Author: K. Bromberg
Book: Hard Beat (Driven #7)
tl;dr recommendation: angst-ridden, kindle-gripping, scream-inducing deliciousness! 5 stars. #MustRead.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Ache comes a blistering new novel filled with danger, secrecy, and a desire that can’t be sated…
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 can’t help but feel like he’s losing his focus—and maybe risking more…
With secrets she won’t address, Beaux is far from your ordinary woman. Determined to keep her distance, she’s willing to pull Tanner in closer and hide behind the sparks flying between them. But as Beaux’s past begins to put their relationship—and their lives—at risk, Tanner’s 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 out…
Bromberg is the Master of Angst and she once again earns her title. Speaking of titles, this one is perfection. There’s a hard beating of hearts as Tanner and Beaux ache to be something that may be a fantasy, the hard beating of blood in their veins as they take each other for the first, the second first, and then maybe the last time, and the hard beating of my head against the wall as truths were uncovered, secrets revealed, and careers were put on the line.
This is angst-ridden, kindle-gripping, scream-inducing deliciousness. Kristy takes you to your breaking point…and just when you think you can’t handle any more, she gives you more. This story is told in Tanner’s point of view, and I LOVED being inside his head. I would have also loved his head to be inside of…*cough* ok. um. yes. back to the review.
Needless to say, Tanner is a sexy beast. If you follow K. Bromberg’s books, you know him as Rylee’s brother (if you don’t follow her books, you need to…like yesterday). He’s the voice of logic, the protective older brother, and one hell of a journalist. He just lost his partner and best friend, Stella, due to the conflict and his job, and those protective instincts flare up to full force once he meets BJ Crosyln, his new photographer and partner.
The problem is that he immediately doesn’t like her. He likes her beauty, he likes her body, he likes her fiery spirit, but yet, there’s just something about her he doesn’t trust. His mind fails to mention that to his dick and a serious conflict arises causing sudden bursts of angry shouting interspersed with clashing tongues and teeth. Beaux is a more than willing participant, but is equally burdened by an instant lust/hate relationship she finds with Tanner.
If you love a good hate fucking, Bromberg delivers fantastic hate fucking. I’ve never wanted to have make up sex more in my life. There are so many secrets being kept that as one falls to the ground, the others start to follow like dominos until Tanner’s heart is left in dire state of emergency. Hit after hit keeps coming, leaving chaos, disaster and maybe….just maybe…a little hope?
Bromberg writes fantastically, as per usual, and weaves a complicated story with ease. Hard Beat is one hell of a ride and an explosion of intense desires, waring needs, gut wrenching emotion and sweet relief. Insert book hangover here. 5 stars. #MustRead.
[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]