REVIEW – Cuffed by K. Bromberg

Title: Cuffed
Author: K. Bromberg
Release Date: October 21, 2017

“I hate you. I never want to see you again.”

Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again.

Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past.

But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it.

What’s one night of sex going to hurt . . . right?


I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves.

That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up.

Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story.

I’ll give her the one night she asks for—like that’s a hardship—but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight.

K. Bromberg serves up her best novel yet with Cuffed, Grant and Emerson’s story. I adore a good second-chance romance, but Cuffed had an unexpected depth that captured my heart from the very beginning. This book blew me away with its poignant prose, witty dialogue, and heartfelt emotion. The colorful collection of characters captivated me. I was utterly smitten with Grant, and Emerson was a woman after my own heart, but it was the powerful combination of these two characters together that really stuck with me. Their connection ran deep, and their chemistry absolutely sparkled. K. Bromberg has cultivated something sincere and significant with this couple, and I fell head over heels right alongside them.

“My black-and-white world has color seeping into its edges. I love and hate it all at the same time. It makes me feel alive inside when, until now, I hadn’t realized I had been dead.”

Emerson is definitely one of the best heroines I’ve read this year. K. Bromberg expertly nurtured and grew this character over the course of the story, allowing me to experience Emerson’s personal transformation as my own. Despite all Emerson had endured, her strength, independence, and kind heart shined bright, and I couldn’t help but feel drawn to her light. She was genuinely vulnerable and perfectly flawed, the kind of character that was easy to relate to and impossible not to root for. Grant was equally enthralling with his sensitive heart and swoon-worthy hero complex. I loved seeing him come undone in Emerson’s presence, letting go of the bravado and superficial confidence to expose the deeply feeling and fiercely protective man beneath.

“You can’t go gypsy when you have roots. And I want you to have roots, Em. Here. With me. Ones that tangle with mine and can never be ripped out.”

To be honest, the cover did not do this book justice. In fact, it downplays the breathtaking and poignant story of resilience and forgiveness found within. What K. Bromberg has here is so much more than another sexy cop romance. Cuffed is raw and gripping and obviously deeply personal. There is no doubt that K. Bromberg poured pieces of herself into this story because it comes across with so much love and hope. The author’s writing is definitely at its best with this book, and I found myself absolutely devouring it. I also have to applaud the grace with which K. Bromberg handled the sensitive subject matter of Emerson and Grant’s story. This novel was every bit the real and powerful journey I hoped it would be and so much more. Cuffed is bold, beautiful, and overflowing with emotion. This book is K. Bromberg’s best work yet!

There are some books that I have read that have made me laugh, others that made me cry, and some that I have felt deep down in my bones. There are novels that have pulled me into a vortex of emotions, pumped blood through my veins, and became an entity all on their own. K. Bromberg’s Cuffed is somehow one that encompasses bits and pieces of all of these things and more. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t expect to receive such a deep, moving novel given what it was packaged in, but I guess this is one of those cases where you definitely shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

“But remember, you don’t need to know the details of her past to love her heart in the present.”

Grant and Emerson had such a heartbreaking, yet heartwarming, romance that drew me in and absolutely captivated me. Much of the novel is spent in a back and forth type of pattern, figuring out the boundaries of their relationship as adults. For me, this can sometimes be a hindrance because you never get to truly see the couple as a functioning duo. However, this never bothered me between Emerson and Grant because they were best friends when they were little which provided for such a strong foundation. Furthermore, they both carried heavy baggage concerning a catalytic event in their relationship and it was quite interesting to see how they both dealt with that. I respected the push and pull dynamic to Emerson and Grant; he needed to learn the appropriate time to push her, while she needed to learn how to let go and trust. The relationship that they tore apart and rebuilt numerous times was one of those that hits you in all the feelers, and definitely leaves its mark on your heart.

“We both took what the other offered and used it to conquer something we feared.”

In traditional Bromberg fashion, she has surprised me and wowed me with the release of Cuffed. She has piqued my interest in terms of her secondary characters, and blew me away with the primary ones. I put off reading it due to the abs on the cover, but was quickly kicking myself for doing so. Cuffed was completely unexpected in terms of the subject matter and I’ll be honest and say that I was pleasantly surprised. You could tell that the author poured her heart into this interconnected standalone, breathing her very essence into its pages. My fingers are crossed that Grant’s brothers’ stories are equally as riveting because I’m certain I’ll be first in line to dive on in!

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