Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: MENDED (Connections #3) by Kim Karr









MENDED (Connections #3)





REVIEW:

            



In Mended we finally get to dive into Xander's head and get to know what he is like and view the world from his point of view.  I have been a fan of the Connections series from the beginning, River and Dahlia hold a special place in my book loving heart, and Kim Karr does and excellent job of interweaving all the characters we meet in the first two books into these new break away stories.  

One of my favorite things about Kim Karr's writing is the emotion she puts into all of her characters, the story and the overall vibe of the book.  I love a story about high school sweethearts reconnecting and Xander and Ivy's story does this well.  Kim Karr tells stories that can break your heart, piece it back together and then make it sing.  I really enjoyed getting to know Xander!  Getting this story from mostly his point of view was a fantastic treat, you get inside his head and you get to keep the connections to the characters from the previous books along this journey.

Ivy and Xander were an interesting couple and Kim Karr named this book perfectly: Mended.  Mended, is exactly what needs to happen for Ivy and Xander to get over the past mistakes and realize that what they had together never really went away.  Watching these characters reconnect was a treat to read, the balance of drama and emotion was on point and Kim Karr gives the reader just what we are looking for when we slide into a romance story.  However, this is a Kim Karr book so you know the journey to love isn't an easy path and there are a few twists in this book that will leave you surprised, heartbroken and shocked. 

Kim Karr is an author that not only gives you a great story about Xander and Ivy, she also blends other characters together into Mended that we have fallen in love with in the first two and a half books.  I loved getting to see River and Dahlia and peek in on how their lives are going, as well as getting snippets of Aerie and Jagger.  This series is a series that never disappoints and leaves you craving more.  I can't wait to see how all of the "Connections" keep weaving in future stories!

If you are a fan of the Connections series then Mended is a wonderful treat for you to add to your collection and you will finish this book with a smile and a wish for future books to come out faster.  However, fear not, if you haven't read any of this series before you can still read and enjoy Mended, but be warned, after finishing Xander's story you will want to go back and read this series from the beginning!  I say 1-click Mended on June 3rd!








SYNOPSIS:


MUSIC HAS THE POWER TO HEAL ALL…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 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....







EXCERPT:


Xander Wilde

The magic of rock and roll—it casts a spell on you. I’m no exception. I’m a band manager and I’m living the dream, touring with The Wilde Ones, helping them secure their well-deserved place in the music industry. I love being a part of it all, especially watching the band perform live—the crowds, the cheers, the music. It’s a high and a low all at once and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Every step of the way with this band has been fun, exciting, stressful—every possible emotion. Obviously we’ve had some breaks but mostly we all put in a lot of hard work—myself, Garrett Flynn, Phoenix Harper, River Wilde, and now Zane Perry.
“Can you hear me now?” he bellows. 
I nod my head as my heart pounds in my chest. My hands feel cold and clammy and a nervousness that makes me weak and shaky takes over. Doubts race through my head and I’m questioning if he’s going to make it through this. A vague awareness that something bad could happen kicks around in my mind and I can’t shake it. The Wilde Ones are doing a sound check on stage and Zane’s not on his game.
It’s July and the weather has been brutally hot. But today it seems cooler. Maybe it’s the California weather maybe it’s the excitement of being home. The Beautiful Lies Tour bus finally rolled back into our home state of California after six months away. When we pulled into the amphitheater, we could see tanned kids in board shorts and bikini tops already lined up at the will call window. Security guards in polo shirts directed us to the artist parking lot, and we were officially home. Tonight we’ll be headlining our biggest show to date. We’re on tour without my brother, River, and still more than half of the shows are sold out, including tonight’s. River quit the band—touring just wasn’t for him but even so the album is on its way up the charts. Who knows it may even hit gold status. The songs on the album were written and sung by River but are performed in concert by Zane. Having him as my brother’s replacement has been the key to our successful transition in a world where replacing leads is normally unsuccessful—simply put, we’re lucky as hell to have him. River promised to make a surprise appearance at our next stop. It’s going to be epic. 
But tonight is all about the arena—Mountain View and the Shoreline. “That’s enough,” I yell to the band and call rehearsal. This place is the biggest outdoor venue we’ve played and I couldn’t be more stoked—or more nervous. A sold out show and a rocking opening band—what a combination. But a lead singer with another cold and a weakened voice that can’t be heard throughout an amphitheater scares the shit out of me. 
I head straight for the bus and spend the next few hours hashing out a song with Nix that he calls a jumbled mess of muscular sense and big-riff sunshine—whatever the hell that means. All I know is that it needs help and that’s why he’s turning to me. I hadn’t played guitar since I was eighteen but for some reason over the course of this tour I’ve picked it back up. At first I used whatever was lying around but last month I had my mother mail my old one to me and it feels like home. It’s a light blue and brown Gibson and I had to have it because it was the guitar that Slash played on. Playing again seems to help pass the time and brings a calm over me that I haven’t felt in awhile.

Hours pass and before I know it, it’s almost show time. We make our way over to the Amphitheater, do the typical festival schmooze fest, and then settle back to wait. Waiting for them to take the stage is always the most nerve-racking time. I’m sitting in the practically vacant makeshift meet and greet area back stage and sipping a beer in a worthless effort to calm my nerves when a voice travels through the sound system. It’s a powerful and emotive mezzo-soprano range that is nothing short of explosive. She sounds unlike any singer I’ve ever heard before—with only one exception, Ivy Taylor......

*Get more of this excerpt at Kim’s blog: http://bit.ly/1j6lZLH *






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MEET THE AUTHOR:


Kim Karr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romance, including her sexy New Adult romance series, Connections.  She describes herself as wearing a lot of hats–writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all-around go-to person of the family.  However, she always finds the time to read.  She believes in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends and Happily-Ever-Afters, and loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.  Kim lives in Florida with her husband and four kids.



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