Down Shift by K. Bromberg: Review

Posted October 12, 2016 in review Tags: ,

Down Shift by K. Bromberg: ReviewDown Shift by K. Bromberg
Pages: 400

Series: Driven #8
Genres: New Adult
Also in this series: Driven, Fueled
Also by this author: Driven, Fueled, Sweet Cheeks, Sweet Rivalry, The Player, The Catch, Cuffed, Control, Resist, Reveal, Hard to Handle, Flirting with 40, Hard to Hold, Hard to Score, Hard to Lose, Hard to Love , Last Resort, On One Condition, Final Proposal , Until You, Sweet Regret, Off the Grid, On the Edge, Over the Limit
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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 »
  • Series/Standalone: stand alone
  • Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
  • HEA: View Spoiler »

The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas, Wet by Stacy Kestwick, Wilder by Rebecca Yarros, An Act of Obsession by KC Lynn…then you will probably like Down Shift!

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About K. Bromberg

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 but can’t help to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book on a whim in 2013, Kristy has sold over one and a half million copies of her books across sixteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over thirty times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by Passionflix with the first movie slated to release in 2018.

With her imagination always in overdrive, K Bromberg is currently scheming, plotting, and swooning over her latest hero. You can find out more about him or chat with Kristy on any of her social media accounts. The easiest way to stay up to date on new releases or sign up for her newsletter (here) or text KBromberg to 77948 to receive text alerts when a new book releases.

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4 responses to “Down Shift by K. Bromberg: Review

  1. Rowena

    Thanks for the review. I was curious about this one but was put off since it’s book 8 in the series and I haven’t read any of the other books. Do I need to read the other books first or was this one good as a standalone?

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