Hello, wonderlandians. We are back in the world of Rylee and Colton. This is the second book in the Driven series. If you have not read my review on Driven I would recommend reading that first. You might get a little lost on what I am talking about in this review.
I do want to say that if I get a little ranty I am so sorry. This book had me feeling all of the things. We will get to all of that and more after we talk about the cover.
What happens when the one person you never expected suddenly happens to be the one you’ll fight the hardest to keep?
Colton stole my heart. He wasn’t supposed to, and I sure as hell didn’t want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist.
Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don’t think I’ll ever be the same. She’s seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she’s still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint, and I am most definitely the sinner.
How is it the one thing neither of us wanted—neither of us anticipated that fateful night—has us fighting so hard to keep?
He steals my breath, stops my heart, and brings me back to life again all in a split second of time. But how can I love a man who won’t let me in? Who continually pushes me away to prevent me from seeing the damaged secrets in his past? My heart has fallen, but patience and forgiveness can only go so far.
How can I desire a woman who unnerves me, defies me, and forces me to see that in the deep, black abyss of my soul there’s someone worthy of her love? A place and person I swore I’d never be again. Her selfless heart and sexy body deserve so much more than I’ll ever be capable of giving her. I know I can’t be what she needs, so why can’t I just let her go?
We are driven by need and fueled with desire, but is that enough for us to crash into love?
We have the three different covers. I personally have to say that I like the last cover the best. It is the newest cover. The starting from left to right left you to have the original cover, the middle one is the audio book cover, and the last one is the newest rendition of the cover. I have to say for me it is the most eye-catching out of them all.
So I’ve actually given myself a couple of days before I went into this review. I thought I was going to get very ranty with this review. There are a lot of reasons why I thought I get this way. This book really makes you feel some type of way. Every emotion that you can ever feel you will feel with this book.
Before I go further into my review you guys know I like to give a disclaimer if I feel that there could potentially be something triggering to somebody. At the opening of the book, there is a flashback to Colton’s childhood that has to do with abuse. So take that as you well if you guys can’t handle childhood abuse which is very instrumental to this story. Then I really would suggest not going on with the story. There is, however, a reason why he goes through what he goes through. It shows throughout the book how one can overcome abused as a child. That’s all I’m gonna say about that because I don’t wanna ruin the book for those of you who decide to go on with the series.
So the last book ends on a cliffhanger. I was heartbroken by how the first book ended. Thankfully in the prologue, we get an understanding of why it ended the way that the book ended. So I love the author for that. Now I love this series. I don’t know if this Author is an evil genius or she just really likes to play with the emotions of her readers. I’m gonna go with she’s an evil genius. K. Bromberg writes characters that you 100% cannot forget. The way she writes Colton specifically to me he is so beautifully flawed if you well. His character has gone through a great challenge in his early years and I feel like he could be a very real person. Most books I don’t feel the characters are real. Like I love the characters and I would love to be friends with characters of other books but when I leave the story I don’t feel like it’s real life. Because honestly most books that I read they are paranormal or supernatural books. I definitely feel with this book that I am reading about my friends. I was so emotionally invested that I finish these books essentially in less than a week.
The author does write a book that you can read after you finish the series or you can read it before you read the last book. This is just scenes from Colton’s perspective. She ends up giving a little note before the scene in explaining why she did what she did. So I really enjoyed that fact. But I definitely wouldn’t read it before this book. It’s called Raced. That book has scenes from the first book and a from this book.
Now again I’m going to be talking about three of our main characters. And then I will be getting into more information about the movie that is coming up. It has been announced that they are making all three books in the series into movies. So I will be using pictures from the movie that’s coming out I believe next year. So we can kind of put some contexts to the characters with the people who will be playing them.
Rylee Thomas – I gave glowing reviews about Rylee in the last book. I don’t know what it is about her in this book in particular but she had me so freaking frustrated through the last half of this book. She is probably one of the most stubborn characters I have ever met in a book. Now don’t get me wrong I understand why she was the way she was in this book specifically. I am really trying not to give spoilers away but again this is the second book. Now I’m going to have to say for maybe 10 to 12 chapters towards the end she was so irritating. And I don’t mean irritating as in I didn’t like her. Again I am so invested in these characters that when they’re hurting I am hurting. I honestly feel like Rylee is like my girl and I wanted to shake her and just wake her up. I was crying for Rylee at the end of this book. There is something that happens to her that has me still thinking about it and has me shook I was crying for Rylee at the end of this book.
I was bawling my eyes out at one point. Because what happens to her is so heart wrenching and you’re like is the author just that mean to these characters or is it really plot driven. What happens to Rylee is 100% plot driven. I feel while there was a lot of growth for Rylee’s character in this book there were 10 chapters where I felt she took a lot of steps back but she did end up redeeming herself and in all reality that’s all matters for me is that she redeemed herself. And I love her to death.
Colton Donavan – Actually did you hear from his point of view in this book and I love it. The author she did the dual perspective very well. For me, it takes a very talented author to write a dual perspective that is amazing. Colton for me is up there with my favorite characters. He has a lot that happens to him in his early life which really carves out who he is as a person. Being the fact that he was abused in his early life you get a sense of why he is the way that he is today. You get these moments throughout the book with Colton and Rylee where they are so hot and cold with each other and most of that is due to Colton. He does have a coping mechanism that I have done in my life. As you guys know I have OCD and depression and one of the coping mechanisms that he specifically has is he will try and push everybody away one to prove that he can as well as to know who’s really going to stay with him. That is something I could very much connect with the character. A lot of the time from his perspective we get the insight of why his thought pattern is the way that it is. So I really enjoyed that the author did give us that perspective. Otherwise, I really would be yelling at Colton the entire time and not really like him as much as I really do.
He tries to fight so much against her felt for Rylee and one thing Rylee is is a fighter so she will fight for both of them. If you’re with Rylee you’re with her boys. Colton’s interactions with the boys are very important to the story because he gets very attached to them.
In a way, I feel that the boys really end up helping Colton grow as a character and I enjoy that fact so much. There is a lot of times when an author will just focus on the two main characters and yeah still have the side characters in an out by in romance it really is about the driving force of the two main characters. So the fact that she not only includes the best friend and the boys as such a part of the growth of the characters it really shows at least to me what the author is really capable of. Most of the time I don’t find that connection with the secondary characters as I do the main characters.
Zander – I love this boy so much. Zander’s character in this next book grows so much. When we first meet him he doesn’t talk in the first parking is very very shy and really the only one that gets him talking you can is Colton and bond that they have is amazing. Now he and Rylee have a very special relationship. I honestly feel that he has the closest bond of mother and son at least this book. He has been with her the shortest amount of time but the relationship that you feel between the two of them is incredible. Colton and Zander have a relationship that I feel Rylee won’t understand. They both come from very similar backgrounds so you can tell Colton loves him immediately. Colton doesn’t do love.
Zander, as I’ve said, goes through a lot of progress in this book is interacting with people more it seems that he’s a lot less scared around people and he’s also talking to people. I’m in love with this little boy so much that I’m kind of sad that there is more of him in the book. That’s OK because the parts of him that we get to see interacting with his family. It’s amazing because it shows that just because you are related to somebody by blood that doesn’t necessarily make them your family. Rylee has taken these seven bully and it made a family with them. She gets to be a mom to these boys. Well, they don’t call her mom that’s exactly what she is to them. The bond that she has with Zander is very amazing. Zander relies on Rylee so much and when he’s up that she’s upset which ends up making you upset.
One thing that I do want to point out that kind of didn’t sit right with me is the fact that describe Rylee’s inner monologue through some of the harder parts of the book. She uses the term my Schizophrenic thoughts. I personally wouldn’t have used get the term schizophrenic to describe thoughts. I guess for me that’s really the only “negative” thing I could say about the book. I don’t know what do you guys think would you ever use a term like that describe somebody’s inner thoughts no matter how scattered they are. I personally would have gone with my racing thoughts.
Tatiana Sokolov is amazing as always. She never disappoints when reading a book. Every time I hear a book but she narrates I am at peace. That is the one thing that I love about audiobooks is the fact they can put me at peace.
Sean Crisden this is the first book that I have heard him narrate. His voice is so smooth when he reads. Sean and Tatiana are amazing together when reading. They do a lot of books together and I have been finding that when you have a girl and a guy who read the other day typically tend to read a lot of books you have there. They complement each other so well. His voice I could fall asleep to him talking every single night. He has such a vulnerability about him when the scene calls for it in the book, Also I find that when he does a woman’s voice I do not cringe. That Is one of the biggest things I find with male narrators that when they do a female voice I cringe so hard. There was none of that he was absolutely incredible. And together they are just magic.
I said earlier in the post I was going to bring the movie news. The author of the series K. Bromberg did an interview in a private group on Facebook that now. She was talking about how she was very excited that her books are being made into movies. one piece of information that I really liked was the fact that she had said that the people in the movie I’ve only read the first book because they didn’t want to be spoiled about their characters. This means that their reactions to what could be happening in the upcoming movies are going to be very authentic. Now when they go and film the other two movies I do have a feeling that they are going to be reading the book so that way they know what they’re character in the book was feeling at that moment. Although with the script I do believe that they would be able to tell what the character is feeling anyway. When they read the books will definitely get him or end up an idea of what characters are supposed to be like though.
There have been so many behind the scenes photos. I am so excited for this movie. Now you guys know I did a review of The Matchmaker’s Playbook after I read the book. I still need to get the movie review up I’m sorry I really do want to watch it one more time. I’m even more excited for this that I was bored The Matchmaker’s Playbook. That should tell you how fantastic these books are.
I hope you guys enjoyed this really long with you. I think this is the longest review I’ve ever done.
Thank you guys for joining us here in our little part of Wonderland. Please do not forget to feed the unicorns on your way out. They have been loving all the attention that you guys have been giving them lately.
Until next time