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As I mentioned a couple weeks ago right here in my last Amy’s #NASCAR Reading List, I adored all three books in K. Bromberg’s Driven Series. Those books (Driven, Fueled and Crashed) follow Rylee Thomas, a woman who has buried her past to the point of walking through life numb until she quite literally falls into the arms of smokin’ hot Indy Car driver Colton Donovan. Colton on the other hand is the exact opposite of Rylee. Colton purposely lives a life in sensory overload to outrun the demons from a past he is afraid will not just catch up with him- but completely ruin life as he knows it. The series is told primarily in Rylee’s point of view- with a couple of chapters in Colton’s point of view scattered into Fueled (Book 2), and more than a couple scattered into the final book, Crashed (Book 3).
“She thought I was done with her.” – Colton Donovan, Raced by K. Bromberg
Raced is NOT a novel in the trilogy (obviously since if it were then it technically wouldn’t be a trilogy). Raced is the much anticipated companion to the trilogy that is entirely in Colton’s point of view. It’s chapters revolves around several key scenes/chapters in all three books. Her fans begged for it and Bromberg delivered.
Personally, I had been anticipating Raced greatly after devouring the entire trilogy in a little over a weekend. Was Raced what I expected? Yes and no. Yes in that Colton’s POV’s were exactly what I had hoped they would be: raw, honest and full of the conflict and emotion behind the race-face Colton wears through life. It was exactly what I wanted and what I got in aces (ha- pun totally intended).
What was unexpected? Two things. The first being a sob inducing scene between Colton and his father towards the end of Raced (that is all I will say- spoiler hounds). The second second thing- I didn’t expect but totally loved was the author’s description that was before each of the chapters of Raced. These chapters let readers know what she was thinking, or why she picked a particular part of the saga to share in Colton’s voice.
“How do I explain that the way she made me feel caused the demons I’d buried deep down to start to whisper that I don’t deserve anything from her.” Colton Donovan, Raced by K. Bromberg
Remember Raced is NOT a stand alone novel- nor does it claim to be one. Think of it as the extra deleted scenes from your favorite movie that you get when you buy the director’s cut. Raced adds a certain richness and emotion to the story told throughout Driven, Fueled, and Crashed.
If this companion leaves you wanting more of Colton & Rylee- fear not! K. Bromberg plans on releasing a yet-to-be-named novella that covers key points in the ten year gap that takes place at the end of Crashed and it’s epilogues some time in early 2015. Also fans of the trilogy can anticipate Slow Burn, a novel focusing on Haddie Montgomery (Rylee’s bestie and roommate) and Beckett Daniels (Colton’s crew chief and best friend) from the original trilogy. Slow Burn is currently available as a pre-order for it’s February 24th, 2015 release.
For “Full Disclosure” I bought the original trilogy at the urging of a friend and enjoyed it so thoroughly so I ordered the reading companion as well. I was not asked to review it by anyone- I did so because I loved what I read and thought you might too.
I am going to start this post by apologizing right now- obviously my picking Jeff Gordon for the Championship has thwarted him somewhat. Forgive me Jeff Gordon, team 24 and all your fans. I promise from this point forward to root for Joey Logano (ok not really) as 2014 Sprint Cup champion.
Okay now back to business. Between knowing that Tony had qualified 28th and that he had spun out during the last five minutes of final practice I admit I didn’t think this would be our breakout race of the season. What I didn’t bargain for was the fact that I was ready to throw Tony’s crew chief under the (proverbial- for some reason I feel that I need to clarify this) bus by the midway point of the race. As you may know, my beloved readers, I am an eternal optimist when it comes to team 14. I am the one always saying, “Well, we’ll get ‘em next week.” (more…)
With qualifying rained out Tony started the race with his first practice speed which meant he started 22nd at Chicagoland. Unfortunately the car’s handling would prove to be an issue throughout the race. It started too tight and through the first part of the race- large swings to adjust the car during pitstops made the worse and then it was far too loose. At one point Chad Johnston called for them to put a spring rubber in during one of the cautions, and that is when the handling really went away on the car. (more…)
The 16 Chase grid drivers were each set to a specific market in North America to promote the Chase and NASCAR in fun often times fan friendly events. Two drivers were even sent to other countries- Jeff Gordon to Canada and Carl Edwards to Mexico. Here are some fun pictures from several events:
What exactly constitutes a breakfast of champions at a taco house? Only Denny and Tom Sneva know for sure:
I think Aric is trying to give us subliminal messages that he’s hot: (more…)
Misty texted me a picture earlier in the week that sums up her 2014 Chase Driver conundrum in a single photo:
It’s actually kind of a cool, yet slightly creepy picture. But it describes Misty’s chase conundrum perfectly. See Misty has been a Jeff Gordon fan longer than she’s be a NASCAR fan (yeah I know that sounds weird but it’s true-I can completely vouch for that). However, she has lately (within the last couple of years) been pulling for Jimmie as her number two with a catch: While Jeff Gordon is Misty’s number 1 driver, Chad Knaus is her number 1 crew chief. I know Misty would be OVER THE MOON if Jeff Gordon won the championship, but I really don’t think she’d cry in her soup if Jimmie won. So she is being pulled in two different directions but at least it is within the same organization.
Me? I am extremely singular in my fandom. (more…)
So- the CHASE for the Sprint Cup Championship starts this weekend at Chicagoland. There will likely be a lot of banter about it- since it’s the first year for the newly implemented grid style Chase that mimics more of a March Madness type of playoff (I am assuming- I am not a big Basketball person so you are lucky I even know what March Madness is). I am still not quite convinced that this is the format for my NASCAR but then again- I am old school.
So since everyone is doing it- I sat down on Sunday and picked my Chase Grid: (more…)