DRIVEN Is it Possible to have Sex Without Strings?


The Driven Trilogy Book One
K. Bromberg
Erotic Romance / Contemporary RomancePublished by K.Bromberg May 12, 2013
417 pages
Word Count: 125,562
Galley provided by tour company for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions herein are my own unless otherwise noted.

Book Description:

Rylee Thomas is used to being in control. But she’s about to meet the one man that just might make her enjoy losing it…

I am the exception to the rule.

In a world full of willing women, I’m a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He’s the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.

Colton crashes into my life like a tornado: sapping my control, testing my vulnerabilities beyond their limits, and unintentionally penetrating the protective wall around my healing heart. Tearing apart the world I rebuilt so carefully with structure, predictability, and discipline.

I can’t give him what he wants and he can’t give me what I need. But after a glimpse beneath his refined exterior into the dark secrets of his damaged soul, can I bring myself to walk away?

Our sexual chemistry is undeniable. Our individual need for complete control is irrefutable. But when our worlds collide, is the chemistry enough to bring us together or will our untold secrets and battle of wills force us apart? Betwitching Book Tours

My Take

This is a neatly packaged story with each character providing what the other needs. Rylee needs passion and to feel alive after tragedy and Colton needs caring after childhood abuse.

Rylee is a social worker working with children too old for adoption and too young to be on their own.  It’s a cause near and dear to me, so it was immediately engaging.  Colton has, in my mind a wicked grin like Seth MacFarlane’s while Rylee is very attractive, young and brunette – maybe a more womanly Kristen Stewart.

They’re drawn together but, in a very masculine way Colton can’t face his past, can’t let anyone into his heart because shatter it.   But, he is SUCH a dick about it.  really – instead of having his heart broken he breaks them.  He seeks to not be involved but cannot leave poor Rylee alone. He’s just a dick.  I don’t usually use that term but he just really is. And when he goes from cocky and self-assured to pissed off and vulnerable it is a shocking change but he is still being awful to her. She tries to pull away and he keeps chasing her and then hurting her.

And she keeps thinking she can do the relationship with out getting hurt and at the same time she knows she is lying to herself.  This seems to be a boy/girl dichotomy, in literature if not in real life.  Another thing the writer does here is that Colton always tells Rylee how much he wants her physically, but she expresses how much she is interested in him emotionally. This male/female physical/emotional divide seems to be how we imagine men and women being.  But, I actually don’t know anyone mature who can have sex without strings. I don’t really know if it is possible to really be “friends with benefits.” What do you think? Is it possible for men and not women?

The intimate scenes are daring and enticing. the couple definitely light each other’s fires. There’s a couple of things in the book I have asked the author about and we’re scheduled for an interview on June 24.

She is not as innocent as Anna Steel or some of the other corruptible ingenues we’ve been seeing in books lately. This is however, another book written in the first person, immediate from Rylee’s point of view as if we are both in her head and on her shoulder. It’s really hard for me to get used to this way of writing.

But, I enjoyed the book and I would say it would be a fantastic beach or vacation read.  It’s also perfect for a lazy afternoon in a hammock with a nice glass of iced tea. I RECOMMEND it for your summer reading list.

Driven is at AMAZON (and free for PRIME members to borrow on Kindle)

Come by June 24 for an Interview with the author!