SLOW BURN by K. Bromberg: Passionately Poignant (audiobook)

Slow Burn




A Driven Novel
K. Bromberg
Read by: Kelly Ashton
Read by: Abel Cantwell
Penguin Audio
Audiobook Download
ISBN 9780698190320
844 Minutes (Publisher), 24 Hours (Amazon)
24 Feb 2015
E-Book & Mass Market Paperback 400 pages

Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.


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?

My Take Oblong
This was an extremely moving novel for me.  Bromberg writes about Haddies sister’s death and cancer with honesty, and so sincerely that I could not stop crying and also couldn’t stop listening to the book. I felt like Bromberg had lived through this experience and wrote it from her soul; a deep place in her psych and experience.  So this part of the story, as well as the emotional connections between the characters rings really true.

This emotional content is  well-written, and draws a deep connection between the sisters; in its absence and with her other touchstone traveling, Haddie is at sea with her emotions. Bromberg truly demonstrated Haddie’s need to anesthetize her heart and prevent others from feeling pain by not connecting.  That goes beyond her sister’s passing to Dante, the  jerk she was with before Becks. That lack of trust in men adds to the proactive defense.

It also looks at a woman worrying about her looks, who she is without breasts.  This is especially meaningful for me right now as I struggle with aging.   This character feels like her looks are a large part of who she is and are how people identify her. When the prettiness goes what will be left, how will people see her.  I have also been through a scare and all the tests and how totally frightening it is. I definitely feel that Bromberg was right there and understood the situation with a sobering immediacy.

I only had two issues with the story. First, the immediate first person points of view alternating between Becks’ and Haddie. It was mostly the immediacy of the narrative  and not the first-person points of view that bugged me.   how the sex is written, and how it seems to be the deepest way the love interests relate to each other until well into the story.  At some point I just felt it was too much; and seems to be how the characters decide they are in love. Maybe when we’re younger that is how we see things, and it is only after a long time in relationships that we realize it takes so much more than sex.

This is a raw, powerful and emotional exploration of relationships and serious medical issues that touched my head and heart. It brought home the importance of  our friends and family and appreciating them.  I am actually tearing up writing this and remembering the book.

And the ending totally threw me and had me sobbing.

The performances by the narrators was also well done.  I felt both Kelly and Abel hit the nails on the head, and at times I thought I heard Kelly stifle an emotional response to what she was narrating.

If I gave out stars this would get high marks and I highly recommend it for readers who like highly charged sexual and emotional content.  With this entry in the Driven series, Bromberg takes the checkered flag!


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