Nov 13, 2013

Disconnected

Liam and Katy were high school sweethearts. Shortly after they graduated they ran off to Vegas to get married. Liam does theater acting and it's there that he is discovered by Excite Entertainment and flown to L.A.
Once he's in L.A his marriage takes the backseat to rubbing elbows with Hollywood's biggest and brightest. One night Liam throws a big party and Katy comes into their house filled with half dressed women. When Katy says she's going to leave, Liam doesn't believe her until he comes home from filming and finds a note that tears him apart.

Four years later, he's tried to move on but never let go of the love he has in his heart for his Katy. It's in a little town they are filming in that their paths cross again and Liam has to try and convince Katy that their love is worth fighting for.






Katy and Liam Warren were a young couple with a bright future in front of them. Childhood sweethearts, they married young. Liam quickly found work as a promising theatre actor and backed by Katy’s tireless support, Hollywood took notice of his talent. Unfortunately the brighter Liam’s start began to burn the quicker he lost sight of what was most important… Katy.

When Liam throws a lavish Hollywood party full of scantily clad women in an effort to bolster his popularity, he pushes Katy too far. Liam flatly ignores Katy’s pleas to focus on her and their marriage and she packs her bags, taking off for a new life alone. Katy told her side of things in the story “Reconnected” and now it’s time for Liam’s version of events in the companion story “Disconnected.”

“Disconnected” finds Liam in a panic at a loss of Katy. He vows to find her and win her back but as the time passes he loses hope. A random fling with a starlet only leaves him feeling bleaker but he carries on with the fa├žade of movie star golden boy. Fate intercedes when Liam does film promotion on a college campus on the other side of the country and he notices a very striking and very familiar brunette. Only this girl goes by a different name, has an adoring boyfriend, and she’s less than thrilled to see Liam.

"How many ‘girlfriends’ or hell just one night stands have you had in the last four years? I’m not Katy Warren anymore, I’m just normal Kate Parker again. And I’ve moved on and just want to forget that I was ever married to someone like you.”

Liam vows to get Katy/Kate back but doesn’t count on mounting roadblocks like crazy co-stars, security threats, paparazzi attention, and pressure from his management company. Through all of the obstacles he remains solid in his belief that he and Katy belong together and that he’ll do whatever it takes to rebuild their relationship.

“I love her, I always have, and I’m going to be by her side through this. In sickness or in health was in our vows, and It’s about time I started living up to those.”

Daniel packs a lot into “Disconnected” and at times the sweet story goes from being fast-paced to racing at whiplash speed. The overall premise of the story has a lot of potential. There’s a second chance romance, a Hollywood hunk who never forgot the girl who got away, and a smart heroine who tries to rebuild her life by going back to school. Something is just missing in Liam and Katy’s relationship and it makes the story feel “off.”

There’s no spark to explain how quickly the two address their past issues and move forward with their relationship. The speed of the reunion between the two characters is rushed and feels unrealistic for a couple who spent the last four years leading completely separate lives. Also, while Liam admits his guilt in the breakdown of the marriage, the reader never feels any real sorrow or remorse for his actions.

There is a secondary romance story between Liam’s BFF Scott and Katy’s BFF Krista. The focus on their courtship and its mirroring Liam and Katy’s reunion detracts from the importance of the main couple.
While you don’t have to read Katy’s take on the relationship in “Reconnected,” I felt reading it helped give the overall story more weight and helped me feel more invested in the characters.

All in all, “Disconnected” was a pleasant read and is worth a try. Again, I would recommend reading “Reconnected” to round out the overall story.

Happy Reading.


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