Sweet Ache (Driven #6) by K. Bromberg-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

Sweet Ache (Driven #6) by K. Bromberg-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

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Driven #6
by K. Bromberg
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic romance
Release Date: June 2, 2015

Sweet Ache

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 2, 2015

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…


REVIEW: 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. Colton’s past was rife with abuse and neglect; Hawkin’s past sees a mother’s desperate attempts to hide the truth and a father’s failure. Our hero shoulders the blame for so many family issues, that counseling should be a mandated part of his everyday life.

The secondary characters include Indy drive Luke Mason, whose attraction to Quin is all encompassing but Quin plays Luke for a fool and uses the race car driver to forget her attraction to Hawkin Play. Quin’s best friend Layla is quick to give our heroine a push in the right direction; Colton and Rylee have cameo appearances (some via phone or text) throughout the story. We are also introduced to the band BENT-Vince, Gizmo, and Rocket, as well as their lawyer and best friend Benji. Hawke’s brother Hunter is the requisite evil as drug addiction spiked with jealousy throw our hero off his game and head long into more self-deprecation, grief and guilt.

SWEET ACHE is an emotional and intense storyline. We get up close and personal with our hero as he struggles to come to terms with his ailing mother, and drug addicted brother-both of whom destroy a little of our hero’s soul with every encounter. Quinlan is a strong heroine whose prior relationships have been less than successful, but it is her need to ‘save’ Hawke that is at the heart of the story.

K. Bromberg will captivate your imagination; her passion for emotional and broken heroes is intoxicating and inspiring. The destructive nature of childhood trauma, drug addiction and mental illness is dramatic in its’ presentation; striking in its’ reality; alarming in its’ reach. The characters are colorful, charismatic and real; the premise impassioned; the romance erotic and fierce. The volatile need for acceptance and forgiveness pushes the envelope of love and a happily ever after.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Well, shit. Guess there’s not going to be any calm before the next storm. I look at my brother and sigh.
I hit the road, drive for what feels like hours. I don’t know where I’m going or what I’m looking to find, but as long as I keep moving, my past can’t catch up to me.
At least it’s a good idea in theory because I can’t outrun this shit. The stuff I want to and the stuff I don’t want to.
I end up the one place I used to go to be alone, to think, and as I stare at the Hollywood sign from my seat on the grass at the Griffith Park Observatory, I love the feeling that I’m this little person in this big world. The idea comforts me some. The notion that on the grand scale of things my problems are minute. Someone out there has it way worse.
And no one expects a rock star to be here so with my hat pulled low on my head, I’m able to disappear.
I stare down below to the city where as a little boy, scared and traumatized, I wondered how all of the dreams inside my head could ever see the light of day when I felt like I had the responsibility of the world on my small shoulders. But I did. And I made it.
So why do I feel like I’m still not enough? For my brother? To make my mother better? For Quinlan to even want me beyond the killer sex we have? For the fans who scream and sing my lyrics like they live them when they have no fucking clue the meaning behind the words?
I scrub my hands over my face, needing a drink, craving an ice cream cone, and wanting the feeling of Quinlan’s arms wrapped around me as she silently sits there and just is with me.
My mind veers to Hunter. I push the guilt away, hold on to my gut check rationalization that he deserved it, and realize that’s the trouble I’m having here. Going with my gut versus going with the bullshit promises I’ve lived by forever.
My stomach churns and my head feels like Gizmo’s banging the hell out of it with his sticks. I shove up off the grass, needing to get the fuck out of here, my heart and head in conflict and for the first time in forever I dare to think what could happen if my heart finally won for once.



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About The Author

kristy brombergNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner who has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her—the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard.

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 Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.

On a whim, 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. Her other works include a short story, UnRaveled, and a companion piece to The Driven Trilogy titled Raced. She is currently working on three stand alone Driven novels, Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, and Hard Beat. She also plans to release a novel addressing the 10 year gap at the ending of Crashed in late fall 2015

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23 thoughts on “Sweet Ache (Driven #6) by K. Bromberg-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

  1. Wow, thanks for the post and your thoughts, I really enjoyed reading them and am even more excited about reading Sweet Ache! I love books that make me feel and this sounds like it will do just that. I would love to win, thanks for the chance. I am a fan and have already completed #2-#7 . 🙂

  2. I would love to win a copy of Sweet Ache! I race this series so much!

    3. Please LIKE and FollowK. Bromberg on Facebook – Done

    4. LIKE us on FACEBOOK and then click GET NOTIFICATION under ‘liked’ for an additional entry. – Done

    5. LIKE us on Twitter for an additional entry. – Done

    6. Please FOLLOW us on GOODREADS for an additional entry. – Done

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    Thanks for the chance!!!

  3. Lovely review Sandy. I loved Slow Burn and Sweet Ache looks like a goodie too. Done to all you requested. My name is the same here as is everywhere except Twitter. My handle is @LeyaWicked. Thank you so much for a chance to win.

  4. I’m looking forward to reading this book. Please enter me in the giveaway. I like and follow the author on FB. I also follow TRC on Goodreads and like TRC on FB and also get notifications.


  5. Great review Sandy, and thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me into the draw. Congrats to K Bromberg on the new release. I LOVE the DRIVEN series!!

  6. I love the Driven series and can’t wait to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I already like and follow K. Bromberg on Facebook, like and get notifications on Facebook, and follow on Twitter, Goodreads, and Tsu.

  7. I love the Driven Series. Please enter me in the giveaway
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