What if a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ could happen twice?
Suffering from a past full of tragedy, Dahlia London’s soul has been left completely shattered. Happily ever after is a far cry from reality in her world. But, when she is reconnected with her past, the bonds that form are irrefutable.
When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia’s life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soulmate.
Struggling with confusion as old connections fade and new ones begin, Dahlia’s grief begins to lift–but guilt remains. River wants to be the one to mend all that is torn within her.
But with a past that is never really gone, can their future survive?
My mind is still kind of spinning after reading Connected, and honestly, I’m not sure what to make of all of it. I would say that for the majority of the story, I wavered between a 3 and 4 star read. Then, at other times, it had some 5 star elements for me. Talk about being confused! I think the premise was great, and for the most part, I really enjoyed the story; however, I will say (and just get my downers out of the way early here), certain parts dragged out a lot for me. Some thoughts felt very overstated, so it became quite redundant; really, it just could have used some more editing to pare down some of the bulk, and there were a couple weird (don’t judge, I can’t help it) things I noticed (like song titles should be in quotes). Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I WILL say that I did really enjoy the story, and will certainly be ready for Torn when it’s released this fall.
In the beginning, I loved the chemistry and overall relationship between Ben and Dahlia, and I knew something bigger was about to happen, though, because of course, I knew River had to come into play. What I appreciated was that Ben wasn’t some douche bag where I was okay with his exit; quite the opposite – if the story were about Dahlia and Ben, that would have been great, too. The brokenness that Dahlia faced was heartbreaking and I thought Kim did a great job with this portion of the story.
Enter River. Super sexy. So much. Five years ago, they met once, at a bar. While the connection was electric, she left. She was with Ben, and he was her soulmate. But things are different now. I loved the way that he and Dahlia were together, and their chemistry and connection was so palpable; it really jumped off the page. River never pushed Dahlia, where Ben was concerned; he was simply there for her, but didn’t force her to get over it, or try to replace him in her life. He knew Ben had a place in her heart, and he was willing to just make room for himself in there, too, without pushing Ben out. I appreciated that, because the whole “jealous new boyfriend” bit can get tired.
I loved being in Dahlia’s head, and have to say, it was great to see the switch to River’s POV, but it just felt very sharp to me. It came out of nowhere, and at 70% into the story. I wasn’t expecting it at all, and then we never got back into Dahl’s head; I’m guessing Torn will be back from her POV, too, so we should get some resolution there. It was great, though, because the impending “twist” was sort of alluded to, but not really, through River’s POV. We also got to see just how bad he has it for Dahlia, and also got a glimpse into some other secrets he may be harboring.
Also, I have to mention that I LOVED all the music references. Each chapter began with a quote from a song, and I loved getting a small glimpse into what might happen in that chapter based on the song. Aside from there, though, I just loved how important music was to them. Of course, River being a musician, it was his career, but more than that, they connected through music. It was a huge part of Dahlia’s childhood, and now, being with River, it was a part of her adulthood. It helped with her healing, but also showed me how broken she was.
As for the plot, I don’t want to give anything away; I definitely knew there was going to be a big twist, and then I did see some reviews posted regarding a cliffhanger. This kinda stressed me out, as cliffhangers typically do, but this one wasn’t the “bad” kind of cliffhanger. It definitely worked for the story, and I’m happy to hang until we get Torn. So much happened from the start of Connected until the very last page, but there’s still SO SO MUCH to uncover. I can’t wait to see where the story is going because the twist is so awesome, and while you’re left with your jaw on the ground, it really was the perfect ending for this story.
I definitely recommend Connected – it really has a little of everything; secrets, lies, CRAZY twists, SUPER HOT ROMANCE, all of it. Again, I’m certainly left intrigued and can’t wait to see where Dahlia and River’s story goes next. They’ve got some craziness ahead, that’s for sure! :)
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I pull him to me, crushing my lips to his. He responds instantly. He licks my top lip then sucks on it; he does the same to my bottom lip before locking his mouth on mine. He moves his hands down my backside and presses me closer to him so I can feel his hard body on mine. He slides his tongue over the roof of my mouth and I know I’m moaning as I step back.
“Where did you learn to kiss like that?” I manage to say breathlessly.
He shakes his head and his fully dimpled grin returns as he, just as breathless, responds. “I wasn’t just kissing you. I was also whispering in your mouth,” he says lightly laughing. “Do you want lessons? Because I might be able to swing something for you.”