BLURRED by Kim Karr
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?
In Blurred, a Connections series novella, Kim Karr takes a character that I haven’t really liked and changes my mind. Ben Covington was someone we met at the beginning of the Connections series in Connected and Torn (I recommend you read both of these books in order to understand what is happening in Blurred). He set forth a series of events that changed not only his life, but that of his then fiancé, Dahlia. When Ben returned, it was hard to like a guy who selfishly broke Dahlia (and himself) all in the name of a story.
Blurred gives us insight into Ben’s life after Torn. After Dahlia moves on with her life with River and Ben is left figure out some kind of meaning in his life. He bounces around, lost, trying to find out what he is meant to do next and for the once golden boy, nothing comes easy.
What I’ll remember most is that I was able to forget . . . forget about my life back home for the first time since I supposedly died as Ben Covington so long ago. I feel stronger, more focused, and more determined to make this transition in my life—to finally move on. I’m ready. Being here has helped me put things in focus and I can finally accept that Dahl is happy with someone else.
But as Ben drifts along, we get to revisit flashbacks of his life. Like when he met Se’belle Wild in college and how that one night indiscretion his senior year was going to come back to him several years later and quite possibly be his salvation.
I couldn’t move away from her. Instead my eyes locked on hers where we stood in the bathroom of the empty fraternity suite. She took her shirt off while I watched. When she removed her bra and twirled around slowly something inside me snapped. I couldn’t hold back. I just wanted to devour her.
And when she said, “This is how I looked on the French Riviera,” baring her chest to me, I strode across the room and grabbed the back of her neck, pulling her mouth to mine. I kissed her with a need I couldn’t control—at that moment I let everything I knew in my life go.
Kim Karr perfectly sets up Ben and Belle’s love story in the upcoming Frayed with this Connections Series novella. It’s a story that had to be told, in my opinion, to somehow redeem Ben and make him worthy of finding the love of his life.
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