Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book Review: SLOW BURN by K. Bromberg - Giveaway

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: 24 February 2015

SYNOPSIS

One Night. That's all it was supposed to be.

Reeling from the sudden loss of her sister, Haddie Montgomery has sworn off relationships. All she wanted from Beckett Daniels was a sexy distraction to help her escape her pain for just a little while....There weren’t supposed to be any strings attached—so why can’t she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts? Or the taste of his kiss from her lips?

No matter how hard Haddie tries to forget about him, Becks relentlessly tries to prove that she should start living for today. But she is determined to avoid romantic commitment, and she can always use her ex-boyfriend’s reappearance to help snuff out the slow burn within her that Becks has sparked....

Or will fate force her to realize that this kind of connection doesn’t come along very often and a chance at love is worth the risk?



REVIEW

MESMERIZING SLOW BURNING STARS!

This book was AMAZING!! So incredibly beautiful, sexy, and captivating that I cannot believe how overjoyed I feel to have read it. That's because this is the type of story where you get everything you can hope for in a romance: dual POVs, scorching passion, tension, sweetness, anticipation, laugh-out-loud-humor, and a very heartfelt kind of drama. Imagine all that plus two very strong characters that drive the story in such a way that they make you feel all the emotions deep in your heart so that you just can't get enough of them and their intense connection. That was exactly Slow Burn for me, a captivating story that was perfect from beginning to end.

This story starts with a one-night stand turning complicated. A night that was meant to be just an escape from reality, nothing more. At least that's what Haddie Montgomery had hoped for when she decides to proposition herself to her friend Beckett (Becks) Daniels but of course things don't go as planned. Yes, Becks makes her forget as she so badly needed it that night but the problem afterwards is that now there's something new Haddie can't forget and that is Becks.

“I don’t want any strings. None. So why the hell do I feel like he’s already woven them through my thoughts, binding us together somehow?”

After recently losing her sister, Haddie becomes guarded with her emotions. She wants no strings, no commitments, and no complications. She only wants to lose herself with men that have no problem with walking away right after they're done, no questions asked. That's her rule and it was working fine for her until she gets involved with Becks and then all her rules seem out of place because he indeed cares, have many questions, and doesn't want to walk away from her. In fact, he wants more than just one-night stand and he knows that Haddie does too underneath it all. What Becks does not know is why Haddie keeps running away from him and why she refuses to give themselves a chance when their connection is all there. Well, Becks may not know the truth but he's more than ready to get to the bottom of things and find out.

“I don’t care how fucking long it takes to prove otherwise, but Haddie Montgomery is not going to walk away from me again without a fight.”

And that's how the mesmerizing slow burning in this story begins. The pull and push, the teasing, the fighting, tempting/craving each other, and that undeniable connection that ties them so strongly together is Haddie and Becks' constant undoing and I loved it. It was incredibly fascinating to see how throughout the whole book their defenses slowly burn out leaving them no choice but to succumb to each other both physically and emotionally. . .

“There’s something about Becks—his easygoing nature, his personality, his kindness—that has me reaching over my iron walls and wanting to connect. Wanting to reach for that shadow of myself that is floating away just beyond my reach. The balloon without a string at the top of your ceiling. There. Present. But never within reach. Until it deflates. Falls lifeless.”

How I loved these characters, I loved them both individually and when together. Haddie in particular really stood out to me. I loved how strong she was even when she was so stubborn because that just added to the charm of her to character and it worked perfectly for the story. I also loved her confidence and her sexiness which a lot of times served her very well in getting exactly what she wanted from Becks and those moments were so funny and sizzling to read. But my very favorite thing about Haddie has to be her story and how real and truthful it felt. Yeah, her story was heartbreaking yet so full of hope that it kept hooked, anxious, and at the end it made me believe that much more in the power of love. It was just a powerful and heartfelt drama that really captivated me and made me connect with Haddie from the very first page to the very last one.

“Wanting more of him is most definitely a possibility . . . but it’s the what comes after that’s not in the cards for me.”

Now to the hero of this story, Becks. This man was swoony, irresistible, and incredible to no end. I loved him so much! I think what made him so special and refreshing to me was the fact that he's not the broken one in the story; he's actually the healthy one meant to save/rescue and the way he goes about doing just that for Haddie is absolutely panty-and-heart-melting. His persistence and determination to be with her blew me away more times that I can count. He was so endearing but at the same time so alpha that such combination was lethal for both Haddie and myself. His vulnerability and the times he doubted himself were also breathtaking as they showed how much he truly cared for the very stubborn woman he was slowly falling for. Moreover, being able to hear his own voice in my head throughout the story was priceless because he conveyed all his emotions perfectly in serious and funny ways I just couldn't get enough of. ♥

“The woman makes me feel in ways I never expected. It should be me who wants to bolt, but for some reason it makes me want her even more. Everything about her draws me in, hooks me, mesmerizes me. Goddamn it to hell. She’s my voodoo.”

This book absolutely falls into one of my most favorites now, it was just too captivating and perfectly put together. It reminded me also how much I was missing reading a book by this wonderful author. Really, having read and loved her previous books I kind of expected the same level of amazing from this story but what Ms. Bromberg delivered here instead totally surpassed all my expectations. She really outdid herself; she not only gave me an unforgettable romance that was not only epic for its subject matter but also because she just knows how to create vivid characters, infuse the story with her unique kind of humor, and also make the story as sizzling as it is heartfelt. So yeah, without further ado I have to say that this is a total MUST-READ from me!!

“You’re that once-in-a-lifetime type of woman, Haddie.”

If you haven't read the previous books in this series, please don't despair. You don't have to have read them to enjoy Slow Burn. This story can be easily read as a standalone. Just be warned: once you finished this book and have met Colton and Rylee (from Driven, FueledCrashed, & Raced) you most definitely are going to want to read their story too! ;)

Favorite Quotes: 

“Becks leans in close, his lips grazing my ear in a move that causes chills to chase over my skin. “Rest assured, Haddie, I know how to fuck you. I know how to make you come.” His teeth tug on my earlobe to reinforce his words. “I know how to make this hot-as-fuck body of yours tremble, tense, and beg for more . . .”

“There’s something about the way he kisses that makes me hope he never stops. Soft and firm. Demanding yet giving. Teasing but desperate. I get lost in it. Get lost to him. I can’t think. His tantalizing assault on my mouth doesn’t allow me to. I’m ready and willing, my body his for the taking, and he’s done nothing more than kiss me.”

“I don’t even know if I’m angry because I want him and he doesn’t want me anymore or if it’s because he wants me and I can’t give him the more he’s asking for.”

“He is the perfect epitome of what a forever guy should be.”

“She’s like that first taste of something you can’t have—that priceless sip of Macallan poured neat—and no matter how many times you’re lucky enough to get just a splash more, it’s never enough to get you drunk.”

“I can’t even think about her taste. Damn woman is addictive. Heat and sweetness, with a fucking mixture of unpredictable thrown in that has just enough edge to make you question what’s going to happen next and where the hell she’s going to take you after that. And it doesn’t matter really because you know you’re already going along for the ride, regardless of the destination. Heaven or Hell, she makes both sound desirable.”

“Can you feel that, Haddie? I know you can, know there’s not a chance in hell you can deny what’s between us anymore. Feel this, feel me. . . . Want this, want me.”


“Need me, Haddie. Use me as your goddamn emotional punching bag or your real one, for that matter, but fucking need me.”


“You’re that once-in-a-lifetime type of woman, Haddie.”

CAST/TEASER

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Connect with K. Bromberg on:

THE DRIVEN TRILOGY
#1 - DrivenAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#2 - FueledAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#3 - CrashedAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#4 - RacedAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#5 - Slow Burn: Amazon US * Amazon UK
#6 - Sweet Ache: Amazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#7 - Hard Beat: Amazon US * Amazon UK
   
  

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