Aced by K. Bromberg – BECKY’S REVIEW

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WHY I READ IT

I race Rylee and Colton. I needed to read this next chapter in their lives.

WHAT I RATED IT

5 stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

One moment. Six years ago.

The night she made the world around me so much more than just a blur. Now it’s the catalyst that threatens to tear us apart.

Our happily was supposed to be ever after. So why do I feel like it’s slipping through my fingers?

How can one moment, when our world seemed so right, resurface and cause our perfect life to spiral out of control?

I can’t lose her.

She’s my checkered flag.

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BECKY’S REVIEW

I wasn’t given an advanced reader’s copy of Aced, but I feel compelled to write this review because Aced is amazing. Aced is the A-Z of Rylee and Colton’s story. If Aced is sitting on your Kindle or your iPad or your Nook, waiting to be read, then you need to read it.

I bought Aced because how could I not? I’m emotionally invested in Rylee and Colton. I race them. I let it sit on my Kindle, even though I desperately wanted to read it, because I was worried. What new chapter in Rylee and Colton’s life will Kristy Bromberg tell us? What was left to tell? I thought the epilogue at the end of Crashed was perfect. I didn’t want this perfect love story messed up. I finally gave in because the tug of Rylee and Colton was so strong. I needed to find out what was happening in their lives. I can honestly say that I worried over nothing.

At the heart of Aced is a story about the fear of losing what is most important to you. Rylee has already gone through a woman’s worst nightmare – twice!- and at the beginning of Aced, we find out that she and Colton have been given another chance at becoming parents. Kristy Bromberg does an excellent job of reminding her readers about the pain and loss that Rylee and Colton have already endured. But their happiness is short lived because their past comes back to haunt them. The best thing about Rylee and Colton is that they know how to fight. But in Aced, they seem incapable of beating that which tries to destroy them. Kristy Bromberg paints us a picture of what it would be like to be a celebrity, trapped in your home because of blood-thirsty paparazzi waiting outside like vultures. Rylee and Colton are about to become parents and instead of celebrating this milestone, they are struggling to survive. Rylee really grows in this story because she has to face so many of her demons including pregnancy and then losing Zander, the boy that captured her heart (and the hearts of readers). Colton also grows tremendously because he has to really fight. He has to fight not only for himself but for his sons and for his wife. Colton shows tremendous strength and maturity in handling situation after situation and it made me fall deeper in love with him.

Aced speaks to my mother’s heart. It’s not often that I find myself reading a book that hits me right in the gut and to be honest, I try to avoid those books. I was surprised by the emotional gut punch that Kristy Bromberg delivers. Within the larger plot, there are two significant subplots: first, Rylee must face the possibility of losing Zander. Second, Rylee has to endure something that many women suffer: postpartum depression. I found pieces of myself in Rylee, in the way that she wants to desperately connect with her newborn son. I connected with the darkness that she felt, in the way that she just wanted to stay in bed because she couldn’t physically and emotionally handle her new responsibilities as a mother. These are things that so many women will relate to and I applaud Kristy Bromberg for writing these scenes with such beauty and sensitivity.

Aced is such a beautifully perfect conclusion to the Driven series. I am so grateful to Kristy Bromberg for showing us how much this couple has grown and for showing us the beauty in asking for help.

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