The New York Times bestselling author of Slow Burn turns up the heat when a sexy bet turns into so much more…

Hawkin Play, the bad boy rock star with a good guy heart, has lived a lifetime of cleaning up after his twin brother’s mistakes. Hunter’s most recent screw-up could land Hawke in jail and risk the band’s future. Hawke agrees to guest lecture at a local college to stay in the judge’s good graces—and a bet with his bandmate to seduce his sexy teaching assistant is icing on the cake.

Quinlan Westin is harder to bed than Hawke imagined. She knows his type and is determined to avoid the rocker at all costs—even if their attraction runs deeper than simple lust.

Just as Hawke might finally be winning over the girl, his brother has other plans. When Hunter realizes his twin finally has a weakness, he’ll stop at nothing to take advantage…
Sweet Ache
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An Excerpt from Sweet Ache


I keep my eyes fixed on the freeway in front of me as I let the comment resonate, knowing it’s truth despite the constant tumult that burdens me. A part of me sags in relief at her observation, knowing that someone else sees the cracks in my resolve while the other part of me begins to question again.

And the scary thing about questions are they usually result in a revolution of some sort. I’m just not sure if I can withstand an overhaul of principles without it resulting in casualties.

“Am I the reason he’s like this Q? How did this person I’ve been with since conception . . . how can we experience the same tragedy but be so completely different? Did I try too hard, protect him too much, throw him to the wolves when I shouldn’t have and end up proving I’m just like Dad?” I speak the questions floating around in my mind aloud, throw them out there even though I know there’s no way in hell she has the answers.

She does nothing more than reach over and lace her fingers with mine, staying silent, but her unconditional support is deafening. Except even with someone beside you, the quiet has a way of smothering you when you’re left alone with just your thoughts. And of course mine turns to where we are headed right now.

My Review

I have to say going into this one I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  Quinn wasn’t one of the characters from the Driven books that we really knew all that much about, other then the obvious, she’s Colton Donovan’s sister, and daughter to a famous director.  So one might expect to find an uppity socialite, who would ride the coat tails of her families fame, and fortune.  But surprisingly, and thankfully, Quinn is none of the above!

Quinn is a driven young woman, searing for her place in the world.  She’s pretty quite and reserved for the most part, just wanting to finish her schooling and start her career.  She’s sworn off men, cause every relationship she’s tried, ended in her heartache, men using her for one thing or another.  Even her brothers relentless and sexy, racing competition, Luke can’t turn her focus.  School, writing her thesis and graduating. That’s all she has time for.  Of course the best laid plans never work out do they, and when her adviser asks her to TA for a guest lecturer it’s the last thing that she needs on her plate.  But she can’t say no.  What she finds when she enters the room is a guest lecturer that will make your temperature rise, your heart beat a little faster and put butterflies in the pit of your stomach.  Hawkin Play was not what she bargained for, he was an enigma she couldn’t have prepared for and he disrupts her life with lighting quick abilities, throwing her cool and typically nonplussed attitude into orbit.

Hawkin Play didn’t expect to have to guest lecture a seminar on Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll.  But when your family does everything they can to literally try to destroy you, well desperate times call for desperate measures and well there will be college women after all.  He’s the player that’s for sure… and he plays women all to his advantage, but it’s all empty and hollow.  He’s still trying to overcome devastation from his past, and the guilt that eats away at him daily.  He failed his family and it’s not something they will let him soon forget.  When you hear his story it will break your heart.  You won’t be able to stem the tears of the pain of what he went through as a young child.  Things turn for Hawkin when his new TA Quinn walks into his lecture.  Hes thrown off kilter by her brazen ball busting banter, and he’s intrigued beyond belief…  His attraction to her grows to epic proportions that could literally ruin them both.

As always K. Bromberg weaves a story of two unlikely characters meeting up and falling in love, no matter what the consequences are.  Quinn and Hawkin have a chemistry that’s palpable.  Their banter will have you feeling like your watching a ping pong match at times.  The sexual tension as they fight against each other will have you begging for the moment they finally given in.  There were a few things that I would have liked to have seen done a little differently, and there were a few spots that were a bit slow for me, but overall this was a solid read with a good plot, and fantastic characters and supporting characters.  Getting to see Ry and Colton and a few others from the Driven series was a nice treat, and seeing Colton playing the protective big brother was a nice change of pace for him.   Overall I would recommend reading Sweet Ache, Hawkin and Q are worth it!


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About K. Bromberg

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner who has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her—the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard. K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good, saucy book. On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Her debut novels, Driven, Fueled, and Crashed of The Driven Trilogy were well received and went on to become multi-platform bestsellers as well as landing on the New York Times and USA Today lists. Her other works include a short story, UnRaveled, and a companion piece to The Driven Trilogy titled Raced. She is currently working on three stand alone Driven novels, Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, and Hard Beat. She also plans to release a novel addressing the 10 year gap at the ending of Crashed in late fall 2015