Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
J&G : 4.5Star
Jenny: I have to say, I experienced mixed emotions picking up this final instalment in the Driven Trilogy. There was jubilation at the thought of spending more time with Rylee, Colton and the gang, yet sadness in thinking…this is it. This is the final instalment in a series that gripped me and held me captive all the way through…from the first page of Driven to the last page of Crashed and we’ve been there from its beginning to its conclusion. It’s always tough saying goodbye to characters when they have cemented a place in your heart.
Help me. Save me. Redeem me.
Crashed picked up right where we were left gasping and peeling our fingers off our Kindles in Fueled. K Bromberg has certainly given us some heart palpitating moments and her cliffhangers are legendary! But we always forgave her because what she achieved through those cliffys was to build up the anticipation for the next book, and luckily for us, she never kept us waiting too long. One thing for certain…she certainly made us want to dive straight in after she left us hanging!
“Relationships aren’t easy. They’re hard and can be brutal at times…but those are the times you learn the most about yourself….”
First up, that prologue. Wow! K Bromberg, you never fail to hook me in with your engrossing prologues and Crashed was no exception. What a way to kick it off! Seriously, I don’t think I moved except to turn the page. It was tragic, heartbreaking, moving and the suspense garnered in those scenes had me riveted and on the edge of my seat.
“I can’t be your spark if I can’t feel yours, so don’t you dare burn out on me.”
Rylee’s pain and heartbreak seeps through the pages of Crashed as you feel the fragile grip she has on her sanity and her heart during some heart stopping moments. Rylee’s strength amazed me and she really digs deep in Crashed. To experience Colton’s fears first hand, his fear of life, his fear of love, his fear of happiness and his fear of facing his past was powerful to say the least and it’s all brought together so poignantly and beautifully in Crashed. K Bromberg really has done her readers proud in this final instalment.
“How could I walk away from those eyes and the smile I knew was hiding somewhere beneath the fear and shame”
There were times in Crashed when I found myself clutching my chest with anticipation and there were times when the pure emotion of some scenes would come crashing down on me. Rylee and Colton’s story is brought to a gripping and moving conclusion that had my heart racing a few times and relishing in the growth between Rylee and Colton. I have to say, the moments between Colton and his father reduced me to a snivelling wreck. This instalment was an emotionally charged, adrenaline filled, steamy and passionate read with the trademark cheekiness, humor and warmth we’ve come to love. Yep! I “race” this series!
Gitte: I’m always filled with trepidation before starting the third and last book in a trilogy I love. The apprehension stemming from falling in love with the characters, living what seems a life-time with them, crying, laughing, swooning and fearing with and over them. However, once I started Crashed I felt like it was only yesterday we were left in that horrible freeze frame moment that tore our hearts out. But not only that, I have to say K. Bromberg is the Queen of Prologues in my opinion, no question about it.
Spiderman. Batman. Superman. Ironman.
She sucks you into the story again within a few words, and that’s you hooked all over again inhaling every word feeling warm and possessive over Rylee and Carlton. Because truly I do, this couple have cemented their place in the top of my list of all-time favourite couples. I love them with all my heart.
“You came from a place of unfathomable pain and yet you…you’re this incredible light who has helped to heal me, has helped to heal my boys.”
Seriously, how much have we been through with these two, all of it so heart breaking yet so passion-filled and emotional. Nevertheless, there’s so much still for them to resolve within themselves and with others, in order to find their true happiness without living in the shadows of the past and in the shadows of the ones who wronged them.
‘…we need to crack. We need to break. Only then can we pick up each other’s pieces and make each other whole again.’
Oh and then there’s that ‘little’ issue of how we were left at the end of Fueled!! My pulse was racing…..pun totally intended!
Colton broke me, he reduced me to a crying mess and at times I truly wished I could’ve jumped into the kindle and demanded calm – order and maybe a few hits. Oh and in between the heart-break we had the passionate all-consuming sex on bloody legs who reduced me to a puddle…on a spoon….that…yeah I’m going to stop here!
“..I want to be your first, your last, and every fucking thing in between.” – Colton
Colton went through the ringer in Crashed, but he needed to in order to resolve his emotions, learn who he truly is and realise that what others may have inflicted on you does not determine the man you become. Only you determine that. You chose your destiny when you realise the man you want to be; what prints you want to leave in life. Now that is not an easy feat nor is it something that just happens, it’s bloody hard all things considering, so bless our Rylee.
“Why do you love me, Rylee?”
Rylee truly grew in Crashed and showed Carlton what an amazing man he is, how much he’s loved and how he inspires everything good in those who love him who are loved by him in return. She also went through one hell of a journey in Crashed; so many obstacles, so much pain and heart-ache. Yet she fought like a soldier and stood steadfast when everything around her crumbled. I cried many tears alongside her.
“Don’t you know? You’re my motherfucking chequered flag.”
There were so many scenes of astounding sublime genius where you hold your breath, your heart bleeds and you feel every single word. Scenes where you watch as events play out before you and you marvel at the brilliance of K. Bromberg. I ‘lego’ this series to the moon and back and I ‘race’ Colton and Rylee!
“A to the motherfucking Z “… Kristy!!!! Oh and “…you will never be inconsequential.”
J&G: We can’t help but marvel at the growth K Bromberg has shown as an author since we first sampled her writing when we devoured Driven mid last year. Not only that, but she has allowed her characters to grow right along with her.
Rylee and Colton’s story has been tumultuous, passionate, engrossing, emotional and beautiful, with a heat factor that has been off the charts. It has become one of our favourite series, and one we’ve never hesitated in recommending to our fellow readers.
In this final instalment K Bromberg delivered. She encapsulated the trials and tribulations, the pitfalls and successes, the love and the heartbreak that has been Colton and Rylee’s journey in The Driven Trilogy and we’re so happy to have been there from the start of the race to the chequered flag!
‘Fuck if she’s not everything I need and nothing that I deserve.’
So why not a 5 star you ask. Whilst Crashed delivered on so many counts there were a couple of sub plots we felt stilted the flow of the story for us. We did however find ourselves a little conflicted on these because the eventual conclusions were an integral part of the story and the relationship between Rylee and Colton and what transpired from them did have us clutching our hearts and sobbing.
“Remember, hurting is feeling and feeling is living and isn’t it good to be alive?”
Ohhh that Epilogue….it was pure perfection! Sigh……….It’s with a heavy heart that we bid Rylee and Colton farewell. You’ll be missed guys.
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
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