Friday, October 7, 2016

Blog Tour: Down Shift by K. Bromberg


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The New York Times bestselling Driven series continues with a story about finding love where you least expect it...
Behind the wheel, racing champion Zander Donavan is at the top of his game. But after too much excess in his personal life, he’s forced to step away. He needs to accomplish something all on his own—outside of his famous father, Colton Donavan’s, shadow.
Getty Caster is running away from the abuse that clouds her past. She thinks she’s found the perfect escape—until she discovers a stranger in the beachside cottage she’d been promised. He’s undeniably sexy, but she’s there to heal. Alone.
Before long though, fighting with each other turns into fighting their attraction. And giving into desire sets off a chain reaction that has their pasts colliding. With an unexpected love on the line, can they overcome the fallout to build a future?

4 stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I love this series and I think aside from always wanting more Colton the one person whose story I really wanted was Zander’s.  I wanted to know all about him, his life and how it all affected him.  He was the little boy that we fell in love with, that our hearts broke for.  The little boy who after witnessing something so tragic he closed himself off to the world, not even speaking to those around him.  I was so happy when Rylee and Colton gave him the love and life that he deserved.  But what I really wanted was to see him find his love, to find that one person who could understand him, who he could open up to and the one person who he could give his heart to. And that person for him was Getty.

Zander is all grown up now, and following in Colton’s footsteps as a race car driver.  He has been living a good life with a family who loves him.  But when a box ends up on his doorstep he is now faced with his past once again.  He is left to fight the demons of his childhood, the same demons that he thought he fought and moved on from.  But something in that little box has set him off, turning him into someone who is not the Zander we love.   I think in the beginning of this book we see a different side of Zander.  He is no longer that sweet little boy.  But for me personally I felt that he was still very much in there.  Despite the moods, the anger and bitterness that we see there is still a very loving and caring man whose family means everything to him.  

Zander needs some space, away from everything and everyone that he loves.  He needs to face this alone, to find himself again and be able to move on.  He goes to a little island, staying at a friend’s house and hopes that being alone will clear his mind.  But when he finds out that he is not alone it sort of throws a wrench into his plan.  A little misunderstanding between the owners of the house and now Zander finds himself with a roommate who he cannot stop thinking about even though he knows he should.  Getty is a complication for Zander, she is someone who can get in the way of his reasons for being there.  But she is also someone that he is drawn to and cannot stay away from no mater how hard he tries, and believe me he tries.  There are boundaries that these two need to set and most importantly adhere to.  In a few months Zander will be returning to his life back home.   But as the lines begin to blur they find themselves wanting to cross them.  And once they do will someone end up getting hurt in the end?

I loved this book but it is mostly because I loved Zander and Getty together.  From the moment that they met I loved the sarcastic banter between the two of them.  But as they spent more time together you saw the deep connection that these two had.  There were some moments between them that just had all the emotions in me turning.  They were moments where I felt so deeply for the two of them and the reasons for their fears.  But the two of them together was like two pieces of a puzzle fitting perfectly together.  I think they needed each other, because in some ways they had similar issues that they were struggling with or maybe their reasons for escaping to this island were similar.  But either way they just fit.  Getty was that person for Zander, the one he could open up to and not face any judgement.  And Zander was there for Getty in the same way.  They were each other’s comfort, safety and truth.  As long as they jumped together they could make it!!

I loved them together but I also loved them as separate individuals.  Getty has been through so much and I felt her pain but she found her strength and was able to become the woman she was meant to be instead of the one she was groomed to be.  And Zander I just loved. He had his moments but I understood his reasons.  I loved how much he cared for Getty, protected her, the flirting back and forth.  I loved how much he loved his family and seeing a few special moments between him and Rylee and him and Colton just made me smile at the bond he had with them.  I loved this book and the epilogue was just fantastic, left me with a huge smile.  Another great job from Ms. Bromberg. 

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“You don’t know anything about me.” My voice is slight but strong, my need to assert myself front and center despite his calling me on the carpet.
“That’s where you’re wrong, Socks. I might not know where you’re from or why I ruffled your feathers today, but I know you’re stronger than you give yourself credit for. Whatever it is that you ran from back home, you did it. You got out and are making it on your own. That takes guts and you deserve mad props for that. I know you like things messy and are goddamn cute when you’re tipsy. I know you’re stubborn as hell and gorgeous as fuck. And that your kiss tastes like an aged whiskey: something I want to sip slowly, feel on my lips, savor on my tongue, and take my time with before I get drunk on it.” With a lift of his eyebrows and a nod of his head, he walks past me, leaving me with my mouth agape and eyes wide.
I can’t move. Just stand staring at the door in front of me as I try to process what he just said, what he meant by it, and yet there’s no use because we just had a whole one-sided conversation and that need to banter with him is gone. Lost to the tingling in my lower belly and the wild spinning of my thoughts.
“Oh, and, Getty?” Zander calls out to me from the kitchen, refusing to continue until I turn to face him, standing there unabashedly shirtless. “If you ever call me pretty again, we’re gonna have a real problem. I guarantee you there is nothing pretty about me.”
I almost smile at the fact that out of all of the crappy things I said to him, that is the one that bugged him the most.
“You are kind of pretty, though,” I murmur, unable to resist goading him further, needing to try to get us back on an even playing field. Because hell if right now I don’t feel like I’m on the low end of the teeter-totter.
His immediate response? A snort to signify that his chiseled abs and the tall, dark, and handsome thing he’s got going on are nothing more than average.
“Last warning, Socks.” His eyes flash with mirth. And what looks like desire.
An unexpected part of me—the one who usually hides and doesn’t ever take a chance—wants to say it again. Just to see what he’d do if I did.
“So damn pretty.” I don’t know who’s more shocked at my comment, him or me, but we stand there for a moment, gazes locked, unspoken words warring across the distance between us.
He walks toward me with a predatory gleam in his eyes and a salacious smirk on his lips that catches me off guard. “I know I said you were brave, Getty, but now you’re just playing with matches.”
I draw in a long inhale as he steps right in front of me. I can’t look at him. My nerve is suddenly gone. Outside, rain pelts the roof. The constant drip into the bucket in the hallway serves as a metronome to this anticipatory silence we are dancing in. The goose bumps on his chest are the only thing I can focus on.
When his thumb and forefinger direct my chin up so I’m forced to meet his eyes, every part of me hums from his touch. From the want of something I don’t quite understand myself and couldn’t ever put into words. Our eyes meet—his intense, mine searching for answers that aren’t his to give—before his gaze flicks down to my mouth and then back up again.
“Not yet, Getty.” He closes his eyes for a beat, and I see what I think is restraint reflected in his grimace, before a ghost of a smile spreads on his lips. “I don’t think you’re ready to light this fire just yet.”

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About the Author:
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New York Times 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), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift (Releasing 10/4/16)), and a short story titled UnRaveled. She is currently finishing up Sweet Cheeks a standalone novel out at the end of 2016.
Her plans for 2017 include a sports romance duet (The Player (#1) and The Catch (#2)) and the Everyday Heroes series (Cuffed (#1), Combust (#2), and Cockpit (#3). She’s also writing a novella for the 1,001 Dark Night series that will be out in February 2017.
She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media.

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