ARC Review: Blurred (Connections #3.5) by Kim Karr +Teasers & Giveaway

Title: Blurred
Series: Connections
Author: Kim Karr
The story before the love story….

When he lost the only woman he’d ever loved, it seemed there was nothing left to live for.
Even as a boy, all Ben Covington ever wanted was to spend forever with Dahlia London, the beautiful girl next door…then one life-altering decision tore them apart and he was forced to leave her.
Now, despite having returned to win her back, he’s still alone. She’s with someone else—someone she’s never going to leave.
Resigned to a future without his former girlfriend, Ben numbs his broken heart in a haze of liquor and women. But then the only woman who ever even turned his head while he was with his girl reappears unexpectedly. And he’s never forgotten their one incredible night together. But will Ben’s destructive behavior destroy his future with her before it even begins?

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If you’re hesitant or just just downright against reading this book because you hate Ben with a passion, and don’t think he deserves a book, love, or any other good thing…
You are not alone.
There are so many people out there who feel the same way. While I neither loathe nor love Ben just yet, I do hope readers will give him a chance.
I’m certainly glad I did.

Rather than Blurred being a romance novel, it’s more of a story of Ben’s acclimation of this new reality he’s been tossed back into. 
Everything is foreign to him now and this book is the beginning of his journey.

Kim has begun to open up Ben’s mind and thoughts in this novella. We’re able to see what’s been happening on his end and feel those raw emotions bubbling up inside of him. 

Desperation. Depression. Confusion.
Ben had this idea that coming back from the “dead” would allow him to get back to his happily ever after with Dahlia. He’s still trying to grasp the realization that that won’t be happening. His amazing and supportive mother has just passed away, and he can’t help but feel responsible for it. Ben’s entire life has come crashing down around him, and as much as he wants to start over, he has no idea where to start.

Reading this book was so very saddening for me, and at parts a bit difficult to make my way through. Ben has been through a lot, and even though it doesn’t excuse what he’s done in the past, he’s human. I’m human. I can’t help but feel bad for this poor, broken soul. Some of the choices he makes during this story had me shaking my head, but the sad part is that he’s so damaged and out of sorts. He’s a confused mess that still has a long way to recovery. 
At this point, I feel like I need more of his story for him to be redeemed completely in my eyes so I look forward to his full-length novel, Frayed.

So many things happen in life that can cause a person to become someone they don’t like and never thought they’d be. Sometimes, you simply just can’t help feeling . Finding the good in a character after only seeing and hearing one side of a story is a beautiful thing. It may change your view of them for the better or perhaps just make it worse. Either way, that person deserves the chance to share their story and be heard. 
I’m eager to hear more.

Blurred is only the beginning for Ben, and I can’t wait to continue this journey with him. It’s going to be a bumpy ride…

*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
❤︎Rating: 4 Blurred Kisses
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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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