Book 8 in the Driven series
Author K. Bromberg
Narrated by Sean Crisden, Tatiana Sokolov
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Jan 11, 2016
Running time 12 hrs
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
One moment, six years ago. The night she made the world around me so much more than just a blur. Now it’s the catalyst that threatens to tear us apart.
Our happily was supposed to be ever after. So why do I feel like it’s slipping through my fingers? How can one moment, when our world seemed so right, resurface and cause our perfect life to spiral out of control? I can’t lose her; she’s my checkered flag.
Contains mature themes. https://tantor.com/aced-bromberg.html
It’s been nice to see K. Bromberg’s progress as a writer. She has become more sophisticated in using the alternating first person for her books, by making it a little less like watching a go-cam. It’s still pretty much immediate, but I don’t feel I am right there all the time. I am not a lover of first person narrative.
This story is well read by the narrators — Crisden for Colton and Sokolov for Rylee — each narrator occasionally has to do the other character in the course of one of their chapters. In this instance they seem to each get the other character without disparity.
In this book, Rylee and Colton face a gross invasion of privacy, except it is completely legal, so it is hard to fight. Colton cares that Rylee is hurting, but Rylee is shattered and doesn;t seem to understand she needs to work thorough it with communication and not withdrawal. And, both on the verge of achieving their greatest desire, are stricken by this invasion. It is interesting that in this case Colton seems to be more together emotionally than is Rylee. There’s lots of huge angst, and it is justified and in proportion to the events that cause it.
As in SLOW BURN, Bromberg takes on a medical issue that many women suffer and handles it well. I thought it was a bit much given the angst already in play. But that is life, right? One problem doesn’t necessarily wait for another to go away.
There are some issues of legality I have a hard time imagining as possible in light of what the invasion of privacy entails. I doubt even they could wield enough influence to make it happen.
But Bromberg has often had some fluffy things like this in her books; it’s not what they are about and it is not what appeals in her stories. There’s not as much sexual content in this book than others in the series; there’s plenty but just a bit less.
I still have a hard time with Colton, and even Rylee’s use, of what feels to me like crude language for body parts, but she seems to have reduced the use of “tits” to four occurrences.
This is definitely a series best read in order, and you simply cannot start with this book. The whole series is in first person or alternating first person, with lots of sex, lots of emotion, and healthy doses of danger and suspense.