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Posted October 12, 2013
Boring and disappointing, that's what this second book was. It drags and drags, you get sick and tired of the I love you's and I love you more's, all interspersed with overdramatic scenes. The characters are young but behave even younger than their age. There is resolution to the supposedly 'suspenseful' plot but it is all flat and boring, almost as if there was some sort of miracle that conveniently fix it all. We get the happy ending, that's true, but by then I was so tired of the cheesy and repetitive romantic scenes that I skipped paragraphs at a time just to make it end.
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I'm soooo happy River and Dahlia got their happily ever after. They've been through so much heartache,
turmoil and drama but they made it through. They have an amazing love, their connection one that can't
be broken. River has made his way onto my book boyfriend list. He's truly amazing.
So much emotion is packed into River and Dahlia's story. I can't imagine going through all of what they
had and coming out the other side as strong as they did. I had to read this all in one sitting. It's just a
story you can't put down because you never know what's going to happen next--and if it's going to be
good or bad. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and am looking forward to reading more in the series.
Posted June 18, 2014
I loved this one more than the first!
This is the continuing story of Dahlia & River / Ben whom we met in Connected the first book in this series. I loved this book and look forward to reading the others in the series! ENJOY!!!
Posted May 12, 2014
This story will stay on my mind for weeks to come. So many emotions I experienced while reading this. Im having a major book hangover! River gives Kellan Kyle a run for his money.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2014
Kim Karr's second book in the Connections series, Torn will have readers doing everything from crying to throwing tantrums. There is so much passion and emotion in Karr's writing that it is hard for the reader not to become so deeply involved that they lose track of reality a little bit. River and Dahlia are back in Torn, after the cliffhanger ending in Connected. There story continues with unexpected twists, turns and connections that most readers won't see coming. The character development is flawless and Karr's ability to show the deep seeded feelings of her lead characters has only improved. A great addition to the series!
What I liked:
It's no secret that I was a huge fan of the first book in this series, Connected. I hate cliffhanger endings, but Karr made me a believer. There was so much angst and complete surprise at what happened, that I just had to read the second book and I'm sure that's how most readers reacted to it. River and Dahlia made the perfect couple. Rock star meets the girl next door. I'm not often a fan of that kind of theme, but it really worked with this series. At the end of Connected readers were completely shocked with Ben's return. You can't get much further out of the picture than being dead... Yep, Ben is back!
The connection between River and Dahlia was so strong in Connected that I couldn't really understand what could happen that would drive them apart. Karr must have known from the beginning exactly where she wanted to go with this. She knew that no one other than Ben could possibly have a chance. Ben was Dahlia's best friend, her lover, her fiancee. She had a deep connection with him, but it was not the same as her connection to River. Now she is torn about which direction she should go.
I have to give Ben credit. He might have been a class a jerk, but he had a plan. He was determined to get Dahlia back and he never wavered. He didn't give in to self doubt, He just hit the ground running and gave it everything he had. But I'm glad it wasn't enough. The relationship that Dahlia had built with River was beyond just love. River helped her in so many ways that had nothing to do with just him. Dahlia is stronger in this book, more capable. She isn't broken anymore and I loved the fact that River helped her find that within herself. Ben was back, but River was there to stay.
Readers will be able to see a much different side to the River they found in Connected. River is challenged here. He is perhaps being asked to give up the one thing he has fought so desperately for. He is portrayed as a laid back rock star with enough confidence in himself to front a band. But he is feeling the heat a little bit with Ben's return. He gets a little possessive and down right confrontational. He shows his fierceness and the intensity of his love for her in this one. I loved that side of him.
I thought Karr's characters were fully developed before. I was wrong. She shows us more of each of them in Torn. She makes me believe for awhile that Ben might come out on top. She makes me wonder if the book will turn out the way it should. She gives me pause, but I never should have worried. A connection like River and Dahlia's might shake with the tremors of this world, but their souls were solid and there love prevails.
Posted April 27, 2014
Torn is the second book in the Connections series by Kim Karr.
Continuing on from the ending of the first book and the shocking twist we were left with, we catch up with Dahlia and River as they receive the life-changing news that will rock their new-found relationship and have them both fighting to keep alive the new life they've created together.
It's hard to write a review when any mention of the storyline may unintentionally destroy any potential you would have to be left flabbergasted, and trust me it's a shocker, something you would never in a million years guess.
The shocking return of a characters left a cliffhanger that would have left me biting my nails down to the quick, if I didn't have the second book on hand to go on with straight away.
And while I despised the character through the revelations of diary entries, there was nothing to endear me to them whatsoever, and I had no empathy for them or what happened with the character.
But as per the last book I adored River, from Dahlia's and his first interaction, to their meeting up again years later, the start of their time as a couple and the feeling and realisation that they are soul-mates, made their romance such a great story to read about.
Not without their ups and downs, but with a strong bond that will help them deal with this revelation and will only make them stronger as a couple.
Kim has written a story just as fantastic, exciting and as unputdownable as the first book, and I'm eager and anxiously awaiting to read the third book which features River's older brother Xander as the lead character.
A wonderfully written series that will please any and all fans of the new adult contemporary romance genre.
Posted April 17, 2014
** 3.5 stars **
After finishing Torn, with its crazy-intense plot and romantic love story, Dazed felt a bit anti-climatic. There's really no comparison between these stories, but I did like Dazed, a sweet story about Aerie and the man who finally melts her heart.
I've always felt Aerie was a good supporting character, a good friend to Dahlia. I wasn't especially dying for her story, but I was curious. The first half of the novella was a bit slow, not so much the plot, but there was a lot of internal dialogue from Aerie, and a lot of it was trivial details. In hindsight, I can see that it helps set up her actions and feelings, but at the time, I was thinking to myself "Why are you telling me what Dahlia and River's cabinets look like?" I
Once we hit the second half, the story picked up in intensity and I found myself caring a lot more. Jagger was an interesting character with an apparently exciting backstory. I would have loved if Dazed had included his point-of-view. I liked that he was kind and thoughtful, not afraid to love Aerie. Given that he's River's cousin, it seems that being a good guy is a family trait.
The big conflict in Dazed is the relationship between Aerie and Jagger. Obviously. Due to a past relationship that went bad, Aerie is wary and untrusting. It doesn't help that Jagger's past is right in her face, pushing those insecurity issues. I believed in the conflict, and I believed in Aerie in Jagger. Fans of the Connections series will likely enjoy Dazed.
The heat of his hand against my neck flares within me and a strange urge runs through my body. It's not a need for human contact; it's a need for him, for his body to meld to mine.
Posted April 9, 2014
River and Dahlia's story picks up once again in Torn, right after the events that transpired in Connected. Everything about their relationship is tested when someone from the past resurfaces, painful secrets are revealed, and misunderstandings, hurts, and wounds that have been reopened begin to fester and try to tear them apart. Their love and commitment is put to the most extreme of tests and they both have to make decisions regarding their future, how they chose to deal with the past, and how they handle present events that also cause the ripples of their current problems to turn into huge waves bent on destroying them.
Once again, I loved both Dahlia's and River's characters. Dahlia can tend to be stubborn, but she also does a lot of growing and becomes a stronger person in Torn, learning to face her problems rather than retreat into herself or run away from them. River was once again his charming, hot, to die for self, but he also had some moments that were not the best and his temper raised its head, but this made him seem more real and likable to me. There are also some secondary characters which play a bigger role in Torn, and for the most part I liked them all. The romance is once again hot. River and Dahlia pretty much couldn't keep their hands off each other, even when they were fighting, their need for one another was there. Again, the book is appropriate for those 18 and over due to the mature content.
Overall, Torn was a great second installment in this series and brings River and Dahlia's story together nicely. The romance aspect was wonderful, and I enjoyed rooting for these characters and for their relationship during all the hurdles that life's situations threw at them. If you've read Connected, then you really will want to read Torn. This is a great contemporary romance that fans of this genre would enjoy.
Posted April 1, 2014
4 stars - Needed this one immediately after the first
I really loved Connected, book one. After the ending of that book, I was so glad I had Torn ready to go.
I just love River. The way he feels about Dahlia is so incredible. There's no doubt there. The problems they have are about communication and not their feelings. I loved that the love between them was always clear. He did have more of a temper in this book than the last. I think I can understand, though. It was hard on him, watching that someone from Dahlia's past return. My heart hurt for him.
I really love Dahlia too. Books were I love both the MCs are usually the best ones. Dahlia has been through some serious pain in her life. Her parents death, the lose of Ben and the secrets and more lose in this book. She deserves someone like River to cling to, to find comfort in. They do that well, these two. They support each other, comfort each other and boy can they pleasure each other.
I felt like the writing improved in this one. I struggled with that in Connected but I saw improvement here. I felt it still dragged a bit in a few places, especially the end, but I really enjoyed it. I love that these two enjoy each other a lot. They are very physical all the time with touch and sex. The reader is right there for it too. Not just one or two times but lots of times.
Could I Put It Down...
Didn't want to. Had to. That didn't make me happy. I read it over two evening. I should have just read it through because I didn't sleep for thinking about it.
In The End...
If you have read Connected, then you definitely need this one. If you haven't read either, then I suggest you have them both before you start. People who enjoy New Adult, heavy on the sexy are the ones who will enjoy this series the most.
Posted March 30, 2014
River and Dahlia were lost love, who didn't get the chance at first sight. Years go by, life goes on, heartache happens, until the day they found each other again....... That was Connected now if you haven't read that STOP reading this and go get Connected first!!!
To those of you who can't wait to find out what happens in Torn.............. What the heck are you waiting for get on that one click button and find out!!!
As you know when we left off in Connected Ben was just about to "come back to life".... How is Dahlia going to react to his return?? Will it tear her and River apart?? What will happen next!?!?!
After Ben returns Dahlia is at a loss, she is so furious with him, she knows she loved him and that she missed him, but now she has River. When she thought she was broken beyond repair, River made her feel again, love again and live again. He helped her become whole again.
But River has some secrets of his own that he has kept from Dahlia. With all the lies and hidden truths that are going around Dahlia has a hard time trusting River and it just might break them.
I am trying to be very very vague here because I don't want to rein a good thing here!! Trust me even though you don't know me you want to read this one!!
Posted March 27, 2014
This was a nerve wrecking read, there were so many times where I thought misunderstanding, twist and obstacles were going to get in the way of Dahlia's and River's happy ever after!
So after the major cliffhanger in Connected, we start where we left of, I couldn't wait to find out what happened next in their story but lawd I was close to having a nervous break down!
I don't know about you, but I kinda like when books get me so emotionally invested in the story to the point my mental stability is at risk :D
I couldn't possbily do this book justice, it was perfect in its imperfectness of flawed characters, who despite their mistakes, make you fall for them, root for them like they were your own.
I am so impressed with the level of depth, even the secondary characters had so much depth that I feel is lacking in a lot of books now a days. But TORN was so... *sigh* amazing, incredibly amazing, a highly recommended 5 star read!
Posted March 22, 2014
Posted March 3, 2014
Torn was so much more than its predecessor; more angst, more passion, more drama. And more love.
When Dahlia met River, it was like she'd been given a second chance at love. Here was someone with whom she'd connected to instantly when she met him years ago. But because of Ben, she'd never been able to explore what would have happened had she stayed in that bar. And after her fiance died, she'd given up on love. But a chance encounter with River again makes Dahlia realize that the connection has not been severed and that she's being given another chance at love and happiness. So, she takes it. And the rest is pretty straight-forward. Dahlia and River fall in love, get engaged, buy a house, and are excited to spend the rest of their lives together. But life has a way of throwing you curveballs...
Ben is alive, and he wants Dahlia back. Okay: A) Ben is a jerk, B) He doesn't deserve her back, and C) He's a jerk. ...oops, I already said that. But seriously, I actually really dislike him. And it's not just because I believe that River and Dahlia are meant to be together, and I don't want Ben in the way of their happiness. It's because he's a jerk , a cheater, and a liar. He also ruined her life and the lives of his family. He made a decision that altered the course of so many lives, and when he comes back, it's like a domino effect. One thing after another starts to fall apart for Dahlia. And Ben's claims that he did it all for her have absolutely no effect, and it just makes things worse.
I thought Dahlia acted very maturely in that situation; a situation she never thought she'd find herself in. While everyone else tried to put in their two cents, it gets on her nerves and sends her spiraling. Everyone wants something from her. Ben wants forgiveness. His mom wants her to forgive him. River wants her to not talk to him. Arie wants her to look at the situation from Ben's point of view. But what does Dahlia want in all of this? It is HER choice to forgive him, and no one else's. Through all of this indecision, hurt, and confusion, I applauded how she handled everything that was thrown her way in such a short time. Sometimes her decisions made me cringe, but ultimately, I don't know how someone could have handled it any better than she did. I don't know as I would, considering I don't think I'd ever be able to forgive a guy who did that to me. Ben thought he was doing the right thing, that he was protecting her, but the way he went about it was cowardly. And the repercussions of his decision will be felt for a long, long time.
Not only was it affecting Dahlia, but it was affecting her relationships with everyone in her life. Especially River. And the lack of honest communication between her and River is starting to take its toll. They're fighting; the sex is more aggressive (and more HOT, I should add), and it makes them both question whether that connection between them is strong enough to make it through this. Their love is beautiful, but it will never be perfect. And that's okay! No relationship is perfect, and no couple is happy all the time. I think, that this "obstacle" with Ben (and really, that's all Ben was--an obstacle), showed a new depth in both Dahlia and River. It also made them realize that relationships take work, trust, and honesty, as well as actual communication about their problems, worries, and concerns. They never questioned their own feelings, but they questioned each other's, and it leads them down a path that they're not sure they can back away from.
It does take Dahlia a little bit to step back and look at her life. Everyone's trying to tell her what to do and how to feel that she doesn't take the time to figure out what she wants. And what she realizes is that what she has with River is so much more than what she ever had with Ben. She also realizes that River would never hurt her like Ben did and that he will always have her best interests at heart. Because, let's be honest, River is amazing. He's perfect, really. ;) Honestly, I wanted to see this new side of him, the guy who isn't always perfect and romantic. He showed a little possessiveness and jealousy, got angry. It's not that I love that side of him; I just wanted to see him unravel a bit. Call me crazy, but I wanted to see that perfect façade drop.
Once Dahlia figures out what her heart wants, she goes about fixing her relationships with everyone, including Ben. She can stop listening to everyone else and just make decisions on her own. She has such incredible strength. From finding out her first love isn't really dead to a terrible, painful tragedy, Dahlia never let herself give up. Not on her loved ones, or herself. It was this personal growth that I was missing in Connected. She'd never been truly tested until her life and her relationships started to unravel.
The way Kim Karr crafted this story of strength, passion, tragedy, and love had me giddy with happiness. I was so invested in Dahlia's and River's relationship, and I absolutely loved the end result! The conclusion to their story was effective and downright perfect. <3 Though I'm still a bit on the "hate" side of my feelings for Ben, I'm excited for what's to come in the rest of the series! And that sneak peek into Xander's novel has me anxiously awaiting the release of Mended. :)
Posted February 17, 2014
Kim Karr’s sequel in the Connected series picked up where the last book left off. The book was heavily influenced by music as you can see by the extensive playlist. The book was a continuation of River and Dahlia’s relationship, but it also sets the stage for future books focusing on other characters. I found myself putting the book down to do other things but at the same time, I really did want to know what happened with the characters… just not at that moment. I liked it, but I didn't love it.
There are a lot of great reviews out there for this one though, so don’t let this deter you from reading this sequel.
Posted February 12, 2014
I was highly disappointed with this book. I just hated how the story developed with Dahlia & River. The dialogues and all the happenings were pretty boring and the sex parts were in almost every single chapter and I was like -what's the point of reading? The end was what I disliked the most. Serena and her son Brent, did Brent ever make it out of rehab? they weren't mentioned at the end, I would have really liked to know what happened with Ben... did Dahlia read his journal? did she ever forgive the guy after finding happiness with River? at the end, ok, too simple to me.
I would have liked that "Mended" was about Ben moving on and not about Xander. I'm not even gonna read that one, not interested in Xander, I was actually interested in Ben's story instead. I guess we should respect the writer's wish to make their own story, I'll always prefer "Connected" from this series.
Posted February 7, 2014
What would you do if suddenly the man that you thought was dead shows up on your doorstep? It had been three years since Ben died. It took Dahlia almost two years just to leave the house after she lost him. He was her anchor and she felt like she had been washed out to sea without him. How could he possibly be alive?
Holy hell Kim Karr! I thought Connected was an emotional roller coaster. It looks like a ride on the Ferris Wheel compared to the roller coaster ride that Dahlia ends up on because of Ben’s reappearance. She thought that River is the one she is supposed to be with but what is she supposed to do.
“When I come back up I make my way to the sand and just lay there. The beach is very quiet. Birds chirp peacefully and they soar overhead. I close my eyes willing myself to stop crying. I can’t even figure out who I am crying for – Ben, River, myself?
There are so many secrets that are revealed in Torn that you keep thinking the bottom is going to fall out. The way that River, Dahlia, and Ben treat each other has you on pins and needles wondering what is going to happen next. Then throw Grace into the mix and everything starts crumbling like a sand castle being washed away. Dahlia’s got no one but herself to keep her grounded and she is determined to never again fall into a depression like she did when she lost Ben.
Reading Ben’s journal about did me in. I am angry at him for his actions but I also feel so sorry for him. Kim, I really hope you write Ben’s story sometime soon because I believe he deserves one. Deep down he is a good guy who made some really bad choices.
“I’ll keep trying. I’ve needed her since the day I left. I wished I’d have told her that. I actually wish I had taken her with me.”
Kim writes a very realistic tale about how much your life can change in the blink of an eye. I absolutely loved Connected and Torn. They will be added to my best of 2014.
If you like love stories that will stay with you, and remind of what life is like when you have met your soulmate then you will love Torn.
Posted February 7, 2014
* Bookends received an eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
Let me start off by saying that I really loved Connected, so I was very excited to continue the series with it's sequel, Torn. I was not disappointed. Torn is one fantastic book!
This book starts off with a prologue that tells River's perspective on his and Dahlia's first meeting and their second chance meeting 5 years later. It also gives us a little personal history on River and his family which I think we missed out on in the first book. It's a great opening that really helps to suck you into the story. Because let's face it, who doesn't want to know more about River Wilde?!
Kim Karr's Connections Series has quickly become one of my favorite series. There characters are really great and realistic. They are not the flighty sort that you get in a lot of romance books. You know the ones that make those ridiculous decisions and have you constantly screaming at your book? The storyline is very engaging. I love a book that keeps me hanging on it's every word and this book definitely does that. River and Dahlia's relationship hits a lot more ups and downs in this one and there is more than one "Aha!" moment.
Torn is every bit the page turner that Connected was. It's gripping and fun, romantic, and more than a little steamy from beginning to end. I cannot wait to see what Kim Karr brings us next!
Posted February 4, 2014
Emotional and passionate. Those are the two words I would use to describe Torn.
In Connected River Wilde and Dahlia London are finally going to get married. Then we discover that Ben, Dahlia’s ex-fiancé, in alive. In Torn, River Wilde and Dahlia London are the happiest they have ever been and are about to run off to get married when Dahlia reserves a call and that is where it all goes down-hill. Dahlia finds out that Ben is alive, but she just can’t believe her eyes when she sees him. A part of Ben thinks that he and Dahlia can get back to where they were once he explains why he had to fake his own death. When Ben explains why he had to do what he had to do, Dahlia is outraged because of what Ben has put her through. It’s clear that Dahlia will never forgive Ben. That is where the relationship between River and Dahlia is tested when Ben stops at nothing to try and get Dahlia back. River rages with jealousy and no matter how many times Dahlia reassures River that she love him, he doesn't listen. River and Dahlia can't seem to talk to each other without the other getting mad and storming off or ending up having hot sex ;) Dahlia knows that she and River need to talk in out, but with River being so stubborn that just won't happen. She comes to grips that in order for their relationship to work, they both need to stop yelling and talk it out.
I loved River and Dahlia's story. It had me hooked from page one. The chemistry between Dahlia and River is out of this world! This story will have you staying up all night and not regretting a thing. I could not seem to put this book down even if I wanted to. Kim Karr did such and amazing job with this series. She's definitely one of my favorite New Adult authors.
Posted February 3, 2014
Torn picks up right where Connected left off. Immediately, the reader is thrust into the overwhelming turmoil that has been brought with the recent events that transpired. One after another, obstacles are thrown across River and Dahlia's path testing their trust, their faith and their bond.
Once again, Kim Karr delivered an amazing story packed full of emotions that ranged from the most lustful to the most heartbreaking.
Revelations. Confusion. Pain. Loss.
Hope. Frustration. Happiness.
If I thought that Kim Karr had brought about emotion in the previous installment, I have to say that she outdid herself on this one. There were so many conflicting emotions regarding different issues and affecting many characters within the story.
I loved that the outcome to the revelations were not pretty or brushed off. They were emotionally draining not only for the characters that experienced it but for the reader as well. I found that each struggle was intricately weaved with the characters. This was not merely a continuation of River and Dahlia's story, it was a view into what made their world. Their family and friends, past and present colliding to bring forth the connection they all shared.
I was glad that I got to see Dahlia come into herself even more. I did have my doubts and believed that she would revert to her state of depression. But as the story progressed I got to see how strong she had grown and how determined she was to continue the journey she started with River.
River. Man that man wasn't only sexy, he was funny, considerate and conflicted. I hated to see him struggle with the situation he faced. He loved Dahlia and his loyalty to her was admirable.
After finishing this story I can't help but be curious about Xander, Ben and Belle. These were intriguing characters and I would love to know what's in store for them.
Posted January 26, 2014
Torn picks up where Connected ended which is a big plus for me. I know I am suppose to LOVE River but I am a Ben fan. The story had heartbreak and sadness, love and heat. Sure I like the love between her and River and the story goes as it should however, Ben is in my heart as well. Call me nuts. I can't wait to read more and see where the story takes us.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.