Title: Frayed (Connections #4) Author: Kim Karr Publisher: NAL Trade Exp Pub: September 2, 2014 Source: Publisher Pre-order:Amazon|B&N 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 when he sees Bell Wilde, he’s so deeply drawn to her, that he’s thrown for a loop. Maybe it’s purely sexual chemistry that’s igniting this spark between them...or maybe it’s his second chance at love. Bell has just gotten her life back on track and may not be up for the challenge of Ben Covington. But once they’re reunited, there’s no holding back—even if a secret from Bell’s past just might shatter them both.
I’ve been curious about the Connections series by Kim Karr for some time, and I’ve heard a lot of great things about it and the characters it contains. While I am a stickler for reading books of a series in order, I broke my own cardinal rule with Frayed for a couple of reasons. The main one being that this book belongs to Ben. I’ve been hearing not-so-great things about Ben Covington since reading the reviews for the first book. Seems Ben was a bad, bad boy; and due to the overwhelming love for the MC’s of book one, he landed himself on the not-so-desirable list for several readers. I thought maybe I could get a different perspective since I’m not invested in River and Dahlia (yet). Maybe this Ben just needed a chance and a reader with no grudge to bear. So I dove in, and I have to say the author did a really great job of telling a fresh story but filling in the blanks for me so I didn’t feel out of the loop. I loved the flashbacks, and fans of the series will appreciate the cameos of previous characters. I thought Bell was adorable and really funny, and I liked Ben… but the story really got good for me when these two decided to be “just friends.” Ha! It is clear from the beginning that Ben and Bell are drawn together by some undeniable force and could never be just friends. Watching them dance around the elephant in the room and fight their attraction to each other was fun to read about. There were some pretty serious secrets divulged and a whole lot of heartache to be had. Some of the story wasn’t for me, but there was enough I did like to know that I would very much like to start at the beginning of the series and that Ms. Karr can certainly tell an intriguing story.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.