Kim Karr

New Adult
Heat Level: Sensual

What if a “Once in a Lifetime” could happen twice?

In Dahlia London’s world, happily ever after is a far cry from reality. Her soul has been left completely shattered by tragedy. But a surprising reunion with someone from her past is about to give her a reason to love again…

When rock star River Wilde comes back into Dahlia’s life, their super-charged connection runs deeper than either of them ever expected. The more time they spend together, the more intense their relationship becomes, and Dahlia believes at last she has found her soul mate.

But as old bonds fade and Dahlia’s grief begins to lift, her guilt and confusion remain. River desperately wants to be the one who mends what’s been broken—but with a past that refuses to stay buried, is it possible for their future to begin?


The book starts off in 1999 where young Dahlia London is showing her affection for music at a concert that her father has taken her too. Moving a few years forward, Dahlia is all grown up and in college. She is trying to live her life as normal as possible since the death of her parents. She has a great boyfriend and a strong best friend. On the anniversary of her father’s death, her best friend takes her to a bar to see a local up and coming group, The Wilde Ones.

It’s there that Dahlia meets the intense and attraction lead singer, River Wilde. The two have this instant pull towards one another. Before anything can happen, Dahlia rushes out back to the arms of her boyfriend. She is frightened and confused by her emotions towards River.

As the years pass, Dahlia experiences more heart ache and pain. She struggles to remain happy. She is presented an offer to interview The Wilde Ones and she is reunited with River. The story moves slowly from there as River has to break through the wall that Dahlia has created around her heart.

The book became so predictable. The book ends on a major cliffhanger which I really disliked. However, I felt that I knew something wasn’t right earlier in the book and the cliffhanger was no real surprise. It is kind of obvious that something wasn’t right. There is no foreshadowing here. If something jumps out as a clue then it’s right on the ringer.

I couldn’t connect with the characters because they felt one dimensional. River spoke like a teenager, using the term “really” entirely too much. Everything was perfect. She looked perfect. He was perfect. There is this instant connection and pull but she is constantly fighting internally about her unresolved feelings for Ben. It made it hard for me to be team River. I wanted more development of the characters. I’ll read book two but it’s not a book that I’m pushing on my TBR list.

Reviewed by Samantha