Series: Driven #5
Published by Penguin on February 24th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Driven series.
One Night. That's all it was supposed to be.
Reeling from the sudden loss of her sister, Haddie Montgomery has sworn off relationships. All she wanted from Beckett Daniels was a sexy distraction to help her escape her pain for just a little while....There weren’t supposed to be any strings attached—so why can’t she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts? Or the taste of his kiss from her lips?
No matter how hard Haddie tries to forget about him, Becks relentlessly tries to prove that she should start living for today. But she is determined to avoid romantic commitment, and she can always use her ex-boyfriend’s reappearance to help snuff out the slow burn within her that Becks has sparked....
Or will fate force her to realize that this kind of connection doesn’t come along very often and a chance at love is worth the risk?
I’ve enjoyed everything that K. Bromberg has written so far so I thought that “Slow Burn” wouldn’t be any different. Sadly, I have to say that this one was a quite the disappointment. I expected so much more.
So a little background about the story.. “Slow Burn” revolved around Colton and Rylee’s respective bffs – Becks and Haddie. These two have always been attracted to each other but never gave in up until the previous couples’ wedding night.That night of intimacy was never meant to happen but Haddie was pretty determined to get Becks in bed. It was supposed to be a one-night stand…your typical “no strings attached” affair yet after that night of total bliss both couldn’t get each other out of their thoughts.
Becks was the first to admit that he wanted so much more than a night. Haddie felt something too but at the time she wasn’t in the right place to let anybody in. You see, she had recently lost her dearest sister to cancer and was still in the process of grieving. It’s safe to say that she was basically using Becks for sex as a means to escape. And while the sex was outstanding… I couldn’t help but be annoyed with her.
Here we have this all around fantastic guy willing to commit to a relationship. Then we have Haddie who couldn’t make up her mind what she wanted. She was melodramatic, complicated and very unpredictable. You couldn’t tell if she was coming or going. They would make a small step forward but it never failed as soon as that step was made Haddie would get cold feet and would RUN the other way.
“I don’t walk away from the people I love without a fight, and damn it to hell, Haddie Montgomery, you’d better prepare for that fight…”
I understand that she had some personal issues that she needed to process but when she does this countless times to poor Becks I felt irritated to the point that I almost altogether gave up. Besides the wishy-washy heroine there were certain quotations that I thought were extremely corny. There was just something about the delivery that was just …off.
I would have to say that it was Rylee’s presence and Danny’s encouragement was what made the book worthwhile. It was Becks however who was the saving grace. I do have to admit that the story definitely made a turn for the better when Becks was finally able to convince Haddie that he wasn’t going anywhere no matter what came her way. But to be totally honest, it was a little too late in the book to make that huge of a difference.