Driven (Driven #1) by K. BrombergDriven by K. Bromberg
Published May 2013
Series: Driven #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
four-stars
Format: eBook
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Rylee Thomas is used to being in control. But she’s about to meet the one man that just might make her enjoy losing it…

In a world full of willing women, I’m a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He’s the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.

Colton crashes into my life like a tornado: sapping my control, testing my vulnerabilities beyond their limits, and unintentionally penetrating the protective wall around my healing heart. Tearing apart the world I rebuilt so carefully with structure, predictability, and discipline.

I can’t give him what he wants and he can’t give me what I need. But after a glimpse beneath his refined exterior into the dark secrets of his damaged soul, can I bring myself to walk away?

Our sexual chemistry is undeniable. Our individual need for complete control is irrefutable. But when our worlds collide, is the chemistry enough to bring us together or will our untold secrets and battle of wills force us apart?

I was given a copy of this book for review via the Fifty Shades Support Group on Goodreads, and the following review will reflect my honest opinion about it.

It was actually hard to start a new book a day before the release of Entwined With You, the  follow-up novel of the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day, since I was impatiently waiting for it. But somehow I still picked up Driven by K. Bromberg, and I must thank the author for making it such a can’t-put-it-down book.

Backstage at a charity event she coordinated for her company, Rylee Thomas meets Colton Donovan and circumstances lead them to share a passionate and sizzling kiss. However, she soon finds out that Colton is the famous race car driver known for his womanizing, and refuses to give in to his demands since she doesn’t want to be another one of his conquests. He, however, does whatever it takes to get to see her again, even if this involved spending $25.000 at the event’s date auction to get to have a date with her. I wouldn’t want to go into too much detail on that one since that would be telling, but as you can guess, good girl always falls for bad boy, and it’s always a very enjoyable read to find out how both finally connect and give in to each other.

I must say that I was a bit frustrated in the end, since there was no deeper plot in the last quarter of the book than a very much stretched “he loves me – he loves me not / he wants more – he just wants sex” type of a story, then followed by a huge cliffhanger. So obviously, I expect a nice and hot plot in the sequel, entitles Fueled.

I must say that I absolutely loved the writing. I’ve read some books lately where the writing was really, really bad and K. Bromberg’s writing just saves the day. Beautiful descriptions, witty words and great storytelling. I actually expanded my personal thesaurus by quite a few words. In terms of quality and storytelling, K. Bromberg absolutely ranks on a same level with Sylvia Day and Samantha Young.

However, Driven holds a lot of similarities with books I’ve read before, and it really feels like K. Bromberg was just getting the best out of everything and recombinging this into a whole new book. I don’t know if this is something to be impressed with (because honestly, it makes a good plot) or if this is something to criticize, because, obviously, some would call that stealing…

Here a few examples…

  • Colton Donovan is of Irish descent and Rylee Thomas lost her fiancé in a car accident. She wants but can’t have children – same details as in The Proposition by Katie Ashley
  • He wants a “sex-only” agreement to keep emotions out of the business and she wants “more” – this is totally E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, and K. Bromberg has no trouble admitting to that, as she more than once quotes the famous trilogy, and you can find lines like “I aim to please, sweetheart” in Driven, which are, again, very similar to Fifty Shades. Oh, and there’s the traditional 50 Shades e-mail sexting in Driven too!
  • Rylee calls Colton “ace”, which is an acronym we don’t know the meaning yet, but it’s the same nickname Eva calls Gideon in the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day.
  • Both main characters have horrible stories to tell regarding their past, there’s the child abuse subject and Colton Donovan was adopted – same plot as in Crossfire Series, and Fifty Shades of Grey

Nonetheless, it was a good read, and I’m inclined to give Driven by K. Bromberg a full 5-stars, but must stay at 4 stars since I believe it’s not exactly fair to have “copied” so many of the other books out there (and some of the most known!). Obviously, most erotic romance stories always hold some similarity to each other (especially after the 50 Shades hype), but in Driven, there was just too much of it. But if you can close your eyes on that part (just like I did) you will definitely enjoy Driven and look forward to reading the sequel.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
3 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
4 Stars
Overall: four-stars