January 18, 2016


I read Driven, Fueled and Crashed all in a row a year ago. I could not get enough of Colton and Rylee, and when the story was over, of course I wanted more. Finally, K. Bromberg has given me - and scores of other fans - exactly that.

Aced (Driven #5), by K. Bromberg
Publish Date:
January 11, 2016
Publisher: JKB Publishing LLC
Format: e-ARC, provided by Social Butterfly PR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 5 STARS

(Synopsis) Rylee and Colton's ride continues...

One moment. Six years ago.

The night she made the world around me so much more than just a blur. Now it's the catalyst that threatens to tear us apart.

Our happily was supposed to be ever after. So why do I feel like it's slipping through my fingers?

How can one moment, when our world seemed so right, resurface and cause our perfect life to spiral out of control?

I can't lose her.

She's my checkered flag.

If I hadn't read Crashed and that fantastic epilogue, I would've been biting my nails a lot more while reading Aced. Because, holy crap. Colton and Rylee just could not catch a break. And, unfortunately, the bumps in their road to a "piece of peace" are larger than most people have to deal with. 

Rylee has found out she's pregnant, and after six years of marriage, everything seems completely perfect in hers and Colton's lives. That's when everything starts to fall apart. First is Colton's lack of confidence in his ability to be a good father. Next comes a media scandal that completely uproots both Rylee's and Colton's lives and has untold ripple effects. Finally comes the unexpected result of all this stress on Rylee's and Colton's first few months as parents. 

Colton, especially, has gone through a lot in his life. You can't come from where he came from and not have serious misgivings about bringing life into this world. So, I get it. I get why Colton was out of this world happy and utterly terrified all at the same time when Rylee became pregnant. Luckily, he has learned how to communicate far better than he used to, so he bounces things off Rylee, Becks, his father, and even the boys from The House when he needs advice. He has come so far. 

Rylee has always been the strong one, and in Aced, we see that not everyone is strong all the time. She weathers a lot, but there comes a point where she just can't take any more. Luckily, her support system is just as robust as Colton's. Haddie, Quin, her mother and mother-in-law all rally around her, with Colton always by her side, and help her when she needs it the most. 

But, the absolute best part is the love and trust and utter devotion that Colton and Rylee have for one another. Especially Colton. He always knows the right thing to say and do when Rylee needs reassurance or comforting. This man - he. Is. Amazing.

"I know you're disciplined and modest and hate coloring outside the lines, but that you do sometimes just for me. The fact that you do means the world to me. And more than anything, I love that you raced me even when I didn't have any wheels on the fucking track."

If you like angst, then you really need to read Aced. There isn't much levity, but when it comes, of course it comes during conversations between Colton and Becks. I love their friendship so much. 

And, if this series is new to you, then you really need to start it. Driven, Fueled and Crashed tell the story of Colton's and Rylee's road to relationship bliss. Aced starts six years later and fills in some blanks. All the other books that K. Bromberg has written in the Driven world - Slow Burn, Sweet Ache and Hard Beat - take place in the time period between Crashed and Aced. References are made to Tanner's and Quin's significant others, and of course, Haddie and Becks are still together, so everything is tied together nicely. 

Of course, I would never object to more Colton and Rylee, but it appears that, at least for now, their story is done. Now, perhaps someday in the future, we'll get to read more about the boys - Shane, Zander and Austin. I would definitely read those books. But, for now, I'm content learning how Colton and Rylee got to their happily ever after. 

New York Times and USA Today 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), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, Aced, and a short story titled UnRaveled. She is currently working on new projects and a few surprises for her readers.

She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media.

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