Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Blog Tour, Excerpt,Review & Giveaway ~ Hard Beat (Driven #7) by K Bromberg

Book Description:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Ache comes a blistering new novel filled with danger, secrecy, and a desire that can’t be sated…

Foreign war correspondent Tanner Thomas is addicted to living on the edge. Needing the adrenaline rush of his job to help him cope with a personal loss, he throws himself back into the game, concentrating all his energy on getting the next big story. But when he meets his new photojournalist, Beaux Croslyn, he can’t help but feel like he’s losing his focus—and maybe risking more…

With secrets she won’t address, Beaux is far from your ordinary woman. Determined to keep her distance, she’s willing to pull Tanner in closer and hide behind the sparks flying between them. But as Beaux’s past begins to put their relationship—and their lives—at risk, Tanner’s determination to find the truth puts them both in jeopardy.

He's ready to chase her to the ends of the earth to find out if what they had was real, or if the danger surrounding them was just an exquisite heat fated to burn out….

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The tension in the car between us thickens. The current of desire is so palpable, I feel like it kick-starts my heart every other beat. I blow out a breath as the elevator ascends, Beaux shifting her feet beside me.

“Did I do something wrong?”

I snort. Fuck, yes. But where do I even begin to explain? You made me want you? You made me worry when I told myself I wasn’t going to put myself in that situation ever again? You fucking don’t ever listen about not going off on your own? I want you so goddamn bad right now that the desire is so sharp, it’s painful.

The elevator dings, and I stride off the car to her door without looking back to see if she’s following. My body just knows she is.

It takes her a moment to fumble with her bag, get her room key out, and open her door, all the while casting curious glances my way.

“Put the camera down,” I order the minute we’re inside the door and it’s shut.

“What is your problem—?” she asks, but the question is cut off the second the camera strap leaves her hand, my body crashing into hers and pushing her up against the wall behind her. My lips find hers instantly.

It takes her a millisecond for the shock to fade and for her to respond, but once she does, we meet in a savage union of frenzied hands gripping, mouths taking, bodies begging to join in every way possible.

Beaux weaves her fingers in my hair and holds tight as she tears her mouth momentarily from mine. “I thought you were pissed at me.”

I kiss her fiercely, all tongue and teeth and possession, before I respond. “I’m furious. But I want you more.” It’s as true a statement as I’ve ever given, the moment stripping away any superfluous words. “You came back to me.”

“I’ll always come back to you,” she says, her voice breathless but resolute.

Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 3 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Whoever said love is like war, easy to begin but hard to end, knew exactly what he was talking about.”

I know, I know, I am probably going to be in the minority with this one but yes…I, a K Bromberg lover have given this book a three. Three is I liked it though, so don’t get me wrong, I just didn’t love this one like I normally do a K Bromberg read.

Tanner is Rylee’s brother and he has appeared a few times throughout the Driven series. Tanner is a war correspondent for a high profile media station and is at the top of his field. He had recently been on leave as his photographer had been killed in action, a photographer that was an ex-lover and had been a best friend for years. Her loss and his sense of guilt in not being able to protect and save her had been eating him up inside, but he was now deemed ready to get back on the “hard beat” and he couldn’t wait. He thrived on the adrenaline rush and he just needed to get back on the horse, even if just for his sanity.

“My life is transient at best and a mind fuck at its worst.”

Beaux or BJ was a photographer and she had been freelancing in the war zones when she landed the job as Tanner’s new sidekick. Beaux was kick ass and head strong and when two people with similar character traits get together you just knew that sparks were going to fly…in more ways than one.

You immediately got that sense of a love/hate relationship. Both of these characters were economical with sharing their pasts and both kept their cards close to their chests, but when one depends on the other you were willing them to open up to each other so that they could build that level of trust between them. Trust was an important issue with these two, with their lives on the line every time they left the hotel, you needed to be able to trust the other, to heed the warnings and toe the line…something that Beaux didn’t seem willing to do.

“Be careful whom you trust – the devil was once an angel, you know.”

I felt Tanner’s frustration, I felt his guilt and I felt the war going on his head, but I never felt that character connection between them. Whether it was because there were so many secrets and they never really opened up to one another I don’t know, but for me, this always felt about lust and a convenience as opposed to a hot love affair. This really killed me, because I am an emotional reader and I need that connection to believe in the characters that I am reading about, something that for me, K Bromberg always nails.

“…if you can look into someone’s eyes and see tomorrow, then you’ve found your forever.”

The first seventy percent of this book, for me, was really slow and I have to be honest and say I struggled to stay engaged with the story and if it had been any other author I would have DNF’d. I have never had this happen on a K Bromberg read before. However, it really begins to pick up in the last thirty percent and this is where I really had to keep reading. The way the story went was totally unexpected but it is here that I wished it was fleshed out more. This is where I needed more and the last part of the story was over in a flash.

This, for me, was more romantic suspense and is a switch of genres for K Bromberg. While the plot was clever and as I said, I never saw the ending coming, for me, it needed that excitement in the first seventy percent too. The scene setting was faultless as was the technical writing and K Bromberg really nailed the male point of view, but I just needed that little bit more and sometimes a little less…a contradiction I know, but personally I feel the flow of the book would have benefited.

“My little piece of Heaven after going through so much hell.”

As I have said, this is just my opinion, we all read differently so what may not work for me, may work for you.

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced (releasing 1/11/16)), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat (releasing 11/3/15), and a short story titled UnRaveled. She is currently working on new projects and a few surprises for her readers.

She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media.

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