REVIEW: Driven (Driven #1) by K. Bromberg



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~ Synopsis~

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?


This book was a toss up for me – I weaved through 3 stars – 3.5 stars and some very hot 4 stars.

I’ve been carrying Driven around on my Kindle for over a year and finally just got around to reading it. I’ve been in a little slump here and there, nothing has been really wowing me lately and that’s why I was apprehensive to review this book. It was not one of my favorites – it’s extremely well-written, the characters are developed, there are complications that are dramatic, interesting and down right sexy …. but it just didn’t grab me like I’d hoped it would.

I went into it assuming I would fall in love with Colton Donovan just like everyone else has – and though I really liked him, and felt for him even – I just wasn’t necessarily smitten. At times I just wanted to smack him in the face and tell him to shut-the-hell-up! Rylee & Colton have obvious chemistry – and that was the best part of this book. When the two of them are together, it’s hot – and dangerous – and sometimes even cruel. Rylee wants to dive deeper into Colton, see what’s really making him the brooding one-night-stand kinda’ guy, she can tell he has a darkness in his past that’s still haunting him to this day. Because, of course, it’s her job to notice these things. Rylee work’s in a group home for boys, these boys have been through the ringer – abused by the hands that are supposed to care for them the most.

So when she and Colton are thrust together – she inevitably falls ….. hard.

Colton isn’t the only one trying to get over the past – Rylee is suffering from her own nightmares. Trying to crawl through the darkness and guilt and move on with her life – when Colton steps in and helps her realize she can be happy again, she just isn’t sure he’s the man she could be happy with.

K. Bromberg effortlessly weaves a story about two damaged people who have no hopes of ever finding happiness again – maybe not even when they meet each other; chemistry can only overcome so much. But what chemistry it is – some of the best stuff in this book are when Colton let’s his guard down with Rylee and they both just allow themselves to feel one another – both physically and emotionally.

And although Colton may not have been my fave book-boyfriend this year, I’m definitely keeping up with the series to find out what happens next!


About the Author, K. Bromberg

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced (releasing 1/11/16)), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat (releasing 11/3/15), Aced (a new Rylee and Colton novel releasing 1/11/16), and a short story titled UnRaveled. She is currently working on new projects and a few surprises for her readers.

She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media. (via the author’s website)


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