When reading novels about rock stars, celebrities, musicians and actors you usually read about them. What you rarely read about is a story about what goes on behind the scenes – about their managers and the people who take care of them. Mended is the love story revolving around the Wilde Ones manager, Xander Wilder, and the one who got away, Ivy Taylor. Or should I say, the one he let go. This novel is the PERFECT combination of romantic, sexy, and dramatic. It also shows you another side of the music industry you may not even know about, and reveals a big secret about the Wilder family.
Eighteen year-old Xander Wilder was only concerned about one thing – his beautiful, smoking hot girlfriend, Ivy Taylor. Ever since he first laid eyes on her he knew that she was something special, that there would never be another girl for him. But sometimes fate can be cruel and unforeseeable circumstances can pull apart the strongest of lovers. Because sometimes, when you love someone the best thing you can do for them is let them go.
Twelve years later, fate intervenes again and brings these two ex-lovers back together for a chance meeting. Ivy is now a rising star, engaged to her agent, Damon Wolf, and has become the lead singer for the Wilde Ones. Xander knows he needs to stay away but their history keeps pulling them back together, and sooner or later he knows he’s going to have to tell her the truth about what really happened the night he let her go. Both of them can’t help but feel the bond and the connection they share and it’s just a matter of time before they realize how much they need each other and mend what they’d broken.
Let me start off by saying I really enjoyed this novel, a lot better than I enjoyed Torn.
Xander and Ivy had so much depth to their story and so much history. I didn’t feel like it was romantic as Connected but it still had A LOT of merit that the first book didn’t.
I loved the history between Xander and Ivy, and I’ll admit to loving the drama. Certain drama makes for a good story, and makes for a good recovery. There was a lot of feelings being thrown all over the place; Xander not being able to control himself around Ivy, Ivy trying to be her own independent woman and keep Xander away, I mean come on…it was SO OBVIOUS they wanted each other, even when she was trying to friend-zone him. Eventually they got back together (yay!) and the truth about what happened finally came out.
“Look at me, Ivy,” he commands, and I do. “You know why you said it – it’s because ou feel the same way I do. Look, we could only play the game – pretend we both didn’t feel what we felt the minute we saw each other at the poo, but I’d rather not. 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.”
Personally, my favourite part wasn’t them getting back together, or the amazingly, hot, steamy, sex between them, but it was the side story, all the extra stuff about the Wilder family. The stuff I found most interesting was stuff about the music industry, about who owned what, all the secrets, the lies, the betrayals, and the BIGGEST SECRET that would change Xander forever (but I’m not going to tell you what happened because spoilers). I will admit I enjoyed the drama, and the use of a ‘bad-guy’ in this book. I think it gave it a lot more depth and an insight to how vicious the music industry can really be.
Mended was a great addition to the Connections Series by Kim Karr and a great read. Xander isn’t like your typical, hot artist/musician/famous type of male. He’s not the centre of attention, he’s just going with the flow, trying to keep his band together, to reach their full potential, and it just so happened the one that got away had somehow found her way back to him. Some of it seemed to drag on and was a little slow, but once you get to the halfway point everything picks up.
4/5 Hearts of Love