Series: Driven #6
on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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…
I’ve been in love with K. Bromberg’s Driven series since the very beginning. The characters in her books have heart, the bonds between friends are impenetrable, the humor flows, and there is always an underlying poignancy to elevate the stories from being more than just over-sexed romanced novels. Sweet Ache is no exception.
Quinlan is a feisty graduate student who is kind, intuitive, and – oh yeah – extremely confident of her sexuality. (You go, girl!) Hawkin is the bad boy lead singer of the rock band, Bent. He’s sex personified wrapped up in a whole lot of cockiness. Underneath all that though, lies a tremendous vulnerability. As he and Quinlan grow closer, Hawkin struggles with family loyalty, guilt, and the burdens of expectations. For me, there’s nothing sexier than a strong man allowing a woman to see him work through his weaknesses.
Although the story is engaging, the book is too long in my opinion. The pacing drags in places, and I might have enjoyed it more with further editing. Even so, the positives outweigh the negatives. This book gives a real “I’m with the band” feel as we get to see the lives the band members lead off stage, as well as their camaraderie. The good twin/bad twin rivalry between Hawkin and Hunter makes for some entertaining conflict. Of course, I wouldn’t expect anything less of K. Bromberg than burn-up-the-sheets love scenes between Quinlan and Hawkin, and she delivers them in spades. However, there are also several surprisingly touching moments.
While Sweet Ache features some of my favorite characters from previous Driven books, it easily stands alone yet it blends in very nicely with the rest of the series.
Recommended for fans of:
Rock star romance
Steamy love scenes