Saturday, December 20, 2014

REVIEW: FUELED BY K.BROMBERG

Book #2 of the Driven Trilogy

What happens when the one person you never expected suddenly happens to be the one you’ll fight the hardest to keep?

Colton stole my heart. He wasn't supposed to, and I sure as hell didn't want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever, and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist.

Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don't think I'll ever be the same. She's seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she's still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint, and I am most definitely the sinner.

How is it the one thing neither of us wanted—neither of us anticipated that fateful night—has us fighting so hard to keep?

He steals my breath, stops my heart, and brings me back to life again all in a split second of time. But how can I love a man who won't let me in? Who continually pushes me away to prevent me from seeing the damaged secrets in his past? My heart has fallen, but patience and forgiveness can only go so far.

How can I desire a woman who unnerves me, defies me, and forces me to see that in the deep, black abyss of my soul there's someone worthy of her love? A place and person I swore I'd never be again. Her selfless heart and sexy body deserve so much more than I'll ever be capable of giving her. I know I can't be what she needs, so why can't I just let her go?

We are driven by need and fueled with desire, but is that enough for us to crash into love?

Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 356 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by JKB Publishing
Source: Purchased
Purchase this book: Amazon | Goodreads

Let me tell you right now that I started and finished Driven and Fueled in the last 24 hours and I can foresee that my patience for book 3 is nonexistent. HMPH. I foolishly thought I could spread out these books so that by the time I finished the 2nd one I might not have too long of a wait to get to book 3...obviously I was an idiot. How can anyone finish book 1 and not immediately rush to book 2?!!! IMPOSSIBLE..it's impossible.

Book 2 starts immediately where book 1 ends and then proceeds to basically rip your heart out...
s-l-o-w-l-y.  Don't get me wrong, there are some really awesome, fun, great parts but I had a feeling going in to this that we'd have some drama...a few moments, if you will, of make you want to kill someone drama..if for no other reason than that book 3 is coming in March. I was right. Rylee and Colton have the kind of passion and chemistry that creates sparks in and out of the bedroom. The sexy banter, fun texts, and hot scenes are even hotter....their filthy mouths are just so deliciously filthy. The tender moments are heart squeezing and their fucked up moments are a million times more fucked up. (Sorry Courtney...Amazon is totally gonna censor this review!). And honestly, the fucked up, confusing, conflicting angst that is normal in new relationships is just completely elevated to a new amped up level of fuckedupedness for a large part of this book. 

Colton, as we know, has issues. I'll give him credit--in his own obtuse way, he is actually trying to be open to making things work with Rylee...he just doesn't always know how to. When he's good--he's really, really good and when he's not...well, it's awful. Rylee ...Rylee...Rylee. WTF am I gonna do with her? She does so many things that are good, right, patient, loving. And she makes the mistakes we all would make and I totally felt for her. When a major moment hits things down fast--he reacts as we would suspect and she gets so twisted, confused, locked into her inner turmoil that she has a hard time stepping back and looking at things from all angles. I honestly cannot say I blame Rylee or that her reactions are any different than what I would think or feel..but since I want my HEA while at the same time I wanted her to be strong (and punishing!) I was struggling with conflicted feelings. Lots of struggling with emotions here.

Thank god for Becks and Haddie...and the boys at the house. These are my heroes. They offer some great insights and hope. (And, fingers crossed--maybe some of THEIR stories will be next in line?!!). Becks and Haddie are exactly the kind of friends everyone should have--they offer comfort and cut the bullshit as needed. 

Tawny and the BBB's can rot. Effing asshole beotches. May they be given their comeuppance in book 3. HMPH.

Zander. I have predictions but will keep them to myself...but I definitely see a continuation of his story or at least part of it in book 3! I hope he gets the ending he deserves!

READ THIS SERIES...it's a page turner!

Shelley: 5 Stars 

I'm just gonna put my little miniscule thoughts down here, because first, this hasn't happened probably ever.... But this one. I just am not in the right frame of mind for it or something, so I can't hack it. Can't finish it. I am not enjoying it, but if there was ever a time that it is AWESOME that we have differing viewpoints it will be with this series. Shelley loved it. I haven't so far...and I am telling myself this is a good thing because differences aren't bad, and maybe trying to make sense. I've been working on this one a good while, and have decided the pace isn't working for me. So I have decided to DNF at 50%...I know, that is a good long effort, but I am just not loving it...even though I see all of the wonderful reasons Shelley did. Sighs. Jerkface signing off here! Ack! Sorry guys! No sense to be had. It is one of those...it's not Fueled, it's me. 



About the Author
K. Bromberg was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from University of California at San Diego with two bachelors—economics and political science—but always loved to write. K. Bromberg remains in Southern California with her husband and their three young children. When not writing or working her day job, she can be found playing ninjas or power rangers with her son, fixing the hair of her oldest daughter’s American girl doll, doing ‘arts and crapts’ with her youngest daughter, or listening to any or all of them fight/whine/giggle at once. When she needs a break from the daily chaos, you can almost always find her with Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good book, or mentally outlining her next set of characters. Fueled is K. Bromberg’s second published novel and is the highly anticipated second book of “The Driven Trilogy.” Drivenwas her well-received debut novel and Book #1 of the series
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