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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.

Synopsis

When life crashes down around us, how hard are we willing to fight for the one thing we can’t live without, each other?

Life is full of moments.
Big moments.
Little moments.
And none of them are inconsequential.
Every single moment prepares you for that one instance that defines your life. You must overcome all your fears, confront the demons that chase you, and cleanse the poison that clings to your soul or you risk the chance of losing everything.

Mine started the minute Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet. She made me feel. Made me whole when all I thought I could ever be was incomplete. Became the lifeline I never knew I needed. Hell yes, she’s worth the fight…but how do you fight for someone you know you don’t deserve?

Love is full of ups and downs.
Heart stopping highs.
Soul shattering lows.
And none of them are insignificant.
Love is a racecourse of unexpected twists and turns that must be negotiated. You have to break down walls, learn to trust, and heal from your past in order to win. But sometimes it’s the expected that’s the hardest to hold on to.

Colton has healed and completed me, stolen my heart, and made me realize our love’s not predictable nor perfect—it’s bent. And bent’s okay.But when outside factors put our relationship to the test, what lengths will I have to go to prove to him that he’s worth the fight?

Whoever said love is patient and love is kind, never met the two of us. We know our love is worth it—have acknowledged that we were meant to be—but when our pasts crash into our future, will the repercussions make us stronger or break us apart?

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41 Comments:


  1. Roselle Torres said:

    Thank you so much!!! I’ve been waiting for this book 3!! YAY!!!

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  2. Kim U said:

    I love Colton- he is such a fantastic mix of swagger, confidence, sex on legs and vulnerability that you can’t help but adore him!

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  3. SuperBad1 said:

    I love this series! There is so much to love about Colton & Rylee! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  4. Andi M said:

    This is one of my all-time favorite series. Colton and Rylee are an incredible couple who have to work through such painful pasts in order to make a future together. I would love to win!

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  5. kgagnon2013 said:

    I love this series because it touches all my emotions. They have great banter, hot chemistry, and they make each other stronger and more vulnerable which drives each of them crazy just like me. I wanted to scream at them sometimes and throw my kindle but in the end I couldn’t stop reading. Thank you for the chance to win this, I book blog you! =D

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  6. kp said:

    I have been waiting for this book to come out to start the series! Can’t wait!!!

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  7. Lela said:

    Iwaited for the book 3 to come out to start the series! I heard onlythe best so i’m starting soon wit it!! Thnx for the Giveaway!

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  8. v.mullenax said:

    Nice giveaway

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  9. gemiinii said:

    I haven’t had the pleasure to read this trilogy yet, I’m waiting on the last book to be released before diving into it. It is definitely on my top TBR list though! Awesome giveaway THANKS!

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  10. jerryandtarah said:

    Awesome giveaway!!

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  11. marcymeyer said:

    I love the dynamic and chemistry between Colton and Rylee! There are sparks every time they are together. It’s an exciting relationship, with lots of issues, which make for a great story! Thanks for this awesome giveaway chance!

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  12. norcam24 said:

    Hope I win!! This is awesome:)

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  13. carolsavoy said:

    This series sounds YUMMY, I so need to get it!

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  14. melerickson said:

    This is a Driven Trilogy lovers dream!!! As I am just that hoping to win 🙂 #vppitcrew

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  15. purplesunsets said:

    Gosh there was just something about Colton I couldn’t help love and Rylee was someone I’d definitely root for. I immensely enjoyed this series, I can’t get enough. thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  16. Kim M. said:

    These books have gotten to me in many ways, Rylee being such a good girl and with Colton he has something to prove to both of them! It’s gonna he one helluva ride once it start! Just hate to see it go!

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  17. rachaelsauve-cumle said:

    Love, love, love this series!! I cannot wait to read CRASHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. IrisM said:

    OMG, fabulous giveaway!

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  19. artdem said:

    Love the story, love the chemistry between Colton and Rylee, love the dialogues between them and above all I love Colton. He is a very well written character. Even with so much painful past, he is not a weak person. For me he is perfect!

    Raffle name: Demitra Giote

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  20. jodi marinich said:

    great series

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  21. Mary Mooney said:

    I love Colton and Rylee, the chemistry between them flies off my kindle. They both are strong and vulnerable in their own way and they help each other to see the better in life. I would love to win this. Thanks for a fan-damn-tastic trilogy and a great giveaway!

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  22. debradiaz said:

    Hot race car drivers, need I say more!

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  23. Patty Tennyson said:

    I love this series!!!
    Colton is one of my top fave book boyfriends and I’m so excited for Crashed and yet sad that this will be the end of an amazing story!!! 🙁

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  24. Kim said:

    I love how much Rylee and Colton give back! I love their chemistry! I can’t wait to see how this series ends. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Kim said:

    I love how much Rylee and Colton give back! I love their chemistry! I can’t wait to see how this series ends. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. nessabear327 said:

    I love the way these two love each other it’s like they need one another to bring out things in themselves they’d be afraid too. I hope I win this it’d be an awesome bday present!!

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  27. chattycathy521 said:

    I love Colton and Riley’s chemistry, they are two broken people who are better together. You just want them to realize what they could have if they put their fears behind them. It’s like I know them and know that they deserve so much better for themselves then they allow.

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  28. millerbca said:

    I am an avid race car fan so I enjoy grabbing up a good book about hot hunky race drivers. Wow oh wow. This series has not disappointed. The thing is, as much as I LOVE Colton, I am just wowed by Riley. I have to say this trilogy is on my top 5 list. I have it on ebook but when I love a series or a book as much as I love these, I always get them in book format. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway. K. Bromberg keep writing such awesome books.

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  29. jessiel62 said:

    I loved this series because it gave me pure enjoyment to read. It had sizzling chemistry between the main characters from the beginning & only got hotter as the books progressed. Couldn’t help but fall in love with Colton & Rylee is a strong, confident & determined. This is one of my top 10 series of 2013. I cannot wait to have Crashed download on my Kindle in less than 48 hours. Thank you K. Bromberg for giving us one hell of a story with a well written storyline! I “race” you.

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  30. lea said:

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! *fingers crossed*

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  31. Cris said:

    I loved this series because of the love story between Colton and Rylee. Even though both have a dark past, they still try to understand and trust each other. I love the heartache brought by the conflict of the story. I just love the story!

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  32. cansu barn said:

    I love the characters and the relationships between them. And of course they are hot 🙂

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  33. Bube said:

    I haven’t read this series yet :D(I know,shame on me 😀 ),but I plan to read 🙂
    Thanks for this amazing opportunity! 🙂

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  34. glam009 said:

    I haven’t read this series yet but is my next reading 🙂 thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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  35. sjgbreeze said:

    I loved this series. It had everything I crave in a captivating, enticing read. Found myself “sucked in” from the start.

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  36. heycaandy said:

    oh because this series is amazing!!! one of my fav books <3

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  37. aznangel_dd said:

    I love this series because it’s such an emotional read…to say the least! Two broken people finding love…does it get any better?!!!

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  38. mchellym said:

    I love this series. Finished crashed earlier, did not think I would cry as much as I did!

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  39. LilithNyx said:

    I love this series its amazing,thank you so much for this chance 🙂 🙂

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  40. yinyuetianshi said:

    I loved this series so much, especially this last installation. I’ve never had to take breaks reading a book, but I had to for this one. It was filled with so much emotion and the book hangover is huge. I still can’t pick up where I left off on another book and it’s been a couple days.

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