The 27 Club

The 27 Club

by Kim Karr
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The 27 Club by Kim Karr

From the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Connections series comes an exciting and passionate new romance….

Janis Joplin. Kurt Cobain. Amy Winehouse. Zachary Flowers.
I always knew my brilliant brother would one day be listed among the great artistic minds of our time. I just didn’t know he would join the list of exceptional talents who left us too young, too soon.
 
I was always the calm one, the perfect foil to his freewheeling wild spirit. But since his death shortly after his 27th birthday, I’d found myself adrift and directionless.
 
I knew it was time to face my destiny, and I was ready to yield. But then I met Nate, Zachary’s best friend. Only he could help me put the pieces together, fill in the blanks that Zachary left behind. I needed him to answer my questions—and I wanted him for more. He awakened in me a sensuality that had never been explored, never satisfied. Nate’s presence controlled me, his touch seared me, and it was up to me to convince him that he was brought into my life for a reason….

NO CLIFFHANGER ENDING.  THIS IS A STANDALONE ROMANCE.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451475664
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 792,933
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kim Karr is the New York Times bestselling author of the Connections series, including Connected, FrayedMended, and Torn. 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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The 27 Club 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
csingh More than 1 year ago
Often a book pulls you in right away and never lets you go. The 27 Club is one of those. I started reading and couldn't stop. I was really intrigued by the premise of the book and when the prologue opened and it was told from Zach's point of view, I was astonished and excited. It allowed a small glimpse into Zach and his friendship with Nate.  I wasn't sure I was going to like Nate when I first met him, but all of that changed the moment he met Zoey. Seeing him through her eyes showed me how much he was hurting over Zach's loss and the many other changes going on in his life. On the other hand, my heart broke for Zoey even before I met her. I knew she was suffering from not only losing Zach, but also the fear she was next. The club may not seem real to Nate or anyone else, but it was real for her and even Zach. This book was full of OMG moments; some regarding Zoey, some about Nate, and many of them were about Zach. The most surprising ones came at the end. I couldn't help but bawl and even thinking of them now causes my eyes to flood with tears. It was proof of how much Zach loved his sister. Any residual feelings of distrust I had towards him completely dissipated after that. Nate and Zoey's relationship was really rocky initially.  I wasn't so sure why Nate was fighting the attraction so much when it was clear he wanted her as much as she wanted him.  I did sort of understand his messed up logic, but I was glad to see he was able to overcome his inhibitions sooner than later.  They had an intense relationship and it was good to see them helping each other with dealing with the demons that chased them.   If this is the emotional intensity with which Kim Karr writes all her books, I've really missed out on not reading her Connection series.  I will be sure to remedy that asap and to also make a note to keep an eye out for her future releases.  This is one book that is best read in order to experience what makes it so good.
Candii2424 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Search ' The Astronaut Wives Club.' Please!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the BEST books I have ever read!!
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AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
I love Kim Karr's Connections series and couldn't wait to find out what she had in store for her readers in The 27 Club, especially after  reading the synopsis.  I don'the really know what I was expecting  The 27 Club to be like, but it was nothing like I would have imagined.  It is really rather tragic, while at the same time is  what the story centered around.  Yes, there is death, mourning, and learning to live and love again, but there is also life, happiness, and discovering what love is all about.   The main characters are Zoey and Nate, and I did enjoy getting to know both of them.  I loved watching them as tragedy brought them together, and how they coped and recoverd from that tragedy.   Both are damaged, and both experinse healing.  Zoey focused her life on what she belived was her destiny, and Nate helped her to swith her focus from death to life, while Zoey helped him to overcome his own demons.   I think contemporary romance fans will definitely enjoy this book.  It has romance, great characters, and a attention-capturing story line.  Definitely add this one to your TBA list.
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Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Kim Karr brings readers a stand-a-lone novel about a young woman facing the grief of brother's death and a family curse. This is something new and different from Kim Karr's, Connections series. In The 27 Club, Karr introduces her fans to a new hero and heroine, in Zoey and Nate, that will quickly grab their attention and hold on. This is a book about secrets. Secrets involving the death of Zoey's brother Zach. Secrets about Nate's past. Secrets, secrets and more secrets. Kim Karr fans will love it! I have been a pretty big fan of Kim Karr's previous books in the Connections series, but The 27 Club is something different and unexpected. Karr once again gives readers a devastatingly perfect hero. Nate makes a wonderful bad boy hero that is a little dominant, but also a little bit sweet. The perfect combination. After River and Ben, I wasn't sure she could come close to writing another great hero, but she outdid herself with Nate and I think readers will be swept away by him and captivated as much as Zoey is. Zoey wasn't what I expected. At first she seems grief stricken and vulnerable, even a little bit scared that she to will die in her 27th year. I wanted to like her, I really did. Dahlia was such a pulsing heroine in the Connections series that I wanted to feel that for Zoey in this book, but I just didn't. She annoyed me a little bit. If I thought for a second that there was that possibility that I might die young, I wouldn't resign myself to that fact, nor would it take a man or a relationship to give me to will to fight against it. So, I guess I felt like she needed a little more backbone. I wanted her to take charge of her life and own it, for whatever time she had and I didn't feel like I got that here. The relationship between Zoey and Nate was dependent on so many secrets that it was hard to focus on their connection with each other, when it was missing this kind of basic honesty. Nate knew that Zach wouldn't want him with his sister. Nate knew what Zach's life was really like, but telling Zoey might change her entire perspective of her brother. He was in a tight situation for sure. I felt the heat between them, but it didn't seem like the forever kind of heat. Bottom Line: I love Kim Karr's writing and I thought the premise of this book was pretty intriguing. I loved Nate, he was a great hero and I think readers will fall hard for him, but Zoey was a bit lacking for me. I hope that I wasn't just comparing her to Karr's other heroine's so much that I didn't give her a chance, but I don't really think that was it. I just didn't like her. I got her, but I didn't like her. Probably, just a personal thing, read it and let me know what you think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow -what journey. I did not expect this book to be about the real life fears we all face some real some imagined. I thought by the name it was about a very naughty club and the clients who frequent such (my mind had conjured up all sorts of good stuff).... turns out there was plenty of good stuff in this story just not from the direction my mind had thought. I really enjoyed this story even with the sad paths that life does take us and was gratified these characters made their way through it to the other side. Will look forward to more from this author
LilyW More than 1 year ago
4* The 27 Club is filled to the brim with suspense, it will have you gripping your hair while bouncing on the edge of your seat! it comes from so many different directions that I had trouble keeping up with the emotions it elicits. When I initially saw the blurb I wasn't sure what to expect but after seeing a few teasers I was more than a little bit excited. The story of Zoey and Nate isn't a straight forward HEA, it's filled with twists and turns and a lot of will they won't they moments... The looming threat of Zoey's family 'legacy' is what prompts her to start living her life instead of just existing. Nate brings out a side of Zoey that she never knew existed, a passionate, impulsive side that she wants more than anything to embrace for as long as possible, and Zoey does the same for Nate. The pair both have their fair share of emotional hang ups, each want to help the other overcome their issues! Watching them attempt to help the other, adds a complex, but riveting, swirl of spice into the mix. On the whole I really liked the story, I mean what's not to like? Hot sex scenes, strong male lead, two damaged people helping each other heal, plot twists, secrets and one hell of a tragic family 'legacy'. While the tragedy is what initially caught my attention, the magnetic pull between Zoey and Nate is what drew me in and kept me hooked. Thank you Kim for sharing Zoey and Nate with the world! P.S. I would LOVE it if there was a novel or a novella about Z's last year ;)
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
3.7 star The story has laughs, betrayal, pain, healing love, grief, and heartbreak. This is Zoey and Nate’s story. Zoey believes she is about to enter club 27. As some people in her family die at the age of 27. Since her brother died when he was 27 she kind of just gave up to her fate. She traveled down to her brother’s house to pack up his belongings and she find out no everything is as he led her to believe. His best friend Nate tries to help her figure out things but he is really busy trying to out run the attraction they have for each other. The more time they spend together the more they want each other. After agreeing to spend the summer together then Zoey will move back home she wonders if she will want to leave. He believes that she believes that it is fated she has to die when she is 27. But for the first time she really wants to live. Will she make it to her 28th birthday or will fate step in and take her from Nate just when he realizes he wants her above all else? I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a good read. I recommend this book.
Emily-SBDR More than 1 year ago
I'll be completely honest, I was both terrified of this book and elated about it. From the get go there's a mystery laden theme to it. Is it paranormal, contemporary. Something very key was strategically missing from the information about The 27 Club. This book is both nothing that I thought it was going to be and everything I needed for a wonderfully enthralling read. Zoey and Nate give forbidden love a lustful, and sinful name. Yet, mixed in with the eroticism this novel offers is the ultimate test of facing one's fears. For Zoey it's the fear of coming to the same  fate her brother did, and also fear of what his life was like before he met that evil fate. For Nate, it's about the ghosts of his pasts, never being good enough for anyone and fearing the emotions the Zoey evokes in him. Together they fight the undeniable passion burning between them. Fight it because their fears are making them doubt themselves and a future they are both sure cannot exist with one another. But when Zoey makes a startling discovery about the life her brother was leading... well it may just bring to life all the wicked, sexy thoughts she'd like to indulge in with Nate that she'd been keeping at bay. Secret after secret unfolds, and Zoey takes the queue of her brother and starts living her life with the help of Nate. And along the way she forces Nate to face his fears as well. When they've finally become more to once another than either ever intended is destiny just cruel enough to rip it all away?  You simply cannot miss out on this book. Like I said before, I was wary, but knowing how much I am addicted to the Connected series I knew I couldn't pass up a Kim Karr novel. She is by far one of the most talented writers I've read. To weave a plot as intricate as this one, much like the webs of her previous series, and capture my heart for the characters within SENTENCES of being introduced to them.... that's a pure, unadulterated gift. The 27 Club is one of those books that made my heart lurch, my gut wrench, and my mind boggle. It's impossible to compare this to another book, because no way in hell is it any kind of cookie cutter. It's unique, flawless, and breathtaking. The premise is outstanding, albeit heartbreaking, the different plots that flow seamlessly into one another had me grasping for more. Pure and simple, this is a must read. Happy Reading! *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Mikki4ABookishEscape More than 1 year ago
4 erotic, mysterious, steamy, passionate, destiny filled stars! I have been wanting to read a book written by Kim Karr for a long time. My co-bloggers, Lindy and Ria, love her books and they have been telling me to read her Connections Series, but it’s been sitting on my TBR list for far too long! I’ll make sure to take some time in the next few weeks to read them. I really loved the way The 27 Club was written. It was packed with steaminess, mystery and it was a page-turning reading journey!  What would you do if you knew that the from the day you turned twenty-seven your days were counted? Generations after generation of family members have died young and tragically in Zoey’s family. They are all a part of The 27 Club. From the moment she learned of her brother’s death, Zoey has been living in fear of what her destiny will be. When she visits the place her brother used to call home, Zoey is overwhelmed with what she finds. Zack has a mysterious past that she knew nothing about. What is more mysterious is the attraction that she feels toward Nate, Zack’s best friend. Whenever they are in the same room, she feels alive. The more time she spends with him, the less she thinks about the curse that is chasing after her. They start a passionate love affair that will make them feel more alive and hanging on to each day. Will Zoey be the next member of The 27 Club or will she be able to take control of her own destiny?  I really enjoyed The 27 Club. I did not know what to expect since it was my first time reading a book by Kim Karr. This book caught my attention from the first moment I saw it appearing on all social media platforms. I’m extremely happy with the way things turned out in this book. It always kept me guessing on what was going to happen next. It was intriguing to find out Zack’s secrets. What I had a difficult time with was Zoey and Nate’s relationship. It took me some time to connect with them as a couple. I would have liked to feel a bit more sexual tension between them. I know that it was supposed to be a no strings attached relationship, but it started off too fast for me. I did end up connecting with them once Zoey let go of her fears and Nate made her live all of her fantasies, which were pretty freakin’ hot!  This story is told from Zoey’s POV. In the epilogue we got Nate’s POV and I absolutely loved it. I wish that I could have been able to read about his thoughts more often. That epilogue that was written from his POV made me see another side of his personality. I really got a chance to discover how he really feels about Zoey. I’m really happy that the author included an epilogue with his POV.  Overall, I really enjoyed my first reading experience with a book written by Kim Karr. She kept my interest from beginning to end. The details included in the story allowed me to make my own conclusions on what happened to Zack, but I was pleasantly surprised that there were new twists and turns that kept coming my way. If you haven’t read a book by Kim Karr yet this standalone is a great place to start!  I give, The 27 Club, by Kim Karr, 4 erotic, mysterious, steamy, passionate, destiny filled stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting but boring read. Had a hard time finishing book.
BlushingReader More than 1 year ago
Kim Karr 's The 27 Club is different. It takes a subject that most of us don't like thinking about, our morality, and turns it into a story that leaves us feeling the need to make each day full of living life to the fullest!  I signed up to read this book based solely on the fact that I loved Kim Karr's Connection series and her writing.  I don't remember reading the synopsis until I picked up the book to start reading.  (Kim is an auto read author for me).  After reading the synopsis, I knew I was in for something different from the Connection series, something grittier and darker.  (Did you get that too from the blurb?)  However, The 27 Club wasn't what I was expecting.  Zoey and Nate took me on a different journey than I expected, and while I enjoyed this story I am left wanting a bit more angst and drama (I know!  I never want more drama!) The 27 Club takes the idea of destiny and plays around with it in how these characters live their lives.  Zoey Flowers is afraid to live, for most of her life she was taught to fear turning 27, and after tragedy strikes with her brother dying at 27, her fear of dying paralyzes her from living.  Zoey was a character I wanted to like more, but never truly connected with until the last half of the book.  Nate, however, captured me from the beginning.  Nate was the hero we all sigh over and had me all tangled up for the first part of this book and completely infatuated by the epilogue.    Kim Karr had a lot of threads going on in this story and while it did take me a bit to get into the story, once it clicked I was hooked.  One of my favorite things about Kim's writing is the unexpected threads that reveal themselves in her books.  In The 27 Club there were some threads that intrigued me (The Estate) but never went anywhere, but then there were threads that led to interesting twists and surprises.  I enjoyed the whole moral to this story that destiny is the path you choose and life should be lived each day to its fullest, but I was left wanting a bit more.  A bit more drama.  A bit more mystery.  A bit more heart tugging emotion. A bit more of The Estate. The 27 Club, while not what I was expecting did deliver a very good story.  I think jumping into this book without reading the synopsis might be the best way to go, that way you don't have false assumptions to cloud your perception of what to expect.  Kim Karr definitely gives the reader a lot to think about in this book.  What would you do if you thought your life was counting down fast?  Would you grab the first person that made you feel alive and safe and hold on?  Or would you hide away?  The 27 Club gives you a lot to think about and while I wish we got more from Nate, his epilogue is one of the best I have read in a while! Kim Karr has created a book that was thought provoking, hot, and filled with characters you can't help but want to know more about.  If you were a fan of the Connection series, then you will enjoy this next offering from Kim.  If you have never read a Kim Karr book, then you are in for a treat with how she intertwines her stories with heat, heart and thought provoking subjects.  The 27 Club is definitely a book you will want to check out and see for yourself how Zoey and Nate decide to "F&@K Destiny!"
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
The 27 Club follows the story of Zoey and Nate. Destiny was something that has always plagued Zoey. Her entire life she's lived in fear of the 27 club. She prayed that her and her brother would be spared. However, Zach dies suddenly and that leaves Zoey questioning everything....Zoey now finds herself in Florida. She's there to pack up her brother's belongings and to get some closure about his death. While going through his things, she's discovered that he's kept things from her. Luckily for her, she has her brother's best friend, Nate who can help her sort things out. From the moment that Zoey met Nate, they were instantly attracted to one another. There was a pull that neither one of them could deny. All she knows it that he makes her feel alive and for once she just wants to live in the moment and not worry about the 27 club. What started off as a trip to Florida to seek some closure, suddenly becomes more. Will Zoey be able to handle the truth about her brother's life? Will Zoey get over her obsession with destiny and live in the now? What would you do if you knew your number would be up at the age of 27? Would you live life to the fullest? Would you be wild and free? Would you follow the rules and live your life in fear? I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by The 27 Club. It was not what I was expecting at all. I loved the mystery surrounding The 27 Club and I was completely intrigued by it. This book was sexy, fun, intriguing, and mysterious. I loved the angst and romance in the story as well.  I was hooked on this book from the very first page. I couldn't wait to know more. I had so many questions: What is The 27 Club? How did Zach die? Could fate really be that cruel? It was so much fun trying to figure things out. I loved Nate and Zoey together. Zoey was so obsessed with the idea of fate having control over her life, that she wasn't living. She played by all the rules and didn't take any chances. Nate was exactly what she needed: Smart, Sexy, Dominate. He made her feel alive and not afraid. They both had their issues, but Zoey helps Nate to see that love does exist and is worth taking a chance on. Overall, I really enjoyed The 27 Club. I loved the message behind the story: to not let fate dictate your life and to live everyday to the fullest.  * I received an ARC copy of this book via the author & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars-wishing there was some more background information: 3.5 stars--THE 27 CLUB is the latest adult, contemporary, erotic romance, stand alone novel from author Kim Karr. The focus of the storyline is the Flower family destiny-a curse to die in your twenty seventh year. This is Zoey Flowers and Nathaniel Hanson’s storyline. According to the online dictionary destiny is the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; one’s fate; one’s fortune; or one’s doom. Predestination is the belief that everything that will happen has already been decided by God or fate and cannot be changed. Do you believe in destiny? That your future has been predetermined by a higher power and nothing can or will stop the events from happening? THE 27 CLUB is a story of one family who believe. Told from first person point of view (Zoey) with a couple of chapters from Zach and Nate, the storyline follows college professor Zoey Flowers and her older brother and artist Zach -a close knit brother and sister duo-who believe their destiny is to die before their twenty eighth year. The storyline prologue begins with the introduction of Zach on his twenty seventh birthday: his fear of joining The 27 Club as many of his ancestors had previously done but also his need to ‘live like you’re dying;’ in the here and now. When Zach dies approximately nine months later, Zoey heads to Florida to uncover the truth about his life, his death and the people he left behind including his best friend Nate Hanson. What ensues is a building relationship between Zoey and Nate, and Zoey’s discovery that what she thought she knew about her brother was all a lie. Zoey’s journey will follow a path unlike anything she could have imagined. With her twenty seventh birthday having come and gone, Zoey is preparing for her destiny-one day and one wish at a time. The attraction between Zoey and Nate is immediate but one forbidden by a promise. Zach had never wanted to introduce his sister to Nate knowing that Nate would probably break Zoey’s heart. Zoey and Nate’s relationship is one of passion, forbidden love and mutual understanding as they comfort one another in the wake of Zach’s sudden death. There is no promise for the future; no strings attached; there is an unknown expiration date on their love. The $ex scenes are intense, seductive and intimate with a little bit of kink on the side. The secondary and supporting characters include Gisele and her son Mateo; Nate’s ailing father; their housekeeper Rosie; and several business associates of Zach and Nate’s who reveal more to Zoey than she could have possibly surmised. Zach led a secret life; a life that is never completely revealed to its fullest extent and in this the missing background information makes for some curious assumptions. I would like to have read more about Zach-the who, the what and the why-but we all know is there is no happily ever after for Zach! Nate’s business ventures are another part of the premise that never completely materialized. There are hints, admissions, and revelations but no depth into the reality, his connections or how it came to be. Zoey will uncover her brother’s secrets that tie closely to Nate’s business, but we never learn or understand why. The world building takes the reader into the nightlife of Miami, the secret clubs, the art world and the people Zach, Nate and Zoey encounter in their lives. There are moments of heartbreak, surprise and shock countered by the realization that we truly do not know about the people in our lives. Life is fleeting; the future is not guaranteed. Live life to the fullest; dance like no one is watching! Kim Karr is a brilliant writer who will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for destiny to take another life but there is so much information missing and not revealed that I was left wondering where it all began. I am hoping Kim puts pen to paper and writes a prequel that will address the incomplete nature of Zach and Nate’s backstory and history.
LoriC5 More than 1 year ago
This book is seriously fantastic. I’m not always a fan of the romance novels that make you cry along with the steamy and sweetly romantic. But the tearing up in this book was so different. It was bittersweet. The first section of the book is from the perspective of Zach Flowers, Zoey’s brother. Brilliant! In some ways, it made moments of the book so much sadder, but at the same time, the story wouldn’t have been as poignant if we didn’t have some attachment to Zach. It fuels the emotion throughout the book because in a very small way, we can catch a glimpse of the sadness that Zoey is feeling. The truly amazing thing is that the author is able to give you that emotion by making you connect with Zach in just that one small section of the book. Zoey is in a seriously crappy situation. I can’t say that with the history in their family that I wouldn’t have also freaked out about the legacy of the 27 club. To make matters, with her brother’s death, she is now all alone in the world. When she finally gets to Miami to box up her brother’s life, she discovers that there are things he kept from her and she has a need to know what they are and why. In some ways, it can give her some closure and the ability to really say goodbye to him. Zoey is a really strong heroine. Despite being the “good girl” and seeing herself as boring and safe, she is so much more. Miami brings out the strength she possesses and the free spirit that was hidden inside her. I loved the fact that giving up control to Nate was a thrill ride for her. Because as that steadfast, responsible one, she was always calling the shots, always making the decisions. That can truly get exhausting and with someone else taking on some of that burden, the reader gets to blossom with her and feel her come alive.  There is so much that can be said of Nate. First, he gives new meaning to the term sizzle. That man is sex incarnate and he brings the burn to the pages. However, the author sis an amazing job creating his character, finding that fine balance between sweet and alpha sexy. She mentions a shyness about him from time to time and that could have so easily stepped into a place where all of the sudden you saw two personalities that didn’t really mesh. But, Kim towed that line just perfectly.  Nate is definitely complex. He is clearly scarred by his past and so sure that he is no capable of love and all that goes with it. Zoey is focused on the fragility of her future and her almost certainty that she doesn’t have one. Between the two of them, there is a mountain of baggage and they could easily let those beliefs turn into self-fulfilling prophecies. Luckily, even though they aren’t aware of it, they are exactly what each other needs. This book was hard to put down. There are so many characters beyond Nate and Zoey that make this book great, I fell in love with most of them. The histories and the connections were a perfect web for the mysteries of the book, but they are not confusing. Just interesting. I would pick up another book about Nate and Zoey in a heartbeat. 27 Stars!