Frayed (Connections #4)
By Kim Karr
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Source: PublisterHe 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 when he sees Bell Wilde, he’s so deeply drawn to her, that he’s thrown for a loop. Maybe it’s purely sexual chemistry that’s igniting this spark between them...or maybe it’s his second chance at love.
Bell has just gotten her life back on track and may not be up for the challenge of Ben Covington. But once they’re reunited, there’s no holding back—even if a secret from Bell’s past just might shatter them both.
Review: I absolutely devoured the first three books of this series and loved every second of them, but I definitely wasn't a fan of Ben. After all that he went thought, though, I was ready to give him a chance in this novel that revolves around his relationship with Bell. I've loved Bell ever since we met her and I really wanted to see her finally happy after the tragic past she's had.
Ben Convington is finally rebuilding his life back in California, though without his longtime girlfriend who fell madly in love with a rockstar while she thought he was dead. Now that he's back, Ben doesn't think he'll ever find someone he could love again. Until Bell Wilde walks back into his life. After one passionate night back in college, Ben hasn't forgotten the sexy redhead that made him forget everything and just live in the moment. So when he runs into Bell at an awards ceremony, he doesn't want to let her go. Bell is trying to get her life on track and doesn't know if she can let Ben in like he wants her to. While there's no denying their intense physical attraction, a secret from Bell's past can shatter any relationship Ben had hoped for.
Like I said, I wasn't at all a fan of Ben in the other novels of this series, and I wasn't really a fan of him in this one either. Sure, he's supposed to be a changed man who's building up his business and taking life seriously, but I just couldn't click with him and care about what he was going through. When it came to Bell, though, I definitely connected with the hardships she was going through. She's such a sweet person and hates displeasing people, which doesn't always work in life. She has a hard time adjusting being on her own and really loves having her mom and brothers there to protect and take care of her. I was glad she didn't just go running back into Ben's arms, but instead was extremely wary of starting anything with him and made him really work towards gaining her trust again.
This book was definitely very hot when it came to Ben and Bell's physical relationship. In the end, though, being physical wasn't the most important thing to Bell in a relationship. There were some pretty serious moments when Bell revealed the secret from her past and it put Ben's character to the test. Was he really a changed man, or did he only care about himself? Did he know how to be in a real relationships, especially one with someone like Bell who was very sensitive and wanted something deep? Bell was definitely going to find out before opening herself up to the chance of being hurt again.
Overall, while I wasn't a huge fan of Ben, I still enjoyed Bell's story and watching her and Ben try to finally figure out if they could really be together or not. I loved how we got to see so many of the other characters from the rest of the series and watch as those couples progressed in life as well. While it wasn't my favorite in the Connections series, it was a nice spin off story in the world of characters I've come to really care about.