Book Review-Fueled by K. Bromberg

May contain some spoilers, read at your own risk…..

Fueled is the continuation of the Driven series, where our main characters go forward in their beautiful yet heartwrenching story of facing their pasts and someone wanting to drive them apart….will they succeed or is the love they share powerful enough to stand the tide?

I was drawn to Driven, and these wonderful yet passionate characters that have seeped into my soul and I just wanted more of them. Now at the end of Driven, our hero Colton pushes Rylee away. Fueled pretty much takes off the moment that Driven ends. Now, this is where the story gets even more interesting. In Driven, we only have the POV of Rylee. So we only got to see her side and viewpoint of circumstances and set of events. However, this story begins with Colton’s POV and a moment of his past when he was a little boy.

I’ve never let someone this far in because that means secrets are shared and pasts are discovered. And because it means you need. I’ve only ever needed myself – needing others only results in pain. In abandonment. In unspeakable horror. And yet, I need Rylee right now

Now I wasn’t a huge fan of Colton at first, but this is where we see a point of why he is pushing Rylee away. The pain and torments of his pain are so deep and heart breaking. I just wanted to wrap this little boy in my arms and protect him. Especially in his mantra of his superheroes that he clings to, wanting to be safe.

Spiderman. Batman. Superman. Ironman.

We see how his mother betrays him and practically beats him, emotionally abuses him and sells him to men. Then we see how Rylee goes back to Colton and sees a broken man who is damaged internally by how he has hurt her and she begins to see that she will need to fight for Colton.

I’ve been able to block things out for so long. Ignore emotions. Ignore everything, but you? You tear down walls I didn’t even know I was building. You make me feel, Rylee

There are many ups and downs in this story, but I did love the way that this book began and it made me happy at first to see them starting to slowly build trust between them. We see how much the “boys” from the home that Rylee runs, just adore Colton. We see the growth in their relationship and then we see something big happen. And honestly, the villain of the story, (sorry for my language) but “bitch” comes to mind when I think of her because of how obsessed she is with Colton, and the wedge she puts in place between Colton and Rylee is horrible. Now I will admit, that these two should have trusted each other WAY more than they do in this book. I really wanted to shake them both and tell them to get their heads out of their “booties” because honestly why believe in a woman who is so ugly on the inside. They really tend to hurt each other so badly in this book, that made me want to throw the book across the wall in a figurative sense. Colton doesn’t tell her the “whole” truth, and I don’t know why he didn’t, and Rylee shouldn’t believe a vindictive woman in her obvious need to drive them apart. I really like Rylee as a character, but she can be so naive at times. And it takes their two best friends to make them see reason and lock them up to force them to confront the issues that plague them and really learn to “fight” for one another.

But then this book ends on another cliffhanger and I was like “ARGGG!!! ” I don’t care for cliffhangers, but thankfully I have book three ready to listen to. *crossing my fingers* that book three and four aren’t as frustrating, and these two will learn to communicate a bit better and learn to fight for one another more.

Now the narration was pretty well done, I am honestly not sure if I like Sean Crisden’s voice, especially when he does other characters, They just tend to sound a bit off sync and it throws me off. However I have really enjoyed Tatiana’s inflections, she does narrate pretty dang well and I have enjoyed her work here.

About K. Bromberg

New York Times 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.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, Kristy has sold over one million copies of her books across sixteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by Passionflix with the first movie slated to release in the summer of 2018.

She recently released a two book, sports romance series, The Player and The Catch. Cuffed is the first book in her new Everyday Heroes trilogy. This three-book series will be about three brothers who are emergency responders, the jobs that call to them, and the women who challenge them. The remaining standalones in the series are Combust (January 29th) and Cockpit (Spring 2018).

Book Review-Judgment Road by Christine Feehan

Judgment Road is a sensational edgy and raw romance that brings together two tortured souls who find redemption and a love they never imagined….

What a story and so intense!! Of course, this is Christine Feehan and I am never surprised with what books she puts out, they are ALWAYS intense, but this book had a different feel to it and I loved everything about this book. I was curious before grabbing this one, how Feehan would be able to handle a biker romance and SUPERB!! That is all, this book exceeded my expectations and more. I just have so much love for this author, and this book is evidence of how talented she is. Now Judgment Road is an extension of two previous series and I love the connection between the two series and this charming coastal town that I would love to visit in real life.

The key players in this amazing romance are:

  • Reaper, a man that is tortured by the sins of his past, who has had to commit acts to save the family he adopted as his own and to protect himself and defend the men and women he would give his life for. Reaper is a fighter, and a protector but is rough around the edges.

A beautiful, troubled man, forged by the fires of hell, ravaged by monsters.

  • Anya is on the run, her life is in danger and she is in hiding. She grew up on the streets, went to bartender school to make a good living and is dang good at what she does. But she is independent and doesn’t ask help from anyone. She is strong and resilient and courageous.

So this book was simply so emotional and what a ride this story turned out to be!!! I just couldn’t put this book down and I wouldn’t ever want to either. What I was really intrigued by in this story was the way that these characters pull together and the family of “torpedo ink” and the close bond they have for each other.

‘I can’t. I need a man whose first loyalty is to me. I want him fierce with his protection of me and our children. With you, the club will always come first, and I understand. I do. I just can’t live with that

The story begins when Anya starts working as a bartender in the Torpedo Ink bar. She keeps to herself and works hard. But there is one man among the Torpedo Ink brothers that scares her….Reaper. She thinks that he hates her especially when he tries to get her fired. Reaper has always had the job of protecting his brothers especially their leader and would do anything for Czar and his wife Blythe. He knows that Anya is hiding something big, and he doesn’t trust her or her secrets. But there is a danger surrounding them, and when a neighboring club comes to them for help in rescuing their leader’s wife who has been kidnapped and is probably being raped and tortured, they need information. Information that is needed to rescue the innocent woman and Anya has that information. There has been a great connection between Reaper and Anya, but their relationship is fragile. And Reaper makes a decision that may make him lose her forever…..

He needed her brightness. He needed to see himself the way she did. He could be that man because she believed he was that man

WHAT  A STORY that this turned out to be and I was blown away by this book and I never wanted it to end. Like seriously, Christine Feehan….this book could have been 600 pages or longer and I wouldn’t want it to end. There was such a riveting feel to this book and these characters just tugged at my heartstrings in the most poignant of ways. I will say that this is edgier, now if you are used to Christine Feehan’s style of writing than you will love this book. However, if you are new to her and aren’t a fan of darker themes, this book probably won’t be for you. Because it does deal with some tough subjects and it’s just not the type of story that everyone would love. It’s not light or fluffy, its edgy and raw but so riveting and I can’t share enough my love for this story.

My heart just broke so much for Reaper and Anya, these two just need love and affection so badly and I just wanted to weep for these two and their situation. But what was most remarkable about this book was seeing their relationship blossom so beautifully and the ways that they learn to fight for each other. It’s not easy for either of them, but they never give up on each other, no matter how terrible it gets. I was swept away by their bond, mostly because you see their pasts and how much they have suffered and seeing them trying to build something new and experience building a relationship which neither of them have ever done before so of course, they will make mistakes. But they work through these mistakes and only become stronger for it.

This is a story that will break you, it will wreak havoc on your emotions, but it will also deliver the most precious, tender and poignant romance you could ever pick up!! A TRUE JEWEL!!

About Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 50 published novels, including five series; Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, & the Sisters of the Heart Series. All five series hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. Since then she has been published by various publishing houses including Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.

IN HER WORDS:
I've been a writer all of my life -- it is who I am. I write for myself and always have. The ability to create pictures and emotions with words is such a miracle to me. I read everything; I mean everything! All kinds of books, even encyclopedias. I am fascinated by the written word and I love storytellers. It is a great privilege to be counted one myself.