Meet Hawke & Quinlan in SWEET ACHE - the newest Rock Star stand-alone in the Driven Series by K. Bromberg!
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The New York Times bestselling author of Slow Burn turns up the heat when a sexy bet turns into so much more....
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 screwup 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....
“Now you guys need to get going so you have time for Quin to give you the complete rundown,” Professor Stevens says.
Of course she has no idea the double entendre she’s just given Hawkin about me giving him a complete rundown, but I know Hawke catches it. I manage to resist the urge to stomp my feet in frustration and storm out of her office like a toddler. Instead I give her a tight smile before turning and walking out of the office and then the department.
I stand there in the sunshine, waiting for him to get his ass in gear and quit wasting my time. When I finally hear the door open I just start walking and the sound of his boots is the only inclination that he’s following.
“I’ve got longer legs than you Trixie,” he chides from a few feet back. “But feel free to keep swinging your hips like that, and I’ll stay right here behind you and enjoy the show.”
I bristle at the comment. At the moment there’s no authority to be respectful of, no damage that can’t be undone.
“A show?” The pitch of my voice escalates as I whirl around to face him—sunglasses on, hair disheveled, and I wish I hadn’t turned around because damn, he’s just that devastatingly fine. I’m quiet for a beat as we both appraise each other from behind darkened lenses. His dark hair, tanned skin, and cocky smirk pulls at those parts of me I don’t want to be pulled. “You want to talk about a show.” I grit the words out, trying to push my physical attraction to him from my mind. “Let’s talk about your little performance for Dr. Stevens.”
“I know. I’m good, huh? Sorry but a man’s got to do what he’s got to do . . . Besides, I wasn’t done with you yet.”
My mouth falls lax and I’m momentarily flabbergasted. “Done with me yet?” I sputter the words when I’ve recovered my wits at his arrogance run amuck . . . But I can’t deny the little flutter in my belly at his comment. There’s just something about him aside from the whole I’m a rock-star thing, that makes me desire him in a way I can’t put into words.
“Yep.” He says casually as he unwraps a Starburst and pops it into his mouth. And I hate that I’m fascinated with watching his mouth suck on the sweet candy. Luckily he speaks so I can distract myself from the captivating sight. “I’m pretty sure you have a usefulness . . . I’m just trying to figure out what that is.” He licks his lips. “Well, besides the obvious, that is . . .” Smirk is handily in place and I hate that ache starting to simmer in my core.
“Why don’t you go suck a—”
“Relax,” he says, angling his head to the side and emitting a laugh as he steps closer to me. “I’m just teasing you. You’re so damn easy to rile up and so hard to resist. Plus you’re even hotter when you’re pissed. I like it.” He shrugs an apology, hands shoved deep in the pockets of his jeans with a sheepish grin that softens all those hard edges and makes me sigh with the contrast of characteristics. He holds a red Starburst out to me as a peace offering. “C’mon, you know you want to be the star to my burst.”
We’ve stopped, my hands are on my hips, and the sun is falls around us as hewaits for me to react to his innocent little comment. Deep down I know I’m screwed. I feel an urge to smile but immediately realign my defenses. The contradiction he presents, the smooth with the rough, is the one thing that I always fall for when it comes to men.
And I’m not going to fall for Hawkin Play.
★★★★ 1/2 stars
I was really intrigued by the blurb of this book. I love stories featuring musicians and rock stars especially. It was really the fact that multiple plot lines were mention that really got me. I immediately started wondering what was going to happen between Hawkin and Quinlan and what everything else had to do with any relationship between them. As it turns out, a lot.
I knew by the time I'd finished the prologue this story was going to be one I was going to enjoy and that the story was going to deliver on the promise hinted at in the blurb. Hawke had this amazing presence and I really wanted to know why he was putting himself in a situation for reasons I didn't understand. Hawke was a bit of a mystery in the beginning but as he began opening up to Quinlan I realized he was a lot deeper than he seemed. I loved that his point of view allowed me to get that in depth look at him, his past, and what was going on in his head.
Quinlan was a pleasant surprise. I had no idea she was so feisty and spirited. I loved her attitude especially when she and Hawke were bantering. She had some quality zingers and I can totally see why Hawke would want her so bad. She was the perfect combination of beauty, brains, and sass. I loved how she was there to support Hawke through a lot. They had some amazing chemistry and once Quin was able to see the real Hawke it got harder for her to resist him. There were some steamy scenes.
While I really liked both Hawke and Quinlan they both did something that I knew was going to come back and haunt them. Well I knew for sure Hawke was going to regret the decision he made earlier on in the book with Vince, his best friend and band mate. Quinlan did something about through the book that made me pause. It was out of character for her, and it seemed wrong. I think she could've had the same outcome without going the route she did. Chances are when you read the book, that scenario will make you pause for a moment too, but I don't want to give anything away.
The less I say about Hunter, Hawke's brother, the better. I don't have anything nice to say about him. I would've loved to see him get his due. I must say K. Bromberg did a fantastic job at showcasing the power of family in a positive and negative light. This is the third book I've read by her and I'm beginning to notice this is a theme she uses often, but I love how she does it differently in each book. I may have squealed a little when Colton and Rylee made appearances. I was so glad to see them after a long period of time.
I love how K. Bromberg manages to capture so many emotions in this story. I laughed, raged, and cried. There were moments when my heart raced with anticipation and others caused by anxiety and fear. There were some plot twists that I saw coming and a handful I didn't that really kicked the story up a notch. I would love to see more of the other members of Bent, the band. I think Vince, Gizmo, and the other guys also need to have their stories told. I can't wait to read K. Bromberg's next book!
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
About the Author:
New 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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