Meet Zander & Getty in DOWN SHIFT –
the newest stand alone in the Driven Series by K. Bromberg!
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?
“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.”
5 ‘Our Repair List’ Stars!
ARC provided by the publisher via TRSoR Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Our dear Zander Donavan has grown! I feel like all of us (K. Bromberg’s fangirls) have been waiting for this story since we fell in love with the little man saved by one of my favorite couples ever: Rylee Thomas and Colton Donavan. And, of course, Kristy did not disappoint: she gave her readers another fantastic love story.
Down Shift can be read as a standalone but it also is the eighth novel in Bromberg’s Driven series. As I said, it tells the story of Zander Donavan (the adopted child of Colton and Rylee who now has grown up but still is haunted by the ghosts of his past and that is what brings him to PineRidge where he meets his other half) and Getty Caster (a woman who is broken too but is fighting to heal and that happens when she starts a sexy adventure with certain racer).
“Everybody’s running from something, Getty.”
Let’s just continue by saying how much I love Kristy’s writing style. Down Shift is incredibly well-written, it flows perfectly and it gives you that slow burn that is the perfect way to develop this love story. Both main characters are fighting against their own demons and there is this mix of feelings (anger, sadness, guilt, etc.) that makes you connect so much with the story that you do not want to stop reading.
[…] “there is something about you that continually reminds me why I came here. I don’t know why you’re here and you don’t know why I’m here… and yet for some reason every time I look at you, I know I need to stay when all I want to do is run again.”
“One of these days you’re going to find a man who treats you right,” he murmurs softly. “Sweeps you off your feet. Treats you like you walk on water. Inspires you to paint sunny skies and calm oceans.”
Oh Zander here still does not know he is THE man that will sweep Getty of her feet. These two are so perfect together: the slow burn, the sexual tension, their adorable and funny moments and finally, their off-the-charts chemistry. When I said little Zee has grown up, I meant it in EVERY way! Damn, the man is sex on legs just like his father! He reminds me so much of Colton but he is still is different and amazing in his own way.
“Let me show you how sex is supposed to be. Supposed to make you feel. Let. Me. Worship. You.”
Love. Love fiercely. Love purely. Love blindly if you want, but never let love turn black.
Yeah, I was crying my eyeballs out in that moment (you know what I am talking about if you read the book). Down Shift is intense and beautiful. It’s the story of two broken souls healing together. Zander and Getty are adorable, funny and passionate and you will fall in love with them and their love instantly because K. Bromberg is just THAT amazing. I mean, that freaking epilogue? One word: PERFECT.
All I see is love. All I want is him. All I feel is complete after being broken in pieces for so very long.
Therefore, my rating for Down Shift is 5 STARS because it definitely deserves it. A wonderful love story, great and complex main characters, the involvement of very-much-loved secondary characters and many other things are what made this novel unforgettable. So, if you love Kristy’s work or you are curious to know how Zander Donavan got his HEA, you should check this one out: I highly recommend it!
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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.
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