Slow Burn (Driven #5) by K. Bromberg
Publication Date: February 24th 2015 by Signet
About the book:
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Driven series.
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?
Slow Burn was an emotional read, dealing with a subject that’s very personal to me.
Haddie Montgomery is determined to be a “no strings” kind of girl, but her resolve to remain emotionally detached is put to the test when she has a drunken night of hot sex with Beckett Daniels. Becks is different from the bad boy type of guy she’s normally attracted to, but that doesn’t change the fact that he completely gets under her skin. Still, in spite of the intense pull he has on her, Haddie pushes and fights the connection they have.
Becks knew better than to sleep with, Haddie, even if he is powerfully attracted to her. He knew he’d just want more, but didn’t realize how addictive Haddie would be. Becks can’t forget her, and doesn’t like that she keeps pushing him away, in denial of the fact that they have something worth taking an emotional risk.
I went into this story without knowing what Haddie’s issue was, and had I known I probably would’ve passed on reading Slow Burn. It’s something I’ve been affected by and I usually don’t like reading about it. But by the time it was revealed I was invested in the story and so I plowed ahead anyhow. I felt Haddie’s fears profoundly because I struggle with them myself, but at the same time I was so frustrated with her for much of this read it diminished my enjoyment greatly. I don’t like non-communication or lies, and basically Haddie shut everyone out, choosing to face things alone emotionally, and I just did not get this, at all. She ran hot and cold with Becks for most of the story and I just wanted to shake her. Supposedly Haddie lives by the motto “Time is precious. Waste it wisely” but in my opinion she did everything to screw Becks and her precious time up completely!
“God, you stubborn, fucking woman. Quit being a martyr. What’s best is you letting me make my own goddamn decisions and for you to stop lying to me so that I can.” Amen Becks!
“All I know is that protecting someone from the truth is just another way of shutting them out.”
My other complaint was that the internal thoughts from our characters were too long winded and would’ve benefited from some editing down. I ended up skimming these after a while. But that’s my personal opinion, and other readers may not mind this.
The saving grace to Slow Burn was Becks. I absolutely LOVED him! He was so patient, determined and way more understanding than I would’ve been at times. He was also sexy as hell! I will say their chemistry was off-the-charts, and Ms. Bromberg has a way with building sexual tension to make the scenes panty melting hot!
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