Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2dP4kyZ
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2cg6Ayp
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 Donavan’s, shadow.
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?
Overall Rating- 5
Reviewed by Jen
I was SO excited to be able to read Downshift because lets face it this Driven series of Kristy’s is pure and simple AMAZING. From the very first book I have always help a special place in my heart for Zander. I always wondered what would become of the lost little boy who wouldn’t speak. As the series developed I was always satisfied with the little updates we would get here and there of Zander and the other boys. I didn’t think we would get Zander’s story but the moment K. Bromberg released the news that she was in fact writing it I couldn’t contain my excited. As you could imagine the moment it appeared on my kindle I “just jumped” and never looked back.
Downshift, is the story of Zander and Getty who are two souls who were dealt really sh(*#* cards in life. Zander is on top of the world in his racing career but still in his father’s shadows. It takes an unexpected delivery to not only knock Zander down from his own pedestal but knock the wind right out of him. Everything he thought he knew to be true- he now questions- and two of the most important people in his life who he thought he could trust- he realizes may have lied to him about the biggest event in his past. Realizing that he needs a break from the life he is living and the people he loves the most he makes his way to a beachside cottage to try and deal with his life and get it in order. Little does he know that this beachside cottage is also a safe haven to a woman who is determined to leave her abusive past behind and start a new. Getty finds solace in this beachside cottage as she tries to overcome the emotional and physical torment of her past and realize her worth and find her true self. Their initial meeting is one for the books and despite both being annoyed and down right pissed that another person has laid claim to this beachside cottage their initial attraction/chemistry to one another is off the charts. As the chemistry and bickering between them intensifies one can’t help but cheer them on to …get it on!!! As time progresses, little do they each know that they will soon come to lean on each other to deal with their pasts and forge ahead in the present. When the pasts that each of them have been running from come barreling in forcing them to deal with their issues will it ruin what they built together or will they realize the foundation they have together is built to last?
I LOVED the characters of Zander and Getty and K. Bromberg could not have written a better story for Zander. It gave me the chills, got me teary eyed at times, and had my lady parts doing a dance at others. In true K. Bromberg fashion she evoked so many of my feelings!! The chemistry between Zander and Getty is so real and heartfelt. You almost feel like this is that one couple you know in life who it feels got the short end of the stick but kept on fighting and you can’t help but cheer them on and want to help them anyway possible. I LOVED how despite how horrible things were for Getty in her life she dusted herself off and knew what she was made of and was determined to overcome it all refusing to go back to her old ways. I have loved all the main female characters in the Driven series but Getty has squeezed her way up to the top near Haddie for me. I can’t say this LOUD ENOUGH but go and read this book. This book is like finding the last double stuff Oreo cookie that was hiding in the package-it makes you smile and completes your day!
“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 eyes wide.
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.”
Want more K. Bromberg?
Sweet Cheeks releases on November 14th
Pre-order on iBooks Here: http://apple.co/2dsJdmh
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 February 2017.
She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media.