By K. Bromberg
Release Day: Feb 28, 2017
Ryder Rodgers had a plan.
He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career. But when he walked in and heard the voice of one of his competitors, all his plans were shot to hell.
Harper Denton. She was always on top. In college. First in their class. Always using every advantage to edge him out to win the coveted positions. The only one who could beat him. His academic rival. More like a constant thorn in his side. And his ego’s.
When he heard her voice, he was brought back to years before. To the bitter taste of being second best. But the woman who meets his gaze is nothing like the drab wallflower he used to know. Hell no. She was all woman now: curves, confidence, and staggering sex appeal. And no doubt, still brilliant.
The fact that she’s gorgeous and bright won’t distract him. This time, Ryder’s determined to be the one on top. But not if Harper can help it.
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Sweet Rivalry has two components of the romance genre that I LOVE – an “enemies” to lovers’ story line and a heroine who is a mixture of sassy and sweet and bows down to no man because she is just as smart and as capable as any of them, and she works her ass off to prove that very idea. Throw in a bearded and tattooed alpha hero and K. Bromberg has given readers a story filled with sexual tension, old/new feelings, and a competition that hopefully ends in a whole lot of “reward sex” for both Harper Denton and Ryder Rodgers.
I adored getting inside both Harper and Ryder’s heads and understanding how they felt about each other thirteen years ago when they were college adversaries and what their unexpected reunion means for both of them in terms of their competitive edge as well as the need they have to finish what was started all those years ago.
Harper’s a woman in a business world full of men who see her as inferior solely based on her gender and she’s spent her entire career proving that theory wrong and showing all her naysayers that she isn’t known as a no-nonsense, ball-busting business woman for nothing, and even though this isn’t a new idea for Ryder, he does see Harper in a new light in terms of her confidence and snarky attitude and what he sees only adds to his attraction, making her quite the distraction for him as they work against each other to win an important bid for their respective bosses.
Neither Harper nor Ryder have lost their competitive edge since leaving college and entering the work force, and it’s clear that things are just like they used to be when it comes to sparring and competing with one another for that coveted first place position.
Harper may be known as the “Ice Queen,” but Ryder’s sexiness as well as his dirty talk definitely melts Harper into a malleable ball of nerves, allowing her to realize that beard burn is an actual thing and she wouldn’t mind experiencing it daily;)
Sweet Rivalry is a quick read that oozes sexuality and sassiness. The sexual chemistry and tension between the hero and the heroine resonates from the pages from the very beginning, so it’s not about IF they’ll give into their attraction to each other, it’s a matter of how long they’ll hold off until they can’t help but rip each other’s clothes off.
Harper and Ryder are dynamic characters even though their story is a novella; readers are able to see how both of them have changed during the 13 years they’ve spent on opposite sides of the US, and it’s also clear that there is unfinished business of the kissing variety that they both need to deal with since they’re living in the same city and contending for the same jobs again.
It’s definitely game on for the duration of the story, but the idea of winning redefines itself a bit when they realize what they do for one another with it comes to their competitive edge and what they’re willing to do to advance their careers while staying true to who they are and the mutual respect they have for each other as they not only compete for a job but also take a risk on what’s always been brewing between them.
4.5 Poison Apples
Work first. Reward sex next.
That’ll give me something to look forward to during the next few days. The ones I can’t wait to dive headfirst into that will be an ever-changing combination of stress, exhaustion, strategy, and manipulation. An unscripted dance amongst us bidders while we size each other up, calculate our numbers, and explain to the developer why we’re the most valuable candidate for the job.
It’s the game I love. The competition I thrive on. My return to the job that I’ve been desperate to make.
And there’d be no better way to make a statement that Harper Denton is back than to leave this building with the multimillion dollar contract for Meteor Development tucked securely under my arm.
And just like that, as a reward for my positive thinking, when I look up, there he is, in full view.
I take in the expensive briefcase, the venti Starbucks, and the expensive watch peeking out from beneath the cuff of his shirt. And just my luck that while I’m afforded a full view of his body, the one thing I’m the most curious about is obscured by his hand holding his cell phone up to his ear: his face.
So instead I drink him in. He really is magnificent. I note his posture and the way he carries his body when he moves forward a few steps. There’s an air about him that says he’s no-nonsense and in control, powerful, and at the same time he doesn’t seem uptight. He has that Southern
California professional vibe. I can’t put my finger on it but he reminds me of someone I can’t quite place. Regardless, a man who can pull off being in control and playful has definite merits.
Like “spank me until my body aches in want, and then make a game of hitting each erogenous zone with his tongue before he’ll satisfy that ache he created and let me come” type of merits.
The mind-blowing-sex reward just became even more appealing.
About the Author
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 and hate to love.
She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.
On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift), and a novella (UnRaveled). She is currently finishing up Sweet Cheeks a standalone novel out November 14th.
Her plans for 2017 include a sports romance duet (2 books: The Player, The Catch) and the Everyday Heroes series (3 books: Cuffed, Combust, and Cockpit). She’s also writing a novella for the 1,001 Dark Night series that will be out in February 2017.
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