Slow Burn by K. Bromberg

         

Head straight, libido on lock down, Montgomery. 


Title - Slow Burn
Author - K. Bromberg
Publication Date - 26th March 2015
Publisher - Piatkus, Little, Brown UK
Format - Paperback (Provided via publisher)
Pages - 372

The blurb

One night. That's all it was supposed to be. 

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? 

Becca's thoughts

First of all, I'd like to say a huge thank you to the lovely Helen from Little, Brown UK for getting in touch with me in regards to K. Bromberg's Slow Burn. The blurb for this book immediately had me wanting to know more, and it was claimed to be 'Captivating, emotional and sizzling hot,' by S.C. Stephens on the front cover, so of course, I couldn't say no! It's been such a long time since I've read a book riddled with this much chemistry, a book with two characters who are so emotionally and physically pulled towards it each other that I could barely breathe. So, Helen, thank you!

This is the first book by K. Bromberg that I have had the pleasure of reading. I've never heard of the author before, nor of her Driven series, which Slow Burn is #5 in. Thankfully, I'd read that this book could be read as a standalone, so I wasn't left feeling clueless. The author ensured that certain characters from the pasts and things that had happened before Haddie and Beckett's story were explained, so I felt pretty clued up which is always a good thing, right? I loved the fact that whilst I was reading Slow Burn, I found myself wondering about what had happened in the previous books in the Driven series. If they're all as packed with breathy, hot moments like Slow Burn, then I'll definitely be adding those to my to-read list, too. 

In Slow Burn, the characters that we're given are Haddie and Beckett, as well as a couple of secondary characters who really give this story that busy feel. As I began reading, the author didn't hang around. The action took place right away and before I knew it, some pretty sexy goings-on were taking place. This was such an effective way of opening this book, mainly because it really sets the tone for the remainder of Haddie and Beckett's story. These characters were utterly brand new to me, but the author did an exceptional job of bringing them to life for the reader, Their characteristics were fantastically bought to life, their separate circumstances, as well as their physical and emotional aspects when together. Whenever Haddie and Beckett came together in a room, I was made to feel as though I was holding my breath, waiting for the electric sparks to light up and produce fireworks. Gah, the chemistry between the two of them was out of this world, and just so, so sexy. The author brought the sexual chemistry to life perfectly. Every breath, every touch... Every detail was touched upon in the most seductive way. Not only were Haddie and Beckett suited for each other perfectly in regards to being between the sheets, but they were also good friends before they took a huge step into this new territory. I also find the couples who have known each other longer to have the biggest effect on me. It seriously highlights the amount of time that they've been experiencing the tug towards each other, making it even more exciting when the sparks finally explode. Seriously, it was so incredibly torturous waiting for the next moment to happen between them, because the build-ups during those moments of time were impeccable. I could have crawled the walls whilst waiting for either of them to make a move, I really could have! 

Between every couple who are meant to be together, there are always barriers, which only makes the reader want them to be together even more. In Haddie's case, she was unwilling to get serious with any man because of her sister who had passed away due to cancer. My eyes smarted with tears at numerous points throughout mentions of Lexi, and her daughter and husband who she'd left behind, because it was just so damn tragic. I felt every emotion that Haddie felt whenever she thought of her sister. It made me think of my own sisters, and I just couldn't comprehend being in the same position. As well as being left with the mental scars of seeing her sister slowly fade from life, Haddie has the terrifying prospect of facing her future in the same way. Her mother, her sister, and quite possibly Haddie. It scares the life out of Haddie, to think that perhaps she could be carrying the same gene that took her mother and sister's life, as it would do to anybody in that position. She's seen her sister's daughter Maddie left behind without a mother, and she's seen her sister's husband Danny be left behind without his wife. Among the fright and the anxiety and the sheer terror of what the future could hold, Haddie refuses to hold anything too close to her heart for fear of tearing up another family, perhaps a family of her own. This barrier was absolutely perfect for this story, and it only made me wish for Haddie to put them down and allow Beckett to come into her life. To me, she seemed like a perfectly strong-willed woman, with weaknesses and strengths just like any normal human being. I loved her, inside and out, and could completely sympathise with the things that scared her most. 

Beckett was insanely attractive, in that he didn't look like your typical bad boy. He'd always had a thing for Haddie though, and it was clear that he'd been besotted with her for an incredibly long amount of time. He wanted her, well and truly, and I loved how he went about it. Despite not appearing like the typical bad boy that Haddie usually found herself falling for, one night with Beckett changed her good boy opinion of him after seeing what he was capable of in the bedroom. The genuine, warm-hearted man was anything but in the bedroom, and I loved how it surprised Haddie to find this out. He was capable of pleasing a woman (more than once, might I add), but still had that delectable wholesomeness about him, that every female likes to see in a man. He was trustworthy, brave, and knew exactly what he wanted, especially when it came to Haddie. I loved his strong, dependable character, and the fact that beneath his appearance, he was just as bad as they came, in a good way of course! He was incredibly masculine, attentive, and the fact that he'd had his eye on just one girl for such a long time boosted him right up in the adorable charts. 

I loved following Haddie and Beckett's story, which all led on from just one night which they accidentally ended up spending together. It's crazy to think how just that single moment changed everything, the course of their futures, and whether they'd see each other again. It was heart-stopping, breathtakingly beautiful, and just the sort of book that brings to life all of the beautiful, passionate things about falling in love despite it not being on the cards. Not only did the author focus intently on the gorgeous couple, but she brought in all of the other aspects of both Haddie and Beckett's life, from family to real life, the ups and downs that all of us experience at one time or another. Not only the gorgeously romantic, but the scarily real, too. 

Becca's Books is rating Slow Burn by K. Bromberg with FIVE GLORIOUS CUPCAKES! With chemistry capable of pausing the earth in its spin, this was stunning, and I'm looking forward to reading much more of the author's work in the future. 



    

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