- File Size: 991 KB
- Print Length: 145 pages
- Publisher: InterMix (August 5, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 5, 2014
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J8V3S1U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Blurred: A Connections Novella (The Connections Series) Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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In the "preview" of Frayed, we hear from Ben, returned from the dead and trying to get his life back. But it's not what he's expecting. Dahlia has moved on and after loosing his Mother, his world is crumbling around him. Seeing Bell Wilde again woke him up and reminded him of one night they shared together years ago. Her emerald green eyes and red hair bring a smile to his face, but can he get her to see him for who he is?
Sigh.....now we wait for Frayed....only 21 more days!!!
“Life presents choices at every curve and it’s the choices we make that pave the way for our future.”
I would start this review by saying I am not a fan of Ben Covington. I don’t necessarily hate him but he’s also not on my favorite persons list. But because I enjoyed the first 4 books in the series, I am more than willing to give Ben a chance. I’m glad I did.
I am always open for authors redeeming their not-so-likeable characters, I’m curious and I’d like to read for myself if the character was redeemable or not. Reading Ben’s story, or a glimpse of it, from Connected was intriguing enough. Now, on Blurred, Kim Karr gave us a more in depth look at who Ben Covington was when he was with Dahlia and is now that he’s back from being “dead”. I think it’s safe to say that this is not a love story. This is a life story. This is Ben’s life story.
We were finally taken to his way of thinking and all the emotions that he’s been dealing with before and after that decision he’s made years ago that changed everything. He’s still not my favorite, I think I need to read more Ben and see him actually rise to the struggle he has with his life but I appreciate being in his thoughts and I now understand him a bit more than I did at the start of the series. It was not easy for me reading his story, I felt the struggle and pain that he was going through. It was obvious how lost he was and that feeling led him to several questionable decisions and actions. I actually felt sad for him. Again, this was not an easy read for me. If you’re asking “why are you giving it a 5 if it wasn’t easy for you?”, I’ll say, “because even though it was difficult, it made me open up my feelings for Ben and his situation and Kim Karr got my attention”.
You will see a broken, confused man searching for his purpose and a new meaning to life. I liked how the Kim did not soften Ben’s edges in this book. She gave us a raw version of him, something that we would be looking forward to for the next book on his happily ever after. Would he have it? How much more struggle would he face to finally reach that finish line for him? So even though Ben is not on top of my love list, I want and am still looking forward to his journey especially since Blurred ended towards that path. Blurred is like an introduction to Frayed which is the next book and will be available on September. Remember earlier when I mentioned Blurred is not exactly a love story? Yes, that’s why. This is a background on Ben’s life, I think this is for us readers to understand Ben before diving into his and Belle’s story. If this is the purpose, then it worked for me.
Stars: 5 stars!
Recommended to: Genuinely curious and open-minded about Ben Covington’s character.
POV: First person. Male POV.
Cliffhanger: Not exactly.
Extra Comment:: I understand a lot of readers do not like Ben to the point of hating him. If you consider giving Blurred a whirl, try to look at the bigger picture and step back for a while so Ben can stand a chance to redeem himself or for you to at least enjoy yourself a bit. But if not, it’s okay. We can’t all enjoy the same book. :)
During the first 2 books Ben comes off as the bad guy, but really I think he was just misunderstood.
Ben Covington made some choices in his life that he regrets. He holds a lot of guilt on his shoulders. And is constantly questioning the what-if's in life. Everything changed for him the day he had to "die" to protect the woman that he loved. Then everything changed again years later when he found out he could return to being who he once was, then discovering everyone and everything had changed., including himself. The love of his life had moved on. His mother passed away shortly after his return. Ben was lost. Depressed and thought he had nothing to live for. He found himself drinking and having sex to fill the void that life had left him. Soon he was disconnected from his family out on his own trying to rediscover who his is. When the FBI called him back to LA for the trail of the century, he regrettably returns, to nothing and no one. Sleeping in a fleabag Motel because that all he can afford. He looks back on what his life turned into. After being arrested for drunk driving he reconnects with his ex-fiance and tries to rekindle their friendship. Then he starts to turn his life around.
Can't wait for Kim Karr to change my heart...
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Quick & Dirty: This book was such a huge disappointment.Read more
Read on August 10, 2014
Had a very very hard time connecting with Ben.Read more