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.