Series: Driven #5
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Driven
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 have been very conflicted about writing this review. I really don’t enjoy writing reviews for books that I didn’t love but I there is something very different about this one that has me all strung up. I obviously expected romance but Slow Burn is so much more than that. The personal journey that Haddie goes through is heartbreaking and somber and so unexpected. I mean when this issue View Spoiler »Haddie after just losing her sister the year before to breast cancer, finds a lump in her breast, and struggles with the possibility (and eventual diagnosis of breast cancer) with her fear of falling in love with Becks and putting him through the same pain. « Hide Spoiler was brought to my attention, I won’t lie, I cried my eyes out. I haven’t ugly cried like that in such a long time. It was devastating and I felt that pain.
You would think that this strong reaction would be an automatic 5 star read, right? Sadly, no. Despite having a connection to Haddie and Becks and the struggles of their relationship, my problem simply comes down to Ms. Bromberg’s writing style. I am in no way saying her writing style is wrong, or bad, or anything of that nature, it’s just not for me.For example:
“Fought it until I realized a voodoo pussy is a grown man’s lucky charms”
That above quote was between Becks and Colton but cheesy dialogue like that kept taking me so far away from the story. It’s one thing to be witty but it got to a point that I was cringing and rolling my eyes when stuff like this was said:
“You’ve already knocked me out, but I’m still fighting. Take the chance. Bell’s about to ring.”
I remember Colton and Rylee talking like that from Driven and I had hoped that it would be toned down for Becks and Haddie and yet it was just as bad. It also made differentiating between the couples non-existent because apparently in that part of the world everyone talks in witty barbs and corny dialogue. Not every sentence needs to be quotable. I feel it did a disservice to the story because every time something like that was said I found myself rolling my eyes and not looking forward to what happened next.
That in addition to Haddie constantly running away from Becks, it became impossible to enjoy this story as a whole. I hate that I wasn’t able to overlook these issues in favor of the plot because I really do believe this a story that could touch people on an emotional level. I wish I felt differently but sadly by the end this book just wasn’t meant for me.