We are so, so excited to be a part of the Slow Burn blog tour. I absolutely love this author, her Driven series and Slow Burn is an amazing addition to it. You will absolutely fall in love with Becks & Haddie's story! Be sure to check out everything in today's post. There's info on the book, the author, an excerpt, the awesome playlist, Misha's great review and a fabulous giveaway!
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?
“Yeah. That’s one way to put it. Is there something else you called for besides trying to stick your nose in where it doesn’t belong?”
I open my mouth and then shut it, unsure how calling him because I just needed to hear his voice has devolved so quickly into this. Into me scrambling for words I can’t find to fix shit that doesn’t need fixing.
Because I don’t want this. Don’t want him.
“Well then, if you want to actually talk instead of pull this ridiculous bullshit, I’m here for you…but Had…? Whatever this is here…this passive aggressive crap? I don’t do too well with that. We had our one night. You made it quite clear you didn’t want anything more than that so you don’t get to call me up and question what I might or might not be doing with anybody else. You want no strings? Then cut the ties…but frankly I don’t think you know what the fuck you want so until you figure your shit out, I think it’s best that we say good night before we make a bad situation even worse.”
“Wait!” Desperation rings in my voice in the single word. And I hate myself for sounding like this but I’m so lonely, so scared and just want the comfort I know he can bring me right now.
I wait for the sound of the dial tone to assault my ears. Wait for the incessant beep that reaffirms why I have barbed wire wrapped around my heart – painful but necessary. But there is nothing for a few moments until I hear the phone scrape against the stubble on his face.
And I wait…my throat burning with the tears I want to shed but am so sick of. The ones that no longer bring me comfort.
“I’m here, Haddie. I’m not going anywhere, okay?” The timbre of his voice carries his concern and sympathy to me through the line.
The incoherent sound I make is all I can offer in thank you to him for not hanging up on me. For not giving up on me.
Slow Burn was one of my most anticipated books of the year. K. Bromberg’s Driven series is a top favorite of mine, so naturally I was looking forward to getting my hands on this one. As their best friends, Haddie and Beckett were a major part of Rylee and Colton’s journey, and I was thrilled that they would be getting their own book. They were both wonderfully supportive in their own ways, and I loved the bond they shared with their friends. Haddie and Becks never ceased to make me laugh, so naturally I went into this book expecting that humor. What I didn’t plan on was how moving and emotional Slow Burn would be. Their story was full of anticipation, raw emotion, sexiness, and heartwarming moments.
Haddie Montgomery is still reeling from the loss of her sister, with whom she was very close. She has no interest in a romantic relationship. Haddie is looking for a physical connection to help her the dull the pain and forget for a while. One night with no strings attached is exactly what she wants, and sexy Beckett Daniels seems like the right man for the job. Becks knows that one encounter with the beautiful Haddie will never be enough, and so he sets out to prove that sometimes it is worth tying some strings and holding on for the ride. He ignites feelings in Haddie that she cannot ignore, but is it enough to make her take a chance on the man who makes her burn with desire?
My heart went out to Haddie in this book. She had not to come to terms with the death of her sister and allowed herself to grieve properly. I understand why she felt like she needed to be strong for her family and her reasons for not wanting to commit to anyone. Her sorrow was palpable, and she needed someone to lean on and help her heal. I loved how both Becks and Rylee called her out for not dealing with her feelings. Haddie was such a vivacious and compassionate woman, but she was also incredibly stubborn. Her heart was in the right place, but it was frustrating watching her shut Becks down time and time again. There was no doubt in my mind that she truly thought pushing him away was for the best, though.
I fell head over heels in love with Becks very early into the story. He was a man who knew what he wanted, and there are few things sexier than that. I loved that he was patient with Haddie but at the same time wasn’t afraid to push her. Becks knew they could have something real together, and he was determined to break down Haddie’s walls. The anticipation between them as they played cat and mouse was delicious. Their chemistry was explosive, but there was also an intense emotional connection between them that radiated off of the pages. Becks may not have been Haddie’s typical type, but he was most definitely the man for her. His sincerity and willingness to fight for her were so endearing.
The slow build-up between Haddie and Becks was fantastic. I did not want to put my Kindle down for a second as I waited to see what would happen next between them. Bromberg did a wonderful job of weaving emotional depth into the story. I wasn’t expecting to cry or be so affected I was by Haddie and Becks’ story. The message behind this book was beautiful and touched my heart. Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t add how much I adored seeing Rylee and Colton again. I loved the friendship between them and Haddie and Becks, especially the bromance between Becks and Colton. Slow Burn proved exactly why Bromberg is an automatic one-click author for me. This book is one not to be missed.
K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.
On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Her debut novels, Driven, Fueled, and Crashed of The Driven Trilogy were well received and went on to become multi-platform bestsellers as well as landing on the New York Times and USA Today lists. Her other works include a short story, UnRaveled, and a companion piece to The Driven Trilogy titled Raced. She is currently working on three stand alone Driven novels, Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, and Hard Beat. She also plans to release a novel addressing the 10 year gap at the ending of Crashed in late fall 2015.