The 27 Club
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From the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Connections series comes an exciting and passionate new romance….
Janis Joplin. Kurt Cobain. Amy Winehouse. Zachary Flowers. I always knew my brilliant brother would one day be listed among the great artistic minds of our time. I just didn’t know he would join the list of exceptional talents who left us too young, too soon.
I was always the calm one, the perfect foil to his freewheeling wild spirit. But since his death shortly after his 27th birthday, I’d found myself adrift and directionless.
I knew it was time to face my destiny, and I was ready to yield. But then I met Nate, Zachary’s best friend. Only he could help me put the pieces together, fill in the blanks that Zachary left behind. I needed him to answer my questions—and I wanted him for more. He awakened in me a sensuality that had never been explored, never satisfied. Nate’s presence controlled me, his touch seared me, and it was up to me to convince him that he was brought into my life for a reason….
NO CLIFFHANGER ENDING. THIS IS A STANDALONE ROMANCE.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
A different read from Kim Karr…
Kim Karr 's The 27 Club is different. It takes a subject that most of us don't like thinking about, our morality, and turns it into a story that leaves us feeling the need to make each day full of living life to the fullest! I signed up to read this book based solely on the fact that I loved Kim Karr's Connection series and her writing. I don't remember reading the synopsis until I picked up the book to start reading. (Kim is an auto read author for me). After reading the synopsis, I knew I was in for something different from the Connection series, something grittier and darker. (Did you get that too from the blurb?) However, The 27 Club wasn't what I was expecting. Zoey and Nate took me on a different journey than I expected, and while I enjoyed this story I am left wanting a bit more angst and drama (I know! I never want more drama!)
The 27 Club takes the idea of destiny and plays around with it in how these characters live their lives. Zoey Flowers is afraid to live, for most of her life she was taught to fear turning 27, and after tragedy strikes with her brother dying at 27, her fear of dying paralyzes her from living. Zoey was a character I wanted to like more, but never truly connected with until the last half of the book. Nate, however, captured me from the beginning. Nate was the hero we all sigh over and had me all tangled up for the first part of this book and completely infatuated by the epilogue.
Kim Karr had a lot of threads going on in this story and while it did take me a bit to get into the story, once it clicked I was hooked. One of my favorite things about Kim's writing is the unexpected threads that reveal themselves in her books. In The 27 Club there were some threads that intrigued me (The Estate) but never went anywhere, but then there were threads that led to interesting twists and surprises. I enjoyed the whole moral to this story that destiny is the path you choose and life should be lived each day to its fullest, but I was left wanting a bit more. A bit more drama. A bit more mystery. A bit more heart tugging emotion. A bit more of The Estate.
The 27 Club, while not what I was expecting did deliver a very good story. I think jumping into this book without reading the synopsis might be the best way to go, that way you don't have false assumptions to cloud your perception of what to expect. Kim Karr definitely gives the reader a lot to think about in this book. What would you do if you thought your life was counting down fast? Would you grab the first person that made you feel alive and safe and hold on? Or would you hide away? The 27 Club gives you a lot to think about and while I wish we got more from Nate, his epilogue is one of the best I have read in a while!
Kim Karr has created a book that was thought provoking, hot, and filled with characters you can't help but want to know more about. If you were a fan of the Connection series, then you will enjoy this next offering from Kim. If you have never read a Kim Karr book, then you are in for a treat with how she intertwines her stories with heat, heart and thought provoking subjects. The 27 Club is definitely a book you will want to check out and see for yourself how Zoey and Nate decide to “F@&K Destiny!"
Kim delivers a riveting story full of lust and desire.
Nate and Zoey's story.
Kim's writing style is enchanting. This storyline is a refreshing change from what I typically read and it's amazing. The chemistry between Nate and Zoey is flammable.
While searching for answers and discovering who Zachary really was Zoey becomes a beautiful masterpiece of art herself. The touching family unity and obligations met by Zachary are so loving and protective. Every facet of this story is tightly woven to create an emotional and enlightening story.
This story teaches you that life is short and precious and you should live it to your fullest and with no regrets. Sometimes in life two people can fulfill an emptiness you never knew existed and can make your heart feel alive. Live in the moment and cherish every moment as if it were your last. Embrace people and memories that you encounter. I love how some people bring out the best in you and make you comfortable with who you are and allow you the comfort to express yourself with no judgement.
Zoey's list is very relatable. The best part of a story like this is the anticipation. The build up of angst and teasing. I'm hot and bothered.
I'm riveted by her words. I was spellbound and enchanted by this story. I cried towards the end. It was beautiful and artistic.
Intense & Emotional
Often a book pulls you in right away and never lets you go. The 27 Club is one of those. I started reading and couldn't stop. I was really intrigued by the premise of the book and when the prologue opened and it was told from Zach's point of view, I was astonished and excited. It allowed a small glimpse into Zach and his friendship with Nate.
I wasn't sure I was going to like Nate when I first met him, but all of that changed the moment he met Zoey. Seeing him through her eyes showed me how much he was hurting over Zach's loss and the many other changes going on in his life. On the other hand, my heart broke for Zoey even before I met her. I knew she was suffering from not only losing Zach, but also the fear she was next. The club may not seem real to Nate or anyone else, but it was real for her and even Zach.
This book was full of OMG moments; some regarding Zoey, some about Nate, and many of them were about Zach. The most surprising ones came at the end. I couldn't help but bawl and even thinking of them now causes my eyes to flood with tears. It was proof of how much Zach loved his sister. Any residual feelings of distrust I had towards him completely dissipated after that.
Nate and Zoey's relationship was really rocky initially. I wasn't so sure why Nate was fighting the attraction so much when it was clear he wanted her as much as she wanted him. I did sort of understand his messed up logic, but I was glad to see he was able to overcome his inhibitions sooner than later. They had an intense relationship and it was good to see them helping each other with dealing with the demons that chased them.
If this is the emotional intensity with which Kim Karr writes all her books, I've really missed out on not reading her Connection series. I will be sure to remedy that asap and to also make a note to keep an eye out for her future releases. This is one book that is best read in order to experience what makes it so good.