Book review: Sweet Ache by K Bromberg

23 Jul

Hawkin Play, the bad boy rock star with a good guy heart, has lived a lifetime of cleaning up after his twin brother’s mistakes. Hunter’s most recent screwup could land Hawke in jail and risk the band’s future. Hawke agrees to guest lecture at a local college to stay in the judge’s good graces-and a bet with his bandmate to seduce his sexy teaching assistant is icing on the cake.

Quinlan Westin is harder to bed than Hawke imagined. She knows his type and is determined to avoid the rocker at all costs-even if their attraction runs deeper than simple lust.

Just as Hawke might finally be winning over the girl, his brother has other plans. When Hunter realizes his twin finally has a weakness, he’ll stop at nothing to take advantage…

Sweet Ache is the sixth novel in Kelly Bromberg’s Driven series but don’t worry if you haven’t read any of the others – I hadn’t either and this story stands perfectly well on its own.

This is the story of Hunter and Hawkin Play (such great names!) and their turbulent relationship as brothers. There’s emotional turmoil a-plenty and having pegged Hunter as the quintessential bad boy rocker at the start of the book, I was surprised as his back story was revealed. If you weren’t already enraptured by his flirtatious personality, good looks and musical talent, I think you’ll find it hard not to love him when you find out what he’s gone through and is still going through in his life!

Quinlan Westin makes a fab female lead and can certainly give as good as she gets. The banter between Quin and Hawke sparked off the page from the start. With a very well written love/hate relationship, Bromberg sure knows how to build the tension between her leading man and woman and I was hooked from the beginning.  This book comes with a hot, hot, hot romance rating from me and boy do those sparks fly!

I liked the way Bromberg put Hawk into a situation that was out of his comfort zone and set the scene for him to meet Quin but aside from the romance element to this novel there is a dark and emotional side that tore at my heart strings. As Hunter and Hawk’s back story and relationships with their parents was revealed, I was shocked – it takes a lot to surprise me in a book but I did not see the twist in the tale coming which makes Sweet Ache a story that I won’t forget easily.

It’s always good to discover a new author and I really enjoyed this book so it’s great to see that Kelly has a large back catalogue for me to read in future!


Sweet Ache is out now in paperback and ebook formats from Piatkus.

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I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me a review copy of this book.

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