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Mended (Connections #3)

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Always in control, Xander Wilde considered life on the road to be a perfect fit for him. But when disaster strikes on the Wilde Ones’ latest tour, fate intervenes…and a newly single Ivy Taylor, the only girl he has ever loved, steps back into his life.

After moving past her painful breakup with Xander y
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Published June 3rd 2014 by NAL
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Jun 03, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by author in exchange of honest review
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4.5 Mended Stars


Roses are so cliché…I couldn’t agree more Xander Wilde!! Mended by Kim Karr is by far my favorite of The Connections Series. As a big fan of second chance romance, I loved that Mended revolved on mending the past and welcoming the future. Mended had a perfect balance of love, angst, drama, suspense, and sexiness. Second chances and forgiveness was the biggest element of the storyline as it
Jacqueline's Reads
Aug 26, 2014 Jacqueline's Reads rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books, arc
4.5 I heart Xander stars

As much as I love musicians, there’s something about a band manager that gets me all WORKED UP!


There’s just something about Xander that I love. I think he’s my favorite in the Connection series. He’s just so sexy, attractive and lickable! Xander and Ivy have a past, but it didn’t work out. Years later, she’s a Pop star and is engaged to one of the most ruthless people in town, Damon Wolf.

Xander doesn’t understand why Ivy and him aren’t together, but there’s somet
Jul 02, 2014 Plamena rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!

After the stories of a hot band leader (River) and a hot actor (Jagger)…now it is the time to get behind the hard exterior of the band’s manager. This is Xander and Ivy’s story. It’s a cute and interesting but I didn’t like it as much as liked the previous ones. However…let me tell you this: these guys are seriously likable ;)

“If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, they’re yours.”

The story:

We know Xander Wilde from the previous books- he is the manager of the band a
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
Xander Wilde has been a bit of a mystery in this series...always brooding, pushing others and giving orders. I knew there was more to him than just that typical big brother bravo!

Yep, Xander is a just a man who has loved and lost. He spends his time immersed in work and family all while keeping his past, miss Ivy Taylor, locked tight in his heart and mind.

They were young kids in love. They had promises made with forever in mind, but family drama shaped their young relationship and ultimately ri
Jun 04, 2014 Polly rated it liked it
One of the things I loved about the first 2 books was the originality. This book lacked that, majorly. It follows the same NA checklist that I've read over and over

-High School sweethearts
-Big misunderstanding that leads to break up because he thinks she deserves better
-Meet years later and still "always loved each other"
-Get back together for like 2 days
=Big ex shows up and one of them leave for the other one's sake

Blah blah blah. You see where this is going???

I didn't like Lily at all. I foun
Mara De Guzman
5 Mended-Fated-Destined Stars!!!
ARC provided by the author for an honest review
Review on behalf of Give Me Books

Can I just say that this book is by far my favorite in the Connections series?!
Well, it is.

“No baby, this is not a dream. This is real.”

I undeniably love Xander Wilde and Ivy Taylor. Almost everything I enjoy in my books, Mended has nailed. Childhood romance, second-chance love story, rockstars, steamy, fan-yourself scenes, there was also a touch of mystery, suspense and drama, and of
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Nov 13, 2013 Aestas Book Blog marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-yet-released
Here's the cover reveal for MENDED:

"Music has the power to heal all, but not all broken hearts can be mended."

The Connections series continues with this spin-off novel about Xander Wilde.

BLURB --> Always in control, Xander Wilde considered life on the road to be a perfect fit for him. But when disaster strikes on the Wilde Ones’ latest tour, fate intervenes…and a newly single Ivy Taylor, the only girl he has ever loved, steps back into his life.

After moving past her painful breakup with Xa
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5 - My Mended Heart Stars!!!

A second chance love story with none other than Xander and his perpetual bad attitude and dark, brooding demeanor?!? HELL YES!!!

That's it, Kim Karr has secured herself a spot as one of my very fave New Adult authors! Why didn't I pay more attention to Xander during the earlier books of the Connections series?!?!? Oh yeah, River was cock blocking him, and that just can't be helped but WOW!! His sexy older brother has stolen the show in this third installment of this
Chris- Bookaddict
Mar 12, 2015 Chris- Bookaddict rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperback
I think this one might just be my absolute favorite one so far. So much emotion and the Connection between Xander and Ivy is Incredible...


We First met Ivy and Xander ( who is River’s brother) in Connected and Torn. Now it is time for their story. Although I thought Xander was a total ass in the previous books, I knew Kim would redeem him in this one and by God she did for sure. I absolutely LOVED Mended. I can honestly say
Jun 03, 2014 TeriLyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
**Mended generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

4 "Roses are so Cliche" Stars

Kim Karr delivers yet again. She wrote this book – Connected – and made falling in love with the hero, River Wilde, so easy. But not only do you fall in love with the prince but with his princess too. River and Dahlia became a life force all their own. Then she wowed me with Dazed. She took Aerie Daniels humanized her, gave her these emotions that only Jagger Kennedy could reveal and I again
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Jun 04, 2014 Ang (Sizzling Pages) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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The enchantress of passion, sex and Rock ~N~ Roll, Kim Karr, overwhelmed me once again in “Mended”, the third installment in the Connections Series. I adore this series. River has become one of my favorite romantic heroes and I was hesitant in taking on Xander’s story for fear that the magic created by Dahlia and River could not be achieved. Nonetheless, I can never get my fill of Kim’s st
May 26, 2014 ChuCha rated it it was amazing

Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

“When you believe a lie for so long… does it become the truth?”

It started with young, in-love and hormone-ridden Xander at 18. Even at a young age, I already knew that they were IT for each other. Their love may have been young, and it is most likely ran by hormones and fancy dreams of forever, but it was real. I could almost feel that they were meant to be together, and nothing could go horribly wrong despite the dysfunctional families both have – but s*
Kathy Coopmans
May 25, 2014 Kathy Coopmans rated it it was amazing
An ARC was provided to me by the Author for my honest opinion.

This is one of the easiest reviews that I have ever had to write.
This book was flawless. It's one of those books that you just don't want to put down. The love between Xander and Ivy is pure.
Kim has such a way with words that just draw you in and you feel like your right there with the characters. I love the way she writes and every word in this book shows how much she truly cares about what she is actually writing.
I fell in love wi
Kat DM
May 25, 2014 Kat DM rated it it was amazing
Kim Karr
5 Mended Stars

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed on behalf of Give Me Books Blog

Mended has love, lots of drama, suspense and full of hotness and sexiness all packed into a one hot read. Everyone deserves a second chance but your only lucky enough to get that second chance in life. The story is about Xander Wilde and his high school sweetheart Ivy Taylor and the owner of the heart whom he broke for a tragic reason.

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Xander bad boy attitude who still wan
May 26, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5 stars

"If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, they're yours."

We have seen Xander Wilde (River's brother) and Ivy Taylor in other books in this series. But now we get their full story. We see them as teens totally in love and who get separated and how their lives together veered off course.

She's not just a girl I used to date...she's the only girl I ever really loved. She's also the girl whose heart I broke.

But now twelve years later as they are both going through difficult t
Jun 05, 2014 -C- rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another great book to Kim Karr's Connections series.

I truly enjoyed this book! The writing was direct and fairly simple, but the story was engaging and I really loved the characters.
This story has its cute moments, sad moments, moments full of love and moments full of heartbreak. Basically, it has everything that really good contemporary novel should have.

It’s second chance at love. Xander and Ivy love story.

Roses are so cliché

“With his first grin in my direction – I melted. When he first played
Jun 11, 2014 Tantalizing rated it it was amazing
The title Mended fits this book perfectly. Kim Karr once again wrote a book that completely left me speechless. So speechless it took me a week after finishing Mended to finally find the words I was looking for to write this review.

I am a complete sucker for second chance love stories. Stories about high school sweethearts reconnecting years down the road are by far my favorite. Xander and Ivy are thrown back together years after they broke up. Neither has lost that spark and love they had for
Jun 16, 2014 Bing rated it really liked it

First off - I mentioned in my review of Dazed that I thought River will be joining the band again and I was stoked! There's a part of me that feels he is destined to be on stage, but for those who read the 2 books about him and Dahlia, it was kinda sweet that he was sure and ready to lead a laidback life with her. It was part of his charm and what made him even more endearing. So, even though I didn't get my wish, Xander and Ivy's story is too beautiful to be disappointed over that.

Xander is th
Red Cheeks Reads
May 30, 2014 Red Cheeks Reads rated it it was amazing
“With his first grin in my direction – I melted. When he first played his guitar for me – he scored my mind. When he first kissed me – he stole my heart. And when he cheated on me – he took a piece of my soul.”

Mended by Kim Karr is Xander’s story and if you remember Xander from Connected he was a bit of an ass, so to say I went into this book a bit weary is an understatement. I was not sure what to expect with Xander’s backstory but I was pretty sure it would be emotional and dramatic to make
May 31, 2014 Crista rated it really liked it
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance
4 Stars!

The talented Kim Karr has managed to raise the bar even higher with the latest installment in her highly acclaimed Connections series. Mended is an aptly named book that takes a close look at destined love that despite time, distance, and misconceptions, will not be lost forever.

This is Xander Wilde’s book, and to be honest, I have not been a huge fan of this character since he was first introduced. His attitude, arrogance, and control complex was
May 30, 2014 Countrygalssexyreads rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much! This is the a continuation of the Connections Series. You have Xander Wilde (River's Older Brother) and then Ivy Taylor. They were first time loves, first time everything.

The book starts off twelve years after thier romance and both are living different lives. Ivy is engaged to someone else and Xander has been running River's band.

After twelve years they see each other and the spark is still there, but Ivy is taken. Xander wants to win her back, but Ivy can not let
Apr 19, 2016 Daisy rated it liked it
3.5 Mended Stars
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Jun 11, 2014 Sugar and Spice Book Reviews rated it really liked it
I have yet to be disappointed by a Kim Karr book! Each book of this series just keeps getting better and better…Kim’s writing style and story development continues to grow and I am in just in awe at her ability to suck me into a story. Mended was emotional, passionate, and of course I loved the second chance at love feel to the story. 4 stars.

"Music has the power to heal all, but not all broken hearts can be mended."

Mended is the story of Xander and Ivy. We met Xander in Connected; he is River
~ Becs ~
Oct 29, 2014 ~ Becs ~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, new-adult
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Kim Karr really does write heart-warming, feel good romances which restore your faith in human nature and true love and Mended is definitely another winner from her but be warned – Kim’s not afraid to throw in a truly shocking plot twist so be prepared for the unexpected!

This time, it’s the turn of Xander Wilde, big brother of River and manager of the Wilde Ones to find his forever girl and that girl is Ivy. He and Ivy were High School sweethearts. They were very much in love but they came from
Sheyla ✎
May 26, 2014 Sheyla ✎ rated it really liked it
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The Connection series continues with River's brother Xander's story.

Xander Wilde is the manager of the Wilde Ones. He has always been a little too serious and rarely smiles. In this book we learn of his heartache.
Xander has only loved one woman and her name is Ivy Taylor. Ivy and Xander were an item, they loved each other and were looking forward to a life together.
Life sometimes doesn't happen the way we want and due to a misunderstanding and a horrible situation in Xander's life they break up
Mar 25, 2014 Kayla rated it it was amazing
Review: I was given a complimentary copy of Mended by Reading Bliss. I just want to say that I love Kim Karr’s writing. I found her book Connected on amazon about a year ago and just fell in love with it. I hated having to wait for Torn to come out. It was totally worth the wait! I loved Mended. Xander and Ivy’s story is just wonderful. I really enjoyed reading it. I love stories of past loves reuniting. Ivy and Xander had a high school romance. Xander’s family had an issue before graduation and ...more
Cherry Hurtado
Jun 23, 2014 Cherry Hurtado rated it it was amazing
** copy was provided by author for an honest review***

*********BOOK HANGOVER********

Goodness Kim Karr you truly are an amazing author.

This book is written perfectly! I loved how Kim started the book with a young Xander. This to me is perfect because it doesn't start as a memory it's like it's actually the present. (Hope I make sense) because this book begins when he is still in school.. So you get to experience a young Xander in love. As the book continues I have to say my anxiety was killing me
Apr 10, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 – roses are so cliché – stars!

*Complimentary copy provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Kim Karr has done it again, made me fall for another Wilde man! We get to see a different side of Xander in this book. In the past he's been gruff and had a bad attitude, but being in his head and seeing the heartbreak he's experienced put things in perspective. What made this book so great for me was the intense connection between Xander and Ivy. The spark between them wa
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Kim Karr has done it again. When I first read Connected from a new indie author I couldn’t believe this was her debut novel. It literally blew me away. Quickly her talents were recognized and signed and now is a published author and her work is continuing to blow me away.

Mended is the story of Xander and Ivy. Once young loves that grew up and apart are thrown together when Ivy joins The Wilde Ones on tour everything from their past is thrown into their present and questioned. Lies and hurts are
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