“A sexy, emotional roller coaster ride with explosive chemistry between a powerhouse couple. I was hooked from the first page!”– J.T. Geissinger, author
Resist, the first in an all-new irresistible duet by New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg is available now!
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Driven series comes a powerful romance about reaching great heights through low depths.
Who says you have to play by the rules to get what you want?
Agreeing to meet Ryker Lockhart is my first mistake. Rich, handsome, and more than intriguing, he thinks blackmail will bend me to his will.
But he’s wrong.
I may have done a few things that weren’t exactly legal, but I have my own reasons for that. The last thing I’m going to do is let some high-powered divorce attorney come into my life, have my body, and rule my heart. Not to mention ruin everything that I have carefully built in just a short amount of time.
But as much as I try to resist him, and against my better judgment, there is something about him that has me agreeing to his proposal.
I’m putting everything on the line for him. I just hope I won’t lose everything when this is all over.
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Resist is the perfect title for the beginning of Ryker Lockhart and Vaughn Sanders’ story, and while it’s clear that Vaughn is the one who wants and maybe even needs to resist this sexy, intelligent, and arrogant divorce attorney, it certainly seems that her resistance is futile, regardless of what she could lose by giving into her attraction to Ryker and losing focus on why she’s living a double-life in the first place.
Vaughn Sanders is all business and there are multiple reasons for her tunnel vision focus that are revealed throughout the course of the story. She’s intelligent, driven, and resolute on what she needs to accomplish in order to reach her goals but her present is built on a mountain of lies and with a man like Ryker, it seems to only be a matter of time before Vaughn’s facade crumbles and everything she’s trying to keep hidden threatens to unravel.
Mixing business with pleasure is never advised, but these two can’t seem to resist one another and despite the fallout that could ensue from them pursuing any other type of relationship other than a strictly professional one, it’s clear that they can’t stop their feelings from growing, which means there’s a real possibility that their closeness just might be their downfall, especially with the number of outside interferences that seem to want everything these two have built and are building to burn to the ground.
Even at the end of Resist, I still don’t have a complete understanding of either Ryker or Vaughn, and while I feel like that’s deliberate on the part of the author, it still makes me question their motives, their words, and their actions. The reason these two meet as well as why Ryker pursues Vaughn so tirelessly factor into the direction their more than professional relationship goes, but there’s a lot that Ryker doesn’t know about Vaughn’s past and present, which means that it’s difficult to ascertain his reaction when Vaughn’s secrets and lies are unearthed.
There are multiple plot line threads strewn throughout Resist – some that help shed light on both Ryker and Vaughn while others focus specifically on one or the other, shedding light on certain areas of their lives as well as enlightening readers about all that could destroy them.
Ryker and Vaughn’s story has only just begun, which means that Resist ends in quite the cliffhanger, forcing readers to wait to see what happens, knowing that things may not be what they seem, until the next installment, Reveal, releases.
4.5 Poison Apples
“It won’t be as easy as you think to walk away from the high life. Money is a powerful thing. Once you have it, it’s hard as hell to live without, Vaughn.”
I start to protest but then realize he doesn’t get it. He knows how much he is paying me. He sees the expensive clothes and jewelry I have on but has no clue they are from thrift stores and pawnshops.
“I’ll walk away.”
The chuckle he emits scrapes over my nerves and irritates them. “No, you won’t. You’re addicted to the power of it. Of knowing you can bring a man to his knees. Of the ability to use your body to get exactly what you want.”
“You don’t know a thing about me.”
But the ghost of a smirk that plays at the corner of his mouth makes me fear he just might. “You don’t have to be embarrassed by it, Vaughn. I get off on the same type of power when I’m in court. It’s a high. Something once you have a taste of, you only seem to want more of.”
“Don’t paint your experience on my canvas,” I murmur.
“Here we are,” he says, pulling my attention to our surroundings instead of to him. We’re standing outside the entrance to The Club, and every part of me deflates a little at the thought of having to go back inside with him.
Of having to play more of the part, when this, me getting to be a little more of myself, has been so unexpected and nice.
“Here we are,” I repeat.
We stare at each other, the shadows of the night playing over his face and reminding me I barely know this man and that I do, in fact, want to know him more.
“I’d be more than happy to drive you home—”
He puts a finger to my lips. “But that’s too personal.” He steps into me so that we’re both in the shadows now on the broad sidewalk.
“It’s too personal,” I agree as I draw in the scent of him, the feel of his palms as they run up and down my arms. And for the briefest of moments I forget what I’m doing here and that he’s paid me for it because all I can think about is him kissing me. All I want is him to.
“Why don’t we go—”
His lips close ever so slowly over mine so that I have no choice but to sink into the kiss. A kiss that’s soft and tender when every other one we’ve shared thus far has been raging with a lascivious desire.
But not this one.
My body heats up nerve by nerve. Muscle by muscle. Sensation by sensation.
Until he leans back so his forehead rests against mine and we breathe in the same air.
“Good night, Vaughn.”
My head snaps up as Ryker takes a step back, regret owning every part of his expression, including the desire warring in his eyes.
“I don’t understand.” Flummoxed, I stand where I am and just watch him as he takes another step back and points to the taxi pulled up to the curb at my back.
“Your cab is here.” His smile is pained.
“But . . .”
He lifts a hand in silent goodbye before he turns the corner, leaving me staring after him as the taxi driver ushers me into the cab.
Tears sting my eyes as he pulls away from the curb.
Ryker just gave me exactly what I asked for—no sex—and yet every part of me is confused by it.
Because I want him.
And now I’m not exactly sure what I’m supposed to do about it.
About K. Bromberg
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.
A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.
Since publishing her first book in 2013, Kristy has sold over one million copies of her books across sixteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by Passionflix with the first movie slated to release in the summer of 2018.
She is currently working on her Everyday Heroes trilogy. This series consists of three complete standalone novels—Cuffed, Combust, and Cockpit (late spring 2018)—and is about three brothers who are emergency responders, the jobs that call to them, and the women who challenge them.
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