Genre: New Adult Romance
Steam Level: Super hot
Driven contains a bit of an exhausted theme (but a theme that I LOVE non the less) of arrogant and controlling billionaire meets a normal every day girl and decides to claim her for himself. It is done well and I loved the unique backdrop/setting of this story. It takes place in California where the hero Colton Donovan is a race car driver and Rylee works for a non-profit organization that helps orphaned boys. It was emotional and heart wrenching to see the work that Rylee does with these poor boys and I loved the scenes where Colton stepped in to help.
Rylee has rebuilt her structured world after it fell apart a couple of years ago but now everything she’s put back together is threatening to be torn down again. I liked Rylee, she is confident but vulnerable and she is doing her best to just keep moving forward. My only complaint about her is that she’s trying too hard to be what she thinks Colton wants, to keep him attracted to her, it bothered me she didn’t want to just be herself. She is so confused by Colton and his mixed signals.
“He gets me so worked up. So angry. I can’t figure out what I want to do more, punch him or fuck him.”
“He’s edgy and reckless and you want to go along for the ride hoping to get a glimpse of his tender side that breaks through every now and again. The bad boy with a touch of vulnerability who leaves you breathless and steals your heart.”
Colton is the ultimate in damaged but controlling alpha male. We learn a couple of his secrets in his this installment but he is still very much a mystery for the most part. He drove me a little crazy with his indecision and contractions’ over Rylee: I want you, I don’t want you, I want you but I will destroy you, etc. He really battles with himself over Rylee, but since the story is told in first person through Rylee we never get to see exactly why he can’t make up his mind. My favorite thing about Colton? His dirty mouth!
“I want to take my time with you, Rylee. I want to build you up nice and slow and sweet like you need. Push you to crash over that edge. And then I want to fuck you the way I need to. Fast and hard until you’re screaming my name. The way I’ve wanted to since you feel out of that storage closet and into my life.”
This book is impressively well written expect for a handful of typos. K. Bromberg has definitely grabbed my attention as a debut author and I will without a doubt be reading the rest of this series and anything else she writes. Be warned that this does end on a fairly painful cliffhanger!
A few part of the book are little slow and a lot of what happens if fairly predictable, but if you loved the Crossfire or 50 Shades book I have no doubt that you will enjoy this one as well.