Lacey Black’s Grip is a second-chance, surprise-baby contemporary romance written in K. Bromberg’s Driven World project!
I received this book for free from Grey's Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Grip by Lacey Black
Series: The Driven World
Published by KB Worlds LLC on October 15, 2020
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Grey's Promotions
I live to race. It’s in my blood–the smell of dirt and gasoline, the fast cars, the screaming fans. I was the king of a small track in Missouri with the world at my fingertips. I even had the girl, until a call came from the infamous Colton Donavan. I had a choice to make: my dream or the woman I loved. I couldn’t have both.
When an unexpected surprise shows up on my doorstep in the form of a baby, there’s only one woman I trust enough to help me. Lena Stanley, the one I left behind. But being in close proximity to her reminds me of what we used to have, and what I still want. Her.
The day he walked away to chase his dream was the hardest day of my life, but I powered through. I could never ask Mack to choose between me and the opportunity of a lifetime. That’s why I pushed him toward the latter, despite the heartache it caused.
Now, he needs my help. The problem is it’s hard to keep old feelings buried. Despite my best efforts, our connection is too powerful to deny. However, as our short time together draws to a close, I have another difficult choice to make. Only this time, I’m not just walking away from him, but his son too.
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I was especially excited to read this one because the characters are from Missouri, where I live. As a kid, I even went to a lot of dirt track races because my mom and stepdad were friends with one of the racers, and they even spent time as part of his pit crew. So those things made me very eager for this story. Now first of all I have to start off with how the story actually seems to be set in Kansas. The whole beginning of the book talks about all of what I thought would be in Missouri as being in Kansas. That’s not a huge big deal. I mean I work in Kansas even though I live in Missouri. But still, a bit of an error. And as a Kansas City, MISSOURI girl, who always gets irritated with concerts where the artist performing will say something like, “Hello Kansas!” and we all have to yell back Missouri or give them quiet to show they are wrong, that is something that sticks out.
But, that’s beside the point of the actual story itself. Honestly, the story was really good! And this is my first book by this author, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be my last. In fact I realized as I was getting my review ready that I do have another book by her, probably from a Kindle deal at one time, and now I’m eager to read it when I get the chance.
This is the second book I’ve read this week about a guy who ends up with a baby that he wasn’t expecting. I liked how in this story there wasn’t any bad blood between the mother and the father though, or her family and his. That made for a uniqueness that isn’t often seen, probably because that doesn’t add an extra layer of drama. Which I’m okay with. Sometimes I prefer a story without a ton of side drama.
The characters were really great, interesting and ones that I was rooting for. I liked how the guys that hung around with Mack definitely acted like you’d expect a bunch of guys to act. It was fun getting some time with Colton and even Rylee for a minute or so. While I don’t always ooh and ahh over babies, the way the author described the baby totally had me smiling at times and imagining the cuteness of him. There were some great steamy scenes along with the romantic ones. A great story, my first real successful foray into the Driven Worlds books so far, and it will keep me looking to read others.
Grip is written in New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg’s Driven World, which is one of two KB Worlds projects. With over 100 authors, who were selected by and are working with K. Bromberg, these stories are fan fiction at its finest—and sexiest. Devoted fans of the Driven and Everyday Heroes series will have the opportunity to revisit their favorite characters and settings. Lacey Black is returning to the Driven racetrack and putting her spin on this smoking hot, fast-paced and addictive world. You can find out more about K. Bromberg and the KB Worlds at kbworlds.com.
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Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading and writing. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves shooting guns and should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.
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