by K. Bromberg (Goodreads Author)
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 stay in the judge’s good graces—and a bet with his bandmate to seduce his sexy teaching assistant is icing on the cake.
Quinlan Westin is harder to bed than Hawke imagined. She knows his type and is determined to avoid the rocker at all costs—even if their attraction runs deeper than simple lust.
Just as Hawke might finally be winning over the girl, his brother has other plans. When Hunter realizes his twin finally has a weakness, he’ll stop at nothing to take advantage…
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Signet | Penguin Group
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 6 in a series but could be read as a standalone
My Sweet Ache Review ...
"Love is nothing more than a meaningless word in a lyric until someone comes along and makes the music to bring it to life ... "
I loved the first four books then was disappointed with 'martyr-gate' with Slow Burn so I didn't know what to expect with this book but .... I loved it.
"Lips like an angel, body made for sin, and feisty enough to rival the devil's fire?"
In Sweet Ache we get Quinlan's story. Quinlan isn't broken but she has a gift for picking the wrong man. So when Hawkin Play steps into her life she knows the player type especially being Colton's sister. With this knowledge she vows to stay away, but just can't.
At first these two have a love/hate vibe going on but you all know its just extreme foreplay for this duo. Hawkin is used to the easy girl which suits his brokenness just fine. Then he meets Quinlan and for the first time something changes inside of him.
After Colton's sad tale I didn't know if you could beat that or even match it, but K. Bromberg has a knack at making her player bad boys have the most saddest background stories that just breaks your heart for these poor broken men.
" ... Everyone has a breaking point, Hawkin. One person can take on only so much responsibility without buckling from its weight,"
Hawkin's story could be tied with Colton's. Both so sad but heartbreaking in different ways. Gah! Thankfully Quinlan is strong enough for the both of them to help him through. I really did like this story. At times it was a bit predictable and dodgy that I thought oh oh not again but then thankfully it pulled its self around and kept me reeled in to the end.
"Sometimes you have to fight in order to be free,"
It was sweet and heartbreaking. It was also sexy and fun. It had a little intrigue and suspense. It had a strong female and broken but beautiful male. And thankfully there wasn't the typical angst full of insecurities, assumptions and miscommunication. There was angst but it was from elements of the story not just the genre norm. With this, it made the story so much more enjoyable and the characters easier to connect with.
4 Hawking Loving Thumbs up!!