I play to win, and I won’t let anything—or anyone—get in the way of what I want.
REVEAL, the raw, sexy, and jaw-dropping finale to the Wicked Ways series by New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg, is available now!
The first time I met Vaughn Sanders, I knew I wanted her. Confident, intelligent, and downright sexy. I thought I knew how to play her game. I was ready and willing for the challenge. Little did I know she was full of secrets and surprises.
But so am I.
Charming a woman into my bed has never been my problem. It’s the relationship part that is. They want it. I don’t. But can you blame me? Broken marriages are how I make a living. Hell, no self-respecting man would let a woman own his thoughts, invade his dreams, and steal his heart. So how in the world has Vaughn done that to me?
I’ve fallen in love with her. There. I said it. But that acknowledgment comes with a heavy price.
Everything and everyone seem to be working against us, leaving us both to question whether what we have is worth the cost.
I’ll be damned if I go down without a fight.
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At the end of Resist, I didn’t know how Ryker and Vaughn would come back from that final scene…how they could make things right after the words that were said and the damage that was done, so when I started Reveal, I expected things to be strained and stifled between them, but while I knew it would take some time, I had no idea just how much these two were up against, so much so that they really didn’t stand a chance until everything played out in a way that would free them both, which was much easier said than done.
I’ll admit….Ryker and Vaughn frustrated the heck out of me for a good portion of the story, allowing their pasts as well as their mistrust to dictate how they proceed with one another. They can’t see past all of the obstacles that are put in their way or the people who are working to keep them apart and that amplifies the angst and makes them act without thinking, compounding everything that they’re already up against, making it seem like there is no way they can make things work.
Sifting through the lies, the deceit, and the outside interferences looking to sabotage any forward progress is quite a difficult task, but if the passion between Ryker and Vaughn is as deep and as overwhelming as it seems then they can persevere through the maelstrom that continues to press upon them and come out of the storm more secure with who they are as individuals and as a couple. But that forward progress definitely takes time and the fact that they both feel like they need to prove themselves, their strength, their fortitude, their ability to save themselves actually becomes an obstacle all on its own, which makes things even more strained between them.
Reveal is an emotional and dramatic read – one that had my mood running the gamut from being pissed and infuriated to impassioned and overjoyed. And while that fact made me quite an active reader, the rollercoaster seem a bit too over-the-top…a bit too piled high with people and things to be dealt with and resolved. But I was thankful that, in the end, the people who deserved it got what was coming to them and Ryker and Vaughn found a way around everything to give themselves a fighting chance at something they never thought they’d have but somewhere deep inside, desperately wanted.
4 Poison Apples
“Ryker . . . please . . . just let me go.” But this time when she speaks there is something in her voice that catches my ear. The same thing that has me looking a little bit closer, regardless of how much my chest constricts in doing so, and I notice the tears welling in her eyes and the tremble of her bottom lip.
A chink in her damn armor. She doesn’t want to tell me we’re over any more than I want to believe her.
“What the fuck is going on here? You’re hiding something from me.”
“No. I’m not. This just can’t be.” She starts to skirt around me, and it takes everything I have not to reach out and keep her there.
“Don’t walk away from me when I’m talking to you!”
“And don’t you think for a second you can tell me what to do,” she counters, hair flying over her shoulder, jaw clenched.
“I’m not in the mood for your games.”
“My games?” she screeches and throws me off guard when I shouldn’t be. “My games? You’re the one who did this to me. All of it. And you tell me I’m playing games?”
“What the—?” I stop and try to figure out what she’s talking about. My hands are on her shoulders, and I’m all but shaking her to force her to look me in the eyes. “Did what to you, Vaughn? What the hell have I done to you besides fuck myself over by falling in love with you?” Words that should be said with kindness come out in a frustrated rage. Truths I don’t want to voice, and now I can’t take them back.
And she just stands there with her head shaking to reject my words, eyes wide with a hint of fear, and fuck if I don’t hate myself right now for everything I feel: rage, desperation, love, desire.
How can you swear you’re not cut out for a relationship and love in one breath, then with the next fight so goddamn hard to keep it?
What is this woman doing to me?
I scrub my hands over my face and take a deep breath to calm the fuck down. To force myself to cool my temper so I can keep her here instead of pushing her farther away.
“What is it, baby?” I all but plead with a voice as soft as I can make it. “Tell me why you’re walking away when you don’t want to.” She averts her eyes, confirming there’s something more. “I can’t help you unless you tell me what happened. I can’t understand why the other night meant nothing to you until you do.”
Come on. Talk to me.
“Carter paid me a visit after I left your place.” Her voice is soft, but her defiance is mounting.
That’s definitely not what I expected to come out of her mouth.
“What do you mean, Carter paid you a visit?”
“Just what I said.”
“Why? For what? That fucking asshole better not have touched you.”
“Does it matter if he did?” Her voice rises. “You invited him into my personal life. You gave him everything he needs to destroy me.”
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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