Title – Down Shift
Author – K. Bromberg
Release Date – October 4, 2016
Series – Driven Series Spin-Off, #9
The New York Times bestselling Driven series continues with a story about finding love where you least expect it…
Behind the wheel, racing champion Zander Donavan is at the top of his game. But after too much excess in his personal life, he’s forced to step away. He needs to accomplish something all on his own—outside of his famous father, Colton Donavan’s, shadow.
Getty Caster is running away from the abuse that clouds her past. She thinks she’s found the perfect escape—until she discovers a stranger in the beachside cottage she’d been promised. He’s undeniably sexy, but she’s there to heal. Alone.
Before long though, fighting with each other turns into fighting their attraction. And giving into desire sets off a chain reaction that has their pasts colliding. With an unexpected love on the line, can they overcome the fallout to build a future?
From the moment I discovered that Bromberg was going to write Zander’s story, I knew that it would skyrocket to one of my favorite books in the series. Given what we learned about the sweet boy who couldn’t speak in the original Driven series, I had a feeling that his story would become one of the loudest voices we have heard from, and man, I was not wrong. Down Shift is the story of two broken characters who come together and end up realizing just how perfectly their fragmented pieces fit together – and it was everything I wanted for the character I’ve grown so fond of.
“He doesn’t think she’s a disaster. In fact, she’s quite the opposite. She’s beautifully scarred, gorgeously flawed, irresistibly captivating.”
If I had the opportunity to create the perfect counterpart for Zander, I don’t think that I could have dreamt up Getty. Everything that Bromberg poured into this character had my heart aching, yet rejoicing at the same time. In some ways, she stole the show and Down Shift became her incredible journey to discovering her independence. Yet somehow, it really worked for me with the overall flow of the story. I also really appreciated that we got the chance to see Zander as an adult. His character felt so enriched and whole because of the background that we had on him from previous books. It was kind of a special experience so have so much of this character because I understood his fears and his doubts, which in turn made me appreciate his transformation that much more.
“Then again, I know better than anyone how your past can own you even in the present. Steal your hope. Taint your soul. Change your outlook, your expectations. And even after you break free from its clutches, it’s still there.”
I know that some readers were hesitant to jump into Down Shift given how they’d have to alter their perception of Zander. However, I can say with utmost certainty that it never even came across my mind as unnatural. This romance was about so much more than a boy and a girl; it was about characters conquering their demons and accepting their pasts. It was about learning to embrace and trust in the good things that we stumble upon. Down Shift surprised me in all the best ways, and is easily my new favorite of the Driven novels. It brought the whole series back around to the beginning and definitely felt like I was coming home. I can’t recommend this one enough!
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Don’t Miss the Original Series!
Driven (Driven #1)
Fueled (Driven, #2)
Crashed (Driven, #3)
Raced (Driven #4)
Aced (Driven #5)
And Don’t Miss the Spin-Offs That Can be Read as Standalones!
Slow Burn (Driven, #6)
Sweet Ache (Driven, #7)
Hard Beat (Driven, #8)
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.
She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.
On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift (Releasing 10/4/16)), and a short story titled UnRaveled. She is currently finishing up Sweet Cheeks a standalone novel out at the end of 2016.
Her plans for 2017 include a sports romance duet (The Player (#1) and The Catch (#2)) and the Everyday Heroes series (Cuffed (#1), Combust (#2), and Cockpit (#3). She’s also writing a novella for the 1,001 Dark Night series that will be out in February 2017.
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