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Sweet Ache: A Driven Novel Mass Market Paperback – June 2, 2015

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Book 6 of 8 in the Driven Trilogy Series

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About the Author

K. Bromberg is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Driven Trilogy (including Driven, Fueled, and Crashed). K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with e-reader in hand devouring a good, saucy book.

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Two coeds exit the bathroom across the foyer from me, both way overdressed for students attending a lecture, and one is applying lipstick while the other giggles uncontrollably. They walk past me and I hear hushed comments about how they "just had to see for themselves" if he's as hot in person and "damn security for kicking them out" before they push through the doors I've just entered
 
My curiosity is now definitely piqued. Who the hell is the guest lecturer if there is security here?
 
Maybe it's one of Dad's friends. Stranger things have happened.
 
"So you see, it was the Grammys-it's not like you can say no to him when he just won album of the year and asks you to hang out. Little did I know," the male voice says in a low tenor that's almost a contradiction: smooth like velvet but with a rasp that pulls at my libido and makes me think of bedroom murmurs and hot sex, "that I'd go with him and walk into a private club where everything is laid out like candy-drugs, women, record producers. He turned to me and said, 'Welcome to Hollywood, son.' Shit, I looked at Vince here and thought is this what I have to do to make it here? Play this game? Or can I do this the old-fashioned way? And I don't mean sleep my way to the top either."
 
The room erupts into laughter with a few whistles as I clear the doorway. I recognize him immediately. He may be on the stage at a distance but his face, his presence, is unmistakable. I've seen it gracing tabloids. TMZ, Rolling Stone-you name it, he's been on their cover.
 
He's Hawkin Play, front man and lead singer of the highly popular rock band Bent.
 
And according to his most recent press coverage, a man on the path to a drug-fueled destruction. So that exaggeration most likely means he was caught in possession of some drugs.
 
Why in the hell is he here?
 
I walk farther into the auditorium and falter at the top of the steps because just as my ears are attuned to his voice, my body reacts immediately to the overpowering sight of him.
 
And I sure as hell don't want it to.
 
I tell myself it's just because I need some action. That my battery-operated boyfriend is getting old and the visceral reaction of my racing pulse or the catch in my breath is just from my dry spell. Well, not really a complete dry spell per se, but rather a lack of toe-curling, mind-numbing, knock-you-on-your-ass sex that I haven't been able to find lately. It's the good lays that are hard to come by.
 
Don't even think about it. He may be hot, but shit, I grew up with Colton, the ultimate player, so this girl knows what a player sounds and acts like. And from everything I've seen splashed across headlines and social media, Hawkin plays the part to perfection.
 
But the notion that just like the drug rumors blasted across the magazines, his reputation as a player could be manufactured just as easily lingers in my subconscious. I stare at him again as the class laughs, his ease in front of a large crowd more than apparent, and I immediately wonder if I had a chance with him if I'd take it.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Driven Novel (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (June 2, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451473930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451473936
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (780 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Okey where to start...the book was okey for me. Let me begin by saying I LOVE the Driven trilogy! and think K. Bromberg is a fantastic writer, but this didn't do it for me. Spoilers ahead!

The inner monologue was very very long....so long that I was skipping through most of it to get to the actual conversations. And something irked me about Quinlan willing to do the threesome with Hawkins best friend...I almost gave up after that scene.

It's never a good sign in a book if you find yourself skipping over page after page, but the constant long explanations in their inner monologues before any word spoken between them was just to long and I'm sorry to say, bored me.
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4.5 stars--SWEET ACHE is the sixth installment in K. Bromberg’s adult, contemporary Driven erotic, romance series. This is Hawkin Play (lead singer for the rock band Bent) and Quinlan Westin’s storyline. We were first introduced to Quinlan throughout Colton and Rylee’s storylines-Quinlan is Colton’s sister. SWEET ACHE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.

Told from alternating first person points of view (Hawkin and Quinlan) SWEET ACHE focuses on the building relationship between our leading couple, and Hawkin’s rapport and association with the band, and his immediate family. Hawkin’s life appears to be spiraling out of control but behind the scenes, Hawke continues to take the fall for his twin brother’s mistakes. Serving a twelve week sentence, on his brother’s behalf, Hawkin finds himself the guest lecturer at the local college where he meets the beautiful and not easily played Quinlan Westin. What ensues is Hawkin’s seduction of Quin reinforced by a bet with his fellow band mate.

The relationship between Quin and Hawke is acrimonious at the start. Quinlan is all too aware of the celebrity lifestyle having lived through her brother’s years as the number one Indy driver in the world, and Hawkin Play pushes all of Quin’s buttons within the first few minutes of introduction. As a rock star and celebrity, Hawkin is used to getting what he wants-and he wants Quinlan before the end of his ‘term served.’ As Hawke pursues Quin, the band sits on the sidelines watching the train wreck unfold. The $ex scenes are erotic, provocative, and graphic. Hawke likes to talk dirty in the bedroom.

Hawkin’s family history is dark and disturbing.
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Hawkin Play, the bad boy rock star with a good guy heart, has lived a lifetime of cleaning up after his twin brother’s mistakes. Hunter’s most recent screw-up could land Hawke in jail and risk the band’s future. Hawke agrees to guest lecture at a local college to stay in the judge’s good graces—and a bet with his bandmate to seduce his sexy teaching assistant is icing on the cake.

Quinlan Westin is harder to bed than Hawke imagined. She knows his type and is determined to avoid the rocker at all costs—even if their attraction runs deeper than simple lust.

Just as Hawke might finally be winning over the girl, his brother has other plans. When Hunter realizes his twin finally has a weakness, he’ll stop at nothing to take advantage…

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I loved this book! I had not read anything by this Author before and I read the blurb on Netgalley and thought I would give it a try. A book about a Rocker is always a good read and this really was. Though this is not what I was expecting, it had so much heart to this story and I loved that not your typical Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. There were those things but it was written in a fresh way. These two characters were awesome, from their first meeting the sexual tension was on and the "will they, won't they get together and stay together" was at times sexy, fun and so tender and open.

Hawkin is your sexy, rocker but there is so much more going on with this guy. Without giving away major plot points, he had a real tragedy happen to him as a child that molds him into taking care of others at the expense of himself, especially where his twin brother is concerned. I wanted to give him a big hug so many times through this book, but there were times I wanted to slap some sense into him also.
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K. Bromberg is one of those authors whose books are automatic reads for me. The Driven series is one of my all-time favorites, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Sweet Ache. I always appreciate when secondary characters in my beloved books get their own story, and Quin was no exception. Once again Bromberg delivered a sexy, emotional, and highly enjoyable book that made me laugh, fan myself, and even shed a few tears. Sweet Ache was full of the humor and steam I have come to expect from her but also the heart that I adore.

If you looked up feisty in the dictionary, you would see a picture of Quinlan Westin. Fans of the previous books in the series will remember her as Colton’s ballsy and endearingly overprotective sister. Right from the beginning of Sweet Ache we see just what a firecracker Quin is. I love when a heroine is not afraid to own her sexuality. Quin was not interested in a relationship, being in that “men suck” frame of mind that I think most of women go through at some point in our lives. Her smart mouth cracked me up, especially when she went toe to toe with Hawkin.

Hawkin Play was that sexy, smooth kind of guy that your mother warned you about. As a rock star he had no shortage of women pursuing him, but he made no qualms about letting Quin know that he had his eyes set on her. The banter between the two of them, especially the sexual innuendos, I had me grinning like a fool. I’ll admit that I had my doubts about him in the beginning because he was just so darn cocky, but it didn’t take long for him to win me over. Hawkin was incredibly selfless in many ways, including putting his family before his own happiness.

The sexual tension between Quin and Hawkin was delicious, and the sparks were definitely flying when they finally got together.
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