Review: Down Shift by K. Bromberg

Posted October 4, 2016 by collecto in Books / 2 Comments

Review: Down Shift by K. BrombergDown Shift Published by Signet on October 4th 2016
Genres: Romance
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The New York Times bestselling Driven series continues with a standalone story about finding love where you least expect it…

Behind the wheel, racing champion Zander Donavan is at the top of his game. But after too much excess in his personal life, he’s forced to step away. He needs to accomplish something all on his own—outside of his famous father’s shadow.

Getty Caster is running away from the abuse that clouds her past. She thinks she’s found the perfect escape—until she discovers a stranger in the beachside cottage she’d been promised. He’s undeniably sexy, but she’s there to heal. Alone.

Before long though, fighting with each other turns into fighting their attraction. And giving into desire sets off a chain reaction that has their pasts colliding. With an unexpected love on the line, can they overcome the fallout to build a future?

We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

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Vivian’s Review

10+ stars

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This book was everything I had hoped for and then some! It was mentioned that this novel was a way for the DRIVEN series to come full circle and that couldn’t have been a more accurate statement. I know some readers out there fear of authors “milking the system” and just writing secondary character stories just for money, but THIS IS NOT THAT. There was NOTHING forced about this story what. so. ever. DOWN SHIFT is technically a standalone and doesn’t have to be read AFTER the other books in the DRIVEN series. I LOVE Kristy Bromberg’s novels, so I personally would recommend reading the whole series in order, but that’s just me. And if you haven’t read the first books in the series (and plan to), this book will contain some spoilers.

This novel was about finding yourself amidst the storm, surviving the “white squalls” in life, confronting your demons, carpe diem: “living life without regrets, just jumping, and finding your “water” in life.  

“What’s your storm?” –Getty.

Zander Donavan’s life is rocked when his past collides with his present. A mysterious box shows up addressed to him containing memories from his life before Colton and Rylee (his adoptive parents). This box drudges up suppressed memories which cause Zander to tailspin.“F*cking ghosts I thought were dead and buried are now back with a vengeance.” He lashes out at everyone close to him, especially his beloved adoptive family. This box makes him question everything he knows and thought he remembered. With this new sense of discord in his life and the result of his lashing out, he begins to lose all of the things he has worked so hard for in his life: race sponsors, career, family, himself…he’s risking losing it all over this box. “You’re out of control and pushing the limits, and I can’t stand by to watch you crash and burn without stepping in.”–Colton (Zander’s adoptive dad). He has no other choice but step away from it all. Go to a secluded island and town where no one knows him. Where he can refocus his attention on finding himself and facing whatever is in the box and his old jagged memories. To his surprise, he’s not the only one on the island trying to find themselves.

Getty Castor is hiding. Hiding from herself and most importantly from her family. She has come to the remote island town, PineRidge, to escape. For so many years she has been forced to live a certain way, be the perfect daughter and wife and after years of emotional and mental manipulation, she is done. “…I’ve spent so many years being the wallflower in the corner…” –Getty. In a quiet cabin, in PineRidge, Getty finds solace in her paintings and feels she is beginning to find the new “Getty”. “I have to heal my body, mind, and heart so I can figure out what’s next for me.” –Getty. She is working a “disgraceful job” (as her father would call it) as a bartender at the local bar in town, “The Lazy Dog”. Now, after months on her own, she comes home to a surprise…a very sexy, wet surprise…*wink*.

After Getty and Zander’s awkward and funny first encounter, they realize that there latest predicament has them rooming together in this small cabin for the near future. While they each came to this cabin for solace and to figure themselves out, what they come to find is something completely unplanned. “…because you…there’s something about you that in the short time I’ve known you gets under my skin when I don’t want it to.”– Zander. Can this stubborn woman and out of control man find quiet in their individual storms, together? Or will their personal ghosts keep haunting them?

Let me take a moment to say, Kristy Bromberg blew me OUT OF THE WATER with Zander and Getty’s story! Dare I say, *ahem* I might love Zander more than Colton? I adored and cherished EVERYTHING about this book. From the correlation between Colton and Zander’s pasts, to the man that Zander has become, to the beautifully flawed character that is Getty, to the fun banter between Getty and Zander. I LOVED IT ALL! #upallnightreading #sorrykidscerealforbreakfastlunchandsupper Kristy made Zander and Getty PERFECT for each other. The way that Zander could read Getty was just beautiful. The way Getty pulled out the protective, valiant, and considerate man was brilliant. This book was real, uplifting and poignantly perfect!  All in all, this was a breathtaking standalone and a remarkable completion of the DRIVEN series. *happy tears* It’s worth every single page, every hour of reading, every minute of missed sleep and every second of it on my mind! #bookhangover PICK UP THIS BOOK…you will NOT be disappointed!



Claudia’s Review

10+ stars

If there is an author who can heal your broken soul, for me, it’s definitely Kristy Bromberg. All her books I’ve read, more specifically, her DRIVEN series, each one of one them leaves me with a message, help you beat your demons, move forward and get your happy ending… DOWN SHIFT was not the exception.

Are you ready to “Just Jump”?

I wasn’t sure if I would love Zander Donavan the way I love “My Colton”. But I learned real quickly, that Kristy can make me love any of her characters. That this amazing guy has learned from the best and he stole my heart from the first chapter.

*Review may contain spoilers from the DRIVEN series. If you plan to read the series, please read my review with caution*

DOWN SHIFT can be read as a standalone, but it is a spin-off of Kristy Bromberg’s DRIVEN series.

If you’ve read the DRIVEN series, then you already know about Zander’s back story. You know that Zander had a rough and traumatizing childhood. But what you didn’t know was that despite the unconditional love and happiness he found with Colton and Rylee (his adoptive parents), he was suppressing memories from his childhood. That is what DOWN SHIFT is all about. Battling those suppressed demons. After receiving a box that contained things from his past, the demons and ghosts were back with a vengeance.  He is unable to cope with the flood of tragic memories, so he does the only thing he thinks is right – he pushes away the ones he loves and begins to lose all the good things he has accomplished in his life. There’s only one choice for him now, go away and fight his demons alone. Heal.

Getty Caster is running away from an abusive husband and controlling father. She is hiding from them in a remote island and has to start her life over, find her true self, far away from the control she that was inflicted upon her. Now, she lives in a small cabin and she has to work as a bartender to afford her life. One night as she was coming back from work she found that the cabin she was living in now has another “guest”. A very “hot & wet” guest. *wink*.

Getty and Zander’s first encounter was hilarious! She was naked, he was dripping wet and both of them refused to leave the cabin, so they are stuck together, until they find what they are looking for. What they didn’t realize was they might have been looking for was each other.

After reading all the books from DRIVEN series, my favorite has always has been Ry & Colton’s story, until now. Maybe it’s because Zander was raised by Colton and Ry and they did an amazing job. He is a kind and lovely man now and he knows how exactly how to treat a woman. I love the way Zander & Getty built their love throughout the book. How they help each other to fight their demons from the past. This is the perfect final book for one of the best series that I’ve ever read. You can’t be a Kristy’s fan and not read this amazing and captivating book, c’mon give it a try…….JUST JUMP!






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