Tuesday, January 5

***Review ***Missed Connection by K. Larsen & Mara White

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Title: Missed Connection
Author: K. Larsen & Mara White
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 5, 2016

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Synopsis

Twenty years weren’t enough for either of them to forget.

A chance encounter, a missed connection.

Two wayward stars that collided in a turbulent sky, at the right place, but at the wrong time in both of their lives.

What happens when they meet again? Do the same unforgettable sparks still fly?

Titan Jennings and Jesenia Van Buren may come from two different worlds but their hearts are open to second chances. No matter who or what may stand against them, love is what anchors their lives together.

Love may be infinite but time is not, Missed Connection is a novel about making the very best you can with what little you’ve got.

My Review

My first book of the new year and I already have a new favorite. Having read both Mara White and K. Larsen, I knew that I should expect something that would twist me in a pretzel emotionally and plot twists would most likely abound, but I was still not quite prepared for impact Missed Connection had on me. I finished this book several days ago and have yet been able to pick up another book. Titan and Jesenia wrapped me up in their story and refused let me go or more likely I refuse to let them go. 

Twenty years ago on New Years Eve, Titan and Jesenia, seemingly guided by fate, met one night in a cafe. Titan, struggling with guilt and grief, planned to commit suicide but a guiding force led him to Jesenia. Jesenia left a party to find somewhere quiet to try and come to grips with the future that was laid out for her. For a few hours these two talked while a connection was forged. But when Titan came back from the restroom, Jesenia was gone. Even though he tried to find her, he eventually moved on knowing that she saved him that night. Now five years after his wife passed away, with the help of his teenage son, Titan places a missed connection ad on Craigslist that soon goes viral. 

Jesenia has thought about Ty everyday for the last twenty years. But her life was planned out and her life left her unable to stay with Ty at the cafe that night. But with her marriage to a Senator being one only on paper, her college-aged daughter pushes her to connect with the man that is searching for her. 

After twenty years Jesenia is worried that time has manipulated their memories and real life will never live up to their expectations. Add to that the ton of baggage both have and Jesenia is hesitant to try and make up for lost time. But with Ty's persistence and always faithful presence, she takes the leap hoping that this time time will be on their side. 

With beautiful writing that came full circle, a flowing storyline, and a love story that defies time, Titan and Jesenia's romance blew me away. I was swept up in their story. I loved that Mara and K. let the story flow naturally. Nothing was forced and their connection felt real. Both had lives outside each other and I appreciated the fact that those were never swept under the rug. They embraced the whole of each other without any unnecessary drama. Plus I love when kids are part of a story and both Titan's son and Jesenia's daughter were light-hearted additions that kept a smile etched on my face.

It was always obvious that neither character was perfect but I think that was the whole point. They both had their issues which were handled with genuine care and sympathy and not just by the characters but by the way the authors wrote about them. Titan and Jesnia were placed in unique situations which made their story all the more memorable. Their passion for each other and dedication to their children was inspiring. And I can't forget just how delicious Titan was. Oh man. He was the PERFECT book boyfriend. Absolutely dreamy and that's not even taking into account his prowess in the bedroom. *blushes*

Without giving anything away, this book took my emotions, put them in a blender, turned it on high, then opened the lid before turning it off spraying them every where. I have never (and I just finished an ugly cry book a couple weeks ago), cried as hard as I cried while reading this book. I was literally wracked with sobs. Chest heaving, can't catch your breath or see the screen, deep from my soul sobs. Then just as soon as I seemingly had my emotions under control enough to read, I was hit again. My husband even came into the room I was reading in to check on me because he heard me crying. But please don't let that scare you.

 In the end just like Mara did with Maldeamores and K. did with Jezebel, I was left with a sense of peace. To me that shows just how brilliantly skilled these two authors are. 

Review by Paige 

★★☆5 "Oh My Word. Brilliant. Devastating. Beyond Beautiful" Stars ☆★★

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About the Authors

K. Larsen 

I am an avid reader, coffee drinker, and chocolate eater who loves writing.

If you love suspense and romance and a good read you've come to the right spot! I may mess with your head a bit in the process. Enjoy!

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Mara White

Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground. 

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