“Xander Wilde the boy may have broken my heart once upon a time. . .but Xander Wilde the man, is the one who mended it.”
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
If you loved River Wilde you will automatically fall head over heels for his older brother Xander! Mended is the tale of Xander and his lost love Ivy. Sweethearts since high school they made plans to set the world alight with their music but when tragedy struck Xander’s family, he made the heartbreaking decision to let Ivy go. A decision he would go on to regret every day thereafter.
“I let her go. How was I to know I’d be left feeling like half of me was missing after I did it?”
Xander is now the manager of his brother’s band and fate throws him and Ivy together again, being under a cramped tour bus doesn’t help matters. Xander wants to explain the past but Ivy has to focus on her broken heart and hatred for Xander as she knows she will succumb to his easy charm once again.
“I hold her face in my hands and just look at her-she takes my breath away. She always does . . .she always has and she always will.”
“I cradle my head in my hands and pray I can do this-that I can handle being around her every day and still do my job.”
Ivy is a strong character; she just put her trust in the wrong people. She has spent her life trying to do right by her family even though her mother uses her and Ivy’s sleaze of a fiancé Damon has ulterior motives for their relationship. But as hard as she tries, she can never forget her one true love.
“He got me, understood me, accepted me, guided me, showed me who I could be. Before I knew it, music and Xander Wilde-they became my world.”
So her word is tilted on its axis by Xander’s reappearance and all her feelings for him come rushing back to the surface. Ivy tries to keep her distance but it’s Xander Wilde we are talking about and resisting him is impossible.
“I’m mad that he let me believe a lie for so long, I’m sad that I didn’t confront him before I left, and I regret letting my own insecurities cloud my judgement-overshadow what I knew we had.”
I really enjoyed this story line. My attention was held throughout the whole book. I read into the wee hours of the morning and immediately picked it up a few short hours later. I loved Xander, from the very first chapter I was hooked. Even though he made a foolish mistake when he was eighteen, he wore his heart on his sleeve and it was clear no one could ever or would ever replace Ivy.
“I loved you when I was fourteen. I loved you when I was eighteen and had to let you go. I’ve loved you for the last twelve years. And I love you now. Ivy-I love you.”
Ivy’s circumstances meant it wasn’t easy for them to be together and then Xander was thrown a curveball. I really felt for this couple and there were a few times my eyes teared up. There were twists and turns I didn’t see coming, especially with River and Dahlia’s involvement. Kim Karr has created a world of interesting characters and ones that I care for so it was bittersweet to see them altogether and under those certain circumstances.
I loved the layout of the story, from the prologue I got the depth of Xander and Ivy’s relationship and then the story was for Xander to make amends and win back his girl, even as his world was crumbling around him. I lived for the scenes of Xander and Ivy together, they were full of love, passion and sweet romance. I enjoyed their story from start to finish and it was a job very well done by Ms. Karr.
“He kisses my forehead and again I let him. I want him to. I want to feel his touch. I love him. Yes, I love him. I always have.”
“I can hear it. I can see it. It’s written all over him-it’s even etched on his body. It’s real and right. It’s everything I’ve been missing and everything I want. He’s mine, and this time I’ll never let him go.”
I’m so pleased this series will continue as I’m not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet. Bell was being mysterious (no prizes for guessing who that concerned) and even though I thought I wouldn’t be, I am actually interested in her story and to see how it will unfold.
Mended was another well-written addition to the Connections series. I fell for another Wilde man and look forward to the next instalment.
Kim Karr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romance, including her sexy New Adult romance series, Connections. She describes herself as wearing a lot of hats–writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all-around go-to person of the family. However, she always finds the time to read. She believes in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends and Happily-Ever-Afters, and loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart. Kim lives in Florida with her husband and four kids.
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