Series: Driven #7
Published by Signet on November 3rd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Foreign war correspondent Tanner Thomas is addicted to living on the edge. Needing the adrenaline rush of his job to help him cope with a personal loss, he throws himself back into the game, concentrating all his energy on getting the next big story.
But when he meets his new photojournalist, Beaux Croslyn, he canÔÇÖt help but feel like heÔÇÖs losing his focusÔÇöand maybe risking moreÔÇª
With secrets she wonÔÇÖt address, Beaux is far from your ordinary woman. Determined to keep her distance, sheÔÇÖs willing to pull Tanner in closer and hide behind the sparks flying between them. But as BeauxÔÇÖs past begins to put their relationshipÔÇöand their livesÔÇöat risk, TannerÔÇÖs determination to find the truth puts them both in jeopardy.
He's ready to chase her to the ends of the earth to find out if what they had was real, or if the danger surrounding them was just an exquisite heat fated to burn outÔÇª
The opening scene of Hard Beat placed me in a sad and anxious frame of mind. Immediately we are thrust into the heart of a man in grief and doing all that he can to drown out the loss heÔÇÖs experienced (i.e. going back to work, being busy, in an effort to ease his pain). Yes, K Bromberg slaps us with another emotional (and sexy) story with her latest release and the story of one Tanner Thomas. Tanner is heading back to a war zone as foreign correspondent and we are going along for the ride. Interesting enough, I went from feeling total heartbreak for Tanner, to wondering why I couldnÔÇÖt warm up to him (up through the first 40% heÔÇÖs more than an arrogant ass). Then it dawned on me that Bromberg, an ace at creating cocky and overbearing male characters, once again delivered in full. For all his swagger and self-confidence, TannerÔÇÖs buttons are easily pushed by his newly assigned photographer, Beaux Croslyn. Beaux or BJ gets under his skin and heÔÇÖs not quite sure how to work with all the emotional commotion she creates.
When Tanner makes his way back to work, months after losing his partner and best friend Stella to an accident in the war zone his grief is palpable. Combine his grief with his guilt ( reasonable or not), we meet a man who is highly emotional. He reflects that he couldnÔÇÖt save Stella, his ex partner and best friend, from harm and this sits heavy in his heart and mind making him uncomfortably vulnerable. He’s immediately weighed down by the ÔÇ£rookieÔÇØ assigned to him and heÔÇÖs bound and determined to make life on assignment for Beaux a challenge – he is about as contentious as he can be. ThereÔÇÖs such a love/hate thing between he and Beaux, which was part of the sexiness of it. But it was hard to like the overbearing ( always right, never wrong) side of him and it’s definitely one of those stories were watching him fall for her is poetic justice.
For all of BeauxÔÇÖs secrets, and there are a lot of them, there was simply no hint at what was to come. Bromberg throws in a twist, and another, and then another and Tanner is left questioning his ability to read people and his emotions. HOW could he get that so wrong? It’s smart twist and IÔÇÖll say that once it hit that mark, the story was un-putdownable. I thought I felt bad for him early on, but itÔÇÖs nothing compared to this bombshell. In all fairness to the story is from Tanner’s POV, we only get what she shares with him and she is short on sharing. Like Tanner, sheÔÇÖs experienced a profound loss that left itÔÇÖs scars on her heart and psyche.
Hard Beat is another fine example of Bromberg delivering a male character that you hate to love ( if only for a short time), and a smart and sexy angst filled read. 4.5 stars and recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi
She pulls me from my lewd but damn fine thoughts when she tries to jerk her arm from my hold. My spine stiffens some because hell if IÔÇÖm up for resistance right now. IÔÇÖm emotionally drained, exhausted, and as much as I donÔÇÖt want to feel that grenade of desire sitting low in my belly, I still want to pull its pin so I can lose myself for a bit in the soft curves and sweet taste of a gorgeous woman no matter how fucking insolent she is.
I clench my jaw. A fleeting show of resistance before I give in to my need and the sexual tension. She gasps when I release her arm only to bring it up to her neck at the same time I crash my lips to hers.
And fuck yes IÔÇÖm a dick for not letting her push me away, for letting my own need for this woman who will most likely move on by the weekÔÇÖs end control my actions, for taking without asking, but goddamn her small display of independence turns me on something fierce.
I brand my mouth to hers, press my tongue between her lips as she parts them. Her hands push me away, but the movement of her tongue tells me she wants more. SheÔÇÖs a clear contradiction in all meanings of the word. Soft and supple body, but I can feel the toned muscle beneath. Between kisses she tries to pull back, but a soft moan in the back of her throat when my free hand cups her ass tells me how much she wants this.
Her hands fist in my shirt at the same time my hand takes hold of the loose bun at the nape of her neck to tilt her head back and look into her eyes. But her mouth stays right where I want it because IÔÇÖm nowhere near done with her yet.
ÔÇ£I donÔÇÖt like you,ÔÇØ she claims through gritted teeth. Our hands run possessively over each other, but derision laced with defiance glimmers in her eyes.
ÔÇ£I beg to differ.ÔÇØ I laugh at the ludicrousness of her statement, considering the predicament weÔÇÖre in. She tries to step back, but when she doesnÔÇÖt release my shirt, I know she still wants more.
And fuck, IÔÇÖm definitely all in. I need this outlet more than I ever realized until I was in the thick of it. IÔÇÖve kept to myself at home, fought with my sister when she attempted to fix me up with one of her friends, punished myself, and now with the heat of a womanÔÇÖs body pressed up against me and the taste of her kiss seared in my goddamn brain, there is no way in hell IÔÇÖm walking away now.
ÔÇ£I donÔÇÖt like you,ÔÇØ she reiterates.
ÔÇ£Too bad,ÔÇØ I tell her as I go in for the next kiss. One thatÔÇÖs full of angry desperation and irresistible need with teeth nipping and tongues meeting and that ache deep in my balls taking hold of me. My hips pin her against the cold cinder-block wall behind her.
Her fingers dig into my shoulders as she tears her mouth from mine, our chests heaving. And then just when her protests stop and her tongue starts to dance with mine again, I pull back.
ÔÇ£YouÔÇÖre arrogant andÔÇöÔÇØ
ÔÇ£You donÔÇÖt have to like me to fuck me,ÔÇØ I say, cutting her off. ÔÇ£You just have to want me.ÔÇØ
She protests, and I cut her words off with my mouth on hers at the same time my hands grab her wrists. Even as I gain the advantage, I feel like sheÔÇÖs pulling out the ground from beneath my feet. ÔÇ£Fuck you!ÔÇØ She manages to get the words out between fervent kisses.
I chuckle against her lips before pulling back and looking straight into her desire-laden eyes. ÔÇ£ThatÔÇÖs the plan.ÔÇØ
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today 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.
SheÔÇÖs 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. ┬á
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 (releasing 1/11/16)), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat (releasing 11/3/15), and a short story titled UnRaveled. She is currently working on new projects and a few surprises for her readers.
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