“We’re not broken baby… we’re just bent. And bent’s okay. Bent means that we’re just figuring things out.”
I absolutely LOVED this book!!!! I was invested in the story from start to finish. My heart was racing, breaking, melting… I was feeling everything!!! I love Colton. I love Rylee. I love this series. I’m hooked and I can’t wait for more!!!
This book captured my heart from the very first page and I was so impressed with the direction that the storyline went in. Honestly, after the huge cliffhanger that the last book left off, I was a little wary because it opened up the potential for the characters to go down a very frustrating path but they basically just turned it right around in a way that made me have so much respect for them both.
Mistakes were made and there was a lot of heartache but throughout it all, you could always feel how strongly they felt for each other and how badly they were trying to make things work.
Even though though I really liked Driven, it was a bit of a bumpy road for me at first, but I was really blown away by Fueled. It was a very strong book. The story line was captivating and I did not want to put it down!
Please note that this is the second book in this trilogy and it directly continues the story from the first book. I’m not going to talk about the plot here but I’ll just say that this book starts off right where the last one ended but this time, we got to see that devastating scene from Colton’s perspective. We got a glimpse into the memories that were haunting him — “Memories so horrid he vomits with the reappearance of them.” — and my God where they ever heart breaking.
Spiderman. Batman. Superman. Ironman.
I love love love Colton, but before I talk about him, I want to take a minute to focus on Rylee because she’s honestly now one of my favorite book heroines. She was both kind hearted, deeply understanding and incredibly selfless while still remaining a strong woman who wasn’t going to be pushed around by anyone. She set her boundaries and held to them. I totally would want to be friends with her. I loved the way she thought and just generally really respected the decisions she made.
“You know you can talk to me… I won’t judge or try to fix you, but sometimes just getting it out, getting rid of the hate or shame or whatever is eating you makes it a tad bit more bearable.”
Now… about Colton… this guy was a book hero after my own heart. A gorgeous, tortured Alpha bad boy race car driver with a dark past, a reckless side to him, and also a huge heart who was falling in love for the first time in his life. GAHHH!! I LOVED HIM!!! His back story just tore me up and I could see how strong the demons he was fighting were. My heart really went out to him.
“If you look past the gorgeously rough exterior… there’s a scared little boy inside that’s afraid of love… he’s afraid to love someone because he knows that they’ll leave…”
The chemistry between Colton and Rylee was just off-the-charts HOT and their connection was so intense. I swear I spent a good portion of this book just sitting there fanning myself…
“Anticipation… Tonight, Rylee, I want you thinking about me all night long. More specifically everything I plan on doing to you later when I have you alone… Where my tongue is going to lick. Where my fingers are going to grip. Where my mouth is going to taste. Where my cock is going to stroke. How my body is going to worship every incredible inch of yours.”
But while sex scenes were scorching but my favorite part was honestly seeing them open up to each other. Their relationship wasn’t always on a smooth path but they both were trying. They went through lot of ups and downs but everything that happened really made sense for the story — I even found the times when there were miscommunication bearable because I felt like I could understand where they were both coming from at all times. I can’t tell you how important this element is to me as a reader. It’s the number one thing I look for in a story and even though it sometimes broke my heart, I really enjoyed the journey.
“I know we’ve made a mess of this, Ry, but we can figure this out… We can get us right.”
Ohhh and one more gorgeous side to the story was Colton and the kids that Rylee worked with. There’s something unbelievably endearing about a bad boy who is amazing with children but when you add in the fact that that bad boy could also identify with the traumatic pasts that these kids had, it just was emotional overload for me. These scenes brought tears to my eyes more than once.
“Any guy that makes you cry isn’t worth it.”
“Maybe if he makes me cry it’s because he IS worth it.”
All in all, I really felt this whole story — I felt the pain, the love, the heart break, and the healing. The last quarter of the book was intense. Suuuuuper intense. There was a lot of drama and yes, the ending was a big cliffhanger. But interestingly, this one didn’t bother me too much because it wasn’t a relationship cliffhanger. So, even though I’m dying to read the next book and find out what happens next, I’m also ok and really loved the way the whole ending of this book came together.
“Time stands still and it feels like we’re the only two people in the world. Just a damaged boy and a selfless girl.”
Overall, I was so impressed with this book. It kept me connected to the characters the whole way through and I was glued to the page from start to finish. I highly recommend checking this series out! It’s fun, addictive, heart felt, emotional… it’s got it all!! And best of all — it has Colton Donavan 😉
I want her to own me.
Every fucking piece of me.
Game over baby.
She’s my motherfucking checkered flag.
Rating: 4.5+ stars
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