a little tired of looking backward with Ben and I’m happy to say this book didn’t have much of that. It was more about the future, save for a few flashbacks from Bell’s POV, which didn’t bother me at all. I liked Bell from the start. I wasn’t pleased to learn of her history with Ben at first, but again, forgive and forget… right? 

    Frayed really was about Ben and Bell dealing with their past and moving on together and finding a better future. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind, before or during this book, that they belonged together and would get there. Together Ben and Bell confronted the ghosts of their pasts and realized what they had, no matter how hard they tried to fight it, was something special. They were smoking hot together. The sexy scenes were SUPER steamy and the romance was heart-melting. They were easy to root for. Ben atoned. It was time he got a happily ever after.

    The other thing I really liked about Frayed was that it gave me a chance to catch up on the lives of the other characters in this series. I loved each of them in one way or another and it was gratifying to learn where they are now. 

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, given my feelings for Ben at the beginning of this book, but I have to say this is one of my favorite books in the entire series. I loved the character development and the pairing of Ben and Bell. They gave me the warm fuzzies and often had me fanning myself from the passion. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a second chance story. I’m very happy with this book and I suspect other fans of this series will be as well.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

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    Amazing storyteller--4 stars--FRAYED is the fourth full length n

    Amazing storyteller--4 stars--FRAYED is the fourth full length novel in Kim Karr’s adult, contemporary Connections romance series. This is Ben Covington’s continuing story-one brought about by a night of indiscretion. Told from alternating first person POVs (Ben and Bell) a portion of the storyline is a look back into both of their lives from the previous six years.
    The focus of the storyline follows Ben Covington and Bell Wilde. In the earlier books we were privy to Ben’s past-from faking his own death; entering the witness protection program and returning to find his fiancée had moved on and found a new love. Six years earlier, as a senior in college, Ben spent a wild one night stand with a woman he knew only as S’belle and everything about that night will change his life forever. Bell is his ex-fiancee’s new sister in law and a woman he has never been able to forget. 
    The storyline is a second chance, of sorts, for both Ben and Bell. At a benefit in honor of Ben’s journalism research, Ben and Bell will reconnect, and their attraction and desire for one another is hotter than ever-but Bell has limits-no relationship, no commitment, just fun.  Ben is looking for something more.  It is the something more for which Ben is unprepared when Bell reveals the truth about what happened after their one night together. 
    Saying that, there was plenty of angst and anxiety as it pertained to Ben and Bell’s relationship. Although the attraction was undeniable, Bell has issues that needed to be addressed. She is a woman torn between her desire for Ben and moving forward-her conflicted feelings made for some anxious moments. In this, the storyline decidedly faultered with Bell’s inability to commit or stay focused.
    The secondary characters include Bell’s coworkers-some good, some bad, some down right evil. Everyone has an agenda and Bell is in direct line of conflict. Both Ben and Bell’s family play a major role in their lives and a presence throughout most of the storyline. We are reintroduced to Bell’s brothers River and Xander Wilde, as well as their mates, and get a more personal look at Ben’s extended family. I suspect Ben’s brother has a storyline in the near future.

    Kim Karr is an amazing storyteller. Her Connections series brings together one family- all connected by a single couple-and therefore should be read in order. FRAYED is a story of forgiveness, finding love and moving forward. It is dramatic, intense and realistic in its’ presentation.

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