Tuesday, July 9

Driven

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by K. Bromberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Driven (The Driven Trilogy, #1)








Oh my HOLY. FREAKING. GOODNESS. THIS. BOOK. IS.... BEYOND. AMAZING.






I'm still trying to catch my breath... Man is this book AWESOME!!



The story is told from the perspective of Rylee Thomas.
26 yr. old Rylee works for Corporate Cares, a company that houses orphans. The state turns over their guardianship to her company. Corporate Care, houses kids who are at an age that the chance of adoptions are pretty low. So instead of foster care, they have a home to live in, they have consistency of guardians, rules, school and counselling.

Rylee meets Colton Donavan backstage at her work function charity auction, after getting trapped in the storage closet, Rylee starts to panic when Colton saves the day.
They share an instant attraction, but in the heat of the moment, Rylee realises that the man that has her body pinned up against him, was only minutes ago engaged in a rendezvous with another woman.

Not impressed with the "Fuck em and Chuck em" game that Colton plays, Rylee will have no part in falling at Colton's feet.


~"What? Didn't you know that I happened upon you and your first conquest of the evening in the little alcove backstage?"
Donavan's eyes widen at my words. I continue, enjoying the surprised look on his face.
"Did she play you at your own game, Ace, and leave you wanting more? Aching to prove what a man you are since you couldn't fulfil her? That you had to pick a frantic woman locked in a closet to take advantage of? I mean, really how many women have you used your bullshit lines on tonight? How many have you tried to leave your mark on?"~


It was refreshing to have a heroine who was not afraid to speak her mind, not fall to the feet of this adonis that was Colton.
By the end of the night, Colton has secured a date with Rylee after bidding on her in the charity date auction. A date that, Rylee, has no intention of going to.


Colton, Sigh
Beautiful, damaged, Colton.
Hot and upcoming Race Car driver extraordinaire, son of a mega Hollywood- movie director and CEO of CD Enterprises.

Not having any control over Rylee is what initially attracts him the most to her.
Her resistance messes with him, intensifying his growing need to 'Fuck her, get her out of his system. Then move on.'
He just won't accept that this woman who responded to him in the heat of the moment, refuses to take it any further.


~"Why stay frigid when you know I can heat you up?"~ Colton


I really did loved how she keeps him on his toes throughout the book, never quite giving into his pull, always making him work for it.


~"You're so sure of yourself, do I even need to show up for the event?" ~ Rylee




Colton manipulates his way into her personal life, work life and lives of the boys in her care.
With his money and influence, Colton funds Corporate Cares project. With his help, the new facilities can now become a reality.
We see glimpses of Colton's sweet nature and how he interacts with the boys.


Rylee fights the pull between them. She knows Colton only wants one thing.
She pushes and pushes Colton. The banter between the two was fun and sexy to watch.
She really knows how to twist him in knots.


~"Hi Ace," I say guardedly. "Since when did you add stalker to you repertoire of talents?"
He dashes me a lightening fast grin. "I'd be more than happy to show you my talents, Sweetheart."
I roll my eyes at him. "Womanising is not talent."~

~"Keep fighting me, Sweetheart. The feistier you are, the harder you make me."~



The scene in the Club… OH GOD the sexual tension was seriously dripping off the pages!
I swear the whole thing had my heart beating fast, OH GOD what a build up.


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~"Well, thanks for the update.
I'll let you in on a little something as well, Ace.
I don't like being made to feel like I'm sloppy seconds to your bevy of babes.
You're developing a pattern of wanting me right after I know you've been with another. That's a habit you're going to need to break or nothing else is going to happen here."~



And of course Rylee succumbs to the temptation of Colton. Even if for just one night. And when they do…. HOLY SMOKING HOT.


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~"I want to take my time with you, Rylee. I want to build you up nice and slow and sweet like you need. Push you to crash over that edge. And then I want to fuck you the way I need to. Fast and hard until you're screaming my name. The way I've wanted to since you fell out of that storage closet and into my life."~



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But once isn't enough for Colton.
Colton wants her, needs to consume her.


~"You make me need Rylee," he whispers hoarsely as he takes one more step.
"And I don't ever need anything from anybody."~



But only on his terms.
He is concealing some incredibly damaging experiences from his past which continues to haunt him.
He won't, can't do commitment. His history makes him test the limits of people to prove he's not worthy of their love.


But, Rylee can't be what he needs.
His way is the only way he knows how to be. And Rylee wants more than he is offering.

~"I will not be inconsequential, Colton. To you or anyone else."~

~"I'm hardwired this way, Rylee. I'll purposely do something to hurt you to prove that I can. To prove that you won't stick around regardless off the consequences. To prove that I can control the situation. To control that I don't get hurt."~




Everything about their relationship is so incredibly intense - the good, the bad, the sex, the drama. It's full on.

~ He is my fire on a cold night, the sun warming my skin on a cool spring morning, the wind caressing my face on an autumn day- he is everything that makes me feel alive, and whole, and beautiful, And desired.~



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I loved the chemistry between them gosh, these two were hot.
Even the scenes where they don't actually have sex were extremely HOT!
It was definitely one of those books were 'getting there' was just as good as the act itself.

I felt their pain, I felt their anger and I felt the intensity of their love?? (Love, I'm not sure if it's love or lust? definitely the beginnings of love)
They both have troubled pasts and Rylee does open up about her past in this book.
Colton, has far more secrets and only a few are revealed in this instalment.

Rylee did it for me in this one. She knew what she wanted, as much as it hurt to not have Colton the way she wanted, she still refused to give into him when he couldn't give her what she needed.


~"I deserve more than this, Colton." I whisper raising my eyes to meet his, "And so do you."
"I'm sorry I can't be what you want me to be.
Please take me home Colton." ~



I loved the writing, loved the characters and the storyline had me hooked, I was consumed with it every step of the way!

This was the first instalment of the Driven Trilogy, and does end in a cliffhanger…

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I know, I know.. but don't fret ladies, the wait isn't too far away… with the second instalment expected to be released in August this year.

An amazing Debut by K. Bromberg
She is the REAL DEAL!!

I can't wait for Rylee and Colton's story to continue.



Buy it.
Read it.
Love it.

ARC courtesy of author K. Bromberg in exchange for an honest review

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