November 14, 2013

Title: Torn
Author: Kim Karr
Series: Connections
Publisher: Penguin
Published:October 1, 2013
Pages: 288

From the Publisher: Rock star River Wilde brought Dahlia London back from the brink of hopelessness with his unwavering love and devotion. But their entangled history is about to test the strength of their relationship…

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 stay together or will they be torn apart?

First Thoughts: 4.5 stars What a ride! I loved it. LOVED.

Plot, Pacing and Style: This book picks up where Connected left off, but almost goes back in time a little bit when we see the journal entries. Dahlia was finally moving on with her life…but a major wrench got thrown into her life plan that threw everything off. I’m going to say it right now: I WAS SO AFRAID FOR THE DREADED LOVE TRIANGLE. But thank you, Ms. Karr for never going there. That was actually one of the strongest parts of the story…how strong River and Dahlia’s love was for each other, even with all those massive (and I mean massive) hurdles.

The pacing was brilliant. I read this in one sitting so you know it had my interest. It was intense and gritty and sexy. River and Dahlia’s love was put to the test and the way they worked through it was spot on and most importantly, real. It wasn’t perfect, but that’s why I loved it.

This story was told mostly from Dahlia’s POV, with a few journal entries from him, and then some POVs at the end from him. Secretive much? yes I loved it all!

The MCs: There’s Dahlia and River, but I felt like I got to know so many more characters in this installment. Grace, Serena, Xander (well, not really but I want to), Ben, and Bell.

I felt like sometimes I wanted to strangle Dahlia, but at the same time her flaws are what made me love her. First, she needs to remember her cell phone!!! (lol). I think it took a while to realize that she had to own the fact that she wasn’t always honest with River either…and I loved that he called her on it.

I also really loved River even more in this installment. In book 1 he was purely smitten with Dahlia, and here in Torn he was still smitten, but at the same time he didn’t take any of her crap and gave it right back to her when she deserved it. He also got angry sometimes and let’s be real…it was so freaking hot!

Romance /Chemistry: Wow, River and Dahlia hit rough patches but their love really never wavered. It was a love that was meant to be.

Title/Cover: Ahhhh, this title was perfect. I knew it would be. The outcome of the past coming back definitely tore lives apart. The cover is gorgeous…sexy and hot and romantic. Love it.

Twists and Turns: There was definitely a secret in this installment that I never, ever saw coming. Well, one part I did, but the result of that will definitely be showing up down the road. I’m sure of it.

Ending: Swoony. What a great HEA, and it wasn’t rushed.

Gripes/suggestions: I don’t think I really have any strong gripes, but I do like to put this section in to “round out” my reviews, if you will. So take this with a grain of salt and know I loved this story…I guess I didn’t need as many sex scenes as there were in the book. Whaaaaa you say? That’s right, it’s true. I always love the build up more than the actual deeds and the detail from the scenes over and over *almost* got old. Like I said, almost…

Final Thoughts/Rec It? Yes, yes, yes. I am happy to know how Dahlia and River’s story ends, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for Xander. I have a feeling I’m going to really love him.

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