Series: The Driven Trilogy #2
What happens when the one person you never expected suddenly happens to be the one you’ll fight the hardest to keep?
Colton stole my heart. He wasn't supposed to, and I sure as hell didn't want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever, and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist.
Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don't think I'll ever be the same. She's seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she's still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint, and I am most definitely the sinner.
How is it the one thing neither of us wanted—neither of us anticipated that fateful night—has us fighting so hard to keep?
He steals my breath, stops my heart, and brings me back to life again all in a split second of time. But how can I love a man who won't let me in? Who continually pushes me away to prevent me from seeing the damaged secrets in his past? My heart has fallen, but patience and forgiveness can only go so far.
How can I desire a woman who unnerves me, defies me, and forces me to see that in the deep, black abyss of my soul there's someone worthy of her love? A place and person I swore I'd never be again. Her selfless heart and sexy body deserve so much more than I'll ever be capable of giving her. I know I can't be what she needs, so why can't I just let her go?
We are driven by need and fueled with desire, but is that enough for us to crash into love?
This book was so much better than the first one! I honestly wasn’t going it read this book. I almost gave up on it after the push and pull that was Driven and the View Spoiler »cliffhanger « Hide Spoiler that I thought was completely unnecessary.
I’m so happy that I stuck with it (I just can’t abandon a story, good or bad; I always have hope that it gets better). And boy did this one get better! IMO, I think that this entry was 100 times better than the first book (I know, hyperbole, but you get my point). The pace was quick, the dialogue was funnier (none of that cheesiness that had me rolling my eyes before), and most importantly, the characters GREW THE F*** UP. As Haddie put it, “You are kind of all over the place when it comes to him. S#!+, the two of you are giving me whiplash.” I swear that immediately upon reading that line, my first thought was, AMEN. Hell, Rylee was so wishy washy, I about threw my Kindle across the room! The only thing that stopped me was that I didn’t want to have to finish the book on my iPhone. But thank heavens, Rylee decided that Colton is worth it, and she decided to fight for him and their relationship, even when Colton pushes her back. I loved this. Rylee’s strength was admirable, and she provided unconditional love to someone who couldn’t even love himself. And it sure as hell wasn’t easy for her! She might’ve stopped vacillating, but that didn’t mean that this story was smooth sailing. This one wasn’t written to be a straight line, the journey of Fueled was a zigzag!
Fortunately, we got to see things from Colton’s POV this time, and I must admit that these scenes were my favorite. I love love love reading the mind of a tortured hero, and I love watching them come undone for the love of a strong woman. Colton was sexy, sweet, funny, charming, broken, and perfectly imperfect in this one. This isn’t the same cocky almost a-hole from Driven. He slowly begins to remove the mask and we start seeing what’s underneath, and it’s beautiful.
This novel had all the steam and angst you’ll ever need, with an ending that’ll have you on the floor! I 1-clicked Crashed immediately after finishing and didn’t even take a breath before I began reading. If you didn’t love Driven, and gave up on the series, then I suggest that you give it another chance. It would be such a shame to miss out on Fueled.