SWEET RIVALRY by K.Bromberg
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.
Imagine walking into a conference room with one goal…beating out everyone else. Winning the coveted secret contract. Being the only woman in the room to come out on top. Harper Denton is a woman in the male dominated world of construction management. She’s been away from the business for two years now and no one know she has returned. She is determined to prove to everyone (especially the industry that has let her down) that she is still very much the no-nonsense, ball busting businesswoman that she was before. “…winning this bid is undeniable my number one priority. The only want I’ll allow myself to have. Leaving without winning the contract is not an option.” –Harper. But all that competitiveness, strategy and fire is fueled when Harper realizes that one of her competitors for this contract is none other than her college rival, who happens to also have been her supporter and longtime crush, Ryder Rodger. They are both vying for the same multimillion dollar contract. “This bid just became so much more than numbers.” –Harper. But Harper’s beat Ryder before and she will do it again. Who cares if Ryder has transformed into the mythical guy that pushes all of her buttons…both lust and irritation buttons. Beard, tats, muscles and brains. But nonetheless, she is determined to stay focused on the end game…winning the bid. She has more to lose than just the contract, she has staked her job on this win. But when Ryder’s usual sarcastic demeanor isn’t there and is replaced with something else…want…need…desire, she finds herself slipping. “This is the man I used to want, and yet now I understand that the want I knew before as a coed was nothing compared to the desire I can acknowledge and crave for as an adult.” Ryder has reignited that want inside her and it’s impossible to deny. The s*xual chemistry that was started 13 years ago has just been set ablaze and is rapidly reaching boiling point. But being stuck in a boardroom for five days together shouldn’t be a problem. She isn’t called “Ice Queen” for nothing. But with thoughts of their unfinished encounter from 13 years ago on a constant replay now that they are in such close quarters, both Ryder and Harper are unable to deny the pull they have toward each other. “I’m not doing this again. Not going to let her run away from me because she’s too scared to admit what she wants.” –Ryder.
Can 13 years of lust be contained?
This longstanding rivalry between Harper and Ryder was tangible and gripping from page one! ABSOULTELY COMBUSTIBLE! The ever present tension between them – s*xual and competitive—was ON POINT! And the forbidden/second chance aspect was seamlessly executed. Kristy Bromberg’s ability to paint such a clear history and then convey such intensity between these two characters AND hook the reader in such short amount of time, is a true testament to her storytelling and writing abilities. I could not get enough of Ryder and Harper’s competitive spirits and their lust driven encounters. They not only dominated the boardroom, but my thoughts as well. It was exciting to read about their restraint being tested and how they handled it throughout the novel.
I beginning to learn that I have a love/hate relationship with novellas. I love them because then I get the chance to read about a secondary character that I might not have otherwise been able to read. But I hate them, because they are TOO darn short! And SWEET RIVALRY was no different…I was left satisfied, but yet craving more, which is a kudos to Kristy Bromberg! I want more of Ryder and Harper’s banter and encounters! And another kudos to Kristy, I now have a particular fondness for bearded and tatted men *wink*. Ryder was everything I imagined he would be and then some! He was the perfect contradiction: refined business man outside the suit, but tatted bad boy inside the suit. *fans self* And Harper was his perfect match in every way! “I want to be met match for match. That’s what I find sexy, Harper.” –Ryder. She sure brought her A-game and made him fight until the very end!
This was a deliciously sexy novella that left me breathless and craving more!
5+ stars!xoxo, Vivian 💋
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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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SWEET RIVALRY is a but standalone,
but also a spinoff from another novel by Kristy Bromberg.
but also a spinoff from another novel by Kristy Bromberg.
Here is the Amazon US link to SWEET CHEEKS.