Down Shift

Down Shift

by K. Bromberg

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Down Shift by K. Bromberg

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?


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101991770
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Driven Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 30,371
File size: 723 KB

About the Author

K. Bromberg is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Driven novels (including Hard Beat and Sweet Ache) which are spun-off from the Driven trilogy that included Driven, Fueled, and Crash. K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with e-reader in hand devouring a good, saucy book.


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Chapter 1

Getty

"You good, Getty?"

Good?

My mind flashes to a few hours ago. How jumpy both my heart and the rest of me felt when the man from table nine simply touched my forearm as he reached to get my attention for another round. The crash as the bottle of triple sec hit the hardwood floor. The immediate waves of panic. The rush of memories. The fear. From another place, another time, to rattle nerves already on constant edge.

And until now I was doing so well hiding my uneasiness behind my tough-girl facade.

But I saw the customers' stares. Heard my stammered excuses. Suffered the immediate regret of giving them a glimpse of the secrets I've kept hidden. Of the life I left behind.

So, good? Not by a long shot, but I'm not about to let Liam know. Besides, I'm making progress. It's been three months and I've already got a job, a place to live, and more freedom than I've felt in forever.

Baby steps.

Trudging uphill and through what feels like barbed wire.

But it's progress nonetheless.

I collect my distracted thoughts-exhale a sigh to cover up my preoccupation-before turning to look at the Lazy Dog's owner, walking beside me. A tight smile hits my lips when I nod. "It's debatable if I'm good," I finally say, trying to make light of the earlier incident. Add humor so that he doesn't ask more questions. It's something I've learned how to do way too well. "But I do know I deserved to be fired after dropping that bottle."

The laugh I force-the one that used to be my everyday normal- sounds hollow to my own ears. Funny how it seems so odd in this new life I've created for myself.

"Nah. Everyone makes mistakes." Liam's voice pulls me back from my thoughts. "It's no big deal. Really."

"I can add an extra hour on my shift or help cover during a game night if you get too busy. It's the least I can do." I slow down my footsteps as we approach the fork in our paths on the walk home from the bar.

"Not necessary. Besides, you should come in during a game. Be a customer. Most of us here are a little obsessed with the Mariners. It's a good time."

"Nah. Not my thing." Too many people crowded in one spot. At least when I'm working, I have the bar counter as my barrier. A space between me and any unwanted contact.

Who am I kidding? All contact is unwanted these days.

"Are you telling me you don't like my bar?" he laughs in mock offense as we stand on the corner beneath the streetlight.

"No. Not at all," I correct myself. "I mean-"

"Relax. I'm just teasing you." He reaches out to touch my arm and I freeze at his motion. Then curse myself. Shit. He obviously notices my reaction, because he pulls his hand back immediately, but his gaze remains locked on mine. Searching. Asking. Wanting more.

"I, um-thanks for walking with me. I'm beat and-"

"Getty?"

"Yeah?" My voice is cautious because I know what comes next and don't really want to venture there.

"If there was some kind of problem . . ." I'm not sure if the flash of hurt in my eyes stops his words, but they stop nonetheless. He nods in silent understanding. "Well, if you need any kind of help, I'm here, okay?"

"Thank you. I appreciate it," I murmur softly. "Good night."

I walk away, knowing he hasn't moved and is watching me make my way through the night toward my house. He's sweet and kind. So very different from what I'm used to, and so I need distance between us. It would be way too easy to lean on him, use his friendship to get through this, when I know better than anyone that the only person I can depend on is myself.

And yet the weight of his stare and the concern in his eyes are like magnets pulling me backward, begging me to find someone I can confide in, when all I really need to do is learn how to manage this new life on my own.

Keep walking, Getty. You can let him in once you figure yourself out.

I look out toward the moonlit ocean view beyond and take stock as to why I'm here. It seemed like the stars aligned when my mother's oldest friend offered to let me stay in the vacation house she and her husband were renovating before they could flip it. And because of that, I have a roof over my head. A place to reflect on what I want. A solitary space where I'll be able to come to terms with the mistakes from my past so I can have a better future.

You don't know they're mistakes until you make them. Or learn from them. Let's hope I've done both and can move forward.

I walk down the alleyway, past my car, parked in the narrow, shrub-lined driveway, to the front door of the old cottage. Skipping over the third step to avoid the broken wood slat, I remind myself that should be first on the very long list of repairs that I need to schedule for the house.

It's the least I can do, considering she's letting me stay here for free during the renovation.

Exhaustion hits me like a ton of bricks once I'm inside. I move through the darkened foyer quietly, in practiced precision, as if I'm still back in the Palo Alto house. I flick the light off in the kitchen, surprised I forgot to turn it off before I left, and ignore my grumbling stomach for the enticing hot water of the shower. Hopefully the muscles in my lower back will get used to my standing on my feet for eight-hour shifts soon, because this constant ache is annoying.

But it also means I'm doing this. Changes are really happening. And the past is over.

In a show of defiance no one will ever see and only I will understand, I make a trail of my discarded clothes as I walk down the hall toward the bathroom light I purposely left on at the end of the hallway: a beacon of imagined hot water calling my name.

Shoes. Shirt. Bra. Skirt. Panties. All come off one by one, throwing them to the floor in a messy trail as I go.

I'm exhausted, my mind still preoccupied with the mistake I made tonight dropping the bottle, so that when I clear the doorway, it takes me a second to come to my senses. The reaction is instantaneous-an earsplitting scream, a physical jump back, a shock to my heart, and hands immediately reaching to cover my pelvis and breasts-at the sight of the man standing in my bathroom.

And not just any man.

No.

But a buck-naked man. Dripping in water. I see a flash of ink on his back in the partially fogged-up mirror's reflection. One hand holds a towel up to his wet hair. The other is doing I don't know what, because I'm so fixated on his presence that thinking clearly isn't a priority.

"HELP!" I scream the moment I get my wits about me, body frozen in fear, mind reeling.

And even though his blue eyes look as shocked as mine probably do, his mouth spreads into a slow, disbelieving but definitely cocksure smile. "I've had women go to extremes before," he says with a chuckle, silencing my next shriek for help, "but this takes it to a whole new level."

In my confusion, my guard comes up instantly, although for some reason I don't actually feel threatened like a rational person would. I'm naked, hunched over trying to cover all my lady bits, caught between stepping back down the hallway and grabbing my last discarded item to cover myself up. But I know damn well my panties sure as hell aren't going to make a very good shield. Add to that there's no way in hell I'm giving him the wrong impression, that I'm retreating in fear.

"Who are you? What are you doing here?" I'm shaking with adrenaline as I hop around in the I'm-naked dance, every ripple and roll of imperfection on my body on display in the wash of bathroom light into the hall. My eyes flicker desperately to assess the situation I have absolutely zero control over. I want more lights on to flood the house and don't want them on at the same time.

"I believe I should ask you the same question," he says as he slowly lowers his hand, the towel now hanging at his side. Of course I look.

And there it is. . . .

I jump back like my eyes have been burned and yet first impressions are hard to erase: cut abs, that V of defined muscles, a trail of happy, and a more-than-impressive package. What the hell is wrong with me? There is a man in my house. He obviously just showered in my bathroom. And I'm staring at his dick.

"Put that thing away!" I command, with my hand reaching out to gesture at his waist before I realize that I've just removed my hand from my own breasts and offered a peep show of my own. Of course I replace it promptly but not before the man throws his head back and emits a deep laugh. It causes his Adam's apple to slide up, then down, chest to heave, and dick to bob.

I force myself to look away because . . . well, because he's a stranger. In my house. Naked. And oh my God, something is wrong with me, because I'm not running and calling 911 like I should.

When his chuckle subsides, he brings his head back down, so I can see the tears in his eyes from laughter. "That thing is my cock, and since this is my bathroom and you seem to be attempting to seduce me in my house, I don't think you have any right to tell me what to do." And with that, he leans a hip against the counter and folds his arms across his chest, eyes locked on mine and one eyebrow lifted. Everything else is left hanging out there in the wind.

"Your house? Seduce you?" At that point I realize I'm sputtering and shaking my head. "This is my house. You're in my house."

Confusion drifts across his face and his jaw falls lax. "Hold up." He lifts his hands in the Hold on a minute position, drawing my eyes back to where they don't want to be. If this whole situation weren't so unbelievable, it would be comical, and yet as true as that is, I don't seem to be laughing at all. "I think there seems to be some misunderstanding."

"No shit." Sarcasm is my fallback and it doesn't disappoint me now. A lot of good it does me, though, as I'm still doing the naked dance while trying to react to this surreal situation.

The look of disdain he gives me at my comment earns him no points in my book. "While I'm digging the socks with your outfit," he says with a smirk, eyes veering down and then back up to my strategically placed hands, "you should cover up." I catch the towel he tosses me and immediately wrap it around myself. I'm certain my mismatching knee-high socks make a statement about me, but I'm beyond caring, because I'm still alone in my house with a strange man and have no answers as to how this has happened.

With one hand clutching onto the towel at my collarbone, I use the other to motion to him. "You too."

A lightning flash of a grin glances across his lips. "Sorry, but you just took the only towel left."

Why is this funny to him? This is not funny. Not in the least. And neither is my procrastination over folding the load of towels currently sitting in the dryer. Shit.

I glance around quickly. Needing to keep an eye on him for safety's sake and not wanting to look too closely for obvious reasons. Instinct tells me he's not a threat and yet sensibility tells me he is. So I do the only thing I can, look slyly around for a weapon. Something. Anything.

But I'm in a hallway. Pickings are slim. When I take a step back, the ancient mini-blinds behind me rattle as my butt hits them. The sound clicks my mind into gear and I reach back and pick up the broken wand that opens the blinds sitting on the windowsill. Without thinking, I hold it up in front of me like a swashbuckling sword.

"How'd you get in here?" I demand in my deepest, growliest voice.

"With the key under the frog on the back deck." He doesn't even fight the smile on his face or make an attempt to cover himself up. Nope. He just stands there nonchalant as day, like he's used to women staring at his naked body.

Maybe he is. He said he thought I was here to seduce him. Is he some kind of male escort or something? No. Wait. I have that all mixed up. He would be seducing me, then.

Focus, Getty. Focus.

"What key?" How come I didn't know there was a key under the frog on the back deck? I jab the wand toward him to emphasize each word. "And the wood on the deck is broken. How'd you climb-"

"How'd you get in here?"

"I've been here and I'm the one asking questions."

That laugh again. Full-bodied. More than amused. Enough to make me wonder what it sounds like when he really means it. "Right. I forgot. You're one to give orders in a bath towel, socks, and holding that fierce sword of yours."

I fight back the urge to drop the wand regardless of how stupid I look, because I don't know this guy from Adam. "Answer. Me."

"Testy."

"Now." I jab the wand to show him that I mean it. The smile again, but this time he bites his bottom lip to prevent it from spreading all the way to dimple territory.

"Smitty gave me instructions on where to find the key. We made a deal. I get to stay here so long as I make some repairs for him."

What? "There's some kind of misunderstanding. Smitty messed up. I'm already living here."

"So I gather by your Custer's Last Stand demonstration," he says with an indifferent wave of his hand.

"How do you know him?" I already have a sinking feeling that something is seriously screwed up here and that I'm not going to like his answer.

"He's like an uncle to me." He shrugs. "You?"

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Down Shift 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to get a book about Zander loved him and Getty
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
Well where do I start ... I loved Zander as a child but omg as a grown man I'm finding it hard to put into words just how much I love him, he is a grown man that still has those broken prices from the little boy that we first met in Driven. I was hooked from page one and for me this is the best book I have read by K. Bromberg and I don't say that lightly I have loved all of her books. This book will pull at your heartstrings and your emotions will be all over the place can that broken boy learn to love himself as well as others. Getty is just what Zander needs but only if he lets go of the past, the chemistry and banter between Zander and Getty is perfect, I laughed and I cried throughout this book. Getty is running from her past and last thing she needs is the sexy, moody and complicated Zander but sometimes the things we think we don't need are the things we really need the most so we can move on and be happy. This book has it all as well as laughter there is sadness and that's real life. This story is an emotion read but it's written superbly. What a fantastic read and yes it's a standalone but I think you would get even more from it if you read the Driven Series first. Where does this author go from here well up is the only answer I can give. I loved it
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
I knew this book was going to be amazing from the very first page. Wow!!! What an absolutely riveting and amazing book Down Shift is. K.Bromberg has knocked this one out of the park. I didn’t think that this series could get any better, boy was I wrong! This is one of those books if I could give it 10 stars, I would. Down Shift is a wonderfully well written story of heartbreak, love and what can happen to those who deserve to find their soul mate. Zander Donovan is off the rails, needing to escape his life. Getty Caster is running from her abusive past. What happens when their paths collide? Both Zander and Getty are so damaged, their emotions intense, their pasts’ heartbreaking. It has been a while since I read have been in the Driven world, but honestly I felt I was right back in and totally invested from chapter one Down Shift is an emotional roller-coaster that will have you hanging on for the ride of your life; this book had me totally riveted from the very first page and I didn’t want to have to put it down. This book had me in tears at times, the pain was heart wrenching, so much angst and yet so much love. Initial dislike soon turns to attraction; however complications arise when their pasts barrel into their present. The chemistry between Zander and Getty was off the charts, although both are trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Down Shift touched my soul; the way Ms. Bromberg layers her characters is like peeling the layers off an onion, her characters are so multi-faceted. It has been a while since I read have been in the Driven world, but honestly I felt I was right back in and totally invested from the first chapter. It was great to read about an older Colton and Rylee, I love that we get to see more of their life together. They have always been one of my favourite couples but I have to say that Zander and Getty have given them a run for their money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a little weird at first because I remember Zander as a kid. Loved it!! Waiting on the next one!
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
My choosing to listen to this was at an ideal time. They are currently working on filming the movie for the first book in this series, Driven, which you can read my review of if you click on the title in this sentence. So between listening to this, and seeing all the photos online, I was totally in the frame of mind that I NEED this movie to hurry up and be finished! I loved this one in that we got to see little Zander (I don't like that spelling, it should be Xander, but that's my opinion) all grown up. It started with him being a bit of a brat with Colton, the man who adopted him, all because of some news he got. Now, I knew that he was probably being a little over the top, because how Zander as a little boy, possibly be responsible for killing his mother, who his father had stabbed with scissors. When it was finally spelled out for the reader/listener, it totally made sense. And I guess, to be fair, Zander did have a lot of baggage, so it's not that crazy that he might go a little nuts at finding that out. I mean even though he was adopted into a loving family with Colton and Riley, Colton had also been adopted to a wonderful family after his horrible childhood, and still had issues as an adult. And then there was Getty. I loved her. She had such a bad experience, but she took charge, got herself out of it, even if she had to run away and basically go into hiding. There were times that Zander would say something to her or behave a certain way and it would make me angry at him, as he should have known better after his own mother suffered similarly. I was a bit shocked when Getty's father, part of her abusive past, came back into the story before halfway through the book. I knew that meant there were many more things to cause drama and heartache. Which I should have expected, knowing how Bromberg's mind works. The part with Getty's ex-husband was pretty intense at first, although once we switched to Zander's POV on that it got kind of rushed to the end I felt like I'd missed something. The final obstacle I kind of figured was what it would be. But I am a little ticked at Getty for not believing him, she should have known Zander better than that. However, it totally made for a happy tears ending. I am excited that this author will also be at Book Bonanza this summer. Although since I have met her before, I may not wait in too big of a line to see her if there are other authors I haven't met yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cried off and on through the whole book.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
All throughout the first 3 books of The Driven series I’ve had a soft spot for Zander. The prologue of Downshift broke my heart not only for Zander but for Colton too. Zander and Getty are amazing together. Both have been through pretty ugly situations and teach each other how to heal. DS is my absolute favorite book of the series. Zander definitely learned a thing or two from his old man!
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read in a long time. Highly emotional and very "real life". Zander sees his father murder his mother when he is 7 years old. Luckily he is nurtured and adopted into a loving situation. Getty lost her mother when she was very young and was used by her father to enrich himself (he was already fabulously rich).. She married Ethan to make a merger between her fathers and her husbands companies... Ethan was beyond abusive to her until she finally ran away, landed on an island and found a job as a bartender... Ethan ran away to the island to find himself after a breakdown when a box of his late mothers belongings was sent to him... They landed at the same cottage that belonged to mutual friends... Ethan to repair the cottage and to come to grips with his past and Getty to hide from her father and husband... Neither knew the other or that they would not be alone at the cottage.. A long book of nearly 400 Nook pages but I finished it in two sittings because I could not put it down... I felt every emotion each of them felt, the highs, the lows and the love... Excellent story.. Excellent Writing... Excellent characters and a wonderful read...Yes, Zander was a race car driver and Getty from a very rich family but neither occupation or wealth comes into the reality of the book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story which tied up some story lines and further completes the Rylee/Colton story. Loved the characters.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
Wow! When I read this book I didn't expect for it to be so emotional but it really was. Zander Donavan is the adopted son of Rylee and Colton Donavan and now he's all grown up! Zander is a race car driver just like his dad and is currently at the top of the standings. Too bad the life Zander is leading is getting in the way along with the guilt he has been carrying around for years. After a confrontation with Colton, which leads to being fired, Zander decides he needs to be on his own to sort some things out and takes off without telling anyone where he is going. Zander heads to Smitty's beach house to spend some time alone to deal with all his stuff. Imagine his surprise when a cute female comes walking in on him as he is just getting out of the shower. She is also buck naked! This scene was priceless! Anytime I see a mini-blind wand from now on I'll be laughing! Zander calls Smitty and realized that Smitty and his wife, Darcy both told different people they could stay there. Darcy won't be home for a few days so Zander will just have to deal with the situation. Enter Getty Caster. Getty has been staying at this house for the past 3 months after running from an abusive marriage. Getty came from a wealthy family but was tired of being told what she was allowed and not allowed to do. Zander and Getty both have things from their past that they are hiding from each other. I loved how these two decided to live in the same place and how they slowly broke down the other's walls. As Zander and Getty go through their journey to get over their pasts, they develop quite a friendship, which eventually leads to more. Both of these characters are so strong, yet so flawed because of their pasts but together they manage to move forward. I just adored the happy ending...it was perfect. Overall, this was a wonderful, emotional story with such great, developed characters. If you are an easy crier, keep the tissues close!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the driven series, but this not so much. Skimmed pretty much the entire book. Slow and boring .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a K. Bromberg & Driven series fan. She did again. I found my self tearing up one turn, smiling and then holding my breath for the next turn. Other then the original trilogy this is for sure is my favorite. Loved learning more about Zander. He is such a complicated person, it was nice to get to know him more as an adult. Getty is learning a whole new life. I also loved Colton and Rylee in this book. Just Jump and read this book.
romanticatheart1 More than 1 year ago
"For you, I could get used to there being strawberries in the fridge" and "Grand. Gestures" This is the first book I've read by K. Bromberg...and I'm here to tell you that it won't be my last. The way that the story unfolded between Getty & Zander was so seamlessly drawn. You felt, you cried the tears, you burst into laughter, and most of all...the Love. The trials that these two had to go through, and to come out on top as an In Your Face to what life had served them up. The book was so well written, so eloquently drawing the emotions that you could do nothing but become absorbed by what you were reading. I will be going back now and reading the Driven Series, since I've had my taste, I'd like more :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After Zander's tragic childhood, we all want him to fine same type of love thar Colton and Riley have, his adoptive parents. Getty is trying to fine herself while hiding out from her past. K. Bromberg pulls you in right from their first meeting. I was routing for both Getty and Zander to find their way to each other and not let their struggles with the past keep them apart. I have loved all of K. Bromberg's books since first reading Driven. I was not disappointed with this new stand-alone Driven Novel. She is a such a wonderful writer, and story teller. I highly recommend Down Shift, and all of her Driven Series books!
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
I have loved everything about the Driven series, but this book was amazing. I'm not sure that I have the right words to adequately give it the praise it deserves. Both Getty and Zander are flawed and have deep seeded issues, with trust being one of the main culprits. The way they are brought together, the way they ultimately become friends and help each other and then finally figure out they are exactly what the other needs in their life was so magically put together. K. Bromberg always gives us a book that makes us think, makes us cry, makes us laugh and makes us smile and this one was no exception. The characters were so well developed, the story was engaging and I just didn't want to put the book down. It was so great to see Zander as an adult since we have gotten to know him as the series has progressed. This is definitely my favorite of the series to this point.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Down Shift,  K. Bromberg Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance  Like hundreds of thousands – or more..of readers I loved Colton and Rilee’s story, and I’ve reread it a couple of times now so I was eager to read this one. I’ve only read the first three, not any of the succeeding novels...time and money never seem to coincide ;-) Zander, that poor, silent little kid has grown up now. Followed in Colton's footsteps and is a top racing driver. Then just as everything seems golden for him, just when he’s enjoying his career and having a fabulous life something from his past comes barrelling up and derails him. Colton, tough love, he’s so perfect still. He hates having to be tough with Zander, but he and Rylee have been trying to wait, to let him deal, to see if he’ll ask for the help he so desperately needs but he doesn’t, just spirals down into despair until he risks losing everything he’s worked for. They don’t know what the problem is, don’t know what's wrong, why he’s so angry. After a huge blow-up, Zander leaves, he knows that he has to deal with his issues alone, away from his family, find his way through himself. Getty, she’s another soul running away, for very different reasons to Zander, he’s running from his past, but for her the issues are very current, and bring real danger. She thinks she’s alone in the beach house she’s staying at, belonging to a friend, but then finds that the friends other half has let Zander stay there too.... I loved both of these characters and the story as it unfolded but....the start felt a little slow, I wasn’t really pulled right in to the story. Its pretty complex and I don’t know how else it could have been done, and of course for many readers this will be perfect but I didn’t find it hard going for the first 20-25%. Maybe it was just over expectation after the fabulous Colton/Rylee reads. Once I got “into” the story it became un-put-down-able! I was there with them, feeling happy when they got together, anguished when it went wrong, devastated at what Zander discovered, terrified when Getty’s past comes back to bring more danger to her, take away her growing, fragile independence. She was so so brave, her story is far too common, and I was so pleased she found her courage and tried to move forward, do what was right for her. I so much didn’t want her to lose all that progress. I don’t think she’d have been able to do it a second time. I loved the way they really didn’t get on at first, the way he saw her as a rich, trust fund girl, the way she resented him coming to break her fragile peace, wanted the gorgeous playboy type to go away. Some of that snarky dialogue felt very genuine, and the emotions – oh they were there in spades. When things go wrong and the drama really gets deep I was so loving the story. I like the dark bits, the emotive times, in my reads to play out slowly, I hate those where its all off on page 264 and on again and HEA by 268...Not so here, these characters really had to work for their HEA and both Zander and Getty really grew, really found their place. Stars: Four and a half, that slow start dropped it from a five but its still a fabulous addition to the series. Maybe, maybe time and cash will get together and I’ll read the others. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher 
Reads-By-Rose-Book-Blog More than 1 year ago
K. Bromberg certainly knows how to do one thing I always look for: Hook the reader. I mean, come on, that first line? That first line hooked me like no other book I have ever read. It was a huge "woah, now this, this is going to be epic" Holy hell, it really was. It was so sexy and the characters were so perfect for one another. There were times where Getty had some flashbacks that made my heart break for her and god, Zander's dream had my heart thumping so hard and so loudly I thought it would beat straight out of my chest. Zander and Getty both are either struggling with events from their past, running from their past, or both. It was intriguing watching them connect and waiting for them to better themselves. K. Bromberg got me hooked from the first line and made it impossible for me to do anything but lose myself in the book. I also particularly love how as the series goes on, we never fail to see the characters that started it all- that's so important to me. I absolutely loved this book- beginnig to end. K. Bromberg did an amazing job with her writing, her characters and her power to make the reader completely lose themselves between the pages of her books. *Disclaimer: A Review Copy was kindly was provided to Reads By Rose by the author in exchange for an honest review. My reviews will always remain truthful, unbiased and respectful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Zander but just couldn't get into Getty. I wish she wasn't so wishy washy. I prefer stronger woman. Don't get me wrong she had her moments just didn't feel her character like I normally do with Ms Bromberg story plot lines.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
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? I loved this book! A book about a race car driver is always a good read and this really was. I have read two other stories by this author and knew she put a lot of emotional punch in her stories, I was still pleasantly surprised at the amount of heart in this story. Romances can get a little typical but it was written in a fresh way. These two characters were awesome, from their first meeting the sexual tension was on and the "will they, won't they get together and stay together" was at times sexy, fun and so tender and open. Zander is your sexy, bad-boy race car driver but there is so much more going on with this guy. Without giving away major plot points, he had a real tragedy happen to him as a child that molds him and when is brought back up it really debilitates him. I wanted to give him a big hug so many times through this book. I loved how the series comes around full circle and Zander is the adopted son of Rylee and Colton, from the first few books in the series. Getty (Is such a great name for a girl) is a smart girl, creative but also with a tortured past. That past threatens Getty and her future with Zander. Love her socks and want to go out and buy some of my own crazy socks now....lol Their chemistry is so potent that neither can deny the other, even while working through all the obstacles in their way. I loved her writing style and she did a great job of making me like and care for her characters. I will keep seeking out her books. This can totally be a stand alone book, especially since this is a new generation. I wonder if the other brothers will get books? I am probably not giving this book the justice it deserves, but I really loved it. 5Stars *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an evolution of love, learning about one another, and dealing with life this story is! From the first time that Getty and Zander meet in the house, to the encounter with her father and ex-husband to the realization that they belong to one another, this is a beautiful love story. And those of us who "grew up" with Zander, Rylee and Colton feel this story more. Just love this whole series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can I say? I loved it! Zander and Getty are great. Loved that we got a little bit of Colton and Rylee. I just love them all.
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
Review: DOWN SHIFT: A Driven Novel by K. Bromberg Publication Date: October 4, 2016 Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 5 Stars I absolutely love K. Bromberg's Driven Series and I have loved Zander since he was a traumatized little boy. He was first introduced in the Boy's Home where Rylee worked in the first part of this series. Books 1-5 in the Driven Series are Colton and Rylee's books and the rest of the books in the series are standalone romances featuring a different secondary character from the first books. Zander is Rylee and Colton's adopted son. You don't have to read the first books to enjoy Down Shift though. Down Shift felt like coming home to me and fast forwarding in the lives of some of my favorite characters. I loved reading about Zander as an adult and his interactions with Colton and their father/ son relationship tugged at my heart strings. Down Shift had everything I want in a great romance. It was an emotional, sexy and page-turning romance that made me forget the time and get lost in it. I think Zander is now tied with his dad, Colton, as my favorite heroes in this series. Go grab his book now and fall in love with him! I highly recommend this entire series. *Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.
LMDryden More than 1 year ago
K. Bromberg at her finest. Perfection. The reminders, the use of names, the ability to enrapture the reader in this story cannot be outdone. She has story telling down to a perfected science. A must read author. You will not be disappointed.
10520406 More than 1 year ago
Kristy Bromberg can write anything and I'll love it! Zander from the Driven series is all grown up and following in his famous, adoptive father Colton's, footsteps, as a race car driver. Getty is a young lady on the run from an emotionally abusive life. Both have baggage from their previous lives. Throw the two together in a unexpected living situation and watch the sparks fly and romance bloom, as they work to heal their hearts. As a devoted reader of the Driven series, it was hard for me to come to terms that Zander is now a mid-twenties adult in Down Shift. Written as a standalone, the reader does not have to have experience with the Driven series, yet this reader is conflicted. If you come to this series with no "Driven history", perhaps you'll have an easier time believing Zander as an adult. However, having watched Zander grow from 7-8 years old to a young teen when adopted by Colton and Rylee, helps the reader understand his life experience and his relationship with his adoptive parents....all part of the key to his angst in this book. The Driven Series still rates as the top 5 star story to which I compare all books. Bromberg hit it out of the park with that one. This is a great addition to the series, but falls just slightly under my love for the original. I give it a solid 4.5 "Just Jump" stars.