Title – Slow Burn
Author – K. Bromberg
Publication Date – February 24, 2015
Series – Driven Series Spin-Off, #6
**Can be read as a Standalone**
ONE NIGHT. THAT’S ALL IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE.
Reeling from the sudden loss of her sister, Haddie Montgomery has sworn off relationships. All she wanted from Beckett Daniels was a sexy distraction to help her escape her pain for just a little while….There weren’t supposed to be any strings attached—so why can’t she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts? Or the taste of his kiss from her lips?
No matter how hard Haddie tries to forget about him, Becks relentlessly tries to prove that she should start living for today. But she is determined to avoid romantic commitment, and she can always use her ex-boyfriend’s reappearance to help snuff out the slow burn within her that Becks has sparked….
Or will fate force her to realize that this kind of connection doesn’t come along very often and a chance at love is worth the risk?
We all love a good romance and a book that gets us out of our own heads and lives. However, once in a while, a book comes along that is able to do that while simultaneously giving readers a dose of reality with events that could happen to anyone. Slow Burn by K. Bromberg was that for me. I fell in love with Haddie and Becks while also having my heart be put on a tumultuous, emotional rollercoaster. Slow Burn raised the book bar and it’s definitely not one I’ll get over any time soon!
“Hearts and heels.”
Haddie became such a complex character from what we had seen of her before and I really loved that. There were times you honestly wanted to just slap her because of her back and forth emotions. However, Bromberg would pull you so deeply into her feelings and in her head that you came to understand where she was coming from and just how deeply rooted her fears were. The writing makes it so that you wouldn’t dream of calling her wishy-washy, just deeply scarred from losing her sister and using that well of emotions to shape her every move and relationship. There were also times where you wanted to feel sympathy for her, but then she would turn around and force you to remember that pity isn’t what she wanted. She desired strength and confidence, and her character is written in such a personable way that you honestly get these fine-line warring emotions toward her.
“That’s where you’re wrong, City. Everyone deserves to be rescued at some point.”
Beckett was definitely someone incredibly special as well. He was so similar to Colton, yet so different at the same time. Those differences led to a completely different feel from the previous books. Yes, Slow Burn was part of the Driven series, but I never felt like I was getting the same love story regurgitated with new character names. Beckett’s steadfast dedication was truly admirable. He always knew what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to see past Haddie’s defense mechanisms to get to it. He melted my heart and there was no way I could not be endeared to him. I admired that he never looked for a replacement or gave up on his endeavors because it just wouldn’t have matched his character. Instead, he held onto hope – the one thing that Haddie needed the most.
“You’ve already knocked me out, but I’m still fighting. Take the chance. Bell’s about to ring.”
As much as I loved getting Colton and Rylee’s story, I was so happy to get a book so completely different. Yes, there were erotic scenes and the steam factor, but there was just something about Slow Burn that affected me on a visceral level. I could deeply relate to Haddie and the feelings she had with the loss of her sister. Furthermore, it was a highly emotional read and often played upon the fears that I live with from time to time. I frequently found myself holding my breath, only able to exhale when these two characters came together because there was something about them that worked so perfectly. Slow Burn is not your typical book; it will break your heart and piece it together to warm it all at the same time. If you’re looking for your next five star read, I couldn’t recommend this one enough!
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Driven (Driven #1)
Fueled (Driven, #2)
Crashed (Driven, #3)
Raced (Driven #4)
Aced (Driven #5)
And Don’t Miss the Other Spin-Offs That Can be Read as Standalones!
Sweet Ache (Driven, #7)
Hard Beat (Driven, #8)
Down Shift (Driven, #9)
He bites his bottom lip and grimaces. “Fuck!” He growls out to the trees above him and then rolls his shoulders to dissipate some of the stress I see settling there. “Semantics aren’t an excuse. An omission is the same as lying Haddie, but you’re missing the point entirely. It’s not whether it was a lie or not. It’s so damn far from that. It’s you using the sex we’ve had to numb yourself when it should do the exact opposite. It should light your body on fire and burrow so deep under your skin that all you think about is the next time you can have me…because fuck if that’s not what you’ve done to me. So I call your bluff. I’ll keep calling it every fucking day until you admit you want me, that being with me does that to you too…but you won’t will you?” I just remain still, face impassive, body raging with emotion beneath the surface. “You’d rather stand there and tell me you prefer the numb, the void, the nothing, than admit you need me.”
His eyes have their own language as we stare at each other, the power of his words bringing tears to my eyes and knocking the words from my lips. “I was just doing what I thought was best, protecting everyone from more hurt, more everything.” And I hate the numb, I scream silently. I hate it so fucking much that every time we touch you make me feel so alive I realize how dead I’ve felt inside over the past year.
I don’t know why I don’t tell him the rest. Like if I do then I’m just sealing my fate by Murphy’s fucking Law so I keep quiet.
“Really? That’s all you’ve got for me? Next time make sure your eyes and your lips match up City because you’re just adding insult to injury right now. Your refusal to answer is infuriating. Need me Haddie. Use me as your goddamn emotional punching bag or your real one for that matter but fucking need me. I’m not some schmuck who’s going to bolt at the first rough patch and the fact that you still don’t see that is a crock.” He blows out a loud breath, jaw clenched, anger palpable. “I’m so fucking pissed but I’m also so fucking mesmerized by you right now and I don’t know what the hell to do or say. All I know is that protecting someone from the truth is just another way of shutting them out.”
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner who has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her—the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard.
K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.
On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Her debut novels, Driven, Fueled, and Crashed of The Driven Trilogy were well received and went on to become multi-platform bestsellers as well as landing on the New York Times and USA Today lists. Her other works include a short story, UnRaveled, and a companion piece to The Driven Trilogy titled Raced. She is currently working on three stand alone Driven novels, Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, and Hard Beat. She also plans to release a novel addressing the 10 year gap at the ending of Crashed in late fall 2015.