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Sweet Ache

(Driven #6)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  8,577 ratings  ·  888 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of Slow Burn turns up the heat when a sexy bet turns into so much more…

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 screw-up could land Hawke in jail and risk the band’s future. Hawke agrees to guest lecture at a local college to
Mass Market Paperback, 380 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Signet: Select (first published January 1st 2015)
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Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
** I received an ARC copy for an honest review**
Panty Scorching-5
Angst- 4
Value- 5
Overall Rating- 5
Sweet Ache- K. Bromberg
Reviewed by: Jen

“The need to need someone is so profound I can’t catch my breath.”

…and neither can I!! I have been a huge fan of K. Bromberg since Amazon recommended the Driven Series based upon books I have bought. The entire Driven Series has become one of my favorites and with each book release K. Bromberg keeps setting the bar higher and higher!
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Title: Sweet Ache
Author: K. Bromberg
Release Date: June 2 , 2015
Rating: 5 stars
Cliffhanger: No

This sinfully sexy rock star romance doesn’t skip a beat. Sweet Ache rocked my world and pulled on every emotional heart string. You need to schedule a play date with Hawkin Play and the boys from Bent. I know Hawkin is the rock star in this book…but K. Bromberg rocked this one. Her writing style is truly addictive. Just when I questioned whether a series could get any better…it did.
Karen Mc
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Ache, by the amazing K. Bromberg, is a raw, riveting, and racy roller coaster of a rock star romance that will swallow your heart and soul. Like the rest of the Driven series, Sweet Ache is a soul-crushing masterpiece where you experience nearly every emotion while taking this ride into book bliss: happiness, frustration, anger, laughter, and sadness. The oh-so-descriptive writing in Sweet Ache is addictive. You'll suck up every powerful and priceless word like a vacuum. Call it the voodoo ...more
Five stars is the highest the ratings go here and yet this is not a classic but a ten star for contemporary rocker romance life situational genre. (I totally made that genre up, review will explain). First he's a typical rock star to the public... he's talented (we see the band's artistry) and yet enjoys excesses of his profession and good looks/charisma with drinking and women, lots of them. The only part I think is creepy about the book is Hunter.

Hawkin and what's her name are fun together.
Nicole Huffman ~ Author Groupies
5 Emotionally Charged Stars

The back and forth banter and sexual tension make this book from the very beginning.

Holy emotional overload!!! This book keeps pulling you in the more you read. You will experience a flood of emotions and physically feel and ache for the characters. Everything is perfectly tied together and every outcome makes sense.

This is by far one of the best male POVs I've read. You really get to know and understand Hawkin. So much has happened in his past to affect his present
Misha Carlstedt Robinson
5 stars. K. Bromberg is one of those authors whose books are automatic reads for me. The Driven series is one of my all-time favorites, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Sweet Ache. I always appreciate when secondary characters in my beloved books get their own story, and Quin was no exception. Once again Bromberg delivered a sexy, emotional, and highly enjoyable book that made me laugh, fan myself, and even shed a few tears. Sweet Ache was full of the humor and steam I have come to expect ...more
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
K. Bromberg does it again. Every single book makes me laugh out loud (usually the parts that include Colton in some way). And, every one makes me cry. Sweet Ache was no exception.

Hawkin Play is a bad boy on the outside and a good guy on the inside. He loves his family - perhaps a bit too much at times. When he takes the fall for his loser twin brother yet again, and finds himself doing community service by teaching a class at the local university, he thinks it's the worst thing that could
K. Bromberg
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
***A complete standalone Driven novel with all new and a few old characters***

An unexpected romance between a soft-hearted, bad boy rocker (Hawkin Play) and a feisty heroine (Quinlan Westin).

At what point does family loyalty become a fault?

When do you stop paying for your father's sins and allow yourself the chance at a love?

"Blood may be thicker than water, but you can drown in it all the same." (copyright 2015 - K. Bromberg & Penguin NAL, Sweet Ache)

Sweet Ache is about a story about a
Awesome story in the Driven series! Hawkin Play has agreed to teach a course at UCS on Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll in the hopes he'll get off of a drug charge that he took the rap for for his brother, Hunter. He's been cleaning up Hunter's messes for years, but this time he just might end up in jail! Quinlin West, sister to race car driver Colton Donovan, is working on her thesis and is assigned as a TA to Hawkin's class. As much as she is attracted to the sexy musician, she needs to keep her ...more
4 Sexy Stars.

In order to save his twin brother from yet another complication, Hawkin decides to take his place in a drug charge and have to do some community work in a school.
There he meets Quinn, his TA, and a girl that will make him change his views on relationships. It all starts with a non-commitment deal. But when his secrets and past ironically brings them closer that will slowly start to change.


After the last book on this series I confess I was a little afraid of this one. I really
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-signed
The players:
Quinlin Westin. Colton’s sister. College student and girl who is tired of falling for the bad boy and having her heart broken.

Hawkin Play. Lead singer of Bent. Bad boy rock star and a guy with a heart that survived all the damage.


A choice made based on a promise, land Hawkin on a college campus playing rock star turned professor when the TA with a back bone catches his eye. Quinlin might get a little weak in the knees when she stands too close, but she sure isn’t going to let
Jacqueline's Reads
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books, arc
4 Worth the Bet Stars

Sweet Ache is a standalone novel and is part of the Driven series. This is my second novel by K. Bromberg. I started with Slow Burn and if you liked Slow Burn you will not be disappointed with Sweet Ache.

Hawkin is bailing out his twin brother, Hunter. Hunter is photographed carrying drugs and if he is caught again, this would be his third offensive and Hunter will be thrown into jail. Hawkin is use to helping his brother, so of course this is no different. Since they are
4.5 Nothing is sweeter stars!

"When you stop chasing all the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you."

Sweet Ache was a breath catching sweet read! I am a huge K. Bromberg fan so it isn't a surprise that I enjoyed every second of this book!


Quin is a grad student studying film and television. She has a good head on her shoulders and has a supportive network of family and friends to help her stay in line. After all, Quin's number one body guard is her big brother Colton (aka
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received for an honest review

Another K. Bromberg book - woohoo!

This time we have a rockstar - with a little bit of Colton thrown in for good measure - can I get a hell yeah! Anyone who knows me or has read my reviews knows that I am a sucker for a rock star book, so this was always going to be a no-brainer for me.

Remember Quinlan - Colton's sister? Well, this is her story - and what a story it is!

Busy with finishing her college degree, and soooo over men, the last thing Quin wants is another
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Hypnotizing and Addicting!!! That's right those are the two words that comes to mind whenever I read a K.Bromberg book!! Seriously, if you haven't read her Driven Series then I don't know what to say but GO READ IT since you don't know what you are missing out!!! And in her newest addition to the DRIVEN series, Sweet Ache is nothing but sweet perfection in my opinion.


"Love is nothing more than a meaningless word in a
Nancy's Romance Reads
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs


There's something about this author's books, they win me over every time. With her stories I can always count on incredible passion and off-the-charts physical connections as the icing on the cake, but what I love the most about them is that there's always purpose behind them. A beautiful purpose that with every story, it makes the plot and the characters truly compelling and me as a reader, mesmerized. They're just the kind of stories that make my heart swell with
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
Finally! I found some time and devoured this just like every other Bromberg book. Unfortunately my computer is in a funk limiting my review capabilites! Boooo

This author just keeps creating tragically hot and incredibly sexy bad boys. Hawkin Play is so perfectly flawed and tantalizingly wicked it is easy to fall hard for him!

I loved this start to finish. Keeping it real and was well written, it was fun, it was beyond hot, and it was Bromberg perfect!
L*Take Me To My HEA*
3.5 stars

It was not a great read for me, but not a bad one either. I guess my expectations were too high. I was not amused with their inner dialogue. I felt like their inner dialogue was longer than the actual conversations.
So this time, The RACER trumps the rocker. My bad, Hawkin. You're welcome, Colton.

Vroom, vroom!
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
I’ve been in love with K. Bromberg’s Driven series since the very beginning. The characters in her books have heart, the bonds between friends are impenetrable, the humor flows, and there is always an underlying poignancy to elevate the stories from being more than just over-sexed romanced novels. Sweet Ache is no exception.

Quinlan is a feisty graduate student who is kind, intuitive, and – oh yeah – extremely confident of her sexuality. (You go, girl!) Hawkin is the bad boy lead singer of the
I tried and tried to like this book. It's not happening:(( Another one added to the DNF pile.
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Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
God damn, Ms. Bromberg can write the hell out of a book! I couldn’t put this book down. I lost sleep to read this book. My children ate PB&J for dinner so I didn’t have to stop reading. I devoured every last word!

I was so excited to get Quinlan’s book. I loved meeting Colton’s feisty sister in the Driven series. This is her story with rock star, Hawkin. Hawkin is a sexy-as-sin bad boy, the tattooed lead singer of Bent who is fighting his own demons. Watching him unravel and let Quinlan in
Claire Robinson
Mar 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series, dnf
1 - Gotta love a girl with brass ones. Stars!

DNF around halfway

This was my first experience of K. Bromberg's writing, and after the hype I have seen over the last couple of years surrounding the Driven series as a whole, I have to admit I went in with quite high expectations...

It started off well, Quinlan Westin is you standard mouthy, super confident woman with a side of inner vulnerabilities, and Hawkin Play is your A-typical rock-star; lead singer of the band Bent, arrogant but in a
Elizabeth (Perusing Princesses)
my my my.... a HOT rocker in the racing world... or is it the racing world and a HOT rocker??!!
Doesn't even freaking matter!! lol

And you know what made this the best book ever!!! KELLAN FREAKING KYLE MAKES AN APPEARANCE!!! OMG OMG OMG!!!

I did not know that.. did not expect it.. and omg I bow down to Ms. Bromberg for giving me a little bit of my Kellan... (happy sigh!!)

In this book you get the gang, which I freaking love, because her Driven series is one of my faves!!!

This book is about little
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Make me believe you don't want me.

This book had everything that I like good character chemistry, humor and some angst. The characters were really well written so I wanted to read more and find out how their story would develop.

Because falling in love is like the rain. You can’t always predict it and when you do it might never appear, but you can always see the signs of it before it falls.

K. Bromberg shattered my heart and carefully glued it back together in this superb addition to the incredible DRIVEN novels series. SWEET ACHE will have your mind reeling, your heart aching, and your emotions all over the place, until you get your blissful ending that you know will be epic. Over and over again, this author takes me on a journey I never want to escape. I’m hesitant to start her books, because I know I will power through them so fast and they
Trish Sutherland
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing

It amazes me how an author can write books, you read the last one they published and think it can't get any better than that. Then BAM.....the next that's written just blows that theory out of the water. K Bromberg has managed to that with Sweet Ache.
I was so engrossed with story and words that were written, it sucked me in and didn't give me a chance to let it go even when it ended. I went through so many emotions while reading it that my head is still spinning. It had me laughing, shedding a
The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog
Review: Surj

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K Bromberg spoiled us by giving us Colton Donovan, a hot racing car driver who is up there with my all time favourite book boyfriends. Well, let's just say she did not disappoint by giving us Hawkin Play... the sexy as sin rock star and lead singer of the band"Bent" in "Sweet Ache." No siree ... this bad boy had me hot and flustered and absolutely
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***4.5 stars***

Mrs. Bromberg is BACK!!!! Woohoo!
And I say that because I am a HUGE Colton/Driven fan but I was less than impressed with Slow Burn...... but my disappointment ends with that book. Sweet Ache reminded me of the smoking hot connection Colton and Rylee had.

This book follows Quinlan, Colton's sister. Tall, blonde and feisty, she takes shit from no one. She's on a self imposed "man break" to concentrate on her college thesis.

Hawkin Play, is the lead singer of a band called Bent.
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ladies get ready to have a change of panties because Sweet Ache is #MuyCaliente!

"You can tell me no all you want Q. You can push me, pull my hair...bite me even...but you can't deny that you want me as much as I want you"

You have Hawkin Play, the sexy as sin rock star that is challenged to a bet he can't turn down since he has yet to lose. But what he thought would be an easy challenge turns out to be more than expected. He meets Quinlan Westin, bold, witty, feisty and whole lot to handle type
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sweet Ache (Driven #6) by Kristy Bromberg
4 stars!!

“I’ve been fighting my whole life, maybe I don’t have any fight left.”

This is a standalone spin-off from the Driven series but some of our favourites do make an appearance. Even though Colton does not appear very often our man certainly makes up for it when he does. This story centres on Quinlan, Colton’s sister and Hawkin Play, the lead singer of the band Bent. So, just to whet your appetites, we have hot racing drivers and hot rockers all
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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate but can’t help to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.


Other books in the series

Driven (8 books)
  • Driven (Driven, #1)
  • Fueled (Driven, #2)
  • Crashed (Driven, #3)
  • Aced (Driven, #4)
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