Monday 26 May 2014

Blog Tour - Mended by Kim Karr


Title: Mended
Series: Connections #3
Author: Kim Karr
Release Date: June 3, 2014


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....



#1 Connected

#2 Torn

#2.5 Dazed

#3.5 Blurred

#4 Frayed

Mended has love, lots of drama, suspense and is full of hotness and sexiness all packed into one hot read. Everyone deserves a second chance but you are lucky if you get that second chance in life. The story is about Xander Wilde and his high school sweetheart Ivy Taylor and the owner of the heart whom he broke for a tragic reason. 

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Xander with his bad boy attitude who still wants his ex-girlfriend Ivy, even after all these years. The longing and the feelings he still has for her are unbelievable. It's the kind of love that no matter how far apart you are, there will always be a special place in your heart for that special someone, especially thinking of that someone who got away, or so we thought... 

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The trials and tribulations that they had to go through were heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Sometimes you must let the one you love go, to realize how you really felt, was more than what you thought possible. When that love of your life comes back to you, then you are meant to be. And from personal experience, true love never dies and that's what Xander and Ivy have.

I love all Kim Karr reads and I will be coming back for more since you have totally captivated my heart with The Connection Series.

~ Review by Kathleen

☆☆☆☆☆ 4.5 Mended Stars ☆☆☆☆☆

Roses are so cliché…I couldn’t agree more Xander Wilde!! Mended by Kim Karr is by far my favorite of The Connections Series. As a big fan of second chance romance, I loved that Mended revolved on mending the past and welcoming the future. Mended had a perfect balance of love, angst, drama, suspense, and sexiness. Second chances and forgiveness was the biggest element of the storyline as it chronicles Xander Wilde and his first and only love, Ivy Taylor. Mended was a perfect reminder second chances are given so we can get it right this time around and true love exists.

Xander and Ivy’s story was a testament that true love always finds a way to come back. For twelve years, Ivy was led to believe that Xander cheated on her but that was not the case. A young Xander was dealing with his father’s death and he didn’t want to stop Ivy from going to college and fulfilling her dreams. His love for Ivy was so real and heartfelt that he set his love free so she can find her happiness. For 12 years, the only person who remained in his heart was Ivy. As if they were destined to meet, fate intervened and Ivy and Xander were reunited but the only problem is that old wounds and unresolved misunderstanding still remained.

Xander and Ivy’s romance was a slow burn...the sexual tension and chemistry was felt throughout the book. Talk about sexual tension, for 40% into the book I was screaming at my kindle, begging Xander to say something. I just wanted him so badly to tell Ivy the truth on why he ended things the way he did. And when he finally told the truth, I was like Hallelujah!!! The sexual chemistry and love Xander and Ivy was a blazing inferno. It seemed that 12 years didn’t extinguish any love but only proved that their love was REAL. When things seem to be finally mended between them, Ms. Karr had to add turn up the heat and add so much twist and turns in their relationship. Family secrets and ex lovers seem to come at full force testing the bonds of Xander and Ivy. Will Xander have to set his love for Ivy free once again?

Mended was an absolute joy to read. I love the slow burn, flashbacks, and the second chance theme that was prominent throughout the book. Second Chances not only in love but at life. The transformation and growth of Xander’s character was an amazing thing to witness from his first love, the death of his father and getting that second chance at love. All I got to say is move over River, Xander Wilde is now my favorite Wilde brother. I adore Xander’s strength to forgive his father and himself. I absolutely adore the connections of Ivy and Xander and I must applaud Kim Karr for another great installment to the series.

~ Review by Michelle

5 Mended-Fated-Destined Stars!!!

Can I just say that this book is by far my favorite in the Connections series?!  Well, it is.

“No baby, this is not a dream. This is real.”

I undeniably love Xander Wilde and Ivy Taylor. Almost everything I enjoy in my books, Mended has nailed. Childhood romance, second-chance love story, rockstars, steamy, fan-yourself scenes, there was also a touch of mystery, suspense and drama, and of course, a sweet, lovable male character and good chemistry. And let’s not forget about Miss Kim Karr’s storytelling.

Mended is the story of River’s brother, Xander, and Xander’s first love and ex, Ivy. Their love story started when they were in high school and heartbreakingly ended that fateful summer. More than a decade of being apart didn’t lessen the chemistry and the love they have for each other.

When The Wilde Ones needed a vocalist, Ivy, stepped in and volunteered her talent with the band. They were excited to have her on board except for River who has doubts and I’m guessing is just uneasy on having her so near him again.

I love how Kim wrote their story with flashbacks, not just summarizing their story in a prologue or in a chapter or two, but really mixing their past with the present. For me, I felt more on their story that way. It was engaging, touching and a total passionate read that didn’t let me put it down until I read the last word and even then, Xander and Ivy left me wanting more.

“I think all relationships are different and each one has its own dynamics. There are no rules to follow. So yes, I think if we both want this bad enough there’s no reason we can’t have it.”

But Mended is not solely about those two, we also get to see River and Dahlia and the life that they’re having now. I think the title suit them too! A lot of things happened; challenges and trials that each couple faced head on and needed healing from. There was a particular part in this book that I couldn’t help but ask “Ohmygosh is this really necessary?! My heart is breaking for River and Dahlia!”. Though I see that happening as a way for things to fall into place, as much as I wish that sad tragedy didn’t happen, it made all of them closer, more open with each other.

This book is a wonderful addition to the Connection series, because yes, okay, I will never get tired of saying this is my favorite book in the series and one of my favorite love stories to read this year. Xander is just… irresistible. *dreamy sigh*
Stars: 5 stars!
Recommended to: Fans of the Connections series!!!
POV: First person. Dual POV.
Series: Yes. But standalone.
Cliffhanger: No.
EXTRA COMMENT: I’m greedy, I want a longer Epilogue.
~ Review by Mara


I live in Florida with my husband and four kids. I've always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, I wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. I went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise my family. I currently work part-time with my husband and full-time embracing one of my biggest passions—writing.

I wear a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of the family. However, I always find time to read. One of my favorite family outings use to be taking my kids to the bookstore or the library. Today, my oldest child is in college and my twins are juniors so they no longer go with me on these outings. And although I don't need to go to the actual store anymore because I have the greatest device ever invented—a Kindle, I still do. There's nothing like a paperback. So now my four year old and I make dates out of going to the bookstore--it's time I love and cherish.

I like to believe in soulmates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. I love to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart. <3



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