TORN (Connections #2) by Kim Karr-a review
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 1, 2013
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?
REVIEW: TORN is the second installment in Kim Karr’s contemporary new adult Connections series. Torn continues River and Dahlia’s story from Connected and proceeds to take the reader on a roller coaster ride of issues with trust, betrayal, love and walking away. When Dahlia’s past returns, it wants nothing more than to start back up where it ended six years earlier. The emotional and psychological fall out from a history of heart breaking secrets is enough to send anyone over the edge and in this, Dahlia and River’s relationship seems to bear the brunt of the anger, pain and well-meaning friends.
Kim Karr pulls the reader into an emotional abyss where everything and everyone is sucked into the darkness that is made up of lies and betrayal. And at every opportunity, when the stars begin to align themselves together, something or someone dares to make Dahlia and River’s tenuous hold on their relationship fracture and break. But we must also give credit where it is due, when our heroine continues to get pulled under when the past keeps calling her back. She is one woman whose head continues to be buried in the sand as it pertains to the people she once loved and knew. Dahlia placed herself in situations knowing that in the end, nothing good would come of it.
The premise focuses on Dahlia and River’s relationship as the past and current secrets continues to threaten their love and trust. And in time, everything and everyone is perceived as a threat to their relationship-whether intentional or not.
This is also a story of letting go. When sorrow and grief pull you under, there comes a time when everyone must resurface or find themselves perpetually at the bottom of an endless well of tears and pain. And just as Dahlia has finally learned to let go, secrets and the truth threaten to pull her under again.
The relationship between Dahlia and River is sensual, sexual and sometimes frightening with the love the two feel for one another; their connection to one another is threatened on many occasions but through it all, they still know that their heart and soul belong to each other.
The secondary characters are colorful and relatable; they all play major parts in the storyline as it pertains to Dahlia and River’s relationship as well as much of the necessary background information that leads to a major turning point in the story’s premise. Friends and family can either be your rock or your downfall.
TORN is an amazing storyline that will pull you into a well of emotions-from a haunted past that resurfaces to a family secret that was never shared. Kim Karr writes an unforgettable story of fractured family dynamics that are threatened when the past comes back to haunt those that you love.
Click HERE for our review of CONNECTED-book 1 in the Connections Series
Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley
Reviewed by Sandy