Monday, 9 September 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: K Bromberg's "Fueled."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of K Bromberg's Blog Tour for "Fueled (Driven Trilogy #2).
(Giveaway at bottom of post)

Tour organised by ATOMR Tours

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What happens when the one person you never expected suddenly happens to be the one you’ll fight the hardest to keep?

Colton stole my heart. He wasn't supposed to, and I sure as hell didn't want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever, and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist.

Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don't think I'll ever be the same. She's seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she's still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint, and I am most definitely the sinner.

How is it the one thing neither of us wanted—neither of us anticipated that fateful night—has us fighting so hard to keep?

He steals my breath, stops my heart, and brings me back to life again all in a split second of time. But how can I love a man who won't let me in? Who continually pushes me away to prevent me from seeing the damaged secrets in his past? My heart has fallen, but patience and forgiveness can only go so far.

How can I desire a woman who unnerves me, defies me, and forces me to see that in the deep, black abyss of my soul there's someone worthy of her love? A place and person I swore I'd never be again. Her selfless heart and sexy body deserve so much more than I'll ever be capable of giving her. I know I can't be what she needs, so why can't I just let her go?

We are driven by need and fueled with desire, but is that enough for us to crash into love?

Review: Surj Harvey

"Fueled" started off literally where "Driven" had finished but where "Driven" was told from Rylee's POV, "Fueled" was told from a dual POV giving me a real inside look at the man that was Colton Donovan. The man that had come across as so tough, strong, confident, cocky, self assured, and arrogant was actually anything but. Yes he was still completely alpha, possessive, jealous, not taking no for an answer and so ridiculously persistent, but underneath that hard exterior was a scared and very vulnerable man who had demons much bigger than Rylee could ever know eating away at him:

"I was terrified you'd see right through me and into me, Rylee, in the way that only you've
been able to... and if you did, if you saw the things I've done... you'd never come back."

No one had ever gotten close. No one was ever allowed to get close but Rylee, she'd gotten under his skin. When he threw her out of his home at the end of book #1, my heart just broke but in the prologue for this book, I was given an insight into Colton's dream and the nightmare that has haunted him since he was a child. I was just devastated for him. For a child to go through what he had to endure made me sick to my stomach and made me understand why he behaved the way he did. I'm not saying his actions were right, just that I could see why he did what he did. 

With Rylee, I really didn't know how she'd react after being thrown out of Colton's home. Yes she had tears in her eyes and she was devastated but I really hoped she wouldn't be the sort of woman who would crumble as a result. I wanted her to remain strong and thank god she did:

"Look, I know you were upset, but if you ever treat me like you did this morning again... 
disrespect me, degrade me, or push me away by humiliating me, understand now 
that I will not be coming back like I did today- regardless of your reasons, 
how I feel about you, or what's between us."

Throughout "Fueled," both characters fought such an internal battle. With Colton, He just felt broken, damaged and he knew he wouldn't be able to give Rylee what she wanted. He knew he'd end up hurting her but he just couldn't stay away. And Rylee, despite being strong in character, this man had her brain turned to mush at times: 

I've never been this wishy washy in my life over something like I am over him. 
I'm driving myself crazy sitting here whining like one of those chicks I swore I'd never be. 

Their relationship definitely kept me on my toes. It was never going to be straight forward and in "Fueled," it became even more complex with game playing, pit stops, jealousy, secrets and stupid bitch ass ex's who just couldn't keep their noses out. Despite being a confident woman, even Rylee had insecurities and these women couldn't help but play on them, making her feel like she wasn't enough for Colton, that he would discard her when he'd had his fill. Yes it hurt her but by god did she bounce back. She was better than them and she would do her hardest to keep her man. 

Each time I felt Colton and Rylee took a step in the right direction though, something would happen to taken them back twice as many. Don't get me wrong, when they were good, they were really good:

I'm in it until the mother fucking checkered flag. 

 And the sex.... OMG, it was intense, it was passionate, it was hot, it was on fire!!!! But when things were bad, they were really bad. It didn't help with Rylee being so stubborn. There were definitely moments I could have banged their heads together and I can imagine the secondary characters Beckett and Haddie could have quite easily joined me. 

I loved these two and really hope they get their own book. I can see a story somewhere!!!! lol Haddie was brilliant. I'd really want a friend like her... she called a spade a spade:

"Oh and Colton? If you make her fall, you better make damn certain you catch her. 
Hurting her is not an option. Understand? Because if you hurt her, 
you'll have to answer to me, and I can be a raving bitch."

And Beckett, he always looked out for his friend. Yes he was protective but he could see the positive effect Rylee was having on Colton and even gave her some advice... good advice. 

The first half of "Fueled" was about Colton and Rylee's relationship, the game playing, pit stops etc but when I got to the second half, it was like the story moved up a gear. I was reading quicker, dying to to know the outcomes of certain situations but then my heart completely sank at 68% when everything changed. From then on out, I was filled with anxiety, my heart going ten to the dozen with several moments where I just thought... "Could it get any worse? They'll never get back on track after this!!!" It was literally like watching a car crash in slow motion and then at 90% I could have killed him with my bare hands!!! 

I loved "Fueled." It was a brilliant sequel to "Driven" and definitely helped to fill in some of the blanks. Does it end on a cliff hanger? Unfortunately yes, the mother of all cliff hangers and I can't wait to get my hands on "Crashed." I rated this book 4.5 Hearts

"I race you Rylee."
Author Bio:

K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner that has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her—the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard. She’s a wife, mom, child rustler, toy pick-er-upper, chauffer, resident web-slinger, LaLaloopsy watching, American Girl doll dressing multi-tasker of all things domestic and otherwise. She likes her diet cokes with rum, her music loud, and her pantry stocked with a cache of chocolate.

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.

Fueled is K. Bromberg’s second published novel and is the highly anticipated second book of “The Driven Trilogy.” Driven was her well-received debut novel and Book #1 of the series.

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