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(Connections #3.5)

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A Connection Series Novella featuring Ben Covington

The story before the love story….

When he lost the only woman he’d ever loved, it seemed there was nothing left to live for.

Even as a boy, all Ben Covington ever wanted was to spend forever with Dahlia London, the beautiful girl next door...then one life-altering decision tore them apart and he was forced to leave her.

Published August 5th 2014
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~ Becs ~
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Blurred is a novella of the Connections series and, in strict reading order, it’s 3.5 on the list. It’s very unlike the previous novella in the series, Dazed, which told a complete story in itself of Aerie and Jagger. There isn’t really a storyline to Blurred per se, it’s much more of a background read to the major plot twist in the first two books giving us the story from Ben’s POV, allowing us to see how he feels about it all. This obviously contains major spoilers for Connected and Torn, so I ...more
ARC provided by author in exchange of honest review

☆☆☆☆☆ 5 Blurred Lines Stars ☆☆☆☆☆

Rock Bottom. Hell. Despair. Regrets. Alone. Lost. For Ben Convington, those words describes his personal turmoil and hell. A living hell, I might say where the lines of the past, present, and future begins to get blurred. They say to live life with no regrets but for Ben, his life is filled with regrets, what ifs, and sins. He is a lost man trying to find himself. And so begins, Ben’s tale of where he traces ba
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. So far, every book that I have read of Ms. Karr, was great, and a 5 star.

It addresses all the previous books, but the Ben POV. Fills in the gaps that might remain from previous books. I like Ben Covington and he needs a second chance to be happy.
It’s start with Ben mother’s funeral.

I’m alone and left to pick up pieces to a life I don’t have. Rock bottom. It’s a phrase I never thought I’d use to describe myself, but it’s the only one that fits.

One wrong decision changed e
Kelli C
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: angst, novella
We all know I don't care for novellas so..I'm using this as just my long prologue to Frayed!

Ben Covington has never been my fave character but I enjoyed getting more into his past and finally seeing the connection to Bell! Although for a man so in love...ummm he seemed to have a problem when it came to sorority hopefuls ;) so i am going into Frayed trying to keep an open mind all while I have the "ick" factor knowing Ben is a cheater! Let's hope he can redeem himself in his journey to happiness
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 Stars Arc received from author in exchange for an honest review

The Story I’ve longed for…

The lying, cheating bastard that is Ben Covington – the man most have come to resent in the Connections Series, tells his story. Alas, an insight into the dysfunctional mind of a character that both frazzled my emotions and caused great angst. Why was I anticipating his stor
Lydia H
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

I will start right off by saying that I highly recommend you read Connected and Torn (books 1&2 in The Connections Series) before reading Blurred. Everything will make sense and have a more profound meaning.
“Blame is a strange thing; it consumes you, haunts you, takes over your life.”

Ben was probably at one of his lowest points in his life. He wasn’t living, but merely existing. He was lost, hurt, broken, and angry with how everything had unfolded. Now see, THIS is why you
Chris- Bookaddict
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I must say right off if you have not read Connected and Torn then please do not read Blurred, as you will not understand Ben at all if you do.

I will admit when Kim first told me she was going to write Ben with his own story I was a little worried about how she was going to be able to redeem him. I like many other’s is not ( or I should say WAS NOT) a fan of Ben’s, that is until this book.

We all met Ben in Connected, We got to know first hand the relationship that he and Dalhia had. When Suddenly
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BLURRED starts around the time Ben's mom died.
Remember? We read about that in the previous books. Now at her funeral he sees his ex-girlfriend Dahlia again - she's there with her new guy River.
Ben always thought he would spend the rest of his life with Dahlia. But then he had to 'die' to save her from being killed too. Now that he's back and Dahlia's in love with another guy, Ben doesn't really know what to do. Getting drunk and have sex with random girls is not really how he wants to spend his
Cherry Hurtado
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***Arc received for an honest review**

Everyone deserves a second chance in life. Mistakes are made and people get hurt along the way. Ben made mistakes and yes he hurt people he loved. But it's only fair we give him a chance to explain himself.

I am a Ben fan. Why you ask? Well I think he messed up and did things he shouldn't and he paid a high price for that! To me it makes him more real! His not perfect but that is what makes me like him. Yes, he cheated on Dahl and yes he left her but has any
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I learned that we were getting Ben's story I was a bit apprehensive. I was a member of the "Ben Hating" Fan Club but I decided I would go in with an open mind. After all, everyone deserves a second chance. I am so glad I did! At 6% he had already stolen my heart. His story is gritty and raw. There is nothing pretty about what he did and for me that makes him real. Ben made a lot of poor choices but as in real life sometimes hindsight is 20/20. In this story, I felt his growth, his pain, and ...more
Sep 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Wow I got half-way in and i cant take it! Im bored out of my freakin mind. I keep taking snack breaks just to get away from this book. If i have another snack break, i wont fit through the front door.
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Girl, No He Didn’t

He very well bloody DID!!! With a finger snap and a double clap my guy Gah!! Okay so now that Dahlia is happy with River I can say this…I LOVE ALEX COVEN!!! Yowza!! So this is a novella about Ben we see snippets of other (amazing wonderful omg I love these) characters! BUT like I said its mostly about him. The darkness Ben was in, where his head was at during his death, and coping with so much loss. I love that Ms Karr gives
Mara De Guzman
5 Blurred Stars!
ARC provided by the author for an honest review
Review also posted on Mara’s Bookshelf

“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 rede
Novel Grounds
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Meg's Review:
I was unsure coming into this book about my feeling for Ben. I am one of the odd-readers-out who kinds felt bad for him in the big picture, so I was interested to see how I would feel once we got his story. I am SO glad that Kim wrote this. This is the story after the fact, the in-between for Ben. His story of starting to heal and how he got there. I think without this Novella, those people on the fence, may stay on the fence.  This
Kat DM
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
By: Kim Karr
5 gut-wrenching ☆☆☆☆☆'s

From the first page of the story it already had my emotions bouncing off the wall. The pain that Ben was feeling was excruciating. Losing a loved one is not something I can handle and imagining myself in his shoes, I just couldn't, it's heart breaking, gut wrenching and I wouldn't know what to do with myself.

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Ben gets drunk and comes home and fall downward into unconsciousness, becomes dead to the world. It was his routine in the beginning to erase a
Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)
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Blurred and Frayed by Kim Karr are most likely the most anticipated books in The Connections series. Blurred is the novella that leads the readers down a new path in Ben Covington’s life. The readers will get to meet the real Ben Covington. They will get a chance to experience his actions, indiscretions, his betrayal, his resurrection from death, and his heartbreak.

Ben Covington has arisen from the dead. After faking his death three years earlier to protect the ones he loved when he exposed
Mary Tatar
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think I may be in the small minority that didn't have any reservations about Ben in this series. I always felt Ben was a lot of things beautiful, intelligent, misguided, and yes also a jerk. After reading Blurred we learn that there is much more to Ben then meets the eye. As the old saying goes there is always two sides to every story. Ben's is bittersweet to say the least. If he didn't make some of the choices he made, then River and Dahlia wouldn't be together. So, yeah, Ben was always good ...more
TWSS Book Review and Blog
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Do you believe that everyone deserves a second chance? I know for me, if people are doing the right thing for themselves, then yes most definitely they deserve a second chance.

I knew I was going to give Ben Covington a second chance during the book Torn but I was interested to see if he was going to keep that gift I was offering him. As I read Blurred, I realized that Ben Covington did indeed deserve to keep that second chance I was awarding him. After we learned of his cheating on Dahlia and h
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2014
I don't know what to say other than I really don't like Ben any better, honestly. Maybe it will become more apparent in the next book, but I am not certain why I needed to know a lot of this information. The timeline was a bit confusing, and about 25% in the editing mistakes became abundant. There were missing commas, and a couple of missing words in sentences changing their meaning completely. For example, when Ben checked into the extended stay hotel it said there was grim on the door number r ...more
Red Cheeks Reads
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think I went into Blurred much like anyone who has been reading the Connections Series by Kim Karr, skeptical. I mean how am I supposed to understand and love Ben after some of the stuff that he pulled on Dahlia. I know most of it he did with good intentions but honestly he was not a character I was super excited to read. Now that being said I did not come out of this novella fully loving him and I still do not completely understand him BUT I am super excited to know more in Frayed. This story ...more
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing

BLURRED was a great introduction to Ben Covington. The man that threatened fan favorite couple Dahlia and River’s happiness. I will admit that although I’ve always been Team River when it comes to Dahlia, I always liked Ben. I like his way with words and how he is brash yet honest at the same time. He is not perfect. And I think at the beginning of this novella, he himself realized that. He wasn’t the golden child that he thought he was. He wasn’t a nob
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Kim has done it again. I can't get over how she can just pull me in with a few words. Her writing is amazing and the way she delivers the story; I feel as if I am in the story.

"If there is a moment in time that comes to alter the course your life forever - mine would be the day Caleb Holt told me I had to disappear. I don't even know who I am anymore."

Ben, I have always liked him. Don't kill me for saying that. He made his mistakes and that is what attracts me to his character. In this story Ben
Teresa Mary Rose
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I really really like this series, but I’m not going to lie that I struggled with this one. I’ve never been Ben’s biggest fan, so reading an entire story from his point of view took some adjustment. I didn’t come to love him right away and I’m not even sure I really love him even after finishing the novella, but I do have a lot of hope for him so I am definitely ready for Frayed.

See I think my biggest struggle with Ben was that he was kind of an ass
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites, 2014
I was on the fence about Ben Covington. It's hard to forgive a cheater. I can't imagine one who comes back from faking his own death either. Ben got to me in Blurred. I can safely say that I love Ben Covington.

Ben didn't have things easy in making a comeback. He had his work cut out for him in getting back into a normal life. There were several scenes that had me worried about the decisions that he made as he was on a downward spiral. I was emotional as I wanted him to get back on the right path
Laurynne Gouws
Apr 09, 2014 marked it as to-read
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A Connection Series Novella featuring Ben Covington

The story before the love story….

When he lost the only woman he’d ever loved, it seemed there was nothing left to live for.

Even as a boy, all Ben Covington ever wanted was to spend forever with Dahlia London, the beautiful girl next door...then one life-altering decision tore them apart and he was forced to leave her.

Now, despite having returned to win her back, he’s still
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was never a fan of Ben from the previous books in this series--I hated him interfering with my River and Dahlia. But Blurred completely changed my liking of him! There is so much heartbreak and pain that Ben was going through.

I truly believe everyone deserves a second chance and Ben Convington is no exception. He always wanted to do what was right. Sure he made some mistakes in his life, but he ended up paying for it. But even when he hit "rock bottom," he came to realize how much stronger he
Southern Belle Book Blog
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I’m not quite sure how to review. I’m actually sitting here, trying to figure out what to tell you about Blurred by Kim Karr. In no way am I saying this book is bad. It’s good. Maybe I’m most confused because it’s not a love story like the rest of the Connections series. It’s not what I expected. But that’s what makes it so good.

This is Ben’s story. It’s filling in all the blanks of what happened throughout the other books. It’s necessary. I don’t think the series could continue w
Petra Gleason
Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm giving this a 3 star because I think the writing is strong and the story moves well. But, I had to keep hoping that some of my favorite characters would be brought back for a cameo to make it more palatable. Unfortunately, I haven't liked Ben since Connected, I disliked him even more in Torn and Blurred has just reinforced that he's a total dirt-bag. What did kind of surprise me is that it's also placed Bell in the dislike category right along with Ben. I could kind of pretend that she might ...more
Amber Lynne
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
BORING with a capital B...I cannot believe that this book has as many strong reviews as it does. I am a huge fan of the Connections series, but this one was "skim-worthy" at best. Most, if not all, of Ben's journaling from the book was in the previous why do we need to read it again? I suppose if anything I like the connections between the characters, but I'm honestly over Ben's drama and self-destruction. It appears that Bell and Ben will get their own book in "Frayed" but I'm incred ...more
I'm going to have to DNF. I have very limited time to read these days so I want to choose books that are interesting to me and keep me wanting to read from beginning to end. Unfortunately this just wasn't one of those.

I've never particularly liked Ben in the previous books and this one was no different. I don't like him and that will probably never change.

As always, Kim's writing is brilliant, this story just wasn't for me.

*ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Penguin in turn for an honest
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