Book Review-Driven by K. Bromberg

Driven is a fuel passioned romance that is fiery hot, intense with emotion and will draw you in like gravity….simply breathtaking!!

Driven is the first book in the Driven series and an epic romantic tale that I wasn’t expecting on taking a ride on. And I should have done more research because the ending KILLLED me and yes I will warn you that the first book ends with a cliffhanger and it tore me apart in ways that I didn’t expect. What I found most intriguing was the connection that Colton and Rylee have together. So let’s take you on a ride as I show you what made this book SO great.

Our key players of this delicious romance are:

  • Colton Donavan, a notorious race car driver, a playboy who loves racing and women while hiding who he truly is from everyone.
  • Rylee Thomas, works for a nonprofit organization that helps a boys home, who is down to earth and lovely on the inside and out.

WHAT A STORY!! I just adored this book so much. I saw this on Audible’s romance package, and I have had this book on my wishlist for YEARS!! So I knew that this was the perfect time to try it out. I was nervous because there were mixed reviews of the narrator, so I wasn’t sure how much that I would really like this one. But after a few chapters, I was completely hooked on this book.

I’m seeing the true Colton Donavan – the unmasked version with a vulnerability that makes me want to reach over and take the hurt that often flickers through those green eyes and make it better. To show him that love and commitment are possible without complications. That it is real and pure and much more powerful than ever imagined with it is built and shared between two people.

It begins with our heroine, Rylee, where she is organizing a fundraiser, and ends up trapped in a closet and is rescued by Colton Donovan, and the chemistry is so hot, and they share some super steamy kisses in that closet until Rylee stops him. Rylee is a “good girl” she has only had one relationship. She doesn’t ever do one night stands or casual sex and she isn’t capable of separating sex from emotion. She is tormented by the death of her fiancee two years previous. She tries to put Colton at a distance, however, Colton pursues her for reasons she doesn’t understand. But she sees something more in Colton than your average playboy. As Colton and Rylee begin to slowly pursue a relationship, seeing the bond that Rylee has with the boys from the home she takes on and defends, and the powerful chemistry that Rylee and Colton have. We see some hints of Colton’s character that I just gravitated towards.

I know all about baggage, sweetheart. I have enough of it to fill up a 747 and then some. My shit can’t be fixed. I’ve been broken for way too long for that miracle to happen

We sense that there is something dark and deep about Colton’s past and some great build up towards an intense cliffhanger that made me head back over the Audible to grab book two (which I am currently listening to) 🙂

If you love emotional turmoil in a romance, and a captivating couple that you fall head over heels for and a series that focus on one couple….then grab this one up!! You won’t regret it.

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).

Quickie Book Review-Bossman by Vi Keeland

Bossman is a delicious tale of an Alpha Male CEO, a feisty marketing specialist and some hot sexy tension in the office that will curl your toes. 

Bossman is a story that has been recommended to me by many, especially by those that don’t read romance too often, so I just knew that this book I needed to grab up. I was delighted to find that it was a part of Audible’s Romance Package. So I grabbed it up and had a blast while I “listened while I worked” . I will say that I want to talk about the narration first. I really struggled with the narration at times.

At first, the female narrator, took a while to grow on me. Now eventually I did like her voice, but it took time. I would have loved to see more POV from our hero. We do get to see some flashbacks of his past, but I would have loved to get more depth from his character because HE ROCKED MY WORLD!! One unique aspect I have discovered from Vi Keeland, is that on the surface it seems like a fun and sexy romance, but there is so much emotional intimacy that is blew me away at first because I never expect it from this author.  I really adore the chemistry between these two. We have our hero, who knows how good looking he is and is cocky but highly fun to read. Our heroine doesn’t want to complicate her job with a relationship but it happens anyway.

The dynamics in their relationship proves to be wonderful and captivating. I was so drawn into this book here, the romance was delightful and I believe I was smiling all the way. They had me laughing and their quirks end up working so well for each other.

I do want what I don’t have. That’s part of it. But not in the way you think. Don’t ask me to explain it, but when I’m around you, I’m happy. That’s all I’m after

Overall this proved to be one of the most sexiest office romances you could ever pick up!! Gratifying, Sensual and Endearing!!

 

About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than 1.5 million books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

Book Review-The Baller by Vi Keeland

The Baller brings together a sexy pro football quarterback and a feisty sportscaster….a story that begins with intense chemistry and develops into a strong and poignant romance to curl your toes.

The Baller is another single title by Vi Keeland, although I am crossing my fingers that she will continue more with books like this one because she does great SPORT romances. I mean I was definitely hooked on this book from beginning to end. I am beginning to get addicted to the style of Vi Keeland. Her writing is so sassy and fun and gives me hoots of entertainment from the first page to the very end. Our featured key players in this wonderful book are:

  • Brody Easton, our shameful playboy, Brody is the Quarterback for a Pro Football team. He seems to have everything: A successful career, playing a sport he loves, women dropping at his feet and more than enough money to suit him for the rest of his life. But Brody has a painful past, and has been hurt and keeps things casual even though he earns for love in a place that no one can see
  • Delilah Maddox is a Football TV presenter and reporter and has worked herself to the bone for YEARS to get to where she is. She can name any stat of any player in the league in a heartbeat. She is the daughter of an infamous football pro player herself and understands the passion for the sport.

I have to say how impressed I was with this story, and I honestly didn’t think that I would enjoy this one as much as I did. I have no clue how Vi Keeland does it, but her books SO work for me especially her audio books. She has the best narrators and these narrators ROCKED MY WORLD!! Their voices are beyond sexy and sultry and I just wanted to listen more and more. The lady narrator I believe I have listened to before: Mackenzie Cartright…I really loved her voice. It was very engaging and I felt she implemented the tones of the book very well. And our male narrator: Sean Crisden —has such a swoony voice. And he totally worked for this book, he had such a rough and deep voice that matches the hero so well.

A great aspect of this book that I really enjoyed that you don’t always see in dual POV, is that we just about get the hero’s perspective as much as the heroine and that was SO awesome. Too many times we get too much heroine and not enough of the hero’s side of things, so I found it quite refreshing to see his side of things and although I would have loved to see more of him, what we get to see is pretty stellar.

Our story begins when Delilah, has been promoted and is starting to settle into her new job. She still has to deal with rude male workers who try to make everything about sex. Delilah has had to work so hard for the position she got. And now she is the living the dream. When she goes to interview the star MVP quarterback, Brody Easton, chemistry is off the charts between them. Even though she tries to be professional….Brody is shameful when he likes a woman and drops his towel for the WHOLE world to see. Yeah….you bet that the start of this book is unconventional and I was curious to see how these two would get along because on the surface they are so different from each other. The hero is playful and carefree and our heroine is a bit too serious. But once you get to the inner cores of the characters you begin to see how they balance each other out especially in their quirks.

“… You’re hot as fuck. And I like you.”

 

“Oh really? You have a funny way of showing that you like me. Every time I see you, you try to sabotage my interview.”

 

“Every time I see you, I expose myself to you.” He flashed me his trademark smile. “That’s how we show girls we like them where I’m from.”

 

“Where are you from, the jungle?”

 

“Brooklyn.”

I truly adored both Delilah and Brody in different ways. However, I will say that Brody was a hero that I soon fell in love with. Because yeah he is silly at times, but he has such HEART and depth to him and I love seeing him being “peeled” like an onion and what great layers he has that you just fall so quickly into.

There is one aspect of the story that drove me a bit crazy was the ex-girlfriend of Brody’s. It does add a sense of conflict to the story, so I can see why the author put this aspect in, it just got a bit frustrating toward the end. But in all honesty, it didn’t take away at all of my enjoyment of this story. And it was very unique, much different from what I was expecting especially when we get to see her POV on occasion.

Overall The Baller was a fantastic and thrilling story that had me feeling…ALL THE FEELS!! A story that is engaging, endearing and empowering.

About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than 1.5 million books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

Book Review-Easy Kisses by Kristen Proby

Easy Kisses is a sweet and deeply emotionally riveting romance that takes its readers back to New Orleans with a sexy brit and a southern gal who discover what true love is really all about…

Easy Kisses was such a fantastic addition to this wonderful series and a bit different. What I have really admired about this series is how unique each book is to the sibling of the Boudreaux family. And this story takes some unique elements and implements a warm endearing love story.

  • Simon Danbury, an English Brit, has become famous for his inspirational retreats for women especially in his talent of building of women’s self-esteem and learning to rise above challenges. Simon is hardworking, driven, and loves people. He understands what it means to be hurt by others and strives to help others rise above abusive relationships. He has a great sense of humor and is thoughtful and romantic. SUPER SWOONY!!!
  • Charly Boudreaux is one of the infamous Boudreaux family, she wanted her own place and set up a shop of shoes and dreams of expansion. But she has her own struggles and is emotionally in a tough spot. Charly is spunky, outspoken, but loving and supportive. She is driven and determined but craves love and commitment like her siblings have discovered and what her parents had together.

I personally think a lot of us feel ashamed when we try so hard to help someone, only to have that help thrown back in our face or ignored altogether, and we are doing ourselves such a disservice in feeling that way. It’s important to speak up, and to talk to those closest to you so they can help you. No one who loves you will stand for you being manipulated or hurt, and you should not be ashamed to talk about it.

THIS is the BEST book of the series or what I have read from Kristen Proby so far….HOT DANG,,, this book was beyond dreamy and I just wanted to sigh in so many moments because this book is the epitome of why I read a romance. There is hardly any angst, which I really liked. Of course, Proby has to put in some kind of conflict toward the end because no relationship is perfect right? But what I loved about this book is how easy this book starts off and the relationship between Simon and Charly.

Charly has been coerced by her sister, to join this women’s retreat in Montana. A completely different atmosphere, with mountains and hiking and bears. At first, she hates that she agreed to do this retreat but she soon realizes how good it is for her and how she needs some emotional and mental TLC. Charly works so hard with her business and needs this break and even though it forces her to face up to her past and what she really wants in life especially in the future with a man, she also comes to terms with who she is and where she wants to go on an emotional level. Then she meets Simon Danbury.  Simon is a British motivational speaker for women (AWESOME!!) Truly, this man is beyond sexy because I love how kind and thoughtful he is. There is truly nothing wrong with Simon, except for the fact that he has some unresolved issues with his ex who really really hurt him. But I love how he is with women and how he views them and really he practically worships women and so cool. I love how respectful he is of them. Now he has a strong chemistry with Charly but knows that there is no future for them, and he refuses to give into temptation and compromise his values of these “women retreats” because he wants women to feel safe. But Charly is more than eager to get into his bed and the chemistry between them is off the charts. They seriously love being together physically and Charly starts to realize that Simon gives her what she has craved for years.

The fact that I haven’t been with a man in forever is of no consequence. I want this man. Right now.

But then they go their separate ways until Simon realizes how happy he was with the short time that he and Charly were together and wants more because he knows that what they have is real and wants to explore it. So while working on his projects, he settles in New Orleans for a short time. Charly and Simon begin to “date” and really court each other. And of course, we have the Boudreaux brothers go all “protective” and make sure that Simon really cares for Charly. Which is pretty hilarious, because in some ways, men have not changed over the centuries hehe

There was such a normalcy to this story like honestly, you could see this book happening in real life….that is how real this story felt. Because the way they connect and date each other is so endearing and you can relate so well to it. But we also have two characters that are a bit flawed at times, and make mistakes. There is great personal growth for both these two individually and it was great to see them work though their own mistakes and become stronger together.

You’re stuck with me, love

Overall I found Easy Kisses a truly endearing and profound story that will make you grin like a Cheshire kitty…..Kristen Proby has outdone herself with this treasure!!

About Kristen Proby

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

Book Review-Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

Egomaniac is a sexy, make you see stars type of romance. It’s a story that is crazy fun, full of barrels of laughs and highs and lows and real emotion with enough sexy times hot enough to make you want to tackle your partner!! 🙂 

I had such a blast with this book and such a treasure to be found in Audible’s Romance Package and I just didn’t want to put this book away even when I had to. I just had the most delicious experience listening to this story that took that seat out from under me with this dreamy romance that I wished I could be a real part of. That is how real this story feels to the reader. This delicious story begins with a great scene between these howl with laughter key players:

  • Drew Jagger, the hero of the story, is a divorce lawyer, he is a dirty talker, sexy as sin but has a heart of gold that few people ever see from him. He is a devoted single father, who has been burned badly and has some personal issues to work through. He is loyal though and likes to keep things private.
  •  Emerie Rose, our feisty heroine, who is driven, devoted to her career but is kind and caring and a bit prudish at times. But she is so thoughtful but do not cross her because she will fight you will everything she has.

Drew and Emerie first meet when Drew has come home from a long vacation, only to find a strange woman, accusing him of taking her office in HIS office. Obviously, something weird has happened and Emerie has been scammed, but Drew takes great delight in the dilemma before him. (below is one of my favorite scenes)

She pushed one and proceeded to report the crime of entering one’s own office. “I’d like to report a robbery.”
“Robbery?” I arched an eyebrow and looked around. A lone folding chair and crappy metal folding chair were the only furniture in the entire space. “What exactly am I stealing? Your winning personality?”
She amended her complaint to the police. “A breaking and entering. I’d like to report a breaking and entering at 575 Park Avenue.” She paused and listening. “No, I don’t think he’s armed. But he’s big. Really big. At least six feet. Maybe bigger.”
I smirked. “And strong. Don’t forget to tell them I’m strong, too. Want me to flex for you?”

Before he knows it, he is helping get out of the mess, file a complaint and when learning that she has a warrant out for her from many years previous, he helps her out of it. Then he offers her a chance to share his “office”with him and she helps him out with office matters.

Even though Drew is a only “casual sex” man there is something different about Emerie. A young woman that makes him want to stare at her ass, but also wants to treat her to her favorite take out or make her laugh or argue with her for the sake of having a good time together. We see this player be not the player that you expect. I liked how these two act on their attraction and there isn’t any nonsense drama that the reader has to deal with.

I think your body likes me, and your head is fighting it. The two should fight it out like adults—naked in the bedroom with me

Another aspect that I can guarantee you will fall in love with is the emotional dynamics that become built up in this story that I wasn’t expecting. We have a hero that has been burned badly by a  woman he once trusted but hurt him in the worst way. Obviously, he isn’t the best at learning to trust, but Emerie makes him want to try for the first time. I love how “real” their relationship feel. Seeing how much they enjoy just being together, outside of the bedroom they have great chemistry. Emerie is a heroine that is highly trusting and yes at times she can be a bit naive but honestly, it didn’t bother me because she is naive in the good ways. Beliving in the good and honesty of human beings, she wants to trust in the good side of the human race.

I do love seeing how they help each other without realizing it. And boy their careers definitely match their history and personalities. Drew works as a lawyer and helps men divorce their wives and is very cynical about marriage and relationship. Ironically once he meets Emerie, he viewpoint on life really changes here. It happens slowly but I love that he doesn’t take his history out on Emerie on purpose. Emerie is a therapist who helps couples with their marriages and aids them in reconnecting. So she starts to learn the reality of “false hope” and that not all relationships work out in the end. But seeing the different in their relationship really shows how they balance each other out in the good ways and the bad too.

Then we have a twist that deals with Drew’s son and I know that having children in romances aren’t for everyone, but I am telling you that this aspect will work for you. We see a different side to Drew with him being a father. And seeing him learn some truths about his son, and their relationship was truly heartbreaking at times. But we see so much more depth to his character, and we see how he changes from being a father and how it motivates him in the good ways and I love how devoted he is to his son and what he is willing to sacrifice to this darling curious little boy that steals your heart.

Being a parent is a choice, not a right… Anyone can become a father, but it takes a real dad to love and raise a child as his own.

Overall Egomaniac was one of the best reads in contemporary for quite a long while, a story that is engaging and laughs your pants off, a book that will leave you with a smile and fond memories of this darling family that comes together and becomes stronger!!Sexy and filled with tasty delights!!

About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than 1.5 million books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.