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Rylee is our heroine, who works with children who are in the system. The passion she had for these boys was so beyond touching. Rylee is trying to move past a major tragedy that has happened to her, when she meets Colton, she is completely taken off guard. She doesn't want anything to do with him. But that quickly changes as he gets under her skin.
Colton comes with his own baggage that will tear at your heart. His past is something no child should have to endure. He remains closed off, not forming any deep or close relationships. He likes things superficial.
The chemistry between Colton and Rylee was something else. Make sure you have a tall glass of ice water while reading this story. I loved how Rylee kept trying to break down Colton's barriers, regardless of how much he pushed her away.
I can't say enough good things about this story. I listened to the audio version and the narrators were spot on. They did an A+ job, and really brought the story to life! Make sure you have book 2, Fueled, handy. You won't want to wait to dive in to continue Colton and Rylee's story!
I often don't bond well with female MC's and recently have endured some truly awful ones, but I really liked Rylee. I didn't find her whiny or weak, despite the tragedy she had suffered and the long-term effects from it. I felt her past was handled just right and wasn't placed center stage in the story. She was certainly changed and affected by it but she was moving on in her life despite her loss and grief. I loved that she was feisty and made Colton work for it. Once or twice she caved too easily but she made up for it with her spunk and her deep belief that there was more to Colton than the arrogant, fickle playboy he appeared to be.
Colton was gorgeous, charismatic and wickedly sexy. He was a true alpha-male, but without the control issues you see in a lot of these stories. He didn't believe in love or committment, didn't think he was capable and covered whatever deep damage that had been inflicted on him. But from their first date Rylee made him stumble, and he was far from unaffected by her. She gets to him from the start despite his denial and his belief he can just get her out of his system and move on, business as usual. We see cracks in his self-assured, impassive veneer that reveal the vulnerability inside him and the first big reveal of how wrecked the poor man is comes at the end.
The slow build of their relationship is intriguing, funny, sweet and angsty. It's full of twists and turns and keeps you engaged and often frustrated. They both make mistakes and challenge one another and occasionally behave like asses in the process but the touching moments in between are worth the irritation.
I'm pleased with this first installment of the story, but I will say that it's clear the writer was influenced by Fifty Shades. While the story and characters are not at all the same, she 'borrowed' heavily from FSoG in a few places and anyone who is familiar with that story will easily see it. Once or twice I recognised lines that appeared to be directly lifted from E. L James' trilogy. Still, the story as a whole was original.
I give Driven four stars, which is high praise from me. There are some issues with phrasing and run-on sentences as well as some some typos and misuse of words i.e, using 'plain' for 'plane', but for the most part the editing isn't awful. All in all, this is a solid first installment and well worth the read.
Driven was another case of it has been on my kindle for ages but just never read it until recently scenarios. I have read one of the spin off books and was kicking myself in the @$$ then for not having read the original three books because I loved the way Ms. Bromberg had me loving that book that I knew I would love the others as well. If you haven’t read the books yet please make sure you do and I apologize if anything in my review ends up being a spoiler because that is not my intent.
OMG what in the #$%^ was I thinking when I waited as long as I did to finally meet Colton Donavan. I swear I should have the title book whore stripped from me because of this, okay maybe nothing that extreme but I seriously cannot believe I only recently read about this sexy, at times annoying, makes you want to slap him one minute but kiss him the next man. I honestly think that is the exact way to describe him, that’s my opinion at least. I loved Rylee as well; she didn’t just roll over, spread her legs and give in without a fight. Did she have moments of weakness? Of course she did but she also wasn’t weak. She has gone through a lot of things and I felt for her, but she was loyal to those who were in her heart. She loved hard when she gave that love but also wouldn’t hesitate to take it away if you lost her loyalty.
Driven had me so engrossed into the story that my husband had to ask more than once if I planned on making dinner for him and my kids or if I had eaten myself. I just couldn’t pull myself away, and even though I knew I had the next book already waiting on my kindle when I got to the end you would have thought I had to wait months for the next book instead of seconds. I now understand why Colton Donavan is still one of the top book boyfriends of all time, and if you haven’t met him yet, let him take you for a ride starting with Driven, I promise you won’t want him to slow down ever.