Sunday, 13 November 2016

Sweet Cheeks by K.Bromberg


An all new second chance love story by the New York Times Bestselling author of the Driven series.

It all started with the invitation. To my ex-fiancé's new wedding.

I should have ignored it. Thrown it away. Set it afire. But I didn’t. I replied.

With a plus one.

And then my assistant accidentally mailed it.

Enter Hayes Whitley. Mega-movie star. The man who has captured the hearts of millions. But I gave him mine years ago. He was my first love. He was my everything. Right until he up and left to chase his dreams without so much as a simple goodbye.

When he showed up out of the blue ten years later, I should have known to steer clear. I should have rejected his offer to take me to my ex’s wedding. I should have never let him kiss me.

But I didn’t.

And now we’re left wondering if the pieces of the life we once shared still fit together somehow. First loves are hard to forget. The question is, do we want to forget? Or do we risk the chance and see what happens next?

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He chuckles and all of a sudden my back straightens. “That’s their schedule, Ships. Ours is a secret.” He abruptly stands and grabs my hand to pull me up. My body jolts at the connection sitting side by side with him all this time has had buzzing just beneath the surface. As if knowing he was close enough to touch but not really touching was an awareness all in itself. I know he can feel it too. That I’m not alone. Because the words on his lips falter momentarily before he recovers. And a part of me wants to stay like this a bit longer but know it’s just that missed connection we lost so long ago that’s causing the sensations to simmer to the surface. Nostalgia. Muscle memory of the heart. “C’mon. Let’s go.”
“Yes. Go. It’ll be easier if you think of this whole trip as an adventure rather than their wedding.”
“And what? You’re my tour guide?”
“If that’s what you want to call me. I prefer cruise director though, considering we’re kind of stuck with the nautical theme, Ships.” He winks and holds his hand out.
“Oh, please.” I roll my eyes.
“Or captain.”
“You’re certifiable, you know that?” I shake my head and he pulls on my hand to help me stand.
“Quite possibly, but all that matters is I’m in charge of this schedule, and we need to get a move on it. Your adventure awaits.”
“And, oh captain, my captain, that adventure is what?” I drag my feet like a child, curious what he’s talking about but smiling nonetheless.
“Do you actually think I’m going to tell you?” He dazzles me with that smile I can’t resist. “Didn’t you know? Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure.”
Oh. Shit.

© K. Bromberg 

Kristine's Review:
Reviewed: November 2016.

Quite some time ago I stumbled upon a book almost by chance, with it's distinctive black cover and intriguing blurb about cocky race car driver and sweet counsellor, I was enamoured instantly, the author's writing drawing me in, jump starting my heart and declaring war on my emotions, it was in that moment that I became a life long fan of Bromberg's words. In the years that have followed and in the titles subsequently released I found myself falling in love with her prose over and over again. Through the Driven series and the stand alone titles that continued the Driven legacy I found new heroes and heroines to adore, I cheered them on in good times and shared their sorrows in bad, I felt every emotional response a writer tries to elicit with their words, I knew with absolute certainty that I  would bare the emotional scars on my heart, the elation that comes with pure, adulterated joy long after reading THE END, and more than that I would endure it willingly with each new book she released.

As an avid reader, I know that growth for an author comes when they step away from their tried and true formula to do something different, after the world wide success of Colton and Rylee and their friends and families stories I can only imagine the trepidation of publishing something entirely new, in truth despite wanting to see that growth unfold before my eyes, there's a healthy level of worry for a long time fan...would I love this story as much as her others? would I be swept away by new characters? I shouldn't of worried, from the opening page Saylor's voice undid me in the kind of way a reader dreams about, she was sweet and funny, sassy and feisty, strong and determined, instantly I saw Bromberg's words play out like a film in my mind.

"Trying to forget her is like trying to remember someone I've never met. It's impossible."
When Saylor Rodgers receives an invite to her ex fiancĂ©s wedding she's sure she's being punked, from the familiar cardstock, to the location, and the rumors that her ex's wife to be could be her twin, she's hovering between incredulity and downright shock, with a failing business and the growing belief that her one time soon to be pretentious in-laws are the reason for her dwindling customers she begins to see the merits in accepting the invitation.

When Ryder, his childhood bestfriend calls in a long time IOU to help his sister
When Hayes Whitley walked out of her life over a decade ago Saylor believed she'd never recover, her one time best friend and childhood sweetheart broke her in ways she longs to forget, when he waltzes back into her life and offers to help her not only save face in front of the man she ended her engaged to and his entire blue blooded family, but potentially save her business, she's willing to let the past stay where it is and move forward.

Hayes may have left Saylor behind in the quest to make his dreams of acting become a reality, but he never forgot the girl that was Saylor, Hayes knows without a doubt he'd move heaven and hell to make things right.

"There's only one love that matters more than your first love, your last love."
In Sweet Cheeks Bromberg pens a touching, witty and sexy tale about second chances, with the perfect balance of heat, humor and heart Saylor and Hayes journey from childhood sweethearts, to estranged friends, to something bigger and bolder than either of them imagined captivated and titillated the senses in equal measure. Bromberg reminds the reader that there's truth in the old adage that sometimes people need to fall apart so they can fall back together. My enjoyment of this story was clearly evident in the number of highlighted passages, the number of notes I made in the margin, the sheer volume of screenshots safely saved in my phones memory, the tenderness that exuded from the pages, as I felt every emotion barrel through me from anguish and heartache, to joy and happiness, from the warm blush that spread over my cheeks while devouring Bromberg's trademark sexy prose to the absolute utter heartbreak and angst only she can provide. Everything about Sweet Cheeks was scintillating and engrossing, I didn't want to set my kindle down, I wanted to stay lost in the world Bromberg created, I handed over my heart on the very first page, and now days later I still don't want it back. Sweet Cheeks easily cemented it's place on my Best of 2016 list, and reaffirmed the reason why she became a Must Read Author for me so long ago. Read it, let it carry you away, steal your heart and be the very best reminder of why we read in the first place.

About Kristy Bromberg:

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. 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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