Series: Driven #8
Genres: New Adult
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Driven, Fueled
Also by this author: Driven, Fueled, Sweet Cheeks, Sweet Rivalry, The Player, The Catch, Cuffed, Control, Resist, Reveal
The New York Times bestselling Driven series continues with a standalone story about finding love where you least expect it… Behind the wheel, racing champion Zander Donavan is at the top of his game. But after too much excess in his personal life, he’s forced to step away. He needs to accomplish something all on his own—outside of his famous father’s shadow. Getty Caster is running away from the abuse that clouds her past. She thinks she’s found the perfect escape—until she discovers a stranger in the beachside cottage she’d been promised. He’s undeniably sexy, but she’s there to heal. Alone. Before long though, fighting with each other turns into fighting their attraction. And giving into desire sets off a chain reaction that has their pasts colliding. With an unexpected love on the line, can they overcome the fallout to build a future?
Down Shift was one of those books that I both desperately wanted to read and avoid. Confusing? Yes. But so are my feelings about the entire Driven Series!! If you saw my reviews of the first couple books, you know what I mean. I hated Colton. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why so many people LOVED him. Rylee deserved better! I get that he was all damaged and had a horrible childhood. I was empathetic. But, it didn’t give him the right to string Rylee along! But, I digress…
Down Shift is the story of Zander, Rylee and Colton’s adopted son. Like Colton, Zander has a pretty jacked up past and he has let it turn him into a less than stellar adult. He has made some really terrible choices in life and then pushed Colton away when he tried to help. He heads to Smitty’s house in Washington state to try and get his shit together. He is surprised to find someone already living there! Getty is escaping her own problems. Both she and Zander are guarded and not wanting to really share their feelings or anything (even though it would help!).
I loved that Bromberg has created such deep, layered characters in Getty and Zander. Their stories have so many parallels it is striking. Both of them have so much growing up to do in their own way. Zander is dealing with the pain of his past and lashing out at everyone else. Getty is broken and beat down from her previous life and trying to find out who she is as her own person. Bromberg writes it beautifully though so that neither of them seem whiny or immature.
So, why do I love these books even when I HATE them? Thats what Bromberg has created for me: characters who are not perfect, but real. A plot that is striking in its horror but honest and true. Damaged characters that you find yourself rooting for because you want them to find peace. Honestly, books like Down Shift are the reason I love reading so much and authors like Bromberg are the masters!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: I did tear up a bit!
- Trope: on the run
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Getty’s ex was abusive and she has flashbacks to what happened. Also, there is a scene that is descriptive of the abuse that may be difficult for some readers « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »Yes with a beautiful epilogue that I want to read over and over again! « Hide Spoiler