Title: Blurred (Connections, #3.5)
Author: Kim Karr
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 5 2014
A Connection Series Novella featuring Ben Covington
The story before the love story….
When he lost the only woman he’d ever loved, it seemed there was nothing left to live for.
Even as a boy, all Ben Covington ever wanted was to spend forever with Dahlia London, the beautiful girl next door...then one life-altering decision tore them apart and he was forced to leave her.
Now, despite having returned to win her back, he’s still alone. She’s with someone else—someone she’s never going to leave.
Resigned to a future without his former girlfriend, Ben numbs his broken heart in a haze of liquor and women. But then the only woman who ever even turned his head while he was with his girl reappears unexpectedly. And he’s never forgotten their one incredible night together. But will Ben’s destructive behavior destroy his future with her before it even begins?
Blurred is a novella of the Connections series and, in strict reading order, it’s 3.5 on the list. It’s very unlike the previous novella in the series, Dazed, which told a complete story in itself of Aerie and Jagger. There isn’t really a storyline to Blurred per se, it’s much more of a background read to the major plot twist in the first two books giving us the story from Ben’s POV, allowing us to see how he feels about it all. This obviously contains major spoilers for Connected and Torn, so I have to say that you need to have read at least those two books before embarking on this one.
If there is a moment in time that comes to alter the course of your life forever—mine would be the day Caleb Holt told me I had to disappear. I don’t even know who I am anymore. I’m alone and left to pick up pieces to a life I don’t have. Rock bottom. It’s a phrase I never thought I’d use to describe myself, but it’s the only one that fits.
I started Blurred with very mixed feelings about Ben Covington. He’s really not been my favourite person in romantic fiction – I understood why he did what he did but he’s always been the anti-hero and has always come across as a bit of a douche. But I have faith in Kim Karr and, even though the girl on the cover does look like a vampire, i was prepared to go in with an open mind and attempt to make my peace with Ben.
At the end of this novella, I confess that I’m still not very enamoured by Ben. Most of this served to remind me just why I have never liked him. I did understand his sadness and desperation at his situation and how he’s lost the two women who meant the most in the world to him, Dahlia and his Mother, and this part of the novella was handled seamlessly but I’d forgotten how he cheated on Dahlia with River’s sister Bell, who has also not been a very likeable character in the series so far and a potential romantic liaison between these two seems fairly fitting (birds of a feather and all that).
Ben continues to deal with the tragedy of his life by losing himself in booze an easy women and, if you like your heroes deeply flawed, then Ben’s upcoming novel Frayed is probably a sure thing for you but I didn’t really find anything in Blurred to make me like Ben any better. For the most part, he still seems fairly self-serving and shallow and I still don’t like him! Let’s say that he is pretty much River Wilde’s polar opposite.
Blurred is mostly a retelling of what has already gone before in the series told from Ben’s POV with a few more details surrounding the case that forced him to disappear that actually only serve to deepen the mystery. It’s definitely all background – he and Bell haven’t even started seeing each other by the end of this one but I think it sets up the potential of a fairly antagonistic and difficult relationship that will feature in Frayed between two very challenging characters. I can’t fault the writing – Kim Karr is always excellent, I just don’t care for Ben or Bell.
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…
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.
#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