Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Blog Tour: Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway for Hard Beat (Driven #7) by K. Bromberg

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Meet Tanner & Beaux in HARD BEAT - the newest stand alone in the Driven Series by K. Bromberg!

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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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“Beaux!” Even when I say her name, I’m cursing myself for it. “Beaux!” She just keeps walking, causing my better judgment to win out over my obstinacy.
“I said stay away . . . and it’s BJ to you.” She stops and turns around, but a passerby on the sidewalk bumps harshly against her shoulder. Her small frame sways from the contact, and I’m beside her in two strides.
“You can’t go that way unless you’re looking for trouble.” I decide to ignore her comment.
She just shakes her head and starts walking away from me, but at least she’s moving in the direction of the hotel. I swear I hear her mutter something about always looking for trouble, but I miss the rest of it when a car passes in between us, the sound drowning out her voice.
My feet kick up the dirt on the street as I try to catch up to her. I lie to myself that I want to talk to her to establish some kind of ground rules about how we’ll work together, try to restore a professional level, but I know I’m just making sure she gets back into the confines of the hotel safely.
The barely chilled air-conditioned lobby of the hotel meets us as we enter, but it feels like heaven in contrast to the stifling heat outside. If she knows I’m beside her, she doesn’t acknowledge it, and that’s fine with me. I just want to make sure she’s nice and tucked away in her room where I don’t have to worry about her for a bit while I try to drum up some leads.
The elevator car opens on cue as we approach. I step in right behind her, lean against the rear wall, and fold my arms across my chest to mimic her posture. The door closes, but neither of us moves in a game of chicken. Just when the doors start to open up again without the car ascending, Beaux steps forward and presses the button for the twelfth floor. She looks over to me and raises her eyebrows in question.
“My room, please. You remember where that is, right?” I angle my head, stare at her, and enjoy watching her cheeks flush with anger.
I wait for the snide comment to come, but she just turns and faces the doors of the elevator without pushing the button for the eighth floor. Tension is so thick in the car, you can all but see it.
“I don’t trust you,” I say evenly, but it cuts through the silence.
“Good,” she says matter-of-factly as the car alerts our arrival on the twelfth floor. “Be careful whom you trust—the devil was once an angel, you know.”
And with that she walks off the elevator without another word, her comment already replaying in my mind.
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★★  stars

I'm so torn about this book. I feel like I can totally rave about the book as a whole, but I'm partial to one half of the book more than the other. The first half of Tanner and Beaux's story was good, but something between them felt a little off and it made reading the first half slow. There was a lot going on, especially since Tanner was coming back to work after time off and dealing with a very tough situation. However the second half of the book blew my mind.  

I loved being in Tanner's head for this story. He's not what I was expecting, but I really liked him. He's hard working, dedicated to his job, cares for his friends and family, and is a total softy on the inside. For someone working in some of the harshest conditions, he was a romantic, the one quality I wasn't expecting him to have. I loved how he was with Beaux. It was like she really brought out the best of his personality and sometimes the worst. I loved seeing how persistent he was with going after what he wanted when it came to his personal life and professional life. 

Beaux was a mystery for most of the book. It's clear she's got demons of her own, but she's eager and excited to work. I was a little worried about her motivations for being in a dangerous place and how she'd affect Tanner and his precarious mental state. I liked her passion for her work and it was easy to see she had a talent behind the camera. I really had mixed feelings about her for most of this book. At times during the book I got the feeling I knew what was going on, but even if I was able to foreshadow a little, there was no way I was able to get the whole picture.  

There are some really tough moments in this book. I will admit to feeling like my heart was going to come out of my chest. I also cried. It was inevitable. The first half was heavy on story development and Tanner handling being back on the job, but the second half was intense and fast paced and as much as it was hard on my heart, I loved reading it. Overall, I think K. Bromberg took a risk with this book and it turned out well. It has the emotional punch and chemistry between characters one has come to expect but also has twists that leave your heart pumping and wanting more.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

About the Author:
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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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