Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Review & Release Blast: Sweet Rivalry by K. Bromberg

Title: Sweet Rivalry
Author: K. Bromberg
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/
Series: 1001 Dark Nights
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺✺.5
SynopsisRyder Rodgers had a plan. 

He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career. But when he walked in and heard the voice of one of his competitors, all his plans were shot to hell. 

Harper Denton. She was always on top. In college. First in their class. Always using every advantage to edge him out to win the coveted positions. The only one who could beat him. His academic rival. More like a constant thorn in his side. And his ego’s. 

When he heard her voice, he was brought back to years before. To the bitter taste of being second best. But the woman who meets his gaze is nothing like the drab wallflower he used to know. Hell no. She was all woman now: curves, confidence, and staggering sex appeal. And no doubt, still brilliant. 

The fact that she’s gorgeous and bright won’t distract him. This time, Ryder’s determined to be the one on top. But not if Harper can help it. 

He takes a step toward me then hesitates, but before I can process anything else, his lips are on mine.

And not just on mine––not just a brush of lips against lips—but I’m talking all in. Hands on my cheeks, tongue licking between my lips, body pressed against mine, groan in the back of his throat, type of all in.

I don’t react at first. I’m stunned. Flabbergasted, my mind reeling from the anger to the surprise to now this without any warning at all.

This is Ryder.

My rival.

My supporter.

My crush.

The thoughts flicker that this is what I’ve wanted. But they soon shift to panic. To insecurity I don’t kiss well enough. That this is all a joke and I’m the butt of it.

But then I feel. Everything. All at once.

And I know this is real.

It’s like I can’t catch my breath and have too much air all at the same time.

My body is on fire. And not just from his touch but from that burn deep inside that feels like it’s exploding and imploding all at once.

So this is what it feels like to really be kissed.

It’s a fleeting thought before the sensations, the moment, the emotions, consume me whole.

His hands move my face to change the angle of the kiss. His fingertips on the line of my jaw singe my skin. His lips move expertly against mine, and all I can do is feel. All I can do is want.

Thinking isn’t an option.

The anger from before has morphed to want. The adrenaline has recharged with desire.

There is no rivalry.

There is no graduation ceremony tomorrow I’m missing to catch my flight.

There is no panic over if I’ll ever see him again.

It’s just him.

And me.

The scent of his cologne in my nose. The heat of his body against mine. The taste of hunger in his kiss.

Book Trailer

New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift), and a novella (UnRaveled). She is currently finishing up Sweet Cheeks a standalone novel out November 14th.

Her plans for 2017 include a sports romance duet (2 books: The Player, The Catch) and the Everyday Heroes series (3 books: Cuffed, Combust, and Cockpit). She’s also writing a novella for the 1,001 Dark Night series that will be out in February 2017.

She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media.


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A quick and satisfying read!

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Harper is about to return to the cut-throat business world and make her mark, once again. But in order to do so, she has to win a bid for her new employer and this is her first try since coming back to California. To make matters worse, one of her competitors is none other than the man who left her heart aching thirteen years ago.

Ryder thinks it's just another day of winning bids and kicking ass. However, his world tilts on its axis when he spots the one woman from his past that still haunts him. And while he knows he should be focusing on his work, he can't help but wonder if the spark between them still burns.

This novella was well-rounded and a great single-sitting read. I have two other 1001 Dark Nights novellas on my TBR but this is the first one I'll be reviewing. And what a nice way to start the collection!

Both of our characters were a delight to follow. I loved that each harbored romantic feelings for the other but both were conflicted by their current work situation. The sexual tension was delicious and I laughed out loud a few times, too. The elevator scene? Hilarious.

The romance was hot and I really liked the sweet way our couple interacted with each other. My only qualm was the ending. I didn't really get a sense of how the pair intended to make their relationship work. Sure, they could set aside their competitive nature for a while, but how were they going to stay together when constantly working against each other. I would have liked to see just one line that gave me hope for a HEA versus a HFN. 

In closing... 
A solid read and great addition to the collection. 4.5 suns!