Thursday 6 February 2020

✪ K. Bromberg ✪ THEN YOU HAPPENED ✪ #BlogTour #Excerpt ✪

©   Bianca  ✰  Janeane  ✰ 

 • 3 February 2020
• standalone
3.35 Stars
 Jack Sutton was the man I didn’t want to need.
His know-it-all attitude. His annoying suggestions. His outlook on life.
He was determined to help me while I had resolved to figure it out on my own.
But he taught me things I’d forgotten.
How to trust. How to believe in myself. Who I was.
The problem?
I went and fell in love with him.
Tatum Knox was the disaster I should have walked away from.
Her ruined reputation. Her failing business. Her chaotic life.
She hated me at first sight and yet intrigued me all at the same time.
I was only supposed to be there six months.
I was supposed to use that time to make amends for things I’d done wrong.
Instead I fell in love with her.
They say it’s better to have loved and lost, then not to have loved at all. Does that hold true when the love is based on a lie to begin with?

THEN YOU HAPPENED is a STANDALONE enemies to lovers, small town romance. Full-length at one hundred and seven thousand words.

In the prologue we see how Tatum left her family six years ago. Well - she didn't really leave. Her dad told her to choose between her parents and her boyfriend. She chose the boy.
Six years later she's a widow fighting to keep her horse breeding ranch alive. Which is so not easy because her husband lost all their money. Plus, he isolated her on that ranch and told lies - so that the people in town now hate her.
Enter Jack. He's here for his own mysterious reasons - and he's here to help. But Tatum and Jack do not get along from the first second they meet.



Well, that was cute.
I was almost giving up on this book in chapter one. I loved the prologue, but then chapter one happened and I thought. What? Why is this going back and forth a billion times? Why are they fighting so much without knowing each other? What is happening? Why is this so weird. They fight and argue about the same nothings over and over again. I really almost stopped reading. 

But I didn't. And it got a bit better. The chapters were still too long after that and filled with too much writing and too much repeated nonsense somehow, but it definitely got better towards the middle.
The story was funny and heartbreaking and ranchy and horsey.
But an editor definitely should've gone over this and cut at least half of the book. It was just too much. Too much redundant stuff. Too much repeating the same arguments over and over again. And with no reason. They don't even know each other. You could say it's attraction and foreplay and whatnot - but it was just boring.

I really wanted to love the book. Jack seemed so full of sexy leading man potential, but it got lost in all that arguing. But I have to admit - he was quite funny here and there in his arguments.
But I expected so much more from this story.
Especially once I kinda liked it towards the end ... and I wanted to keep reading to find out what the mystery was ... and then Kristy goes and makes it so obvious and not surprising at all. The only surprising thing was how over-the-top crazy Tatum reacted to the 'lie'. Why??? What's so bad about all of that?? Jeez. She mega-overreacted in my opinion - and that made the whole book even worse. Fortunately all that happened at the very end - so she didn't have too much time being mad before giving us our happy end - which she didn't really give us. Jack had to do all the work. If he wouldn't have fought for her - she would've what? Never called him?? Ever? Jeez. Idiot woman. :/
I'm sorry. 
This just wasn't our day dear book.
I'm sure other readers won't be as unimpressed as I was. I'm just weird with what I love and hate in my reading. ☺ It wasn't all bad. I liked parts. I even had to cry a few little times. But I was just expecting too much. My bad.
But also - I think I might watch it - should it be on TV one day! ☺

ARC received for an honest review

Oooy, for the first time ever, I contemplated DNFing a Kristy Bromberg book, and that hurt my heart.

I enjoyed the prologue and was looking forward to where Tate's story was going to go.

And then we had the first 1/3 of the book, that was so repetitive and drawn out that it could have been all done in a couple of chapters.  It was at this stage that I first thought of giving up.

I put it aside, but it then took me more than a day to pick up the book again, as I knew I was going to struggle. However, I persevered, and it did get better.

I wanted to love Tate and Jack, but there just was not enough to get me there.  Tate came across as whiney and stubborn, and ugh boy does she overreact.  And all Jack's goodness and leading-man-ness got lost in all the overreactions and superfluous words.

Once the story got going, it fell into a state of predictability.  I knew where the story was going to go well before it got there, and that also took out the enjoyment of the story.  And got me to the eye rolling stage.

I did finish reading this one, but only just.


“Just face it, Knox. You’re head over heels in love with me.” Jack finally smiles, dimple winking and those eyes lighting up as he takes a step toward me, holding the scoop to his chest. “You can’t be near me because you want me, and you can’t talk to me because you get all flustered and tongue-tied.”
“There is nothing about you I find attractive,” I lie.
He places the scoop in my hand but doesn’t let it go when I try to take it. “It’d be much easier and a whole lot less distracting if I could say the same of you.” He lets go of the scoop and dips the tip of his hat in an aw-shucks kind of way. “But I’m not one to lie.”
Our eyes hold across the short distance as his comment floats through the air and fades like the dust specks dancing in the sunlight.
“That won’t work, you know?” I say.
“What won’t?”
“You trying to charm me every time you want something. I know your kind, Jack Sutton, and I’m not impressed by them.”
“Is that so?” He shifts on his feet and adjusts his hat before re-crossing his arms over his chest. “And what kind is that?”
“A man who uses his good looks and smooth words to get his way with people. A man who turns on the charm to disguise it.”
His eyes darken and then narrow. “Just like you’re the woman who keeps living her privileged life . . . fiddling while Rome burns down around her?” he counters, making me want to scream that he knows nothing about me or how I live or what I’ve been through for the last year. A small part of me is shouting about how that was his point, but I tell the voice to shut up. “And if by good looks and smooth words, you’re implying I’m like Fletcher, I suggest you not infer that again.” That muscle in his jaw feathers in contempt.
“I’m not the woman you think I am.”
He twists his lips and stares at me in a way that feels like he is seeing right through me. It’s unnerving and unsettling, and I force myself not to look away because his silence is telling me that maybe he thinks I am.
I’m not sure why that bugs me. Why I want him to see me as someone different.
“I’m not even certain you know who that woman is either.”


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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 (Releasing 10/4/16)), and a short story titled UnRaveled. She is currently finishing up Sweet Cheeks a standalone novel out at the end of 2016.
Her plans for 2017 include a sports romance duet (The Player (#1) and The Catch (#2)) and the Everyday Heroes series (Cuffed (#1), Combust (#2), and Cockpit (#3). She also published a novella for the 1,001 Dark Night series.
She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media.