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-When You Love A Scotsman by Hannah Howell

In When You Love A Scotsman is a thrilling, on the edge of your seat historical romance that will take you back to the turbulent times of the Civil War that torn the American country apart. This is not as story that is easy or kind….its tough and hard and brave and courageous.

The wonderful courageous characters that become the key players are:

  • Abigail Jenson, our lovely heroine, who has become orphaned due to the horrors of war in losing her parents. A kind and loving woman who adores her family.
  •        Matthew McEnroy, our courageous hero, is one of the seven brothers that have migrated from Scotland and is serving in the military to help fight the rebels or anyone that wreaks havoc on innocents.

This was a magnificent story and I honestly just couldn’t contain my love for this story and most especially the built up of the plot. It starts out pretty intensely where we see Abigail lose her parents and is rescued by a handsome soldier. A soldier that ends up taking her to a safe haven. A haven where his unit is stationed in the same town as Abigail’s. Matthew begins to slowly court Abigail, because he feels a strong connection to Abigail and wants to see where it can lead. Especially in seeing the way his older brother found his happiness in his new family. But there is danger around them, and Abigail and Matthew are drawn together by a certain set of circumstances and they act on those peaceful moments that are rare.

There were many aspects of this story that I truly adored. This has some endearing qualities that only a reader sees in a Hannah Howell book. I truly had a true connection to pretty much every character in this book Of course, we have our main couple here who on their own as individuals, and are majestic when they are together. They really balance each other in certain ways and I loved their chemistry. They have the same goals and I liked that they just fit so right for one another and their love story is one you can slowly ease yourself into. But then we have some other side characters that were heartbreaking at times and sweet and pretty hilarious in other moments. I LOVED the kids in this book, most especially Noah. He was such a darling little boy, who had lost so much but still had a sense of innocence and charm and was always getting into trouble.

I had only one major issue which probably won’t be a surprise to many of you who know my certain obsessions when it comes to historical romance. In this book, what I couldn’t stand was how quick these two have sex. Yes, it happens VERY quickly, way faster than I would have preferred. And quite honestly, it just had too much of a modern feel to it. Honestly, this would never have happened back in this time period. Mostly because of the risks involved and back in this era, marriage happened before becoming intimate. That is just how the culture and society worked even in the worst of circumstances. So it just didn’t feel right when these two just happen to jump into bed together or whereever they could get themselves alone and they aren’t the only couple that we see this happen. But the author did make an effort to show how society did frown upon these actions but Abigail and Matthew tended to be way too careless in my opinion and I just couldn’t truly be okay with this in a historical romance where certain expectations weren’t something you messed with.

However I truly enjoyed this story overall, there was so many thrills and adventures and this author takes us on the realistic views of how the Civil War was and how it divided family and left hundreds of women and children without parents or families or homes. I can’t wait for book three in this endearing family of seven Scottish brothers.

About Hannah Howell

After five years and many rejections, I finally got my first book on the stands in 1988 – Amber Flame – from Leisure Books (reissued a while back under the title His Bonnie Bride). Also the western – A Taste of Fire published by Kensington in 1988. (and reissued by them several times since then) After about 10 years of writing English, Scottish and western historicals for several publishers (even venturing into the occasional pen-name) I settled in at Kensington writing Scottish historicals. Thus was born the great Murray clan (and a very prolific clan as well.) In June 2009 I started a series set in late-Georgian England concerning two connected families – the Wherlockes and the Vaughns. The first – If he’s Wicked – was that June, the latest – If He’s Tempted – was released April 2013. My cunning plan is to then do one of the Wherlockes and one of the Murrays each year. We’ll see how that works.

I grew up in New England and my family (on the maternal side) has been here since the 1630s. The paternal side is half Nova Scotian and half English. Met the hubby in England on a trip to meet and greet the English side of the family, bought him a drink in a pub, and the rest is history. Been married for 42+ years now. I have two sons, one a graphic artist (Sam) and one a mechanical engineer (Keir), a daughter-in-law who is a teacher (Beth), and three stunningly attractive, highly intelligent grandchildren (boast much?) – Benjamin, Jennifer, and Evelyn Rose. And they all live within driving distance – hooray. Being mildly insane I also have five cats – Matilda (high strung), Shadow (who is a little ferally and lives under a chair in my living-room because she does not like the ‘kittens’ I brought home years ago.), the demonic duo – Jackson and Perkins, and the latest addition, Mungo.

When I am not writing – which isn’t often – I play games on the computer, play the piano (took 13 years of lessons when growing up), crochet (very addicting), read, and garden (some day I will conquer the demon weed).

Book Review-The Cowboy Who Came Calling by Linda Broday

In The Cowboy Who Came Calling we have the second book in the Texas Heroes series. this book features a passionate and drama filled story that will definitely test your emotions and mood.

Our key players that take an active role are:

  • Glory Day, our heroine, who is starting to lose her vision and having to take charge of her family with her father sick and in jail.
  • Luke McClain, our hero, who is a ex Texas Ranger, he is on the hunt for a criminal that can clear his name.

Glory Day, is responsible for taking care of her family. With her father been arrested and sick in jail, her mother inconsolable, Glory is doing everything she can to take care of her mother and sisters. And soon their home is going to be foreclosed if they don’t come up with the funds. When Glory stumbles across a criminal with a high reward, she faces off with a mysterious cowoby who wants the same man for himself and he then gets shot in the crossfire.

At first these two aren’t a huge fan of each other, more on Glory’s side than on Luke. Despite the fact that Luke has been shot because of Glory, you would think that he would have more negative feelings toward Glory but he doesn’t. There is a strong attraction between them, but Glory is cynical and stubborn especially when it comes to the male species. I wouldn’t say I liked Glory at all. Her personality was a bit too rough for my liking. She is the first heroine from Linda Broday that I really struggled with in ways that I didn’t want to struggle but it kept happening, and she was way too stubborn for her own good.

I did however fall heavily for our hero, who is beyond honorable. Despite the way that Glory is so suspsicious of him and his actions, he tends to prove so kind and understanding and doesn’t judge her at all. I loved that about him, when he was way too nice for Glory in my opinion. I also admired how much he gives back to Glory and her family, in ways that he didn’t even need to but he did it because of his caring and affection for them and because he is a man of honor and I adored that.

There were many wonderful moments between these two, and I just loved the setting and the heroine dealing with being blind and the struggles that come along with that. The romance that built between these two was simply wonderful and once Glory overcame her stubborness and mistrust than their relationship really flourished and once that moment happens I didn’t want to put this one away.  AN INTRIGUING ROMANTIC TALE IN THE AMERICAN WEST!!!

About Linda Broday

I live in the Texas Panhandle on land they call the Llano Estacado where the Native Americans once roamed. History is so thick here with the ghosts of the people who settled this land. I love writing western historical romance and can't imagine writing anything else. I love a man in a Stetson and tight pants. Cowboys also get me fired up.