April 29, 2014

Book Review: The Driven Trilogy by K. Bromberg

If you’re a fan of Christian Grey, or of Gideon Cross or of any Alpha-male book character, then this series is perfect for you! 

Well, for starters, the plot is almost the same with the other books previously mentioned – a millionaire lead male character with a dark past and is struggling to move forward gets blindsided by a woman who doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. He decided he wants her and what he wants he gets. They fall in love. Then poof! 

I cannot say that the characters are unique either since I think they are a combination of characters from previous books I’ve read.

The Characters: 

Rylee Thomas – She’s a selfless person and champions The House which accommodates kids and teenagers that were abused or came from families that caused them post traumatic disorder. I think her traumatic experience was once of the reasons why she volunteers in the foundation. For the past two years, she hadn’t allowed herself to feel really happy and she felt like she doesn’t have any right to feel that way. She was so consumed by her guilt that she thought she deserves to be sad and be void of emotions. She wasn’t even sure if she’ll be able to love again. Working in The House was her way to fill the longing in her heart for something that she can’t ever have again. I like her selflessness, really. But she should set her limitations. Because sometimes, she is taken for granted. 

Colton Donavan – I think everyone who read this book will agree that this man is an epitome of an Alpha-Male. He is a race car driver and oh man, he’s one hot piece of ass. He has a rebellious streak and always turn to s*x whenever he feels like his might explode and he feels like he cannot deal with it. He has been pictured countless of times having a different girl by her side every time he goes out. He has a dark past and until now he still can’t let go and move on from his past. He is still that 8 year old kid inside and is visited by nightmares every night. He hides that part of his childhood from his adoptive family and from his friends because he thinks that once they discovered his secret they will all hate him. He is a very contradicting man. He may not admit it but he also has a romantic bone hidden deep within him. I love how he talks with the kids in The House. He may claim that he doesn’t want to have kids but the way he gives pieces of advice and the way he interacts with the kids tell otherwise. What I didn’t like about him is that each time he feels frustrated he puts all his frustrations on Rylee. I know he survived a very abusive mother and what she did still haunted him, but he should let go. He should be brave enough to move forward and be the man, Rylee deserves. 

THEIR RELATIONSHIP. Yes they have a very unconventional relationship and even if it’s Colton Donavan, I don’t think I can see myself being involve in this kind of relationship. It’s too unhealthy. And I guess, Rylee deserves an award for sticking with him until the end. I don’t have that kind of patience and I don’t have the selfless bone she has. I won’t be amenable to anyone treating me like sh*t when they can’t cope up with their problems. Many readers have loved him, but I won’t be one of his legion of fans. Physically, he may be attractive, but that is where my attraction to him ends. BUT then, as they say, when you love someone, you must not only love them at their best, but also at their worst. 

Zander – Oh, this kid is adorable. My heart bleeds for all the violence he saw. I wish I could undo that moment for him. He so lucky because he has Rylee and Colton who helped him in coping up from his difficult experience. 

Beckett – Colton is so lucky to have him as a friend. He’s also a real friend because he calls on Colton’s a**hole attitude. I wish he’ll star in his own book too. 

Haddie – If there was one character who certainly gave the funniest moments in this book, it’s her. Her mouth doesn’t have a filter and what comes out of her mouth are always hilarious. She always comes up with funny nicknames for people who deserve to have one. 

Overall, I’d give this series a 4. One thing I know for sure is that this book successfully gave the readers the level of naughtiness, sexiness, and hotness they want. This series certainly gave a lot of bookgasm towards its readers.
“You’ll never know your limits until you push yourself to them.”
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
“Sometimes our journeys in life seem to take forever to get to the culmination of our efforts—to achieving the goal. And once we get there, it goes so fast and then its over.”
“Sometimes the one that you assumed would be inconsequential, turns out to be the one that makes all the difference.”
“Don't lose yourself trying to hold onto someone who doesn't care about losing you.”
“Remember, life isn’t about how you survive the storm, but rather how you dance in the rain.”
“I want to be your motherfucking checkered flag, Rylee. Your pace car to lead you through tough times, your pit stop when you need a break, your start line, your finish line, your goddamn victory lane.”
“Relationships aren’t easy. They’re hard and can be brutal at times … but those are the times you learn the most about yourself. And when they’re right,” I pause, making sure his eyes are steadfast on mine, “they can be like coming home … finding the rest of your soul …”
“Remember, hurting is feeling and feeling is living, and isn’t it good to be alive?”
 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner that has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her—the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard. She’s a wife, mom, child rustler, toy picker-upper, chauffer, resident web-slinger, LaLaloopsy watching, American Girl doll dressing multi-tasker of all things domestic and otherwise. She likes her diet cokes with rum, her music loud, and her pantry stocked with a cache of chocolate.

K. lives in Southern California. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.

On a whim in 2013, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Her debut novels, Driven, Fueled, and Crashed of The Driven Trilogy were well received and went on to become multi-platform bestsellers as well as landing on the New York Times and USA Today lists.


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