Title: Mended (Connections, #3)
Author: Kim Karr
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Always in control, Xander Wilde considered life on the road to be a perfect fit for him. But when disaster strikes on the Wilde Ones’ latest tour, fate intervenes…and a newly single Ivy Taylor, the only girl he has ever loved, steps back into his life.
After moving past her painful breakup with Xander years ago, Ivy was poised to become the next big name in pop music…when suddenly she withdrew from the limelight—the same day she announced her engagement to her controlling agent, Damon Wolf.
Xander knows he should keep his distance. But once they’re on the road, he can’t resist pursuing her for a second chance. Yet a jealous Damon can’t let her go—and he’s keeping dangerous secrets that could destroy them all.
When the three of them come together, everything falls apart. But if Xander and Ivy can hold tight to the bond that connects them, they just might have a chance at reclaiming the powerful love they thought they had lost forever...
Kim Karr really does write heart-warming, feel good romances which restore your faith in human nature and true love and Mended is definitely another winner from her but be warned – Kim’s not afraid to throw in a truly shocking plot twist so be prepared for the unexpected!
This time, it’s the turn of Xander Wilde, big brother of River and manager of the Wilde Ones to find his forever girl and that girl is Ivy. He and Ivy were High School sweethearts. They were very much in love but they came from different walks of life, different circumstances and things were never going to be easy for them but then, the whole situation with Xander’s father which we’ve heard about in the previous novels, forced them apart and led Ivy to believe that Xander had betrayed her. Xander has let her believe this for years, thinking it was the right thing to do at the time but he regrets the loss of his Ivy and has never truly got over her.
Now, with Ivy a successful pop artist and Xander and The Wilde Ones finding themselves in need of a lead singer for the tour, Ivy steps in the join them, much to her over-bearing manager and fiancé's disdain and they all head off on a US tour together. Think two people who could hardly keep their hands off each other in the pasts with a world of hurt and pain between them now cooped up on a tour bus for weeks. Sparks are going to fly!
Xander had, at least for me, come across as really rather ornery in the previous books and it was so good to get closer to him, to see what a sweetheart he really is. He’s never really stopped loving Ivy and this was a fabulous second chance love story, of a love that seemed completely lost but could not be denied.
Ivy appeared to be such a lost soul – nearly all of the decisions she’s taken in her adult life have been for the benefit of someone else. Her family circumstances and her manager have never allowed her to fully pursue her dreams and singing for the Wilde Ones is a break that Ivy really relishes but she’s desperately trying to resist Xander’s charm. She believes he betrayed her back when they were teenagers and isn’t prepared to listen to the truth.
Of course, they just can’t resist that unrelenting pull that exists between them buried deep beneath all that heartache and they will eventually fall into each other’s arms but even when they seem to have found one another again, tragedy and shock are just around the corner to attempt to derail their fledgling rekindled romance.
This was such an emotional roller coaster of a ride – Kim Karr does a fantastic job of ramping up the sexual tension and chemistry as Xander and Ivy attempt to resist their attraction and I adored the second chance theme that ran through the book. Xander and Ivy show that their love is true and total and stands the test of time. We also get to catch up with River and Dahlia and the rest of the boys as they take their tour across the US.
Mended has just about everything a heartfelt, charming romance should have – a little bit of angst, a fair amount of humour and a whole lot of sexual chemistry and sweet love. Another fantastic addiction to the Connections series.
4 second chance stars
Series Reading Order
Series Reading order
Released May 7 2013
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?
Released October 1 2013
Rock star River Wilde brought Dahlia London back from the brink of hopelessness with his unwavering love and devotion. But their entwined history is about to test the strength of that love… Dahlia was certain she had found true love and met her ‘Once in a Lifetime’ when she reconnected with River. But Dahlia’s world comes crashing down when someone from her past resurfaces, and all of River’s carefully hidden secrets are exposed. River wants to show Dahlia that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass—it’s about dancing in the rain! But how many times can one broken heart be mended? Will River and Dahlia be able to face the turmoil together or will they be torn apart?
Anticipated Release Date: April 1 2014
Jagger Kennedy never went looking for fame, he just fell into it. After scoring a major modeling contract, his clean-cut good looks and charm catapulted his career. But when his actress girlfriend breaks his heart, he moves to L.A. to try his hand at acting. He needs to make a change, and the last thing he’s looking for is love… Aerie Daniels is a woman in control … until she meets Jagger. Her surprising connection with him leaves her stunned, and it’s unlike anything she’s ever felt. But just when she lets her walls fall, she makes a startling discovery about him that breaks her fragile heart into a million pieces. To keep from losing the one woman he can’t bear to be without, Jagger is willing to give up anything—including his career. But even that might not be enough to regain Aerie’s shattered trust…
Anticipated Release Date: June 3 2014
Music has the power to heal, but not all broken hearts can be mended. Always in control, Xander Wilde considered life on the road to be a perfect fit for him. But when disaster strikes on the band’s latest tour, fate intervenes…and a newly single Ivy Taylor, the only girl he has ever loved, steps back into his life. After moving past her painful breakup with Xander years ago, Ivy was poised to become the next big name in music…when suddenly she withdrew from the limelight—the same day she announced her engagement to her controlling agent, Damon Wolf. Xander knows he should keep his distance. But once they’re on the road, he can’t resist pursuing her for a second chance. Yet a jealous Damon can’t let her go—and he’s keeping dangerous secrets that could destroy them all. When the three of them come together, everything falls apart. But if Xander and Ivy can hold tight to the bond that connects them, they just might have a chance to reclaim the powerful love they thought they had lost forever....
Anticipated Release Date: September 2 2014
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.
#3.5 Blurred ~ a novella featuring Ben Covington due for release August 1st 2014
#5 Flawed ~ Caleb Holt’s story due for release in 2014
#6 Perfected ~ The Connections series ends here with all the characters coming together – also due for release in 2015
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