Series: Connections #1
Published by NAL Trade
Publication Date: February 4th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
What if a "Once in a Lifetime” could happen twice?
In Dahlia London’s world, happily ever after is a far cry from reality. Her soul has been left completely shattered by tragedy. But a surprising reunion with someone from her past is about to give her a reason to love again
When rock star River Wilde comes back into Dahlia’s life, their super-charged connection runs deeper than either of them ever expected. The more time they spend together, the more intense their relationship becomes, and Dahlia believes at last she has found her soul mate.
But as old bonds fade and Dahlia’s grief begins to lift, her guilt and confusion remain. River desperately wants to be the one who mends what’s been broken—but with a past that refuses to stay buried, is it possible for their future to begin?
So there are many things about Connected I liked. Including that gorgeous cover!
First off, the music references. I am a HUGE music junkie and my taste is very eclectic. I can go from Prince to Mastodon. So I appreciate the playlist that varied in genre. Also, I love when art pays homage to other art.
Second, the cliffhanger is a doozy. I personally like cliffhangers. Maybe I am in the minority but that is one sure fire way to help keep my interest for the following book. I had a feeling about what the cliffhanger was earlier on, but it wasn’t obvious and it still managed to surprise me.
And third, I enjoyed the writing. Not to point fingers at other books, but so many self-published books coming out are riddled with grammatical errors, choppy narrative and re-hashed plots. I found the writing to be fluid, engaging and I certainly haven’t read a story like this before. I was pleased with the originality of not only the plot but the characters.
Now, for the things I didn’t like so much.
Maybe I am just a complete cynic, but I don’t believe in love at first sight. I believe in lust at first sight. I also believe you can connect with someone from the get-go. But the first meeting between River and Dahlia just felt too forced. I really wanted to feel their connection from the beginning but I just didn’t. Maybe if there would have been a little bit more banter than googly-eyes I might have been swayed more. But for me, the moment they meet just felt a little flat.
But I am not that much of a cynic. I do believe in soul mates…to an extent.
Another thing I didn’t like was the lack of drama. At first I was hooked. Dahlia meets River, but she has a boyfriend at home. That’s angsty. I also was really involved during the *big* tragedy in the beginning. I felt horrible and sad and my heart ached for Dahlia. But after an acceptable amount of time, Dahlia and River meet again and it just felt like too much too soon. I wanted to feel butterflies and excitement but I didn’t. It just felt that for such a profound step in Dahlia’s recovery would be met with more resistance or apprehension and it just went too easy.
Also I didn’t fall in love with River. I liked him. He was incredibly sweet and sexy and supportive. But it was almost as he was too perfect. I like bossy, imperfect, bad boys. And maybe I was just being too stereotypical in wanting River to be the bad boy musician.
Overall, I just felt like between the easy going nature of the characters and plot that there was nothing to fight or root for, till the very end. Maybe I am just a drama llama and want crazy going on all the time. I’m not really sure why Connected fell flat for me. The saving grace was the last 15% of the book. By then, I became invested.
I think anyone that enjoys romance, and second chances will love this book. Yes, it has it’s flaws for me, but overall there were some very sweet, and very sexy parts going on. Also, I try to not let other reviews influence my experience, but I think I put Connected on a pedal stool with my high expectations.
Despite my own hang ups I will read book 2, Torn, because I am really curious to see how it will all play out. I just hope that River isn’t Mr.Perfect and there is more build up and conflict to follow.