Tuesday, December 31, 2013

REVIEW: DRIVEN BY K.BROMBERG

Rylee Thomas is used to being in control. But she’s about to meet the one man that just might make her enjoy losing it…

I am the exception to the rule. 

In a world full of willing women, I’m a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He’s the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track. 

Colton crashes into my life like a tornado: sapping my control, testing my vulnerabilities beyond their limits, and unintentionally penetrating the protective wall around my healing heart. Tearing apart the world I rebuilt so carefully with structure, predictability, and discipline.

I can’t give him what he wants and he can’t give me what I need. But after a glimpse beneath his refined exterior into the dark secrets of his damaged soul, can I bring myself to walk away?

Our sexual chemistry is undeniable. Our individual need for complete control is irrefutable. But when our worlds collide, is the chemistry enough to bring us together or will our untold secrets and battle of wills force us apart?


Kindle EditionFirst461 pages
Published May 2013 by JKB Publishing
Source: Amazon Prime Lending Library

Our Review---
Courtney initially brought this series to my attention..if I recall correctly, it's gaining a ton of blogger end of the year awards and blogger love. We love and trust our fellow bloggers so we put it on our TBR list and when it popped up on Amazon Prime, I absolutely could not resist downloading it...IMMEDIATELY. I considered it an early Christmas treat to myself and just so you know...my next treat will be book 2 because I feel like I cannot stop reading about Rylee and Colton. Yeah, fairly certain the exact thing I saw was a smut book club award for the series either for in-the-rain sex or hood-of-the-car sex...and either reason to win a smut book club award and I was like "OMG SHELLEY, we have to read this." because that's how we roll! \m/ lol! 


The synopsis gives you a taste of the story of these two (Rylee and Colton) so I won't rehash the fact that they have that electrifying chemistry that we love in our smut books (or maybe I will...) and I definitely don't want to spoil anything...but if you're like me, you want to know if you should read this and why. I think you're good. I didn't feel like the blurb really helped me figure out much how the story was going to go! And Shel gives NOTHING away to me! sigh. lol! But it was nice like she says to "discover it as it happens" without any spoilers...no matter how much I beg! And did I beg! 

Rylee is this really smart, witty, and large hearted counselor who works for an amazing organization that takes care of young boys who have no other home to go to. She works tirelessly for the organization and her boys and is trying to find funding to not only maintain but expand what her organization does. Colton is the son of a Hollywood bigwig and is also a star by his own rights. He is a well known race car driver, is quite the ladies man and absolutely not anything Rylee is interested in. At an auction to raise money Rylee and Colton have a run in and the electricity that zaps between these two could light up Times Square..and then some. Their initial "encounter" if you will is very interesting...and hot. But then I totally see why Rylee has reason to come off as a b-word their for a bit. Then...it just kept on coming...gah, that girl spent more time in her head than I do not know what, and therefore made me take a while to warm up to her. I don't think I did at all until she goes to work and we see her in action over there! I was screaming at my kindle "Stop being frigid. You know you're gonna let him all up in your kool-aid...so just stop!" I don't know that she listened! 

These two have issues. We know more about Rylee's...a little of Colton's...and while it's not super angsty, there are definite moments when you want to smack Colton while simultaneously hugging him and/or making out with him. He's just so infuriating (as are his BBB). Meanwhile, there are times that I want to cheer for Rylee's honesty and yet want to build a suit of armor to protect her--all at the same time (thank goodness for Haddie)! I do like Haddie. And she called it. As much as I want to run over Colton with his race car for being a grade-A douchebag, omigah he is damaged and funny and charming and mostly smarmy with some of his pick up lines...but I would probably fall for it hook, line and sinker...because I'm a sucker. So for that...I am dying to read the next book. His hot and cold back and forth is worth than the weather changes in the midwest...and let me tell you that is seriously insane stuff...so keep that in mind...and don't give up on this one! The hot and cold Colton will give you whiplash, so I'm not sure how I feel about that even still...but I was not put off enough to a)not finish the book and b) want to read the next installment.

The chemistry is off the charts...the sexual tension, his filthy mouth...GAH! It's good stuff. I have to agree with you on this one. It's the BBB (blonde bimbo brigade) that makes me want to smack him! But when he is 100% in the zone with trying to impress Rylee I got all melty inside. I need to smack myself for that too! 

The ending, as I was telling Courtney, isn't really an ending or necessarily a cliffhanger...it's just insurance that you will absolutely, 100% read the next book..and I will! I will admit that the ending to this book makes me nervous about how book 2 will end since book 3 doesn't come out until March. If it ends like book 1, I might just die. I do. And because I am an avid prime member I cannot it for another day, but will most definitely be downloading at the first opportunity! Luckily the teaser for the next book is available to read at the end of this one. Please and Thank You KB, you about gave me an ulcer...! 

Shelley: 4 1/2 Stars
Courtney: 3 1/2 Stars

About the Author---
K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner that has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her--the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard. She’s a wife, mom, child rustler, toy pick-er-upper, chauffer, resident web-slinger, LaLaloopsy watching, American Girl doll dressing multi-tasker of all things domestic and otherwise. She likes her diet cokes with rum, her music loud, and her pantry stocked with a cache of chocolate.

K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.

Fueled is K. Bromberg’s second published novel and is the highly anticipated second book of “The Driven Trilogy.” Driven was her well-received debut novel and Book #1 of the series.

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Driven (BOOK 1) :
Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK

Fueled (BOOK 2)
Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK 

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