I am the exception to the rule...
In a world full of willing women, I'm a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He's the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor-thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.
Colton crashes into my life like a tornado: sapping my control, testing my vulnerabilities beyond their limits, and unintentionally penetrating the protective wall around my healing heart. Tearing apart the world I rebuilt so carefully with structure, predictability, and discipline.
I can't give him what he wants and he can't give me what I need. But after a glimpse beneath his refined exterior into the dark secrets of his damaged soul, can I bring myself to walk away?
Our sexual chemistry is undeniable. Our individual need for complete control is irrefutable. But when our worlds collide, is the chemistry enough to bring us together or will our untold secrets and battle of wills force us apart?
©2013 K. Bromberg (P)2014 Tantor
Although I am not happy about it, some authors have decided to divide one story into three books. However, Bromberg ends book one before any pieces of the plot come together. The cliffhanger ends book 1 in the middle of a conflict .
Rylee has been surviving after a big loss. In the story, she meets a gorgeous, self confident man to whom she feels an attraction for the first time in ages. Colton Donavan has issues of his own that prevent him from participating in more than a one night stand or a fling type relationship.
During their first encounter, they both feel the chemistry. However, chemistry or not, Rylee keeps getting her emotions shattered by Colton. Why would she do that?
If cliffhangers are your thing, the writing is good, the narrator is good, and you will enjoy the series. However, cliffhangers are not for me - even though at the end of book three, I know- well I am almost sure - everything will wrap up into happily ever after.
I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
I've actually read book #1 Driven & book #2 Fueled but still decided to try it in audio. I can say that each book gets better and better. I'm still waiting on the last book Crashed to be released in March. Can't wait!! Driven is told from the perspective of Rylee Thomas. She's a 26yrs old working for Corporate Cares, a company that houses orphans. The state turns over their guardianship to her company. Corporate Care, houses kids who are at an age that the chance of adoptions are pretty low. So instead of foster care, they have a home to live in, they have consistency of guardians, rules, school and counselling. Rylee meets Colton Donavan backstage at a charity auction, after getting trapped in the storage closet, Rylee starts to have a panic attack when Colton saves the day. They share an instant attraction, but in the heat of the moment, Rylee realizes that the man that has her body pinned up against him, was only minutes ago getting it on with another woman in the hallway near by. Rylee is soooo not impressed with his playboy slut games and wants nothing to do with any of it. Unfortunately, this refusal only sparks Colton's relentless seduction and chase of Rylee. Before the night is over Rylee finds herself rescued, kissed, insulted, pursued, tempted, coerced and ultimately obligated to a date thanks to a donation paid for by Colton Donavan. Needless to say they are off to a bumpy start. Rylee is very broken with a tragic past and she will fight his seduction every step of the way. Colton however is used to getting what he wants and “Driven” is his middle name. Her resistance only serves to fuel his determination. He ends up making a huge contribution to Corporate Cares and Rylee finds herself working side-by-side with Colton on the project. It becomes apparent that Colton has some major demons which he is determined to keep to himself. Everything about their relationship is so incredibly intense - the good, the bad, the sex, the drama. It's full on. I loved the chemistry between them, these two were hot. Even the scenes where they don't actually have sex were extremely HOT! It was definitely one of those books were 'getting there'was just as good as the act itself. I will admit, I spent the first 70% of the book seriously frustrated with both Rylee & Colton. The push and pull - he wants her, she resists, she gives in, he pushes her away, she lets him, he pursues her, she resists, she gives in, she runs away, she comes back, he resists, he gives in.... It drove me freaking crazy! Colton’s and Rylee’s story move along a break-neck speed but come to a crashing halt with a cliff-hanger ending. I recommend you continue with the next book Fueled when Audible releases it.
I didn't read the print version, but I love the audio version. Some of the other reviews said they didn't like Tatiana Sokolov voice, I thought it was perfect. She did a great job with the different characters voices too! I have returned audio books because of some of the other narrators voices, but Tatiana's was very fitting and perfect for this series.
The whole book was a memorable moment!
I have not, but will listen to more of her narrations she does a GREAT job!
Definitely worth a credit!!!
I loved the characters...Loved their need for each other...loved that they both had pasts they had to get past...can't wait to listen to #2
When Colton drove the boys to school to prove the bullies wrong...what a sweetheart
I LOVE this story and this author, and purchased the audio version because the story is so good. However this narrator just ruined the entire story for me. She spoke too fast most of the time, had very little emotion for the Rylee character, and her male voice, or at least her Colton voice, was a major turn-off. He just sounded sleazy.
I really hope there is a different narrator for Fueled, which is the next book in the 3 book series. Someone who can do a decent male voice and puts more feeling into the characters.
I will probably not listen again due to the awful narration.
Sexy Colton with the dirty mouth.
I felt the narrator didn't read the book beforehand therefore could not bring the proper depth of and feeling to the story. Her male voices were juvenile and sounded like cartoon characters. I felt her tone and inflection were totally off for most of the story. I stopped listening during the first chapter because it was SO off but eventually pushed through just because I loved this book so much.
I hope against all hope that a different narrator will be doing the next book "Fueled" Grace Grant would be a great choice. Sebastian York's sexy as sin voice would be perfect for Colton's POV.
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. To be honest, I was afraid it was another billionaire romance. Happily there was so much more to the story.
I love sassy Rylee, she is a fabulous character. She is a curvy-ish gal, who is mostly confident. She has bouts of doubt, which is normal for any woman. She is best when she remembers who she is and says to hell with it. I love the banter between her and Colton. It is definitely giggle worthy.
The overall story is engaging, really draws you into the story from the start. I enjoyed the auction and later everything in the boys home. Those were parts that brought more human elements to the romance. Because of Colton's issues, things can be superficial. The back and forth in the relation gets a little redundant. emotions happen quickly and lust is instant.
The smexy stuff is pretty hot and very detailed. Holy hotness! A girl will need a cold shower after reading this one. Well, not the very end, but at several points along the way. The lust is there from the start. Combustible chemistry makes things uber sexy.
The whole book is from Rylee's POV, which limits things tremendously. I kept wanting in on Colton's thoughts. It really would have helped me think of him as more than a bored playboy after the girl who was hard to get. I am sure there is more to him than that, but it is hard to see that from his actions in the end.
I was hoping for a bit more of the race car driving angle. Maybe that is something that comes up in later books as the partnership kicks off.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Tatiana Sokolov, who is fantastic. I have enjoyed several of her reads in the past. She does a great job with the voices, keeps them distinct without trying to hard to sound like a man. Her pace is swift, but not so fast that it is hard to understand. The energy of the read fits the action of the story perfectly. A delight from beginning to end.
This book is a bit of a cliffhanger ending, in that there is not a HEA, there is a very abrupt break-up. I am still not sure how I feel about that. I like my books all at once, or at least with a Happy For Now ending.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
I would recommend this book because it really keeps you into the book and it has two more in the series... I love books that keep you goin
Married, not quite 40 mom from the mid-west. I sit behind a computer all day translating large amounts of data into business solutions.
I will download the next book in this series. It is an easy fun and sexy listen. The narration is not bad, but it does not add to the experience either so I am giving the performance only three stars.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
OH MY GOODNES!! OH MY FREAKEN GOODNESS!!! I went straight through this series and did not stop (not even to write a review in between books). Because of the frustration of various reviewers who read the books prior to the release of the complete trilogy, I made sure to start this series until all 3 books were out because I didn't want to go through the same pain, and THANK GOODNESS because this was a ride I could not get off of or take a break from.
All I can say is get ready for an emotional ride that is intense, deep, frustrating, exhilarating, and sexy as heck! OMG, K. Bromberg gives us Colton Donavan and Rylee Thomas's love story which is one of the most beautiful, difficult, complicated stories that will lodge itself in your heart, forever.
In Driven, we get the beginning of Colton and Rylee's love affair. OMG, and let me tell you this couple has this flaming-hot, all-consuming chemistry with one another. I loved their banter, their verbal sparing, and their inability to fight the strong pull toward one another. Colton, a famous race car driver finds himself smitten with Rylee, who he meets at a fundraiser for the purpose of building a home for boys in the fostercare system. Rylee runs Corporate Cares, where she oversees the care and wellbeing of 7 boys along with her staff.
Rylee and Colton meet through this chance encounter and their roller coaster ride of a relationship is all extreme highs and lows from there. Both have scared pasts, but Colton is definitely more broken. He is a beautiful man who is tortured by his past; a consummate playboy who is insists on his own rules when dating women. But, Rylee throws this man for a loop, because she's not like any of the other women he typically dates. And, I thought it was genius of Colton to bind Rylee to himself through this contract between their corporations where she was to accompany him to various events to promote and fundraise for the new boys' home as an agreement for a million dollar donation from his corporation---VERY SMOOTH COLTON!!!!
Rylee is beautiful as well, a strong woman with a heart for hurt boys with amethyst colored eyed and dark locks of hair. The woman is a sight, and Colton knows she is something special; someone who deserves more than he can give her, but that doesn't stop his pursuit of Rylee. I loved how Colton pursued Rylee. He was charming, funny, playful, and insistent, yet he was also emotionally distant, hurtful and closed off. This book ends with a MAJOR cliffhanger (lucky for me I just plowed through with book 2), and I was left wondering if Colton was worth it for Rylee. Yes, the man is gorgeous with his green eyes, hard body, and charming way, but with his mood swings and warnings to Rylee seemed something to weigh carefully. I wondered if it was better for her to find a boring, traditional guy instead of dealing with the pain she was in for with Colton……well, since I've read the end of the trilogy all I can say is YES, Colton is definitely worth Rylee's investment of the heart!!!!
Narrator: Tatiana Sokolov was great! I loved her performance. She made this audiobook one enjoyable experience!
"Well worth listening to."
Oh very definitely! The story is very well written, the characters believable and very well narrated.
When Colton met Zander.
Rilee definitely as she brought such a depth of feeling and love to the character.
Love, passion, tenderness and insight into the human psyche!
Loved it and bought the following two books. Could not put them down!! Brilliant please, please hurry with more!!
"rollercoasters of story"
love this book story, so good you just get so drawn into the characters and were the story is going so cant wait for next two book to come.
50 shades of gray, bared to you, this man,
This is the first book in the Driven trilogy and unfortunately the other parts are not available as an audiobook yet; but the kindle versions are.
The performance is excellent and it makes for addictive listening. If you like angst with your romance then you'll love this. It's the usual story of broken girl meets broken boy and they are drawn to each other with amazing chemistry. It's very well written and I can't wait to read the next book. It ends on a cliffhanger.
"Yeah, not full of racing.."
I enjoyed the narration, so that was great. Always a plus!!
The chemistry straight away between Colton and Rylee is electric, may be because he is a knight in shining armour, or he is just hot as all hell, but kissy face happens and as it happens this quick in real life, I have no problem with it happening this quick in book life either, especially when in a short space of time, the nappy hits the fan and Colton has his work cut out even getting a nice word out of her lips nevermind a repeat kiss.
Their paths however are set to collide and Colton and Rylee are hotter together than the tyres on his car after a spin around his racetrack. He isn't just a player, he has a troubled past and the way he is with Rylee's boys... well omg, i just about melted.
There were times when i wanted to roll my eyes at both characters, or speed it up a little, but things very quickly pulled back, I enjoyed the story, got involved with the characters and their connection and really hated Tawny. When I hate, and am invested, this is good.....so yes, I am looking forward to the next!
I did think it was going to be full of races, her waiting pensive by the side. It wasn't so I was happy about that. Don't mind some, but not 80%.
The ending. I love an ending like this, wam, bam thank you and ??? what? Yes! Leave me there ? Seriously? shovemeoffthatcliffytastic!!
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