Down Shift by K. Bromberg
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Driven #8
Published by Tantor Audio on October 4, 2016
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?
If I remember correctly I read the first book of the Driven series and enjoyed it enough that I played with the idea of continuing on in the series but it just never happened. When Down Shift became available to read and review for RT Book Reviews I thought it would be the perfect chance to dive back into this series. Sadly I just couldn’t latch onto Down Shift’s story so when it became available to listen and review I had hoped that things would’ve work out better.
The story of Down Shift started in a way that had me interested, in other words it was a good start, but then the story shifted in a way that gave the story a different feel and I no longer wanted to stay on the ride.
The narrators Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell did an amazing job on Down Shift and they are the only reason my initial rating from my review for RT went up an entire star. Joe’s voice was smooth like maple syrup and Maxine’s voice was the perfect tone for Getty’s character. What they were unable to do though was change my thoughts on the actual story of Down Shift.
Getty’s character felt so real and relatable but as soon as Zander stepped into her world she was pushed back into the background like unwanted wallpaper. Zander’s character was interesting enough but his baggage was stifling.
I know that I will definitely keep my eye open for any other stories these two narrators narrate because its a tall order to make me change my thoughts once I’ve been set on my opinion. And dare I say it, Joe Arden’s voice almost rivaled, or in this case I think it did, Sebastian York’s voice; it was that dreamy.
I’m having thoughts of going back to the beginning and trying this series again because my reaction to the first book in this series couldn’t have been a fluke. If you’ve read this series I would love your opinion.