Review ~ Down Shift by K. Bromberg

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The New York Times bestselling Driven series continues with a standalone story about finding love where you least expect it…
 
down-shiftBehind 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’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?

 

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Down Shift is my first K. Bromberg book. For years my bookish friends would read and n’t to opportunity to indulge. Then, I had the chance and I took it. I ran with that chance and Just Jumped. I now understand why everyone loves this woman’s writing.

From the prologue. I know that’s not a full sentence, but is an important one. That is where my gut sank to my feet and I absolutely, one-hundred percent, without a doubt had to know what would happen. I was gutted, floored, sad, melancholy, vaklempt (Mike Meyers, did I spell that right?) for crying out loud! This poor person was falling apart and I was right there with them. The first pages contained so much pain, sorrow, perceived betrayal, and confusion that I was unsure if I could make it through the rest of the book. But I did.

“Kind of hard to desire both solitude and some company.”

This. This quote right here was it for me. Haven’t we all be in this place before? Desperate for both, unable to be satisfied with either? This was my favorite quote in the whole book.

Zander and Getty (or Socks hee hee) come together wonderfully. Not too easily, not too difficult, just … Naturally. The relationship has it’s boundaries *wink wink read the book* but they are not limiting. In a way I find that the characters were freed by this. Each time a line was crossed we, the readers, are treated to a lovely moment. Trust. Faith. Self acceptance. Self discovery. All of it. Oh, and the sex? Holy mind-blowing Batman! Zander can teach a lot of the male population a thing or two.

Each character has done sous stuff they’re going through, and Bromberg really allows for them to have their voice, their time to get a handle on the problem. The journey tugs at so many heartstrings I felt like a marionette puppet. K just kept pulling me this way and that … kick your leg … jump here… smack your face. It was a rush. Just Jump. Right into this book.

As I said, I have not read the rest of the series, so if you haven’t don’t worry. But honestly, it’s all I want to do right now.

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