Thursday, June 27, 2013

Book Tour for Driven by K. Bromberg (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Today I'm hosting an author that's new to me but one I'll be keeping my eye on.  Driven by K. Bromberg is an intensely emotional book with LOTS of steam.  So keep reading to get my impressions of this book and make sure to fill out the form for your chance to win some great prizes....

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?


“Jealous, sweetheart?” He raises his eyebrows as his grin flashes arrogantly. “We can always finish what we started, and you can mark me any way you’d like.”
I gently shove my hand against his chest, pushing him back. I’d love to wipe that smirk off if his face. Leave my mark that way. “Sorry, I don’t waste my time on misogynist jerks like you. Go find someone—”
“Careful, Rylee,” he warns as he grips my wrist, looking every bit as dangerous as his voice threatens. “I don’t take kindly to insults.”
I try to yank my wrist away, but his hold remains. To anyone in the room, it looks as if I’m laying my hand on his heart in affection. They can’t feel the steel strength of his grip.
“Then hear this,” I snap, tired of this game and the warring emotions and sensations within me. Anger takes hold. “You only want me because I’m the first female who’s said no to your gorgeous face and come-fuck-me body. You’re so used to every female falling at your feet, pun intended, that you see a challenge—someone immune to your charm—and you’re unsure how to react.”
Despite his nonchalant shrug, I can see his underlying irritation as he releases my wrist. “When I like what I see, I go after it,” he states unapologetically.
Shaking my head, I roll my eyes. “No, you need to prove to yourself that you can, in fact, get any girl who crosses your path. Your ego’s bruised. I understand,” I patronize patting his arm. “Well, don’t sweat it, Ace, I forfeit this race.”
He raises an eyebrow, a ghost of a smile on his lips as he finds something humorous in my comment. The muscle in his clenched jaw tics as he regards me momentarily. “Let’s get something straight,” he leans in, inches from my mouth, the gleam in his eyes warning me I’ve gone too far. “If I want you, I can and will have you, at anytime and in anyplace, sweetheart.”
I snort in the most unladylike way, astonished at his audacity, yet trying to ignore the quickening of my pulse at the thought. “Don’t bet on it,” I sneer as I hastily try to skirt past.
His hand whips out and grabs hold of my arm again, spinning me back toward him, so that I’m standing intimately close. I can see his pulse beat in the line beneath his jaw. Can feel the fabric of his jacket hit my arm as his chest rises and falls. I glance down at his hand on my arm and glare back at him in warning, yet his hold still remains. He leans his face in to mine so that I can feel his breath feather across my cheek. I angle my head up to his, not sure if I’m raising my chin in defiance or in anticipation of his kiss.
“Lucky you, I’m a gambling man, Rylee,” his resonating voice is just a whisper of sound. “I do, in fact, like a good challenge now and again,” he provokes, a mischievous smile playing at the corners of his mouth. He releases my arm, but runs his finger lazily down the rest of it. The soft scrape of his finger on my exposed skin sends shivers down my back.
“So let’s make a bet.” He stops and nods at a passing acquaintance, bringing me to the here and now as I’ve forgotten that we’re in a room full of people.
“Didn’t your mother teach you when a lady says no, she really means no, Ace?” I raise my eyebrow, a look of disdain on my face.
That smarmy smirk of his is back in full force as he nods in acknowledgement at my comment. “She also taught me that when I want something, I need to keep after it until I get it.”
Great, so now I’ve acquired a stalker. A handsome, sexy, very annoying stalker.
He reaches out and toys with a loose curl on the side of my neck. I try to remain impassive despite my urge to close my eyes and sink into the whisper of his fingers across my skin. His smirk tells me that he knows exactly what his effect is on me. “So, like I said, Ryles, a bet?
I bristle at his proposition. Or maybe it is at his effect on me. “This is asinine—”
“I bet by the end of the night,” he cuts me off holding a hand up to stop me, “I have a date with you.”
I laugh out loud stepping back from him. “Not a chance in hell, Ace!”
He takes a long swallow of his drink, his expression guarded. “What are you scared of then? That you can’t resist me?” He flashes a wicked grin when I roll my eyes. “Agree then. What do you have to lose?”
“So you get a date with me and your bruised ego is restored,” I shrug indifferently, wanting no part of this contest. “What will I get out if it?”
“If you win—”
“You mean if I can resist your dazzling charm,” I retort, my voice laced with sarcasm.
“Let me rephrase. If you can resist my dazzling charm by the end of the night, then I’ll donate,” he flickers his fingers through the air in a gesture of irrelevance, “let’s say, twenty thousand dollars to your cause.”
I catch my breath and look at him in bewilderment, for this I can agree to. I know that there’s no way in hell that I’ll succumb to Donavan or his captivating wiles, the arrogant bastard. Agreed, I was caught in his tantalizing web for a few moments, but it was just because it’s been so long since I’ve felt like that. Since I’ve been kissed like that. Been touched like that.


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In a lot of respects Driven is reminiscent of 50 Shades of Grey in that we have a rich Alpha male with deep-seated issues and a potent sex drive.  He meets a woman who's a bit naive in matters of love but is attracted to him against her better judgment.  Their chance meeting leads to a never-ending push and pull resulting in lots of steamy encounters and emotional ups and downs.  Thankfully that's where the similarities end courtesy of Ms. Bromberg's vivid depictions of their internal battle of the sexes which pulls you into their lives and their quest to reach a HEA.

Rylee is a woman who likes order.  Because of a traumatic event earlier in her life control is a necessity, order keeps her comforted.  She's a kind-hearted person who's devoted herself to the care of orphaned boys and always wants to fix things...Colton being one of those things she wants to fix.  She's a smart woman in most areas except when it comes to matters of the heart where her kind-heartedness puts her at greater risk of being hurt..  Against her better judgement she's attracted to Colton and keeps coming back for more even when he's being overbearing.  To truly reach Colton will take a woman of great fortitude but will ultimately be worth it.

Colton is so wrong yet so right.  He rubbed me wrong with his arrogance from the very beginning.  From a very young age he went after what he wanted and got it.  He made something of himself without the help of his adoptive parents.  Failure is therefore not an option for him, which is why he's so attracted to Rylee.  She's a challenge and unlike any of the other women he's been with.  Even though we spend a lot of time in his head I still felt like there was much to learn about him.  His past is full of darkness which still haunts him today and affects his relationship with Rylee.  In most stories the love of a woman transforms the hero, but that's not the case here.  I see moments of his heart softening, but for the most part Colton's as hard-headed at the end as he is at the start.  Just when you think he's getting past his issues they come roaring back and he closes himself off even more than before.  That's why I wasn't surprised by the cliffhanger ending. 

Colton and Rylee's love story won't be an easy one as too much baggage from the past has to be overcome before their true HEA is acheived.  Against my better judgement I too fell for Colton even as I wanted to strangle him.  He's been through so much and deserves love if only he'll allow it.  Rylee left me exasperated at times by her willingness to go back to Colton no matter how hurtful he was at times.  Like her, I too saw something good in him and am rooting for his walls to come down.  From the moment these two met the sexual attraction was palpable.  Their scenes together literally crackled with sexual tension which resulted in some hot and heavy scenes that left me breathless.  Ms. Bromberg has created an emotionally intense story that deals with heavy issues.  The story has a nice flow though I felt it went on a bit to long.  The emotional tug of war also became a bit frustrating, but considering their emotional barriers it's understandable.  These people have been hurt in the past and there's no quick fix.  It will be a hard journey to their HEA but it will be an immensely satisfying one once we get there.

My rating for this is a B+

*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.


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.


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  1. Thanks Words of Wisdom for hosting and reviewing Driven on your site. I'm glad you enjoyed Driven and I hope your followers do as well. I look forward to sharing Fueled with you, Book #2 of the Driven Trilogy, on August 27th.

    Thank you,
    K. Bromberg

    1. Thank YOU for being here and creating such an intense story!

      The Scarf Princess

  2. Nice Review!!
    Thank you for sharing Joder and thank you Bromberg for the lovely giveaway.
    Can you tell me where to find this tour's schedule?
    Best Wishes,
    Sydney W

    1. Hi Sydney! Thanks for commenting! Here's the link for a list of the other blogs hosting this tour....