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Driven to Distraction

(Road to Love #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,197 ratings  ·  474 reviews
When desire gets this hot, you’d better buckle up…

Mary Daniels doesn’t let anything get in the way of her job acquiring rare artifacts for her wealthy boss. But this particular obstacle—huge, hard-muscled, unashamedly masculine—is impossible to ignore. Stuck in a cramped car with Brodie Crews for hours en route to their new assignment, Mary feels her carefully crafted pers
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by HQN Books
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Claire Robinson
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series, m-b
3.5 - "...You are merely the transporter." Stars!

It’s been a while since I have read anything by Lori Foster, and the blurb for Driven to Distraction intrigued me enough to want to dip my toe in Foster’s pond again.

She’d been forever without a man… Why now, and why him..?

The first book in the Road to Love series gives us buttoned-up Mary Daniels and laid-back Brodie Crews’ story. They are pretty much forced into close proximity with each other on a regular basis through her boss’s unique, un
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
I can now say, without a doubt, that I am not straight. Not at all. there is not a single drop of heterosexual desire in my ocean of gay.

This went better than Dirty Millionaire. The story was super, super interesting. I am definitely going to need too explore the romantic suspense genre further. The characters were realistic. Etc.

But the sex scenes were... Unenjoyable. I really only care about the details of the guy. Not the woman and so when those details are shared. I'm just not interested at
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
ARC received for review

The story just felt old and it did kinda drag along. Brodie was all kinds of hot. Mary was buttoned up and needed to let loose which Brodie was happy to help with. His brother is hot, too. She had a very weird boss and the bad guy was just as weird and slightly crazy.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
First, I have to say Mary Daniels, has a really cool job. She works for an eccentric millionaire who likes to bid and collect pieces of art. Her job is to collect the pieces, make payment and deliver them safely. When her boss hires Brodie Crews as the driver to accompany her, Mary’s controlled little world gets turned upside down!

From their first very awkward meet to her attempts at hiring Brodie’s brother instead I knew I was in for a fun ride.  While I don’t consider myself to be a prude, eve
Marcie Robinson
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Driven to Distraction” starts Lori Foster’s Road to Love series. When a book has a great beginning, you hope the rest of the book lives up to the expectation. This one does!

Mary Daniels is the liaison for a collector and her boss needs a new driver. Brodie Crews, of Mustang Transport, is the guy her boss wants to hire.
Mary is buttoned-up, using her clothes and hairstyle, as a way to protect herself.
Brodie is laid back and casual. And completely into Mary. He tries to get her to open up and trus
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

Lori Foster is that rare breed of romance writer that infuses her wonderful romance plots with a bit of mystery/suspense and takes what would be an ordinary romance over the top. I loved it from the very first scene to the last, although, I have to be honest and tell you the middle got a little high on the angst meter. I'm looking forward to the next book, Jack's story, should
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B+ for narration and a C+ for content at AudioGals.

Lori Foster’s Driven to Distraction is the first book in her Road to Love series which features the two Crews brothers – Brodie and Jack – who run a high-end transport and courier service. It’s a fairly run-of-the-mill affair overall; we’ve got a buttoned-up heroine meeting a laid-back, super-hot hero who is determined to unbutton her, but the plot is sparse, the pacing drags in the middle and there are just too many tired
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Driven to Distraction is the start of a new series by Foster, and I loved both Brodie and Mary. The family relationships, the friendships - it was all very good.
Slow burning romance, a little suspense, and some fantastic characters is the recipe for a fantastic series in my opinion.
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always loved Lori Foster, and her newest Road to Love series is a perfect reminder of why. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and spicy with characters you instantly fall in love with. Brodie and Mary’s story proves the road to love may be rocky and strewn with obstacles but, oh what a sweet destination!
Brodie was so easy to love. Who doesn’t love a man that loves his dog so much? He was such a laidback, carefree guy. So confident. He appreciated the good times in life and didn’t worry over
Driven to Distraction is a romantic, suspenseful, sweet start to Lori Foster’s new Road to Love series. I really enjoy an opposites-attract love story, but I’m not sure I’ve ever come across two such opposites as Brodie and Mary. Brodie is your quintessential Foster hero- a loving, caring family man, with a fun-loving naughty side. He is all male, in all the best ways. Mary is pretty buttoned-up, and not just in the clothing sense. She’s very straight-laced, professional, and doesn’t suffer fool ...more
Pam Nelson
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read or listened to a Lori Foster book in a few years. WHY the heck not. I forgot how much she makes me feel by the time I am done I always have a feel good feeling like a big hug.

I really enjoyed this unique job Mary Daniels has. She works for a millionaire who likes to collect the really strange and weird things.
I liked that she was so put together, she is a pretty straightforward gal and it takes a lot to ruffle her and ruffle her Brodie Crew’s does.
I loved the tension between th
Ms. Romance Book Reviews
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mary Daniels and Brodie Crews are two opposites forced to come together and work to complete a mysterious (on Brodie’s end) job for an eccentric millionaire. Mary is supper buttoned up and Brodie is a fun-loving person with the best dog who he speaks to in baby talk and is completely into Mary – no games.

I really connected with Brodie at first because Mary was so hard to get to know. We know that something must have happened to her for her to be they uptight person that she is, and Brodie is sup
Brandy Jones
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow! Lori Foster NEVER disappoints!!! Drive to Distraction is the beginning of a whole new bookverse. This book draws you in from the first page and keeps you enthralled until the end, then has you looking for more. Once you get started you won’t be able to put it down, because you are always wanting to know what happens next.

The characters are well developed and seem to balance each other out. The sarcasm and banter are perfect and will have you laughing out loud to where those around
Lynne Seaver
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brodie is a transport driver and meets Mary when she goes to hire him for her eccentric boss Therman. It’s Lust at first sight for both of them. Brodie can’t keep his hands to himself. When things get hairy on a job with a competing collector, Brodie takes the opportunity to tell Mary how he feels. This book was great and I can’t wait for the next one.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Readers Copy
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Nov 29, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
Series: Road to Love #1
Rating: DNF @ 25%

Overall I felt that Driven to Distraction was just not the book for me.

Both Brodie and Mary felt a little too cliched and I feel like I've read these types of characters from Lori Foster a million times before.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brodie is a sleek man that packs a powerful punch in the looks department and in action. I adore his sweet heart, his love for people and animals. Brodie being a ladies man liked his ladies blonde and sleek, so imagine his surprise when a short curvaceous red head crossed his path and turned his world upside down. Can Brodie convince Red that he is worth the chance to get to know?

Mary is such a strong power pact heroine, she has a wounded heart after the bad upbringing she had. I just could not
Layna Snow
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A nice book about family, and the baggage that you parents leave us with.

Mary had baggage. Issues from her childhood that left her a bit headstrong and buttoned up. She focused so much of her energy on being a good employee that she didn't leave herself room for more. Brodie was.. well a bit perfect. He was charming, disarming, and laidback. He was possessive, protective and when it came down to it totally absorbed in Mary.

I thought this was just going to be another 'she wants relationship, he w
Denise Scott
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mary is a woman who works for Therman picking up collectibles he has bought . Brodie is the man Therman has chosen to drive Mary to make these transactions . When Mary sees Brodie she is totally against him being the driver and tries to talk Therman out of this . There is attraction between the two. Mary is a gorgeous red head who has childhood issues that she has worked to over come . Brodie is a protective guy who always protects his family and anyone who needs it . Howler is a dog that Brodie ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first 60% of Driven to Distraction then I was driven to distraction by everything else around me when I tried to finish. I was reading in the fast lane for most of the book but then it kind of slowed down for me. Not sure where I took a detour. The characters were great, the romance was hot, but the reason they were thrown together (their work) and the suspense thread that was loosely woven into the plot is probably what had me down-shifting, making me take longer to get to the fin ...more
Natalie Brooks
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. A bit of danger. Likable characters. Forgettable plot.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this arc from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Lori Foster is my auto buy romance writer. And she didn’t disappoint with her brand new series. I love the little town of Red Oak and the closeness of it all.
Brodie had me hooked from the first chapter if I’m being honest. And he has a dog he loves very very much?? Ugh yes.
I loved Mary. I connected with her a lot. And I understood her story and the struggles she went through.
The storyline had me hooked. I wanted to see ho
Nov 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher via NetGalley***

1.5 Stars

This book was not what I was expecting. I like books where there is a forced proximity relationship, and I was expecting this from the book...but, this wasn't quite like that and it didn't entirely work for me.

The blurb, treasure chasing and a driver, the idea of a chase and looking for the items, getting away from the "bad guys" should have been a lot of fun. But, this didn't really work. The book had an odd feel to it, and it felt a lit
Adria's Musings
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Musings and Reviews

* A copy of this book was and provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.

Like It? Hate it? Love it? Why? It’s been a while since I picked up a book by Lori Foster and Driven to Distraction was a great book to jump back in with. It had a bit of action, a bit of suspense, a dash of drama, and plenty of chemistry to go around.

First im
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-kindle
Brodie Crews is used to getting what he wants. He would never call himself a ladies man but eh if the shoe fits…… When Mary Daniels clomps her way up his stone steps he know right then and there that he will have her. Getting her to agree on the other hand may take a little more effort on his part.

Mary Daniels has worked hard to make a name for herself, damn hard. No thanks to her mother who dragged them both through the mud when she was younger. She grew up and got out as soon as she could, onl
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to hand it to Lori Foster, Driven to Distraction, the first book in her new Road to Love series, is the perfect mix of romance, suspense, and sweet, sexy fun. As with all first books in a series, a lot of characters were introduced and the series was set up, but never once did the romance between Brodie and Mary get lost and for that I give Ms. Foster huge kudos. While the road to love was filled with twists, turns, and a few obstacles, there is no doubt these two enjoyed the ride!
I alway
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
[I received a digital ARC for an honest review]

Driven to Distraction by Lori Foster is the first book in her new series Road to Love.

Brodie Crew is all man and I could just eat him up. He is a bit cocky but not in a bad way, more of a take me as I am way. He will always stand up for what's right and is a complete sweetheart with his dog Howler. Mary Daniels is the opposite of Brodie in the fact that she not quiet comfortable in her own skin. She wears clothes to hide her curves and keeps her hai
Lisa Gibbs
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC for a fair and honest review.

Mary Daniels is about to have her prim and proper world turn upside down by one Brodie Chews.

Mary works for Therman and he is a collector of rare and unique and sometimes ill gotten gain such as an Oscar. She is calm, business like, straight laced and by the book. She is strong and independent because he past was such that she needed to learn to be strong and independent and she needed to learn how to exude confidence. She managed all of this an
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
This is the first in a new series by Lori Foster. It is a pretty typical opposites attract trope with some suspense thrown in for added fun.

Brodie and Mary are put together as work associates but quickly both start burning for each other. Lines don't get crossed until they are both in danger and a pick up gone wrong leads assures that the danger is still lurking out there.

Loved all the secondary characters in this one. I hope we get to see more of Mary's "family" as the books progress. Looking
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Love this writer!!! And have enjoyed her other series.
She creates some of the SEXIEST male characters EVER! Plus she has humor, good stories & characters w/great sexual tension & chemistry.

This first in a new series was no exception to that.
But for some reason, I didn’t like this as much as I have her fighter/bodyguard series.
when I thought about it, I realized it was b/c I thought that the subplot w/the "bad guys" & "the collection" was lame. usually, the suspense is fine in her books. this ti
Jackie's Bookbytes
I started listening to Driven to Distraction the day I had dental surgery. I had 4 teeth extracted and I loved the banter between Brodie and Mary. She is a red-headed curvy broad who contracts Brodie to be the driver on a mission to recover some priceless artifact. Lori Foster's assessment of who and what Brodie looks like is pointedly correct. Let me just quote her about Brodie:
"He's a man who can swing a punch as hard as he can steal a heart, loves his family without question, does his utmost
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