Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Sweet Ache - A Driven Novel by K. Bromberg - Release Blitz & Review

Meet Hawke & Quinlan in SWEET ACHE - the newest Rock Star stand-alone in the Driven Series by K. Bromberg!


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The New York Times bestselling author of Slow Burn turns up the heat when a sexy bet turns into so much more....

Hawkin Play, the bad boy rock star with a good guy heart, has lived a lifetime of cleaning up after his twin brother’s mistakes. Hunter’s most recent screw up could land Hawke in jail and risk the band’s future. Hawke agrees to guest lecture at a local college to stay in the judge’s good graces—and a bet with his band mate to seduce his sexy teaching assistant is icing on the cake.

Quinlan Westin is harder to bed than Hawke imagined. She knows his type and is determined to avoid the rocker at all costs—even if their attraction runs deeper than simple lust.

Just as Hawke might finally be winning over the girl, his brother has other plans. When Hunter realizes his twin finally has a weakness, he’ll stop at nothing to take advantage....



“Now you guys need to get going so you have time for Quin to give you the complete rundown,” Professor Stevens says.

Of course she has no idea the double entendre she’s just given Hawkin about me giving him a complete rundown, but I know Hawke catches it. I manage to resist the urge to stomp my feet in frustration and storm out of her office like a toddler. Instead I give her a tight smile before turning and walking out of the office and then the department.

I stand there in the sunshine, waiting for him to get his ass in gear and quit wasting my time. When I finally hear the door open I just start walking and the sound of his boots is the only inclination that he’s following.

“I’ve got longer legs than you Trixie,” he chides from a few feet back. “But feel free to keep swinging your hips like that, and I’ll stay right here behind you and enjoy the show.”

I bristle at the comment. At the moment there’s no authority to be respectful of, no damage that can’t be undone.

“A show?” The pitch of my voice escalates as I whirl around to face him—sunglasses on, hair dishevelled, and I wish I hadn’t turned around because damn, he’s just that devastatingly fine. I’m quiet for a beat as we both appraise each other from behind darkened lenses. His dark hair, tanned skin, and cocky smirk pulls at those parts of me I don’t want to be pulled. “You want to talk about a show.” I grit the words out, trying to push my physical attraction to him from my mind. “Let’s talk about your little performance for Dr. Stevens.”

“I know. I’m good, huh? Sorry but a man’s got to do what he’s got to do . . . Besides, I wasn’t done with you yet.”

My mouth falls lax and I’m momentarily flabbergasted. “Done with me yet?” I sputter the words when I’ve recovered my wits at his arrogance run amuck . . . But I can’t deny the little flutter in my belly at his comment. There’s just something about him aside from the whole I’m a rock-star thing, that makes me desire him in a way I can’t put into words.

“Yep.” He says casually as he unwraps a Starburst and pops it into his mouth. And I hate that I’m fascinated with watching his mouth suck on the sweet candy. Luckily he speaks so I can distract myself from the captivating sight. “I’m pretty sure you have a usefulness . . . I’m just trying to figure out what that is.” He licks his lips. “Well, besides the obvious, that is . . .” Smirk is handily in place and I hate that ache starting to simmer in my core.

“Why don’t you go suck a—”

“Relax,” he says, angling his head to the side and emitting a laugh as he steps closer to me. “I’m just teasing you. You’re so damn easy to rile up and so hard to resist. Plus you’re even hotter when you’re pissed. I like it.” He shrugs an apology, hands shoved deep in the pockets of his jeans with a sheepish grin that softens all those hard edges and makes me sigh with the contrast of characteristics. He holds a red Starburst out to me as a peace offering. “C’mon, you know you want to be the star to my burst.”

We’ve stopped, my hands are on my hips, and the sun is falls around us as he waits for me to react to his innocent little comment. Deep down I know I’m screwed. I feel an urge to smile but immediately realign my defences. The contradiction he presents, the smooth with the rough, is the one thing that I always fall for when it comes to men.

And I’m not going to fall for Hawkin Play.

Kristine's Review:

Reviewed: June 2015.

Kristy Bromberg has cemented herself as an automatic 1click author for me with her Driven series, a week ago after discussing books I adore with a good friend, I picked up Driven for the umpteenth time and lost myself in the world of Rylee and Colton, their story has ingrained itself on my heart and soul, I'm forever changed by the scared little boy Colton was and the strong man he is now, what this has to do with Sweet Ache you're wondering? I had lofty expectations for Sweet Ache, Quinlan had such a limited part and yet such a strong presence in the Driven series, Bromberg's ability to craft strong, tenacious female leads that are independent and feisty without compromising their femineity.

Quinlan Westin isn't necessarily a non believer of happily ever afters, however she doesn't see one in her future, her life is centred around her studies, her family and friends, and on occasion hot sex to relieve the tension. Relationships aren't foreign to her, but the inability to make them last, and sick of cheating ex's she determined to focus on her dissertation and not be caught up in anything other than a casual connection for a night or two when required. Quin is strong, self assured and independent, growing up surrounded by wealth and fame, watching her brother Colton grow up to be one hell of a player before meeting his wife, she's seen it all, fame doesn't impress her, big personalities and good looks don't intimidate her, she's not easily rattled and stronger than most, she lives by one promise to herself, and never compromises that for anyone.

Hawkin Play is the lead singer of rock band Bent, he's steadfastly loyal to his family, more than he probably should be, he's seen the devastating loss that can happen when you trust and love someone unequivocally, opening yourself up to someone is something that doesn't appeal to him. Easy sex is all he's capable of, when he meets the feisty blonde Quin he knows he's in for a wild ride, but he harbouring a world of secrets and all he can offer anyone is physical closeness,

There's so much more going on in Sweet Ache than just an emotionally unavailable rock star, and a strong independent woman. There's a instant chemistry, a connection so fierce that it jumps right off the page, grabs you by the collar and demands you sit up and take notice. The intense attraction so raw that you can't help but feel it as it seeps through ink and into your blood stream. The opportunity to revisit Colton and Rylee made my heart happy, but finally getting a glimpse of Quin is what truly stole my breath. Those moments when you get to see into the inner workings on her mind, left me reeling, there's a beautiful fragility to her questioning what she's always believed to be true for herself.

The inherent struggle Hawkin faces as he treads the line between doing the right thing and what's expected of him, shows the kind of man that he is, his childhood shaped the man he has become and up until Quin he's never had the slightest inclination that he's worthy of more than single nights and fast sex. The more I read the more desperate I became for these two, the more I wanted to know about what them tick, see more of the electric connection between them.

Once again Bromberg shows why she is an automatic 1click author for me, her ability to draw me in, hold me captive, every time I pick up one of her novels it's like stepping into a movie theatre, her words playing out behind my eyes with such clarity that it's so much more than just reading a book, it's an experience, one that lives on long after I turn the last page, always leaving me desperate for more.


About K. Bromberg


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

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