Thursday, May 16, 2013

DRIVEN by K. Bromberg, Review & Giveaway

Review of DRIVEN by K. Bromberg
with Giveaway

*an ARC was given in exchange for an honest review*

Driven (The Driven Trilogy, #1)


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?


Star Rating: 5 out of 5
Heat Raing: HOT!

I have been reading a lot of books lately and Driven just blew them all away!  Talk about a book to end a reading rut!  I am still reeling from this book ripping through my emotions and leaving me desperate for more of this story.  K. Bromberg's Driven is more than a HOT cover, it is a beautiful story about two people who are trying to go through life without being buried in their own baggage.  Colton and Rylee meet and sparks fly with intensity!

"I sag against the wall of the elevator in frustration.  He gets me so worked up.  So angry.  I can't figure out what I want to do more, punch him or fuck him."

I love a story filled with angst,  lots of heavy emotions and an almost desperate need the characters have for each other.   Colton Donovan delivers all this and more.  Colton.  Damn.  He is a hot, sexy race car driver with a dark past and ISSUES.   He was adopted by Hollywood celebrities and found himself in racing.  He is such a complicated character and just when you think he is going to change or do something expected, he completely surprises you and leaves you gutted and crying or sighing, wishing you were the girl he wants to be his.  

Rylee isn't your typical do-gooder, she has a past full of tragedy and has let her guilt define her for far too long.  She isn't Colton's "type", she doesn't do casual and she feels deeply.  Rylee and Colton meet and it is instant attraction for her but she fights it HARD.  She "thinks" she understands the type of man Colton is and she tries to stay away, but temptation is too much for her to resist and she dives in and realizes she is in over her head with this man.  I love that Rylee is real, she has real expectations when getting involved with Colton, but sometimes the heart wants what the mind tells us is going to end badly. 

" 'This isn't a Hollywood romance movie, Haddie.  The good girl doesn't get the bad boy to change his ways and fall madly in love with her.' "

Colton and Rylee and the cast of characters around them make a story that kept me entertained, invested and oblivious to my life outside of Driven.  K. Bromberg does an amazing job getting her readers emotions involved with her style of writing.  I felt everything along with Rylee; the confusion, lust, heartache and free falling feeling of letting go and letting your heart lead. 

"I need this connection with him like I need sunlight.  For when we touch like this, when I feel him like this, I have no doubt that I can do this.  That I can be what he needs me to be for however long he'll allow it.  For the chance to be with him, to remain under his spell, I will push my needs aside and bury them."

Driven is a seriously amazing story.  K. Bromberg managed to tell an intense story without rushing it and without dragging it out too long. Unfortunately, this is the FIRST book in a series and I knew that going into this story, but I wasn't prepared for the book to end and wasn't ready to let go of Rylee and Colton.  I found myself nervously looking at the percentage done in the story and hoping that it was wrong but like all good things, they must come to an end.  What an ending too!!  HOLY SHIT this ending will shred you and leave you screaming that there is NO WAY an author could do that to her readers.... but she did.  K. Bromberg has probably delivered the best cliff hanger ending to a series in a book I have ever read (and I read a LOT of trilogies).  I will admit to immediately emailing her and begging her to tell me when the next book will come out like a crazy stalker. (it is August 2013, btw).  

This book is a DEFINITE 1-click!  This book is so good that I will personally buy it for the first TWO people who leave a comment for this review and promise to spread the word of for this amazing book. (I am trusting you will do this, don't let me down) 

Congratulations K. Bromberg, you wrote a book that I can not stop thinking about and wishing August would get here soon!  I will be pouting in the corner and trying to find something else to read that can fill the hole that Colton left behind.  Sigh.


How can those words, so possessive, so dominantly male, make me want him that much more? I’m an independent, self-assured woman and yet hearing that this man—yes, Colton Donavan—inform me that he is going to have me without asking, without giving me a choice, makes me weak in the knees. 
“It might not be tonight, Rylee. It might not be tomorrow night,” he promises, the rumbling timber of his voice vibrating through my body, “but it will happen.” My breath hitches as he pauses, allowing his words sink in before he continues. “Don’t you feel it, Rylee? This--” he says gesturing a hand between him and I, “this charge we have here? The electricity we have when we’re together is way too strong to ignore.” I lower my eyes, uncomfortable with his overconfidence yet turned on by his words. He takes a hand and reaches out, the spark he’s referring to igniting when his index finger trails up the underside of my neck to my chin. He pushes up to lift my chin so that I’m forced to stare into the depths of his eyes. “Aren’t you the least bit curious how good it will be? If it’s this electrifying with just the brush of our skin against each other, can you imagine what it will be like when I’m buried inside of you?”
The confidence in his words and the intensity of his stare nonpluses me, and I avert my eyes down again to focus on the ring I’m worrying around my right ring finger. The rational part of me knows that once Colton has his way with me, he’ll move on. And even though I’d know this going into it, I’d still be devastated in the end. 
I just don’t want to go through it again. I’m afraid to feel again. Afraid to take a chance for the consequences before were life-altering for me. I use my fear to fuel my obstinance; no matter how wild of a ride, the inevitable fallout isn’t worth it to me.
“You’re so sure of yourself, do I even need to show up for the event?” I say haughtily, hoping my words cover for the deep ache he’s responsible for creating in my body. His only response to my question is a heart-stopping smirk. I shake me head at him, “Thanks for the warning, Ace, but no thanks.”
“Oh, Rylee,” he admonishes with a laugh. “There’s that smart mouth that I find so intriguing and sexy. It disappeared for a little while with your nerves. I was getting worried.” He reaches over and squeezes my hand. “Oh, and Ryles, just so you know, that wasn’t a warning, sweetheart. That was a promise.” 

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Author Bio:

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, trying to potty train her youngest daughter, or listening to any or all of them fight/whine 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.

Driven is K. Bromberg’s first published novel and the first book in “The Driven Trilogy.”

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