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Frayed (The Connections Series, Book 4) by [Karr, Kim]
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"Ben is absolutely sinful and Kim Karr's writing sizzled from the first to the very last page." ---Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author

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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 he’s so deeply drawn to Bell Wilde that he’s thrown for a loop. Maybe it’s purely sexual chemistry that’s igniting their spark… or maybe it’s his second chance at love.

Bell Wilde has just gotten her life back on track and may not be up the challenge of Ben Covington coming back into it. However, once the spark is reignited…there’s no stopping it. But even if they both manage to pull together their frayed hearts, a secret from Bell’s past just might shatter them both.

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  • Publisher: NAL (Sept. 2 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
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WOW where do I begin with this one.....all I can say is that the brilliant and amazing Kim Karr did it again....she captured my heart yet again with her magical words in this beautiful story. This is the fourth book in The Connections series and like the others it does not disappoint. It does however make you fall in love with Ben...OMG...Ben. We first see Ben in Connected and then in Torn but now Frayed is his story as well as Belle's story. This book is once again beautifully written by Kim and I enjoyed how each alternating chapter was told by both Ben and Belle. This really gave me a sense of the whole story and each of their thoughts and feelings....well done I say.

I was thrilled that I boarded the Ben and Bell train and OMG what a ride I had.....I just LOVED it....this story was AMAZING and hellllooo Mr. Covington....who would have thought Ben was so loving, compassionate, swoon worthy and oh so sexy....for a slight second there I thought River, Xander, Jagger who???? ...and Belle...just loved her....they were perfect for each other. This story was full of so many emotions....it made you laugh, cry,shout ,scream and yes fall in love with two endearing characters. You did it Kim you gave Ben his second chance and we love you for it....what a beautiful story it was and I enjoyed the appearances of all our characters in the Connections series. Once again Kim you did a wonderful, beautiful, amazing job with this and it just summed up the whole series beautifully. Thanks again for your magical words and rare talent that were brought to life with all your AMAZING stories.
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By Sandy S. TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 2 2014
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4 stars--FRAYED is the fourth full length novel in Kim Karr’s adult, contemporary Connections romance series. This is Ben Covington’s continuing story-one brought about by a night of indiscretion. Told from alternating first person POVs (Ben and Bell) a portion of the storyline is a look back into both of their lives from the previous six years.

The focus of the storyline follows Ben Covington and Bell Wilde. In the earlier books we were privy to Ben’s past-from faking his own death; entering the witness protection program and returning to find his fiancée had moved on and found a new love. Six years earlier, as a senior in college, Ben spent a wild one night stand with a woman he knew only as S’belle and everything about that night will change his life forever. Bell is his ex-fiancee’s new sister in law and a woman he has never been able to forget.

The storyline is a second chance, of sorts, for both Ben and Bell. At a benefit in honor of Ben’s journalism research, Ben and Bell will reconnect, and their attraction and desire for one another is hotter than ever-but Bell has limits-no relationship, no commitment, just fun. Ben is looking for something more. It is the something more for which Ben is unprepared when Bell reveals the truth about what happened after their one night together.

Saying that, there was plenty of angst and anxiety as it pertained to Ben and Bell’s relationship. Although the attraction was undeniable, Bell has issues that needed to be addressed. She is a woman torn between her desire for Ben and moving forward-her conflicted feelings made for some anxious moments. In this, the storyline decidedly faultered with Bell’s inability to commit or stay focused.
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HASH(0x9d333828) out of 5 stars Don't let the past dictate the future Sept. 2 2014
By Michelle Tikal - Nose Stuck In A Book - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
For a while now it has been pretty clear that Ben and Bell would be getting together. In Frayed Kim Karr finally explores the potential of this reunion. Usually you want the main characters in a story to have as smooth sailing as possible and any hiccup in the happily ever after can be anxiety inducing and heart breaking. In this case, after the couple's first encounter, I was glad that there were some bumps in the road, that things didn't neatly fall into place for them, and that there was some deliberation as to whether to really pursue something. Pairing Ben and Bell seems like an uphill battle for the author from the start, but the way that these two dealt with a possible relationship, taking into account not just their feelings but their loved ones' as well, and the reality of the outcome of the first encounter rounded things out and helped Ben and Bell's story come together in a fitting and satisfying way.

I wasn't always rooting for Ben and Bell to get together. It's hard to champion a relationship when it starts under some pretty unsavory circumstances, but Kim Karr does a good job of drawing you in to the here and now. It's much easier to accept Ben and Bell knowing that Dahlia has moved on and is far happier in the end and after a while it becomes easier to see these two as any other couple with a bit of a past and a powerful connection. As unlikely as it seemed to begin with, I found I was surprisingly glad they got a second chance after all.

Kim Karr uses the same magic that made us fall fast and hard for River and Dahlia to transform any previous feelings of distaste or loathing for Ben and Bell into actual compassion and concern for them and their future. Do I really love either of these characters? Sadly the answer is not quite, but I do sympathize with the hurdles they have had to conquer, both as a couple and individually, I admire the tenacity of each to rise above their troubles and persevere, and I have actually come to respect the relationship that they have formed which is leaps and bounds from the resentment and intense aversion that I had going into this story.

My favorite part? It always brings a smile to my face when I read the line or lines in a story that convey the meaning of the title of the book, but this one really got me. I had to wait until the very end in order to reach that line this time, but it was well worth the wait as the title Frayed could not be more perfect for this love story that started off under the shakiest of circumstances, was often strained, but always persistent and enduring.

I know many people are leery about reading Frayed because of past transgressions. At one point in the story Ben urges Bell to not let the past dictate the future and once you, as a reader, let go of the past and let present actions speak for themselves, you will find yourself in a much better place with these two characters and their relationship. You will definitely be surprised to find contentment in their pursuit of more together and may even grow to love the outcome.
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HASH(0x9d33387c) out of 5 stars Not nearly as awesome I expected Sept. 16 2014
By Tabitha @ Bows & Bullets Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
****THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS****

Ben Covington is sure he'll never love again. Circumstances beyond his control took him away from her and by the time he returned, she'd moved on. He's just living to work until Bell Wilde floats back into his life. He's attraction to her reignites instantly. He never forgot their college fling and now he is determined to get another shot with her. Bell is determined to never give him that shot. Their history is more complicated than he knows and she can't bear to share it with him. But the attraction is undeniable and soon she is giving in and hoping for the best. Can these two work things out? Or are they as doomed to fail as Bell believes?

I have been avoiding this review, like the plague. I have nothing positive to say and I hate that. I was over the moon when I was approved for this. Kim's Connections series has been on my TBR shelf for a long time and I have heard great things about it. The description of this makes it clear that it is a spin-off series, leading me to believe that reading the other novels first was not a requirement. I honestly don't know if I'm glad I didn't read them first or not. Had I read the books in this series first, I would have been less than excited to start this novel. What reading the others books first would have told me was that this novel is about cheaters. Ben and Bell has a one night stand in college <b>while Ben was still with this supposed love of his life.</b> That would have had me avoiding reading the novel itself. However, due to my lack of series knowledge, all of the characters in this were overwhelming. I had a very difficult time keeping up with who was who and who was related to whom and the various other connections between characters.

My biggest problem was that these two were selfish. If Ben had loved his fiance as much as he claimed to, then he would have never cheated. Bell would have thrown herself at him and he would have nicely rejected her and case closed and this book would never had needed to be written. But he didn't. He slept with her. Now, many years later, when he's love is now married to Bell's brother, everyone has managed to get over it. The cheated fiancee is even okay with the new developing relationship between these two and I just found that unbelievable. If my husband ever cheats on me, I highly doubt that even a decade later I'd be okay with it enough to wish him well on his next relationship with the cheating skank. That may just be me because I'm not the forgive and forget type, but still.

I hated these characters. I couldn't connect with them on any level and since my number one thing is characters, that made it very difficult for me to enjoy this from the start. Beyond the fact that their relationship started as an affair, I found that I hated Bell. The whole pregnancy thing blew me away, especially considering her "efforts" to tell Ben consisted of all of 4 missed phone calls. The man impregnated you! I'm a big believer in Dad rights and he needs a choice in all of this. I cannot imagine the devastation of knowing someone had your child and gave it up for adoption without even a phone call. I get why you did it, you would have made a terrible freaking parent, but seriously, you could have sent an email in the very least. Ben's quickness to get over the pregnancy scandal was also unbelievable to me. I'm sorry, that's not something you get over quickly and the fact that they are pregnant again at the end. X_X You two don't need to procreate, seriously. We don't need more of you in the fictional world.

I'm also incredibly sick of the "pretty people" books. I have read enough novels about how insanely gorgeous she is or how dead sexy he is to last me quite a while. I like a hot guy as much as the next girl, but how about something new? How about someone who isn't conventionally beautiful? Or someone who's beauty isn't an obvious thing? How about inner beauty? It's a shocking concept, I know, but sometimes I just want these things to be a bit more real. Perfect abs and a flat tummy are great fantasies, but it makes me feel extremely inadequate. I'm sorry, I have a job and a blog and a husband and I do not have hours to slave away at the gym to find conventional beauty and the perfect weight. Mini-tirade over.

Beyond the fact that I hated the characters and the amazing pretty people issue, I had other problems. I realize that this is a digital ARC, so it's not perfected and there may be some changes made, but in the edition I read, the whole thing felt very choppy. The writing didn't flow well at all. They two characters jump from topic to topic with little or no transition. And Ben makes a point to continually comment on Bell's quirkiness. Here's a hint: if a character is quirky, let that speak for it's self. Telling me 25 times that Bell<s>a</s> is an oddball when she's acting completely normal doesn't make her quirky. And the plot was predictable. I realize that it's a romance novel and it's not supposed to win an award for best twist, but all the mini-twists are obvious from the start. The initial pregnancy is pretty transparent and so it the fact that she's pregnant by the end. Before she even realizes it, I wanted to bash her in the head with my kindle for being so dense.

I can't express how disappointed I am by this novel. I had such high expectations and they were not held up. I still want to read the other books in this series because from the reviews and comments on this book, it's the abnormality, not the norm, but I'm definitely not as excited as I was. This novel was shallow and predictable and just fell completely flat for me. I actually didn't want these two to end up together because I knew they'd procreate and even in the fictional world, I didn't want that. Maybe I missed something or maybe I'm too difficult to please, but this novel was just not for me.

****Thank you to NAL Paperbacks for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****
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HASH(0x9d333cb4) out of 5 stars Another winner in the Connections Series May 8 2015
By Jennifer Michael (Rave and Rant about Raunch Book Blog) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I continue my journey on the Connections Series and Frayed is book 4 with some novellas intermixed in there too. Frayed is Ben Covington’s story and he’s had a bit of a crazy ride in the novels previous to this. Kim Karr gives us a different second chance story, a second chance with a girl and a second chance with the way his life is going to go.

Ben has been a bit of a mess and basically lost everything – his fiancé, his work, his self worth and his mom. With the things he had going on it’s a bit expected he would get a little lost though. Ben is a smart, surfer guy, with a mouth like a sailor (which I find endearing). In Frayed he is working to get his head back on straight and be the person he was meant to be before all the craziness happened in his life.

Bell or S’bell is an eager to please young woman looking for her passion in the world. She’s a fireball and has been protected by her family as the youngest and only girl and is looking to prove to her family she can stand on her own two feet.

The characters of the Connections Series are relatable, even when some of their problems are not day-to-day, we can still easily understand their emotions. Ben is a character that will make you laugh, swoon, and route for. Bell is a character that makes you proud, makes you smile, and sometimes you just want to high-five her for the brazen courage Ben makes her feel.

I have loved each of the character from this series and as the books continue to be released you only see more of those bonds in the written word. I am glad that Dahlia and Ben have been able to get to a place where they reformed a friendship and can look to one another for guidance. The story between them was difficult because I routed for Dahlia and River but at the same time my heart broke for Ben. He wasn’t the loser ex-boyfriend, he was a guy in a really tuff spot and facing some grave decisions. In the end it worked out the way it was supposed to and Ben gets his second chance to convince S’bell he is the right man for her. I love the way Karr writes about different types of love and Ben’s acceptance that it is okay to move on from Dahlia and love again.

Frayed is sexy with too hot to handle sex scenes and Ben is one dirty mouthed sexy alpha. The great storyline is sprinkled with sexy moments and it’s a great balance of story, steamy, and romance. Even if Ben doesn’t think he is the romance type of guy.

Frayed get’s gold stars from me, as does the brilliant author that is Kim Karr. I recommend each of the books from Connections. It is a series done right with each story as great as the next.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By That's What She Said - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Redemption....Second Chance.....New Beginning....Life.....Love....Live

We all have had that one life altering event and Ben has his in Connected & Torn. We get to know a little bit about Ben and Bell throughout the Connected Series but never getting the whole story. We heard his side of the story in Blurred. Now we get Ben and Bell's story in Frayed.

Ben though I will admit pissed me off him in Torn when he tried to get Dahlia back even though she was happy with River. I loved that we got his back story in Blurred and I understood him and why he did and acted that way. Ben became a new person and realized it was time to start over.

Bell, she is the sister of the Wilde boys. She has a sassy, and feisty personality that just makes you love her. She has some flaws but is trying to live life and make something of herself. She has some self esteem issues and secrets that she has kept with her for a long time but overall Bell means well.

When Ben and Bell meet again the attraction that is ever so present is undeniable. I believe that there one night stand/college fling with left unfinished and the sexual tension is even greater now that they are older. Bell knows that Ben was with Dahlia and how he cheated on her in college. Ben knows that the attraction he feels for Bell, will probably not go away anytime soon, he wants her badly.

Throughout the book Ben must prove himself to Bell. Ben annoys Bell by calling her S'Belle but he is doing it on purpose. He finds himself actually trying because he cares about her and those feelings from that one night are stronger than ever. Bell tries to deny any feelings for Ben because she knows what could happen if they were to come back together. Though the chemistry will be EXPLOSIVE the outcome in the end might be deadly.

Bell decides to give Ben another chance and they start seeing each other. There is no denying that the sex between them is HOT HOT HOT! Bell is keeping Ben a secret from her family because they know her secret and are afraid they are going to judge him.

As their relationship evolves and they become closer, and they have struggles like any other couple. Bell realizes that she must tell Ben the secret she has kept from him all these years. Ben has realized he is in love with Bell but will the secret she tells him destroy what they have forever?

Will Ben be able to forgive Bell and move past this because the love he feels for her is greater than any other? Will Bell stay strong and know that Ben really care for her and not give-up? You might be thinking to yourself, after what Ben did to Bell, surely Ben will be able to forgive Bell but sometimes when it's a piece of you that breaks from a secret it could be rather difficult to forgive.

There love is strong and I believe love prevails all. That saying if its meant to be set it free and it will come back to you. Well that say is ever so correct for Ben and Bell. They find love in each other, they let go of the hurt and pain. They start over, and they get to make things right. So redemption for them is amazing, second chance for them at love with each other, a new beginning once all secrets are revealed, and they get to live and love each throughout life.

I hope that this story turns you to love Ben and Bell as much as I do. I feel Ben and Bell deserved this story for them and for us to realize that both of them deserved to be loved and I am glad they found it in each other.

#BenAndBellTrain
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d335174) out of 5 stars Frayed by Kim Karr Sept. 23 2014
By Deb@Debbie's Book Bag - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Kim Karr's Connections series continues with her latest book, Frayed. Readers who enjoy stories about redemption will find Frayed right in their wheelhouse. Ben Covington: determined, selfish, sexy. This character has his faults, but Karr transforms the way readers see him in the final book in this series. Ben shares a past with Bell that readers will find heartbreaking. Finding their way back to each other is a rush that will leave anyone who reads it well satisfied. Filled with passion, heart and emotion! A great conclusion to a great series!

What I liked:

Ahhh, Ben! This character has been a hard one to figure out from the beginning of this series. Kim Karr gives the reader a little more insight into Ben's character in a novella that came out right before this book called, Blurred. Readers who have followed this series will want to check that out before reading Frayed, because I think they will understand Ben a lot better. Ben is a very sexy character throughout the series, but he is not without his faults and I think readers who are considering this book will find it hard to see how Kim Karr will be able to redeem Ben from his past mistakes.

Ben was never meant to be with Dahlia and that was evident from the onset of the series, but his actions with Bell still did not sit well with some readers, me being one of them. When Ben and Bell shared their first night together, Ben was still with Dahlia. In my mind that made him a cheater. Once a cheater, always a cheater. But I will have to say that Kim Karr is a master at changing the mind of the reader. She is able to take the reader into Ben's mind. To allow them to see why he did some of the things he did and how, like most of us, he is only human. And let's face it, humans are really good at screwing up. I loved the way that Karr was able to make Ben real, faults and all and to how she showed the reader he was worthy of his own happy ending.

Bell is a great character on some levels and a little lacking on others. She wants to get her life on the right track and make something of herself. She realizes that her attraction to Ben might not be the best thing for her, but she can't deny her feelings. She has been through a lot and I applauded her for that, but she still let's her boss treat her badly. I wanted her to stand up for herself and tell him to shove it. But, I understood why Karr allowed this. It made the reader see Bell as more vulnerable and I think that was really necessary to the story.

Ben and Bell have some strong chemistry going on in this book and it was as enjoyable to read as the heart wrenching parts of the story were. They don't have it easy and their relationship is fraught with a lot of obstacles. Things that happened in the past come back to haunt them, but through it all they have this amazing chemistry. There passion for each other in and out of the bedroom was steamy and felt extremely real. I think readers will be drawn to them and share in their struggles because they want this kind of tension and romance to exist. Karr simply does a fantastic job of bringing their love for each other to life.

What I didn't like:

I have always had an issue with characters who cheat, but Kim Karr really made me give that a hard look in this book. Ben cheated on Dahlia, and that was a huge thing to overcome, but I think as a reader I realized that sometimes we don't know all of the circumstances, the hidden and buried things in a person's life and past that might make them do things that are outside a reader's comfort zone, but not outside the realm of possibility.

Bottom Line:

Wow! I think Kim Karr did an amazing job with this story. Readers come full circle with Ben as this series concludes. Ben is still Ben. He's still a little selfish, a little too in the moment, but he's also real and honest with his past and his present. I found myself believing in him in spite of myself. I wanted this happy ending and I think readers will too. You can't miss this one, it's too good!