Title: Sweet Rivalry
Author: K. Bromberg
A 1001 Dark Nights & Sweet Cheeks companion novella
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Ryder Rodgers had a plan.
He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career. But when he walked in and heard the voice of one of his competitors, all his plans were shot to hell.
Harper Denton. She was always on top. In college. First in their class. Always using every advantage to edge him out to win the coveted positions. The only one who could beat him. His academic rival. More like a constant thorn in his side. And his ego’s.
When he heard her voice, he was brought back to years before. To the bitter taste of being second best. But the woman who meets his gaze is nothing like the drab wallflower he used to know. Hell no. She was all woman now: curves, confidence, and staggering sex appeal. And no doubt, still brilliant.
The fact that she’s gorgeous and bright won’t distract him. This time, Ryder’s determined to be the one on top. But not if Harper can help it.
Bromberg delivers a sexy, sweet romance with a competitive edge in Sweet Rivalry – Ryder and Harper’s story. After meeting Ryder in Sweet Cheeks, I was totally intrigued. He was smart, loyal, loving and in control – qualities I definitely wanted to explore in a more intimate setting. K. Bromberg didn’t disappoint, serving up plenty of intelligent charm, witty banter, and delicious sexual tension in this tantalizing novella. Constantly challenging one another, Ryder and Harper were the perfect match. They left me reeling from their verbal sparring matches and raring for more of their feisty flirtations. Sassy, sizzling and full of feels, Sweet Rivalry is the perfect companion to Sweet Cheeks and a fun, quick read for fans of this talented author.
“Just in case you were wondering, beard burn is a real thing.”
I absolutely adored the dynamic between Harper and Ryder. Part second chance and part friends-to-lovers romance, this duo had a frenemies vibe that made me grin. Their undeniable chemistry was obvious from the start – a sparkling force that made the pages absolutely sizzle and kept me reading until I’d completely devoured this story. There was also something deeper that rested beneath the surface, hints of a more significant connection that kept me riveted and rooting for Harper and Ryder’s happily ever after. Ryder was book boyfriend perfection in all of his slightly arrogant and delightfully devious glory while Harper was the kind of fierce, independent heroine it was impossible not to love.
“A princess may not need to be saved, but she sure as shit needs to take a ride on that unicorn she’s found every once in a while. He’ll remind her she needs to live instead of staying locked up tight in that tower of hers.”
In addition to simply wanting more of Harper and Ryder, I would have liked to see this couple address the issues in the past that kept them apart until now. More specifically, the kiss they shared back in school and Harper’s misconceptions about Ryder and the woman who interrupted what could have been a turning point in their relationship. While it wasn’t necessary to my enjoyment of the story, it felt like the one string hanging between them that never got tied up. Honestly, I think I’m just greedy and desperately want to see Harper and Ryder get a full-length novel that dives deep and gives them the kind of happily ever after that leaves a girl utterly swooning.
“And when in the hell did preppy-boy Ryder Rodgers transform into that mythical guy who hits every single one of my buttons?”
Sweet Rivalry surprised me with its unique and intelligent storyline. I felt like I learned something from Harper and Ryder’s work and I definitely enjoyed the bidding war that got personal in all the best ways. K. Bromberg never ceases to blow me away with her colorful characters, brilliant imagery, entertaining dialogue and genuine emotions. Sweet Rivalry was well written, perfectly paced and left me begging for more of this memorable pair. Bromberg made me laugh, feel and fall in love with a well-practiced ease indicative of not only her unquestionable talent for story building, but also her unparalleled ability to connect with her readers and mesmerize them with her wickedly wonderful words. Sweet Rivalry was hilarious, hot and full of heart – an addictive addition to K. Bromberg’s Sweet Cheeks world and a fun, sassy standalone novella that’s not to be missed!
Once again, K. Bromberg has weaved an addictive tale with sizzling characters that left me wanting nothing but more, more, more. Sweet Rivalry is filled with sexual tension that practically oozes off the pages, to the point that it took on a personality of its own. The way that the author described the looks between Harper and Ryder left my heart rate increasing and anxiously turning the pages to see the explosion.
“Regardless of who she is––a competitor, a friend, a lover, or even all three combined––I prefer a woman who’s strong.”
There was just something about these characters that I couldn’t help but instantaneously fall for. Harper was so strong-headed that she dominated the scenes she was in. I loved that she was a female in a male’s world, yet never let her confidence in her abilities or herself diminish. There was something admirable about that unwavering spirit that resonated deep within me. On the other hand, I adored that it was Ryder who questioned the scenarios these two found themselves in. He was confident in his own abilities but was utterly mystified by this woman, and it made for such a refreshing and fun read. Between their banter, the chemistry, and the unique storyline, Bromberg stole my heart – hook, line, sinker.
“Someone I can debate with, a woman who can hold her own in an intelligent conversation, and one I can verbally spar with. I want to be met match for match.”
Sweet Rivalry is one of those charming novellas where you just find yourself grinning from ear to ear, consumed by the romance between the characters. My biggest complaint about this novella was of course that it was just too short! The way that their relationship exploded was just the beginning and I’d love to see more. Bromberg sure knows how to reel this reader in and I certainly can’t wait for whatever she delivers next!
Work first. Reward sex next.
That’ll give me something to look forward to during the next few days. The ones I can’t wait to dive headfirst into that will be an ever-changing combination of stress, exhaustion, strategy, and manipulation. An unscripted dance amongst us bidders while we size each other up, calculate our numbers, and explain to the developer why we’re the most valuable candidate for the job.
It’s the game I love. The competition I thrive on. My return to the job that I’ve been desperate to make.
And there’d be no better way to make a statement that Harper Denton is back than to leave this building with the multimillion dollar contract for Meteor Development tucked securely under my arm.
And just like that, as a reward for my positive thinking, when I look up, there he is, in full view.
I take in the expensive briefcase, the venti Starbucks, and the expensive watch peeking out from beneath the cuff of his shirt. And just my luck that while I’m afforded a full view of his body, the one thing I’m the most curious about is obscured by his hand holding his cell phone up to his ear: his face.
So instead I drink him in. He really is magnificent. I note his posture and the way he carries his body when he moves forward a few steps. There’s an air about him that says he’s no-nonsense and in control, powerful, and at the same time he doesn’t seem uptight. He has that Southern
California professional vibe. I can’t put my finger on it but he reminds me of someone I can’t quite place. Regardless, a man who can pull off being in control and playful has definite merits.
Like “spank me until my body aches in want, and then make a game of hitting each erogenous zone with his tongue before he’ll satisfy that ache he created and let me come” type of merits.
The mind-blowing-sex reward just became even more appealing.
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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), and a novella (UnRaveled). She is currently finishing up Sweet Cheeks a standalone novel out November 14th.
Her plans for 2017 include a sports romance duet (2 books: The Player, The Catch) and the Everyday Heroes series (3 books: Cuffed, Combust, and Cockpit). She’s also writing a novella for the 1,001 Dark Night series that will be out in February 2017.
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