Saturday 9 November 2013

Review ~ Torn (Connections 2) by Kim Karr

Reviewed by Donna ~ 3 Stars

“My father always told us that scars are the road maps to one’s soul. It took me forever to figure out what he meant, but I did when I met you.”

I had been waiting to read this for ages. Finally found the time to catch up with River and Dahlia and set myself up for the long haul. I would love to say that I loved this book but I can’t and that upsets me, I liked it but I didn’t love it. This book carries on from where Connected finished, so you need to have read that first.

I adore River and still do, how he put up with all the crap that happened in this book I will never know. His love for Dahlia was so strong that he was willing to put himself through it, any other man would have walked away, but no he stayed and that was admirable and just made me love him even more.

“He believes me and I believe him; we both trust each other because after all, isn’t that what love is – knowing someone can crush you, but believing they never will, trusting them not to?”

Dahlia, god this woman was totally and utterly infuriating. Yes I understand that your fiancé coming back from the dead is major and can cause a meltdown, but she was engaged, she had a new life and a new man. Deal with it and move on. The clandestine meetings and chats with Ben were annoying especially as she was never really honest with River and secrets as we all know only lead to more trouble and misunderstandings. Most of these could have been avoided by being upfront to begin with but then I suppose it would have made the story less meaty. I love books with angst and I love all the ups and downs and twists and turns but I just found it extremely hard to stay connected to this book and actually found myself putting it down on occasion and for me that is unheard of.

Ben, well, what can I say…if I was supposed to feel sorry for him, I didn’t. If I was supposed to want him and Dahlia to get back together…hmmmm it never crossed my mind. I just wanted him to go back to whatever hole he crawled out from and leave Dahlia and River alone. I felt nothing for him at all, sorry!

 “Then I’ve been your substitute for way longer then you’ve been dead.”

I also found the constant references to other bloggers a bit irritating. This is not sour grapes on my part believe me, although I could quite easily see a bar being called “The Romance Cover” (joke) but whilst it was lovely to see fellow bloggers mentioned after the 4th or 5th time it did become distracting as did other characters from other authors books making cameo appearances. I understand the sentiments behind it and applaud it, but I think in this case it was a bit of an over kill.

In summary, I loved that River and Dahlia’s story has come full circle. I hope that some of the other characters in this series get a chance at having their stories told.

“That’s one wish I guarantee is granted. I love you, Dahlia… You turned my life from ordinary to extraordinary. You’re perfect really.”

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