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
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 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.
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.
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.
It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.
Top of my list!!
How Colton's bond with the Boys! Especially when Colton went to the school to prove a point.
She does a good job.
Yes, when Colton went to the school and the ending part. This was a cliffhanger, I couldn't wait for the audible for the 2nd book so I downloaded the 2nd book to my Kindle.
In this first book we meet caring, capable and insecure Rylee who is being pursued by the bad boy Playboy Colton and he always gets what he wants - but on his terms which just aren't what she's looking for. Two previously damaged and haunted characters, each with their own hellish story to be told, seem to be drawn to each other with sizzling electrifying chemistry and neither one can resist the other's pull..
A great story with a good selection of secondary characters, a few jealous b*tches, a dirty talking, successful, rich and gorgeous Alpha type with a lot of sad mental baggage, lots of hot sex in this touching/sad/funny/frustrating love story that had me hooked from Chapter 1 until the very end.
Worth a credit? I'm glad that I downloaded the whole trilogy as I'm so committed to finding out what terrible secrets and hurdles are next that K Bromberg has expertly written for the unsuspecting Rylee and Colton. This is one that I'll be sad to delete from my playlist and YES so very very creditworthy.
I'm sure there are people who will enjoy this book. Maybe if I had read it versus listened to it, I would have had a better experience.
I don't know that it is the story line that is bad, but more the narration. A different narrator could absolutely help. I have listened to several books on tape and female narrators don't have a problem translating male dialog, however in this case it was so terrible I could barely pay attention.
Anyone but her.
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.
Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!
Strong female lead...check! Devilish bad boy who doesn't think he knows how to love, or be loved...check! Sexual chemistry off the charts.....check! Secondary characters that are so full of life I want this series to continue for years....check...check...check!
Ah....it's not often I find a book that I can't put down. Typically if there is a bunch of contrived drama I just put the whole book down. I really don't like drama for the sake of a story or to continue a plot, it just aggravates me.
This book had a lot of drama, but I could see it all happening to someone I know, which makes it real and gets me invested, not made for fiction dribble that makes me want to throw my iphone and scream "GET REAL!"...that's what this book felt like for me, simply put, it felt real.
Could I see our leading lady Riley having a fairly normal life and one day her world changes and she has lost her fiance, her future, and nearly her life....but she is moving on and trying to live again through helping orphaned kids find homes, a place to be feel safe, so that their lives aren't as empty as hers...yeah, I could see someone wanting to bring people's lives back to them when inside she is emotionally shut down about her own feelings and emotions and not really living.
Could I see a famous race car driver having less than an ideal childhood so as an adult he doesn't know how to give or accept love, he only knows how to use people and get used by them....yeah....I can see that happening too. There are things we learn as children, or don't learn, that stay with us for life.
This is book 1 of the series...and yes there is a cliffhanger, but the whole book is just great at the buildup, the sexual tension, the chemistry, the plausibility of it all....whew....I'm sure I'll be writing about book 2 shortly.
"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,
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