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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 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…
K Bromberg spoiled us by giving us Colton Donovan, a hot racing car driver who is up there with my all time favourite book boyfriends. Well, let's just say she did not disappoint by giving us Hawkin Play... the sexy as sin rock star and lead singer of the band"Bent" in "Sweet Ache." No siree ... this bad boy had me hot and flustered and absolutely had me thigh clenching and toe curling. Trust me, as cliched as it sounds, this man really could play a woman like a guitar... pure perfection!!!! But I'm digressing somewhat because there was more to this story than just Hawkin and his very filthy ways... lol.
"This studio is soundproof. Make sure you scream when you come."
So what is the link between the previous books in the "Driven" series and this 6th instalment? Well, we finally got Quinlan (Colton's sister's) story and this girl had her sex starved sights firmly set on Hawkin (although if asked, she would firmly deny such a statement... lol). Hawkin had been forced to lecture at Quinlan's college to get on the good side of the judge. Yes you read right. This gesture was make or break for him and could be the difference between incarceration and freedom and he would do whatever it took to ensure it was the latter. Hawkin had a lot riding on this so I discovered as I read chapters from his POV so I guess he wasn't banking on is a feisty teaching assistant catching his eye and giving him a run for his money.
The first part of "Sweet ache" was mainly the cat and mouse game this couple played. As sexually frustrated as Quinlan was, she had no intention of being just another notch on said rock star's bed post, even if the very thought of him had her going weak at the knees. But Hawkin was used to getting what he wanted and he wanted Quinlan and so the chase began. I loved the verbal sparring between the pair. It was hilarious and I loved that Quinlan gave as good as she got. She wasn't a door matt by any stretch of the imagination, nor was she a groupie fan happy to spread her legs at the very sight of this man... thank god. She was a kitty cat with claws and I think that was what appealed to Hawkin the most.... her fighting spirit.
"Lips like an angel, body made for sin,
and feisty enough to rival the devil's fire."
Quinlan saw a side to Hawkin very few people saw. She understood him and understood what he needed, even if he didn't and that's why I think this couple fit so perfectly together. But Hawkin had a whole host of baggage that he was dealing with and as much as he could do the sex thing, he wouldn't commit to anything more. Promises made as a child made sure of that. But the more I got to know this man and as I peeled back the many layers to his personality, the more I saw another side to him. The world saw a cocky, arrogant, enigmatic rock star. I saw a side that broke my heart. A side that was almost like a noose around his neck, preventing him from having the life he truly deserved. He was vulnerable, a little lost and very much afraid, trying desperately to do the right thing but always feeling like he failed. On top of that, Quinlan had very slowly managed to crawl under his skin and into his heart and he was at a loss as to what to do with those feelings. What he did know what that for once in his life, he felt truly happy and almost care free.
“I’ve been fighting my whole life, maybe I don’t have any fight left.”
The chemistry between this couple was crazy and there were so many times they almost did but didn't which in turn had me screaming at them through my kindle... lol. The sexual tension, especially thought the first half of the book had me itching at the bits and hallelujah when they finally did do the do. Boy oh boy was it hot... scorching hot and what that man didn't know about incorporating musical instruments in the art of bumping uglies wasn't worth knowing. Guitars, picks... you name it... this couple used it in some way shape or form... but before you think it... no not in that way... he was a little more inventive than that!!! lol.
Although I enjoyed "Sweet Ache," there were definitely moments where the pace was a little slow for me and the inner monologue particularly wordy... where I found myself scanning the lines to get to the juicier bits. However the second half definitely made up for that when things absolutely moved up a notch or two and things definitely got more interesting. One very nasty brother plus a childish bet ensured that I was kept on my toes until the very last page. I cannot wait for the next instalment in this series which gives us Tanner's story but equally, I can see a spin off series coming to fruition with the guys from "Bent" too.
"Well sometimes, right in the middle of everyday life,
love gives you a fairytale when you least expect it."
I rated "Sweet Ache" ❤️❤️❤️❤️ to ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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. Kristy lives in Southern California with her husband and three small children. Her motto is ‘have lap-top, will travel’ because she writes around school drop offs, entertaining her four year old (who is still not in school full time), homework battles, and endless soccer practices. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her with her 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 in late 2012 and published her debut novel, DRIVEN (#1), in May of 2013. She followed DRIVEN up with the release of FUELED (#2) in August 2013, which was highly successful and drew attention from the publishing industry that had previously rejected her. FUELED was named one of Amazon’s publisher picks for Top Romance of 2013. CRASHED (#3) was released in March of 2014 and went on to take positions on the New York Times and the USA Today Best Sellers lists as well as created enough interest to land DRIVEN on the USA Today list as well. UNRAVELED – a short story followed in the BEND anthology and became a USA Today best seller. RACED (a Colton POV novella) was released in September 2014 went on to become an USA Today Best Seller.