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
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?
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“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
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.”
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Title: Down Shift
Author: K. Bromberg
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports - Nascar/Racing
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (Driven #8)
I have to start off by saying, it’s been awhile since I’ve had the pleasure of sitting down and reading a K. Bromberg book. A lot of the spin-off books in the series, I haven’t dived into as of yet, but I do remember quite a bit from my time with Rylee and Colton and it carried over well here. Even with the passage of time, it was really as though no time passed at all. They were still that familiar.
This book, was an extension of that because you get to see the little boy you meet within those first three books, all grown up and on a journey of his own. One not only of love, but of healing and growth and change in himself, given what his past was and the way it is again confronted here within his own story. And with how easy the connection was between Getty and Zander right from the beginning, I’d venture to say that even with all of the ups and downs they faced, there was and is no one better for Zander to travel this life with than her.
Zander immediately pulled me in. Immediately made me feel. I will admit that both characters here did that for me, as well as some of the secondary ones, but it was Zander who really got under my skin in a way that I think even long after this story is over, I won’t be able to completely step away from. It was impossible not to feel for him. To not be emotionally “driven” into the ground by everything he faced and continues within the confines of this story, to face still.
Sure, there were a few things that took place here that I didn’t entirely understand or even agree with, and there were a couple of instances where the writing seemed to slow and change from the steadiness I had become accustomed to in the moment, but it wasn’t enough to take away from the overall feeling I had while reading this. The tears that were shed with each page turned.
I also was reminded of what I enjoyed so much about the first three books in this series. Four really if you count Aced. What drew me in so incredibly with Colton. It was present here again with his son and even though it took me longer to read than I would have liked due to real life getting in the way, every single time I picked it back up, it was like it didn’t miss a beat.
This was an incredibly emotional journey, for the characters and for the reader and I think that any fan of those kinds of reads, along with fans of the author in general will love this just as much, if not more than the original books in the series.
About the Author
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
She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media.