Frayed

By: Kim Karr

To my three boys . . .

may you each grow up to be a strong and caring man



And hopefully some lucky woman’s prince charming as well. <3





ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


My thanks to the artists and musicians who inspired me through every chapter. Music is a world within itself. It is a language we all understand. And although I hope the words in this book do not fail you, I also hope the music helps to enhance them. Music speaks to me and tells me a story, and when I listen to songs, I listen to that story. . . . I hope I have succeeded in telling you a story that was brought to life through both words and music.

This section is by far the most difficult to write because it is so very important to acknowledge all of those who have never wavered in their support of not only myself but of the Connections Series as well.

I would like to thank my beta readers, Mary Tarter, Jody O. Fraleigh, and Laura Hansen, for your endless help and suggestions.

To Amy Tannenbaum of the Jane Rotrosen Agency, who believed in me enough to sign me and then dedicated the time to help me throughout the writing of this series. You are such an amazing person, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have you as my literary agent.

To Penguin. When I began this journey with Connected, I never imagined I would land a publishing deal. So thank you, Kerry Donovan and the team at New American Library for so eagerly and enthusiastically taking me on and helping get the Connections Series published.

To all of the bloggers who have become my friends—you’re all so amazing, and I cannot possibly put into words the amount of gratitude I have for each and every one of you!

And finally, my love and gratitude to my family—to my husband of twenty years, who became Mr. Mom while continuing to go to work every day; to my children, who not only took on roles that I for many years had always done—laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning—but always asked how the book was coming and actually beamed to their friends when telling them their mom wrote a book.

Without the help of those mentioned above, plus all of the support from my readers, who have contacted me daily since Connected’s release, the writing of Frayed wouldn’t have been possible—a giant thank-you to all of you.





“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,

but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

—Maria Robinson





Frayed Playlist

Praise

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Title page

Copyright page

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Epigraph



CHAPTER 1

Come a Little Closer

CHAPTER 2

Past Lives

CHAPTER 3

You and Me

CHAPTER 4

Underneath It All

CHAPTER 5

Show Me What I’m Looking For

CHAPTER 6

Dig In

CHAPTER 7

Maybe Tomorrow

CHAPTER 8

Run Run Run

CHAPTER 9

Towers

CHAPTER 10

I’m Ready

CHAPTER 11

Show Me

CHAPTER 12

Still Into You

CHAPTER 13

Kinks Shirt

CHAPTER 14

I Choose You

CHAPTER 15

Show Me

CHAPTER 16

What Now

CHAPTER 17

Navigate Me

CHAPTER 18

Dirty Laundry

CHAPTER 19

Pain

CHAPTER 20

Little White Lies

CHAPTER 21

Away from the Sun

CHAPTER 22

Burn

CHAPTER 23

Stuck in the Middle

CHAPTER 24

Say Something

CHAPTER 25

Losing Sleep

CHAPTER 26

Sundown

CHAPTER 27

Counting Stars

CHAPTER 28

Talk Dirty

CHAPTER 29

Shape of Love

CHAPTER 30

Roar

CHAPTER 31

Start of Something

CHAPTER 32

Burn

CHAPTER 33

Best Day of My Life

CHAPTER 34

Dark Horse

CHAPTER 35

Say Something

CHAPTER 36

Our Song

CHAPTER 37

Come to Me

CHAPTER 38

Happy



About the Author





CHAPTER 1


Come a Little Closer



Ben



The sign behind the bar reads:

WANTED . . .

THAT CRYSTAL ASHTRAY YOU FILCHED.

THE MONOGRAMMED TOWELS YOU TOTED OFF IN YOUR SUITCASE.

THOSE SCOTTISH-MADE LINEN NAPKINS YOU POCKETED.

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