Thursday, April 9, 2015

Book Review: Slow Burn (Driven #5) by K Bromberg

The review as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: February 25, 2015
Publisher: Signet
400 Pages

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Driven series. 

One Night. That's all it was supposed to be.

Reeling from the sudden loss of her sister, Haddie Montgomery has sworn off relationships. All she wanted from Beckett Daniels was a sexy distraction to help her escape her pain for just a little while....There weren’t supposed to be any strings attached—so why can’t she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts? Or the taste of his kiss from her lips?

No matter how hard Haddie tries to forget about him, Becks relentlessly tries to prove that she should start living for today. But she is determined to avoid romantic commitment, and she can always use her ex-boyfriend’s reappearance to help snuff out the slow burn within her that Becks has sparked....

Or will fate force her to realize that this kind of connection doesn’t come along very often and a chance at love is worth the risk?

Hello, my name is Jenn and I like to start books in the middle of the series. I just can't seem to stop. Luckily, there are a lot of series now that don't require you to have read the entire collection. This was one of them and also my first from this author.

Haddie is not dealing well after the loss of her sister and the story begins with our main character at her friends wedding, getting trashed and just looking to get laid. Enter Becks, a mutual friend, who has been interested in Haddie for some time. He convinces her that a one night stand is not a good idea and for this one time, she agrees. But Becks has no willpower and eventually caves to Haddie's whim, only to find that one night is not enough.

I felt for Haddie, I really did. Losing a family member to cancer is something that is personal to me and to a lot of people unfortunately. What I didn't understand is how she just kind of gave up on her life. There's living in the moment, and then there's just being plain ridiculous. Her fear that what happened to her sister would happen to her plagues Haddie throughout the book. Even seeing the love her sister left behind, Haddie still couldn't understand why she needed more than no-strings attached.

As the story progressed, I kept getting more and more frustrated with Haddie. The relationship with her ex and how she just let him live with her. I mean, come on, it was obvious to everyone what he really wanted! But the kicker was when a serious medical issue comes up and she keeps it from everybody - including her best friend. That doesn't make you strong. Suffering in silence doesn't make you a better person to your friends. Ugh, sorry, it just really bothered me how she would complain about no one being there for her but they had no idea what was going on!

And then there was Becks. He was good. He dealt with Haddie's bullshit a lot longer than most would have, but he also wasn't this 'boy next door' that the author described him as. He had a temper and said things in anger that were extremely harsh. There were almost two different Becks and who knows which one you were going to get.

Finally, there was the relationship between the two. So much volleying back and forth. One minute they were good, then everything was hell, then it was good again. The chemistry was on fire in the beginning but then seemed to get lost. It was hard to see why they wanted to be together.

Overall, I didn't dislike it but I didn't love it. Others have told me to read Driven and swear I'll fall in love with Colton. I'm willing to give that a chance. I liked the way Bromberg wrote, I just didn't connect greatly with these characters.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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