WHY I READ IT
I’m a fan of the Driven trilogy and I was given an arc
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Foreign war correspondent Tanner Thomas is addicted to living on the edge. Needing the adrenaline rush of his job to help him cope with a personal loss, he throws himself back into the game, concentrating all his energy on getting the next big story. But when he meets his new photojournalist, Beaux Croslyn, he can’t help but feel like he’s losing his focus—and maybe risking more…
With secrets she won’t address, Beaux is far from your ordinary woman. Determined to keep her distance, she’s willing to pull Tanner in closer and hide behind the sparks flying between them. But as Beaux’s past begins to put their relationship—and their lives—at risk, Tanner’s determination to find the truth puts them both in jeopardy.
He’s ready to chase her to the ends of the earth to find out if what they had was real, or if the danger surrounding them was just an exquisite heat fated to burn out…
I absolutely loved the Driven trilogy by K. Bromberg and even though I hadn’t read the “spin-off” books, I wanted to read Hard Beat because I loved the idea of having Rylee’s brother Tanner featured because he is a war correspondent, which sounds like the beginning of an interesting story. So when then the opportunity to review Hard Beat came up, I took it.
Tanner Thomas is grieving the loss of his partner, photographer, and best friend and the only way to get himself together is jump back onto the proverbial horse. He begs to be sent back to the Middle East and his boss reluctantly agrees to send him back and to give him a new partner. Tanner is shocked when he meets Beaux “BJ” Croslyn, his new partner, because not only is she gorgeous but she’s also a rookie. One of the best things about this story is Tanner’s struggle with keeping Beaux safe. His constant flashbacks to the loss of his previous partner combined with his growing feelings for Beaux really make for exciting, tense, and emotional moments. I also really like the Beaux is a complete mystery. You literally have to read all the way to the end to find out everything about her.
I’ve never read a book completely from the POV of the central male figure. It was interesting and eye-opening. It took me a while to get into this book because Tanner is makes a brief appearance in the Driven trilogy. And even though he has an exciting job, it still took me a while to really care about his story. But once I started getting emotionally invested in Tanner Thomas, I really wanted this guy to get his HEA!! K. Bromberg really puts him through the wringer and if you read this book, you know he is more than deserving of an HEA.
If you’re a fan of the Driven trilogy and its spin-offs, then you should definitely add this one to your collection!